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June 30, 2012

New Mexico woman gets night in jail over library fees

  • $36 overdue book, DVDs earn NM woman a night in jail source

» 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.

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14:20 // 2 years ago
November 15, 2011
scribnerbooks:

Perhaps indicative of the mentality behind this morning’s action. [via]

This was one of the more depressing details from last night’s raid.

scribnerbooks:

Perhaps indicative of the mentality behind this morning’s action. [via]

This was one of the more depressing details from last night’s raid.

10:54 // 2 years ago
November 3, 2011
Ever wanted to rent a book on your Kindle? Well, now you can!
Kindle and Kindle Fire to have a lending library: The program, which launched today, allows readers to borrow one title at a time per month; when they rent a new title, the previous one will leave their device. Sounds like…not the best plan in the world. The library has over 5,000 titles for readers to choose from, so it’s a little limited. Also, the service is only available to users of Amazon’s Prime service, which costs $79 a year. Stock up! source
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Kindle and Kindle Fire to have a lending library: The program, which launched today, allows readers to borrow one title at a time per month; when they rent a new title, the previous one will leave their device. Sounds like…not the best plan in the world. The library has over 5,000 titles for readers to choose from, so it’s a little limited. Also, the service is only available to users of Amazon’s Prime service, which costs $79 a year. Stock up! source

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23:19 // 2 years ago
June 20, 2011

Google’s back on the library-digitization tip — in a big way

  • 250,000 books going digital source

» 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.

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14:41 // 3 years ago
December 9, 2010

Elderly woman returns library book a couple of years too late

  • 74 number of years late a recently-returned library book was
  • 95 the age of the woman who returned the book, Hazel Severson
  • 1936 the year Severson checked out 1930’s “Seaplane Solo”
  • $2,701 the amount owed in late fees; the library wouldn’t accept them source
10:33 // 3 years ago