Posts Tagged ‘Bestsellers’

An absence of news and the cruel heat of summer can only mean one thing. It is time to look at what is happening in the world of books and libraries outside of Alabama.  I begin with an amusing account of the most frequently stolen books from Flying off the Shelves, an amusing little essay that I found in the New York Times:

In my eight years working at an independent bookstore, I lost count of how many shoplifters I chased through the streets of Seattle while shouting “Drop the book!” I chased them down crowded pedestrian plazas in the afternoon, I chased them through alleys at night, I even chased one into a train tunnel. 

I found a bit of a gem today at the Telegraph (UK) Great Unread Books: Which classic are you ashamed to admit you have never read? This is an amusing video in which current authors name the book(s) they haven’t read but really should have. You can probably guess what many of them are.

An interesting article in Science magazine, Electronic Publication and the Narrowing of Science and Scholarship, looks at how online publication is changing the nature of research.

Searching online is more efficient and following hyperlinks quickly puts researchers in touch with prevailing opinion, but this may accelerate consensus and narrow the range of findings and ideas built upon.


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