The Changing Library

Libraries are places where you use the computer, meet people, look something up. Oh, and borrow books.
According to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, “Libraries in the Digital Age,” the majority of Americans find that borrowing books is an important service. And 73% borrow printed books, while 53% of those surveyed…

The Evil Librarian in an E-Universe

Libraries are a problem for publishers.
They loan books.
Of course, they buy books, and for e-books, they buy the rights to distribute e-books a certain number of times.
Yet publishers still struggle to find the right economic model to work with libraries.
This is not an issue that can be brushed away, or dealt with harshly, as Penguin…

The Return of Lt. Bookman

Remember the Seinfeld episode from season three about the library cop?
The New York Public Library contacted Jerry because they claimed he had taken out a copy of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer in 1971 and never returned it. The NYPL sent its crack “Investigaton Officer,” Lt. Bookman, to retrieve the overdue book (or the fee,…