I heart fanfic

I was excited to read that Boston Public Library had a librarian doing collection development for zines.  Now I read sci-fi writer/blogger Cory Docotow’s piece on fanfic at Locus.  My love for these private-press creatures has no bounds.  The fact that people write and publish for passion not money, that it’s kind of a secret publication-of-the-month club a jillion miles from Borders and BarnesandNoble’s, that you can buy the further adventures of your favorite tv and movie characters or just read for free online, and it has it’s own special lingo for the fanfic consumer – all of it makes me feel like I’m connecting with people just like me.  I’ve read zines for years in embarrassed solitude.  Now it’s going to become legit.  Another aspect of my terminal nerdiness is going to make me seem hip, finally!


I have seen the future and it ain’t us

Revilo at slashdot makes a good point.  We are at the beginning of the reality of Internet TV.  I’ve been using Joost just for a bit of fun, but I can see how the tide is turning.  The interface seems a little clunky and confusing but wow, the shows looks great, even on my old computer.  And it grows every time I look.  Will our patrons continue, if they’ve even bothered to start, to jump through the hoops we make force upon them for our mediocre content?  I so want it to be successful but I’m beginning to think we’d be better off going in the opposite direction and making our own home-grown, cozy programs than trying to compete.  Maybe we should revel in our lack of commercial viability.

Curling up with a good e-book

One more post about this, I can’t resist. Take a look at Andrew Marr on curling up.

Coolest thing eva EVA!

LG Philipps in South Korea has “developed the world’s first A4-sized colour electronic-paper — a paper-thin and bendable viewing panel.”  Imagine how this will work with PlasticLogic’s e-book and we will have amazing moving illustrations in our hands.  It’s all so Jetson-y!  I can’t wait.

Just about the coolest thing eva

Normally I make fun of e-book readers, but this one really has me excited – check out this one from plasticlogic . I covet this.

Clash of the Titans

Snippy emails are bouncing back and forth between Recorded Books and OCLC/NetLibrary.

The two companies had been supplying us and lots of other libraries with eAudiobooks – downloadable audiobooks for patrons to play on their computers or transfer to an mp3 player. The content was created by Recorded Books – basically a DRM heavy, digital version of their wonderful audio recordings. The technical side was all NetLibrary. It’s only been a moderate success here.

This one from Recorded Books, dated May 4:
I am writing to inform you that Recorded Books is ending its relationship with NetLibrary on a going forward basis. For those customers in an agreement, whether it is one year or multi-year, nothing will change. Recorded Books will continue to provide customer support as in the past. We will also continue to refresh your collection with great new content every month. You should not see a single difference in the service you have been offering. Your agreement will go on as scheduled, and end as scheduled at the end of your subscription term. For those customers wishing to renew, please do so by May 18th, 2007. Please contact us if for some reason you cannot meet that date. After a cut off date of May 18th or otherwise agreed to, it will not be possible to renew the present service. Obviously the marketplace offers you choices – now with NetLibrary, and at some point in the future with Recorded Books. It just won’t be together.

That was a surprise! Then on May 9, this email popped in from OCLC/NetLibrary:

“Two weeks ago, Recorded Books unexpectedly sent OCLC a letter purporting to immediately terminate our agreement. It is the judgment of our attorneys that this termination is not justified. We are in discussions with Recorded Books about this action. Unfortunately, we understand that the Recorded Books sales force has informally told many libraries that Recorded Books has terminated its agreement with OCLC. This is incorrect. We also understand that many libraries were sent an e-mail from Recorded Books management last week stating that all upcoming eAudiobook renewals must be completed by May 18, 2007. Again, this message is incorrect. Recorded Books does not have the right to immediately terminate the agreement, and has not satisfied the agreement’s provisions for termination. Consequently, there is no need to accelerate the timing of your subscription renewal.”

Lovers’ spat?  Or a serious divorce?  In any case, I hope it leads to an improved product.  It would be GREAT if somehow the suppliers of e-media to libraries could take a cue from Apple and lose the DRM.  It sucks out any fun you have downloading media.



Web 2.0 ingredients


OK this made me laugh  so hard.  I found it here.