Print Books Still in High Demand

http://phys.org/news/2014-01-tops-tablets.html

thCAPNQY17

Print books are high in demand.  However sadly, the majority of books are still printed on tree pulp, when we have every opportunity to use hemp for all paper products but those in legislative power are afraid and are deeply indebted to the timber industry.

In a recent poll, only 4% of respondents gave feedback that indicated that they exclusively read e-books, which is a pretty low percentage when you consider the media coverage about the “age of the e-book”.  Sadly, e-books are still quite a long way from becoming fully functional books with full notetaking, audio, visual, and sensory enhancements.  Until them, e-books will continue to grow, but not at the pace at which is expected.

Luckily, libraries of all kinds and with great effort are providing amazing access to resources and materials, and still highly rely on print books as well.  More and more people are reading a combination of ebooks and print books, which should be the trend for a decade or two yet, before more of the developing world develops the technology and internet infrasturcture neccessary to be able to provide opportunities to purchase computers and mobile computing devices.  The number of people who are reading just print books rose 4% from 2012, which is also a significant statistic to understand.  This means more people are reading print books than ever before, primarily caused by the increase in demand for education for employees in many fields, and also the overall increasing demands for reading in general, and people on average seek out print books before ebooks and this is for several reasons.

First, ebooks are wonderful and all, but require either a computer or laptop, tablet, which for most people are becoming more commonplace, but still require a stiff initial investment of several hundred dollars even for the most basic of computing devices.  Sadly, Overdrive and other ebook access companies frown up library patrons reading and downloading ebooks in the library, which in my opinion severly limits the number of patrons who could be served by ebooks. For example, if a patron comes in, who is interested in ebooks but does not own an ebook device or computer, then they are pretty my screwed.  If patrons could dowload ebooks and then read them in the browser on the public computers, that would allow access to ebooks for everyone, because everyone has access to the public computers, and are not limited by external technology.

Secondly, ebooks still have a long way to go in terms of overall functionality, long term preservation, affordable pricing model and the ability to work across multiple platforms.  Ebooks do not last near as long as the print book, even if take care of, most digital file formats will become corrupt through time, and is not a vial long term option for data storage as of yet.  For transhumanist purposes, the technology needs to be driven for futher integration into ourselves.   Ebooks that can read to us and define words are now coming out, but ar far from standard features on ebooks.

Thirdly, ebooks lack any sort of organized pricing and stanardized file format, and this stifles grow of the ebook industry considerably.

Print books are still a large part of reading for many people. That being said ebooks will become more functional and prices will drop with increasing technology and publisher production.  As long as we continue to use trees to print books on, then we really have no sustanable print publishing model set in place.

Publish Your Own eBook? Here is One Way How!

http://www.techdigest.tv/2013/05/how_to_self-pub.html

kdp

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin (link, directly to the Kindle Direct Publishing site)

As a librarian and information professional, I find the advent of the digital revolution promising and exciting for those in the field and frankly for anyone who has a desire to share information in any capacity.

The traditional model of publishing a book is obviously well established and incorporates a large percentage of the titles that are created and added to library collections around the world, both physically and virtually.  However, this model does not allow for the dissemination of information that can reach the public in a quick fashion, regardless of content.  There are many people in various academic fields who have the drive, desire, and interest in pursuing their own research or book of literature, but do not have the money, proper networking or other means to publish their own eBook.  Publishing an eBook, especially for authors who are just starting out, or an author who wants to venture into the electronic book industry provides an excellent avenue to reach new audiences on the myriad of e-readers, tablets, laptops, smartphones and other computing devices.  A feature that I really think is great, and what sets this apart from the traditional publishing industry, is having the ability to edit, and expand on the published work at any time. How fantastic is that!!

Amazon.com has released what they call the Kindle Direct Publishing Platform which allows for an individual to create an eBook that can be created and then sold on Amazon.com, which for any author out there looking to publish their work or research, this is an exciting prospect.

I have posted the link above, to the location where I originally got the information from. I wanted to share this with all the friends I have on various social media platforms, for I know at least a few of you are looking to get published sometime in the near future.  Amazon.com, has now made it easier than ever to get published and join the information industry.  Happy Publishing!!

How to Share Books & eBooks with Our Troops

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/how-to-share-books-ebooks-with-our-troops_b52089

Everyone loves to read, however the content of what each one of us does read varies considerably.  That being said, below are some excellent ways in which anyone can help donate ebooks and books to citizens in the armed forces of the U.S. military.  Having something to read that interests them while they are stationed somewhere or even off duty can be a welcome reprise to the harsh realities of military life.  As a recent graduate of an MLIS academic program, I am willing to share this information on my blog, and also my social media channels that I take part in.  Here are just a few ideas for anyone who wants to help out a military service member:

If you want to help these men and women far away from home, we’ve collected five different ways you can share books with our troops. For instance, E-Books for Troops will help you send an eReader to our troops overseas. Army Sgt. Andre Corbin explained at the site:

When soldiers deploy, they have a mandatory packing list of equipment/clothing which must be fitted into a rucksack and a duffel bag – and it takes good packing to get everything required stowed. Any personal items must fit into a backpack, that is basically a carry-on bag – not a lot of room. When you only have about 1.5 cubic feet of space to pack personal items to last a year (or at least until care packages start arriving), you have to be very judicious in what you decide to bring … For me, a voracious reader who is addicted to the written word and regularly devours several novels/books a week, having the room for only a few books – even paperbacks tightly packed – could be a very frustrating dilemma.

