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Goodreads Catalogs 300 Millionth Book

Goodreads Blog – “Goodreads continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. Today, we had our 300 millionth book cataloged! To give this statistic some context: It took the Goodreads community three years to catalog 100 million books (including books marked as read, to-read, or currently reading). Fourteen months later, in late September 2011, we reached 200 million books. Now, just seven months after that, we’ve hit the 300 million benchmark. Take a look at how the number of books cataloged has skyrocketed.”

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Watch worldwide book sales, live

LA Times – “The Book Depository is a British-based online bookseller that ships to countries around the world, for free. To bring that point home, it has built a map that shows who bought what, where, just now. The window of the map moves to reach the most recent purchase, zooming back and forth from Germany to Singapore to the United States to Australia to Norway. In each location, the title pops up. It’s hypnotic.”

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1DollarScan Turns Books and Other Paper Stuff into Searchable PDFs for $1

Lifehacker – “Got a lot of books crowding your home or feel buried under paper clutter, without the time or the equipment to scan everything? 1DollarScan is a service that will digitize it all for you starting at just $1. For a buck, you can get a 100 book pages, 10 business cards, 10 photos, 10 business document pages, or 1 greeting card converted to PDF and available for download or on DVD. You can make your eBooks or other digital docs searchable by adding OCR for another buck.”

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How To Find the Book on the Tip of Your Tongue

Galley Cat – “Trying to remember a book you read as a child? Need help finding the title of a short story you loved in college? Post your query on the Tip of My Tongue page at Reddit–hundreds of dedicated readers will help you find the book.”

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Library Staff Report Use of Online Tools (Again)

Webjunction – “Last summer we reported the results of our survey of WebJunction members about their use of 10 types of online tools and resources. This spring we surveyed our membership again with a similar question, but this time separating professional use from personal use. We also updated the tool list, adding mobile apps, chat and IM, video- and photo-sharing sites, online games, and discussion forums. This year, we had 1,039 responses, in contrast to the ~575 last year. But the makeup of the respondents are similar: 70% are from public libraries, and all have registered as WebJunction members.”

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