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NYPL’s Chief Digital Officer Says Public is Better off When Libraries Are ‘Risk Averse’ About Tech

[ad_1] New York Public Library’s Tony Ageh used to be not too long ago in Seattle to discuss libraries’ virtual transformation. Ageh made the purpose that tech now permeates just about all of a library’s operations, from ebooks and article databases, to programs for testing fabrics and monitoring fines. Still, …

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Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Good Books You Read This Year?

[ad_1] As we inch nearer to the tip of the 12 months, we can be operating a few year-ender posts in the following couple of days. We’re beginning with books. What had been some books you learn this 12 months that you’d counsel to others? (It may well be from …

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Sting on Amazon Booksellers Aims To Weed Out Counterfeit Textbooks, But Small Sellers Getting Hurt

[ad_1] Amazon upended the e-book business greater than twenty years in the past by way of bringing gross sales onto the internet. Now, all through the center of the vacation buying groceries season, the corporate is wreaking havoc on used booksellers who’ve come to depend on Amazon for patrons. From …

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Amazon’s AbeBooks Backs Down After Booksellers Stage Global Protest

[ad_1] An “extraordinary and unprecedented” international protest from antiquarian booksellers has forced the Amazon-owned secondhand marketplace AbeBooks to backtrack on its decision to pull out of several countries. From a file: AbeBooks had instructed bookshops in international locations together with Hungary, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Russia that it …

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Tiny Books Fit in One Hand. Will They Change the Way We Read?

[ad_1] Several readers have shared a record about publishing trade’s new gamble to pressure other people to shop for bodily copies of books: making the books a lot tinier. From the record: As a bodily object and a feat of generation, the published guide is difficult to toughen upon. Apart …

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Stephen Hawking Warns That AI and ‘Superhumans’ Could Wipe Humanity; Says There’s No God in Posthumous Book

[ad_1] Stephen Hawking says synthetic intelligence will sooner or later change into so complex it’ll “outperform humans.” The renowned physicist who died in March warns of both rises in advanced artificial intelligence and genetically-enhanced “superhumans” in a book published Tuesday. Hawking additionally weighed in on god, and extraterrestrial beings. From …

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150 San Franciscans Explain How Tech Money Changed Their City

[ad_1] DevNull127 writes: In a exceptional odyssey, documentary-maker Cary McClelland interviewed more than 150 San Francisco residents — together with a tattoo artist, a longshoreman, a project capitalist, and a pawnshop proprietor — to seize the actual voices of a converting town, in one of those oral history of the …

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Slashdot Asks: What Book(s) Are You Reading This Month?

[ad_1] We have no longer run e-book suggestions and e-book dialogue posts for a while. So right here it is going: What’s a e-book — or books — are you studying this month? Additionally, what is a e-book you completed not too long ago that you simply discovered insightful, or …

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How Do Things Stick To Us in a Culture Where Information and Ideas Are Up So Quickly That We Have No Time To Assess One Before Another Takes Its Place?

[ad_1] David L. Ulin, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the California Book Award, stocks an excerpt from his e-book “The Lost Art of Reading”, to The Paris Review: This is the conundrum, the gorilla in the midst of any dialog about literature in fresh tradition, the question of …

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