5 Ways to Share Books & eBooks with our Troops

BFSLogo

1. Books for Soldiers: “Once you are registered, you will be able to view the requests and send troops books, DVDs, games and relief supplies. You will also have access to our Pen Pal area and Post Card Jamboree. On average our volunteers fill thousands of requests a month.”

operation paperback

2. Operation Paperback sends paperbacks to troops overseas, including to the soldiers’ library in in Wardak Province, Afghanistan (pictured above).

booksfortroops

3. Books-a-Million will let you select and purchase Books for Troops in a special program.

4. Books for Troops: “founded to send “care packages for the mind” for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq by providing a variety of books that help ease their fears, loneliness, boredom, stress and to allow them a temporary escape from the horrors that they see and live daily. It was also founded to raise awareness of the sacrifices, both big and small, that our troops are making to protect us and to remind them that they are not forgotten.”

5. Follow this Google search to find many more options for sharing books with soldiers.

The content of the above is credited to Jason Boog, Editor for GalleryCat.com

I hope that someone out there sees this blog post or visits the article itself on GalleryCat.com, and is able to get books and ebooks to military service personnel. This is something small that can be accomplished, but information and literacy to what is important are aspects of their lives that can be forever changed for the good. Hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time.

Jameson

Virtual Internship Week 1. Lubuto Library Project

Hello everyone. I was able to get signed up for a virtual internship for the Spring 2013 semester through the SJSU SLIS program. I wanted to focus on ways I could gain skills and information relating to the use of libraries in international locations, and serving a variety of patrons. Thus, I decided on interning with the Lubuto Library Project. (http://lubuto.org/)

This organization created and ran by Jane Meyers, plays an important role in the rural communities of Zambia in Africa with literacy, by building public libraries with access to technology, aiding and understanding the geography and biology of their local environment, history and more. Since I am a bit of a social media nerd, Jane and I agreed that I should speak to the webmaster for the organization and discuss where and how we should draft an actual social media strategy or policy for the organization moving forward.

Also, these next few weeks I will also be going through various important documents in the organization and gaining a practical understanding of what exactly the contents of the libraries collections are so far. With this information in mind, I am in charge of drafting an official collection development policy for the Lubuto Library Project and its current and ongoing collections.

Lastly, I will be working the webmaster directly in a few weeks from now on assessing how I can aid in the redesigning of the website in content, layout, social media integration and more. Not entirely clear what I will be doing in this aspect yet, but it looks like I will get to learn some new software. Another skill I can add to my resume and e-portfolio.

All in all I am quite glad and sincerely appreciative that I have this wonderful opportunity in front of me to help a great organization push further and also have more publicity to the people of the world. The Lubuto Library Project is a fantastic and important organization that helps the children of rural Zambia in many ways. Below I have some of their social media links. Please “Like” and “Follow” them on whatever platform you can. Spread the word!!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lubutolibraryproject?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LubutoLibrary

LinkedIn Page: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Friends-Lubuto-Libraries-4628443?gid=4628443&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lubutolibraryproject/

Pinterest Page:http://pinterest.com/lubutolibrary/

YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LubutoLibrary

lubuto-library-logo

A Library in a Mall? A Fantastic Idea!

bilde

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121202/NEWS/212020320#comment-275811304948776960

Many Americans this holiday season will be heading to the hundreds of shopping malls that dot the landscapes, and spending that hard earned money.  Lucikly, the librarian for the Newburgh Free Library (NY) had gone to the mall and noticed a vacant space that used to be a bookstore. Since they were able to obtain a 12 month lease for hardly anything, and the place already has ample shelf space, the library system jumped at the opportunity to place a branch library inside the shopping mall.

This is a great idea for several reasons:

1. It places the library in a high traffic area, where it will have great exposure to the public.

2.  It provides a place in the mall for those people who are not there for shopping.

3. The library is in a location where people who may not have used the public library before, now will see it everytime they go shopping.

4. The library provides free wi-fi, and a place to sit back and relax.

5. The library provides computer training, and the resources for self-education, and unemployment help as well.

Overall, more cities and towns should be considering this option when pondering as how to build a new branch. This methodology lowers the costs of opening a new branch and increases the funding for building the collections and resources to fit the informational needs of its user population. Since bookstores are on the decline seeing more of these take places in the near future is not only probable, but must be done in order for the public library to stay relevant.

Having a Computer Inside Your Bloodstream?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2148201/Sci-fi-reality-DNA-turned-living-drive-able-store-read-erase-data.html

The DNA Strand

We can now encode computer information on a DNA strand!! Awesome!~

For Transhumanism to really take hold, we must develop the ability of nanotechnologies and implement them into the human body, or as science calls is, ” a biological system” to enhance ourselves to better withstand the biosphere that we continue to damage at an almost exponential rate.

Researchers in the U.S. have created a method that is able to encode computational information in the strands of DNA within cells.  Also, this information encoded can be erased and re-written with new information. So this is important because our bodies change, and with time the doctors of the future can adjust the programs that are in the bloodstream. What an exciting proposition!  Each small step that we are able to make in implementing technologies into the human body the better chance we will be able to live, longer healthier lives!!

For those of you who do not want to have little computers monitoring your body from the inside, my question is why? I understand if you are nervous or not understanding of the concept, however I argue that this is just the beginning of large-scale charges on how we view ourselves as “biological systems” and what it means to be “human”. As a species we have already been extending our lifespans through medications, fasting, educated nutritional programs, blood testing and supplementation of high quality ingredients that our bodies cannot naturally produce.  This is just the beginning my friends.

What kinds of computer applications would you like to have in your bloodstream?

Cheers to you all!