Friday, May 29, 2015

Daily Thoughts 05/29/2015

Daily Thoughts 05/29/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

At Book Expo America, there were far more books that I wanted to read personally than when I went to previous conventions.  I have a fairly large stack of signed material which I plan to read.

This morning, I am hoping to get a copy of The Water Knife signed by Paolo Bacigalupi.  I will revisit some of the exhibitors and go to a few of the final panels.

Web Bits

Public Library of 10,000 Vinyl Records Opens in South Korea

BEA 2015: Early Favorites for Young Readers

BEA 2015: For E-books in Libraries Obstacles Remain

Dear Librarian: New York Public Library's Quirkiest Inquiries

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Daily Thoughts 05/28/2015

Pierre Auguste Renoir, Nature Mort au Bouquet, 1873
Daily Thoughts 05/28/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I also have my list of booths to visit for BEA ready.

I went in early today and did the VIP librarian tour which was short but interesting.  There were a few places to visit.  They also gave us a booth list of places to visit.  We were supposed to visit 15 different booths in order to take part in a drawing for a kindle or an Ipad.  The drawing is tomorrow at 3:15 p.m.  I spent a lot of time walking today.  I looked at a lot of different booths.

I said hello to Ellen Datlow at the Horror Writers Association booth.  I got a book signed by her, The Doll Collection Seventeen Brand New Tales of Dolls, edited by Ellen Datlow.  She said that it was nice that I was still a librarian.  I also stopped by the Romance Writers of America booth and took a look at the Mystery Writers of America booth. They are all clustered near each other.

I went to the librarians luncheon today.  It was interesting.  The event was led by Nora Rawlinson from Early Word which I read regulary.  At the library events, they always have bags of books.  There are always more books than I can possibly carry around.  I got a copy of We Were Brothers A Memoir by Barry Moser.

There were two sample books which seem especially interesting to me, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers, Psy.D.  who is the author of Eating Mindfully.  The other book which is holding my attention is Leaving Orbit, Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean which is about then end of the space shuttle program.

I walked the whole show floor today.  At 3:30 p.m., I went to the VIP Library Networking Event which is interesting.  There was a film on a community reads project focused on James Joyce, The Dubliners.   There was also a very nice selection of publishers Osprey, American Girl, Farrar Strauss Giraux, Picador, and a few others.  I had already had two glasses of wine on the show floor, so I drank some ice water.

The cheese and crackers were quite nice.  I had also had a chance to sit down and sort through all the material I had acquired.  My bag was overflowing with books.  It was a long slog home with a very heavy bag of books.

On the way home, I read some more of CRACK99 which is a story of a criminal enterprise designed to sell sophisticated industrial and military software.  This is a story of "crackers" people who break software to resell it for money or reveal secrets.  It is very different than the books on hackers or cyber activists which I have read. 

Web Bits

BEA 2015, Books by Franzen, Halberg Among the Most Talked About

USC Brings Works, Personal Letters of Dashiell Hammett to Hollings Library

Queens Library CEO Appeals for More City Funding

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 05/27/2015

Artist: Kyoto Kano School, Scenes from the Tale of Genji, 1625-1650
Daily Thoughts 05/27/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I am going to Day of Dialog between librarians and publishers today followed by the American Association of Publishers Adult Librarian dinner at the Yale Club.  It should be interesting.

I got to Day of Dialog early.  It was mostly interesting.  I got to visit with different vendors. I spoke to Ingram about ordering African American fiction and nonfiction as well as Latin American and Latino fiction.  I learned that Freegal's movie subscription is not based on selling individual films, but on a license for three hours a day of use for each user.

I collected a lot of books for the library which I put aside when I got home tonight.  I also picked up some CD Audiobooks and some MP3 Audiobooks.  I am going to be collecting a lot more books.

I also picked up some galleys which I had signed for my own reading, We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh coming out on August 18, 2015 who is the author of The Language of Flowers, Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reiches which is coming out on July 21, 2015  which is a forensic mystery, Charles Todd A Pattern of Lies which is due out in August 2015, Ernest Cline Armada which is due out in July of 2015.  I rather liked Ready Player One.  I am currently reading a nonfiction book called Crack99 The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate by David Locke Hall.  This story is a mix of high technology computer software, legal and political wrangling, police work, computer cracking, and upright nationalism.

There are a lot of notes for me to go through.  It will take me some time to write up some of the things which I saw.  There was a little bit on Bookface which is on twitter.  There was also some discussion of cookbook clubs.  I got home fairly late tonight.

Last year, I was looking at a way to combine Sharepoint with Quark, Please Tech  or similar software to create a publishing network.  The idea is there, not fully fleshed out.  I had seen other companies create collaborative networks for writing like which used the .net framework from Microsoft. is now out of business.  Something told me to stop last year.   It nags at me a bit.   I spent some time looking around the digital part of Book Expo America to learn what would be possible last year.  There are some very interesting possibilities with different types of media; photo albums, graphic novels, photo books, enhanced e-books and similar things.

Web Bits

In a Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks are as Relevant as Ever

Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?

64.9% chance for librarians.  Yes it will eventually have large parts of it done by machines

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 05/26/2015

Artist: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796-1875, Reading Beneath The Trees, La Lecture Sous Les Arbres , 1874

Daily Thoughts 05/26/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I did some preparation work for Book Expo America.  I went to my local library and printed out my exhibitor list.  There is a BEA Show Planner which you can log into to generate a list of booths to visit.

I also bought a new shoulder bag.  A big Manhattan Portage bag.  In addition, I went and got some comfortable shoes.   You do a lot of walking while you are on the exhibitor floor.  Having a big sturdy bag and comfortable shoes is very useful at Book Expo America. 

I stopped by my local library today in Queens.  The plastic bags with the Queens Library logo on them are free.  I also picked up a donation envelope.

I am reading Judge Dredd Year One on Overdrive.  It is a novelization of the comic book which is hard boiled, futuristic, and full of very dark humor.

Web Bits

Book Regrows Into Tree After Being Read

Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

Libraries Could Outlast the Internet, Head of British Libraries Says

Ride Along on a Four Mile Long Roller Coaster for books

Monday, May 25, 2015

Daily Thoughts 05/25/2015

Artist: Okumura Masanobu, 1686 - 1764
Korean on horseback writing the character “Tiger”

Daily Thoughts 05/25/2015

Happy Memorial Day.  There is parade near my house today.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also did a little preparation for Book Expo America which is on May 27-29.

I am hoping to get a book signed on Friday at 10:00 a.m. Paolo Bacigalupi is signing copies of his book, The Water Knife at the Random House Booth on 05/29/2015.

There were a few books that caught my interest. Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos and George McDonald Fraser, Captain Calico.  Both of these are fiction.  In nonfiction, there is The Master Algorithm How The Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos,  We Were Brother's A Memoir by Barry Moser.  Barry Moser illustrated the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible.  Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton Wall Street's First Black Millionaire by Shane White, and My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem.

BEA' s Big Reveal BEA Preview 2015

BEA Galley & Signing Guide 2015

I am watching Earth A New Wild, the 3rd and 4th episodes which are about Water and Oceans.  I like the narrator, Dr. M. Sanjayan's style.  It made me interested enough to place the dvd series, Years of Living Dangerously, The Complete Series on hold.  It is a documentary on climate change filmed by James Cameron. Dr.M. Sanjayan is the narrator of this series as well.

Elon Musk

Tesla Model 3 Concept Images Emerge