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Archives for May 2006

Four “John Does” Finally Speak, Proud but Frustrated

By LJ Staff Yesterday, "John Doe" – or rather, four "John Does" – finally spoke, ending a legal charade in which the identity of their library consortium had been inadvertently made public in a high-profile court case but they were prevented from discussing the case or influencing the Congressional debate on the reauthorization of the […]

Harlequin Releasing Electronic “Minis”

By LJ Staff At the recent International Digital Publishing Forum in New York City, Malle Vallik, Harlequin Enterprise’s director of New Business Development, revealed that since launching an ebook line of its signature Romance novels in October 2005 with 65 titles, the response has been so overwhelming that the publisher is moving 40 percent of […]

The Literature of War

By LJ Staff The Red Badge of Courage by Stephan Crane The Iliad by Homer (tr. by Robert Fagles) Catch 22 by Joseph Heller For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Neal Wyatt is a collection management librarian at the Chesterfield County Public Library, […]

Screen Adaptation of Dick’s Darkly To Be Live and Animated

By LJ Staff Late author Philip K. Dick’s works have spawned some of Hollywood’s top sf action thrillers including Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. The forthcoming adaptation of Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, which recently debuted at Cannes, takes a different approach. Director Richard Linkletter uses a combination of film and animation to tell […]

X Marks the Spot at the Box Office: X3 Opening Sets Record Holiday Haul

By LJ Staff Who says comics aren’t the mainstream: X-Men: The Last Stand, the third and supposed last installment in the series based on the Marvel Comic’s heroes, hauled in a holiday weekend box office record of $120.1 million, beginning with a $45.5 million record for a Friday opening. Despite mixed reviews from critics and […]

An ‘Investigative Report’ on Library Dangers Sparks Debate

By LJ Staff Two segments on library dangers from investigative reporter Carl Monday on Cleveland’s WKYC TV have sparked debate both on Monday’s blog and on library-related blogs, with some saying that Monday overhyped the dangers at a public institution, and others responding that the dangers shouldn’t be dismissed. Monday drew on a mixof Cleveland-area […]

LJ Talks to Betsey Osborne

By Rebecca Miller In Betsey Osborne’s debut novel, The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe (LJ 4/1/06), an elderly man finds his bike stolen, gets lost on his way to his office, meets a young woman named Alex, and finds out that his wife has been injured. What follows is an absorbing, nimbly portrayed tale of […]

$600M Library Bond at Issue in California Primary

By LJ Staff The California primary election on June 6 will also determine the fate of a huge bond issue: $600 million for ‘grants to local agencies for the construction, renovation, and/or expansion of local library facilities.’ Local matching contributions would be $320 million. According to a summary compiled by the League of Women Voters […]

Florida Governor Vetoes Library Supplement

By LJ Staff Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, as part of $448.7 million in line item vetoes, on May 25 vetoed a $2.2 million supplemental library appropriation for Florida public libraries. Because state funding has decreased by $1.6 million in the past few years, from $33.4 million to $31.8 million, the supplemental appropriation aimed to keep […]

Are Smartphones the Future of ebooks?

By LJ Staff Speaking at the annual International Digital Publishing Forum conference, Nartion Gorner, Mobipocket’s senior software architect, asserts that PDAs and BlackBerry’s are endangered species. He predicts that in five or so years, everything – and that means Internet, email, and all assorted downloads including ebooks – all will be handled by smartphones. Screens […]