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BTG021 News (Audio and Video): E-books, E-Readers, the Dodgers, Flannery O’Connor, and More

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Happy Banned Book Week
Banned Book Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight Saga’ Frequently Challenged (Galley Cat)
Top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009 (American Library Association)
Censorship of The Economist (The Economist)
On Banned Book Week (I Should Be Writing)BlackBerry Came Out With Their Own Tablet/Pad/Reader Called the PlayBook

BlackBerry Playbook Tablet an iPad Killer for the Suits? (Gizmodo)

Amazon Launches Kindle for the Web, Embeddable Book Samples

Kindle for the Web (Amazon)
Amazon Unveils Kindle for the Web (Galley Cat)
What Is Google Editions? (The Atlantic)
Getting Started with Google Editions (Google)
Hey, What Happened to Google Editions? (CNET)

Xerox Will Sell the Espresso Book Machine


“Inclusive” Versus “Exclusive”: Either Way, It’s Likely to be Expensive

More McCourt Drama (Boston Globe)
McCourt Divorce (LA Times)
Bank Consider Frank and Jamie McCourt to be Co-owners of the Dodgers (LA Times)

Thanks to Steve Garfield from stevegarfield.com for pointing me to this story.

French Bristle at English as Europe’s Official Language

Ad-Supported E-books


Oprah Winfrey Announces Jonathan Franzen Pick

The Joy of Not Reading the “It Book” (The Smart Set)

Private Company Takes Over Libraries in Santa Clarita


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5 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Hey, I just noticed that your RSS feed is not working properly. Thought I shouldlet you know!

    1. phlebotomy on October 30th, 2010 at 5:31 AM
  2. Very good written information. It will be useful to anybody who utilizes it, including myself. Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

    2. articles on October 6th, 2010 at 5:57 AM
  3. Thanks, Larry.

    The audio alone is there too–on the page here and on the feed (in case you missed that). I’m not sure how I’m going to proceed in the future. I don’t think I’ll ever abandon the audio, but I’m not sure of the best way to get the audio to the people who want audio and video to the people who want video.

    3. Mignon on September 29th, 2010 at 8:32 PM
  4. Although the video was lovely, I don’t believe having video with the audio added anything to my experience. In fact, it made it more difficult to consume, since I had to be at my computer; I wisely chose to not watch it while driving. (Yes, I meant to split that infinitive.)

    4. Larry Fenske on September 29th, 2010 at 7:17 PM
  5. There was homosexuality in My Sister’s Keeper? Wow I totally missed that sub plot. I read it a while ago, and I really enjoyed the story even for all its darkness. It is one of those where the characters have stayed with me and I think about the book and how intense it was.

    Now the Chocolate War, well it isn’t age appropriate, I would have to say if I was teaching again I wouldn’t have it in my classroom. I just read it and I was distinctly uncomfortable reading it, not to mention there was no resolution at the end of the book, it just stopped, that bothered me but that is the fault of the writer. Because of the story and the way it ended I don’t know if I would even encourage HS children to read it since I didn’t actually find a point to the book. But I could have missed something.

    5. Staci on September 29th, 2010 at 3:49 PM