» The too-long arm of the law? You could be forgiven for thinking so over the case of New Mexico’s Lori Teel, who was reportedly arrested over $36 worth of overdue library checkouts — one copy of Twilight, and a DVD of the book series’ second film, New Moon. Arrest warrants had been sent out, but not to Teel’s current home — rather, to her childhood home she hadn’t lived at in years, leaving her unaware of the impending retribution. In the course of investigating a disturbance, police arrested Teel in front of her five young children and took her off to jail, where she spent the night. The charges have since been dropped, but that may be cold comfort — I don’t think any of us expect to be arrested for a modest library bill. At least, ahem, we hope not.
» These books predate you by centuries: Google is cooperating with the British Library in London to convert their 40 million pages worth of books from 1700-1870 into digital form. These ancient books are out of copyright, so Google won’t have the same issues they’ve had with earlier digitization efforts. This is all on Google’s dime, by the way: They’ve made similar deals with many other outlets — including Stanford and Harvard.