Do We Need Bookstores Anymore?

Jane Lindskold: Wednesday Wanderings

Quick Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day you can enter to win a copy of the ARC of Artemis Invaded.  Details are on the Jane Lindskold Facebook page.

Before you read any further, I’m going to provide a spoiler.  My answer is “yes.”  However, I believe that for bookstores to survive, they may need to adapt.

I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the recent events surrounding Borderlands Bookstore in San Francisco, California.  If you are, skip the next paragraph – or don’t.  I’ve talked to a few people who seem to only have part of the picture.

Me At Mysterious Galaxy Me At Mysterious Galaxy

Borderlands Bookstore specializes in SF/F.  They have a knowledgeable staff, a friendly atmosphere, and offer a much wider variety of works than you’ll find at your standard Big Box Store.  They host great author events (I know this firsthand) and even serve a…

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Comic-Con badges sell out in record time, just one hour. | UTSanDiego.com

It was yet another rapid sell-out Saturday morning for coveted Comic-Con badges, but this year it happened in record time — in just one hour.

That’s 30 minutes faster than last year’s sellout for the four-day pop culture extravaganza, which this year will be coming to the San Diego Convention Center July 9 – 12. The always sold-out event draws some 130,000 attendees from around the world, including top Hollywood film and TV producers and major celebrities.

via Comic-Con badges sell out in record time, just one hour. | UTSanDiego.com.

A screenwriter turns novelist, looking for less interference and fewer turkeys | Books | The Guardian

The UK’s closest equivalents to the US showrunners are Steven Moffat and Armando Iannucci. Few others are allowed to go off and wrangle a team of writers, with only the lightest of touches from the higher echelons. Even Moffat had to re-pilot Sherlock, although the fact that the BBC allowed him to do this shows the respect and faith they (rightly) accord him. I’m on a far lower rung, and so for me, part of the appeal of novel writing is that the chain from author to reader is short and simple – agent, editor, proofreader, shop/website.

In TV, the script will have to be signed off by producers, executive producers, genre commissioners and channel commissioners, and that’s still only a starting point; the director and actors (once they’ve been approved) will then have their say. None of this is necessarily bad; any writer will welcome informed opinions that improve their work. But the longer the chain of opinions that have to be taken into account, the more the danger of weak links. Hence the (possibly apocryphal) tale of the executive whose main note on the script of The Manchester Passion was “more jeopardy for Jesus?”

via A screenwriter turns novelist, looking for less interference and fewer turkeys | Books | The Guardian.

 

Surface Pro 4 release date, price, news and features | Laptops News | TechRadar

Each Surface Pro has arguably been better than the last, and there’s good reason to believe that the Surface Pro 4 could turn out to be something special.

While the Surface Pro 2 was marketed as a tablet that could do more than other tablets (particularly Apple’s iPad), Microsoft switched tact to try and make the Surface Pro 3 an all-out MacBook Air killer.

via Surface Pro 4 release date, price, news and features | Laptops News | TechRadar.

LAPL, SELF-e, Surprising Stats | Self-Publishing & Libraries

According to Sargent, “The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the ebooks on Amazon’s bestseller lists. Self-published books now represent 31% of ebook sales on Amazon’s Kindle store.”

Amazon, of course, isn’t the whole market. But it bears watching as an early indicator of market direction. How, then, should libraries begin to reposition themselves to respond to this growing trend? Perhaps by starting with what we know best: our own communities.

via LAPL, SELF-e, Surprising Stats | Self-Publishing & Libraries.

I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible. – The Washington Post

Since the mid-’90s, the Internet Archive has been trawling the information super highway. It’s robots crawl the Internet and copy every webpage they can find, every two months. So far, it has archived more than 430,000,000,000 web pages.

It’s a rich and fantastic resource for historians of the near-past. Historians like me.

via I tried to use the Internet to do historical research. It was nearly impossible. – The Washington Post.

A look back at a record breaking year in digital reading (Infographic) | OverDrive Blogs

2014 was another record year for libraries and digital reading! Around the world users borrowed more than 136 million digital titles from OverDrive powered library and school websites. This included more than 15 million browser-based titles borrowed using OverDrive read and over 32 million audiobooks!

To take a deeper look into the year that was we’ve created this great infographic to offer a visual representation of the amount of titles borrowed and what some of the most popular titles were that people checked out. Thank you to all of the users who continue to support thier public libraries 24/7 by embracing OverDrive and digital reading!

via A look back at a record breaking year in digital reading (Infographic) | OverDrive Blogs.

See the full infographic here.. http://blogs.overdrive.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Stats_InfoGraphic_14.3.pdf

Menus: The Art of Dining | UNLV Libraries Digital Collections

Menus provide a wealth of information beyond their purely aesthetic value and are a particularly rich resource for aspects of cultural and social history. They give us information on the most popular cuisine of a time period and region and are evidence of changing culinary tastes. They can indicate how particular food items have been used regionally, and in the case of notable restaurants can provide evidence of the work of well-known chefs. Design-wise they are examples of the graphic design elements illustrative of a particular historical time period. For students of menu design they can serve as examples of graphic design, placement and layout. Last but not least, they have a purely nostalgic value for those persons who have visited a particular restaurant or hotel and want to re-live that experience by reading through the menu.

via Menus: The Art of Dining | UNLV Libraries Digital Collections.