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17:29 // 1 year ago
July 1, 2011
theeconomist:

Spotted by a reader in a Florida public library. Do not mess with these librarians.

You would expect economists to be able to afford this magazine without having to go to such measures.

theeconomist:

Spotted by a reader in a Florida public library. Do not mess with these librarians.

You would expect economists to be able to afford this magazine without having to go to such measures.

13:26 // 2 years ago
May 15, 2011

On libraries, a concept that would be difficult to sell today

markcoatney:

“If someone suggested the idea of public libraries now, they’d be considered insane. If you said you were going to take a little bit of money from every taxpayer, buy a whole load of books and music and games, stick them on a shelf and tell everyone, ‘These are yours to borrow and all you’ve got to do is bring them back,’ they’d be laughed out of government.”

Peter Collins, The Secret Life of Libraries (via jingc)

True. Publishers used to try to sue libraries, arguing that they were violating their copyright by letting people read books they hadn’t paid for. 

A friend of ours doesn’t like libraries for this very reason. It’s a bizarre consequence of politics that we’ve moved so far away from the library that we’d never find our way down this road if we had to start over. The Internet used to be much more library-like in its conceit. (We remember hopping on our modems circa 1994 to use the Internet through a text-based interface. Yes, we’re that old. We know what GOPHER is.) Then AOL started charging $20 a month to take a hit of the pipe, and here we are today.

23:00 // 2 years ago
April 20, 2011
Soon, your Kindle will replace your library card: Amazon is rolling out some great new features to Kindle users, including book lending and access to 11,000 public libraries. No word on when they’ll be out, though. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Soon, your Kindle will replace your library card: Amazon is rolling out some great new features to Kindle users, including book lending and access to 11,000 public libraries. No word on when they’ll be out, though. source

Follow ShortFormBlog

23:48 // 2 years ago