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BookVibe Turns Twitter Data into Book Discovery Tool

“BookVibe is a three-year old Big Data venture that has developed a natural language search technology that allows users to search their tweets and extract the books that are being discussed by the people they follow on Twitter. The service is free to use for consumers and is looking to generate revenue by mining the data for book recommendations and book discovery and offering the relevant analytical information to marketers, publishers and authors.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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New Digital Service Gives Library Card-Holders Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, TV Shows, Music and Audiobooks

“Launching a new era of digital access to public libraries, hoopla digital (www.hoopladigital.com) today announced public availability of its new service, providing library-card holders with online and mobile access to videos, music and audiobooks. Public libraries across North America can now partner with hoopla digital to provide their patrons with thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.” (via PRNewswire)

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National Library of Sweden to Recover Stolen Books

“A chance request in 2004 for a 19th-century German book about the Mississippi River was what alerted the National Library of Sweden that dozens of rare books from its collection had been stolen. Now that volume and another valuable antique book that contains early maps of America have been recovered and are being returned to library officials at a ceremony on Wednesday at the office of the United States Attorney in Manhattan.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Discarded Books, Recovered Nostalgia

“In cursing e-readers and extolling the virtues of dusty, tree-killing books, one risks blowing the trumpet of the curmudgeonly grump. Nevertheless, while books may not necessarily make for a better reading experience, they are superior as subject matter for a photo project. (I defy you, dear reader, to find a loving portrait of a Nook.) To wit, witness Kerry Mansfield’s “Expired,” a series whose substance is the physicality of discarded and withdrawn library books. She brings the lens in close, showing worn edges and torn covers and photographing the ephemera of the library experience: the check-out cards and the paper pockets they went into, for example. She includes beloved titles like Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Dr. Seuss’s “Hop on Pop,” but also obscure ones like Evelyn Sibley Lampman’s “The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Man finds MLK signature inside book he bought for $3.50

“It’s the dream of many who visit thrift shops or antique stores — buy something cheap or find something old in your attic, head to Antiques Roadshow on a whim and end your day as one of the lucky few grinning on television as they learn their item is worth 20 times the price they paid for it.” (via New York Daily News)

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Why a Chicago branch library may have no books today

“If you pop into the hard-to-find Galewood-Mont Clare branch of the Chicago Public Library this afternoon, you may see a library with no books on the shelves. Members of the Galewood Residents Organization plan to check out all 2,700 or so books in an effort to get attention for their efforts to get a bigger branch library.” (via SunTimes)

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Chicago schools order book on Iran out of some classrooms

“The Chicago Public Schools ignited controversy this week by ordering that “Persepolis,” a critically acclaimed graphic novel about a girl growing up in Iran at the time of the Islamic revolution, be removed from some classrooms. CPS Chief Executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett said on Friday that the district was not banning the book, by Marjane Satrapi, but had decided that it was “not appropriate for general use” in the seventh grade curriculum.” (via Reuters)

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Books Found Burned On Porch Of Hartland Library

“Two incidences of library books being burned on the porch of the Hartland Public Library earlier this month were acts of random vandalism, officials say. The library’s new director, Amy Wisehart, said that the books were taken from the small grey cabinet placed outside the library on the porch, called the ‘‘Little Free Library.’’ The cabinet is part of an initiative for rural libraries who aren’t able to stay open as many hours as they’d like.” (via Vermont Standard)

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Russia, US in Hasid books brawl: Moscow wants recourse over $50,000 daily penalties

“Moscow is preparing a lawsuit against the US Library of Congress over rare books claimed by a US-based Hasidic group. The move comes amid ‘outrage’ over a US court ruling to fine Russia US$50,000 daily until it surrenders the texts. Russia’s Foreign Ministry is planning to fight the Washington court’s ruling, which reads that Russia must pay $50,000 daily until it agrees to hand over the so-called Schneerson Library to US-based Jewish organization Chabad-Lubavitch (Agudas Chasidei Chabad). The Schneerson Library, a collection of thousands of rare religious Hasidic books and documents, was started by Rabbi Joseph I. Schneersohn in the Russian city of Lyubavichi (present-day Belarus) in the early 20th century. Part of it was nationalized by Soviet Russia because there were no legal heirs in the Schneerson family.”

via RT

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Russia angry over US fines for Jewish collection

“Russia on Thursday harshly criticized a U.S. court ruling fining it $50,000 a day for holding onto tens of thousands of religious books and manuscripts stolen from Jews during the Russian revolution and World War II. Russia’s State Library and the Russian military archive have refused to give up the books, some hundreds of years old, even after a U.S. court ruled that the Brooklyn-based Chabad-Lubavitch group is the rightful owner. The country says the books are part of its national heritage. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court ruled Wednesday that Russia should pay the fine until it complies with his 2010 order to return the collection to the Jewish group.”

via AP

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