Monthly Archives: June 2011

eBooks: What Would Simone de Beauvoir Say?

[first posted by Greg on 3/18/2011] Those of us who maintain a critical distance from the miracle that is supposed to be the eBook are often accused of being nostalgic romantics or Luddites for our attachment to the printed form, … Continue reading

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Gaming Google Well and Paying Writers Poorly: Bad Strategy for Content Farms

[first posted by Alice on 2/28/2011] On February 24, 2011, Amit Singhal and Matt Cutts posted “Finding more high quality sites in search” on the official Google blog. They described what some have since termed the “Farmer algorithm,” which will … Continue reading

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Social Media and the Environment

[first posted by Alice on 2/8/2011] Recently, the people at Facebook told us that over the New Year’s weekend alone, its users uploaded 750 million photos. If you had any doubts about the importance of social media in people’s lives, … Continue reading

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New Challenges for Libraries

[first posted by Alice on 1/27/2011] In his recent Library Journal article “Bottoming Out?” Michael Kelley examines budget issues faced by libraries in the United States. Most important is the fact that governments are looking for ways to slash spending, … Continue reading

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On the Future of Reading and Writing

[first posted by Alice on 1/19/2011] As I search the web, I find a wide range of opinions about the future of publishing, reading and writing. At one extreme, there are those who have a neo-Luddite disdain for any form … Continue reading

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