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Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Grows to Over 100,000 Titles, Over 1 Million Borrowed

Press Release – “The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library continues to grow rapidly, now offering more than 100,000 books that Amazon Prime members with Kindles can borrow for free—including over 100 New York Times Best Sellers like The Hunger Games trilogy—as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. “Kindle Owners’ Lending Library continues to grow rapidly – with over 100,000 titles, customers can choose to borrow a variety of breakout, best-selling titles for free, including ‘Nobody’ by Creston Mapes, ‘The Walk’ by Lee Goldberg and ‘Abducted’ by Theresa Ragan, as well as Kindle Singles from best-selling authors Andy Borowitz, Karin Slaughter and Mishka Shubaly,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “It’s also become a meaningful way to grow royalties for authors like Patricia Hester, who sold less than 200 books in 2011 prior to joining KDP Select and has now earned over $36,000 from KDP Select in one month as readers have discovered her books through this service.”

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Legally Ginger: Local’s Resident Redheads “Sneak” Into The NYU Law Library

NYULocal – “Vanderbilt Hall, home of NYU Law School, has always struck us as being oddly out of place. Its quaint brick courtyard framed by wrought iron gates and redbrick archways is something out of Princeton or Harvard; there’s a definite Ivy League feel. But there’s just one problem- the school’s library is notoriously hard to get into. We had to try. But how?”

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Judge Hears Arguments on Mandatory E-Filing

Courthouse News – ” No decision was reached in a hearing on a slew of motions in the class action against LexisNexis Courtlink and Fulton County, challenging mandatory electronic filings of lawsuits through the private company. Filings at the heart of the Feb. 21 hearing were Fulton County’s request for summary judgment based on sovereign immunity, and plaintiffs’ attorney Steven Newton’s requests to add Fulton County clerks to the list of defendants, and to add three class representatives as plaintiffs.”

(Note: LexisNexis Courtlink is not a private company. It is a division of LexisNexis, itself a subsidiary of Reed Elsevier, a public company)

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Harry Potter eBooks to Be Distributed to Public and School Libraries Through OverDrive

Press Release – “Pottermore, the online experience and home of the Harry Potter eBooks created by J.K. Rowling and partnered by Sony, announced today it has entered into an exclusive worldwide eBook and digital audiobook distribution agreement with OverDrive for public and school libraries. Under the terms of the agreement, OverDrive, a leading global distributor of eBooks and digital audiobooks, will manage hosting and digital fulfillment for libraries for the Harry Potter collection of eBooks and digital audiobooks in English and more than 20 other languages to OverDrive’s growing network of over 18,000 public and school libraries worldwide.”

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World’s Oldest Holocaust Museum, in London, Gets New Life

NYT – ” In a sun-drenched room overlooking Russell Square, a visitor’s eye is immediately drawn to a display of cheerful coloring books, a brightly colored board game and photographs of laughing children. On closer inspection, the children in one photo can be seen crowding around a cake decorated with a swastika.”

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Athena’s Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence

NPR – “With a bit of reverence, librarians carefully wind an antique library clock near the circulation desk in a 19th century temple of learning called the Providence Athenaeum. This is one of the oldest libraries in the United States, a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party. In fact, the Rhode Island institution has been called a national model for civic engagement. A bust of the Greek goddess Athena surveys her realm from the open mezzanine above the main floor. Shafts of light fall gracefully through an atrium. A wrought-iron railing circles the upper floor and bookshelves, fronted by pillars and topped with busts of writers, giving the impression of holding up the ceiling. There’s still a card catalog.”

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Walden Media makes book on ‘Rex Libris’

Variety – “Walden Media is moving ahead on development of “Rex Libris,” tapping Ben Zazove to adapt the humorous sci-fi graphic novel. Walden acquired feature rights to “Rex” last year, which follows the zombie-slaying adventures of librarian Rex Libris as he protects the books of the Middleton Public Library and guards the world’s literary treasures from a host of supernatural foes.”

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Sad Cuts: Multnomah County Libraries Plan to Close on Mondays Starting in July

Blogtown – “Proposed budget are due to the county chair’s office today and the library’s pitch lays out $6.5 million in cuts that, if approved, would go into effect this August. The library, along with the rest of the county, is facing a serious budget gap and is digging up money in various ways.”

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Mike Bloomberg: Libraries Aren’t Just About Books, They’re Places to Find Jobs!

Village Voice – “Yes, books and reading and anything that involves words on actual paper are totally screwed. But that doesn’t mean New York City libraries aren’t valuable! That was kind of the message behind Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s announcement this morning that he is expanding the city’s efforts to help unemployed New Yorkers find jobs through partnerships with public libraries.”

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How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries

The Atlantic – “John Locke thinks people should read more. So in the past few months, the Columbia architecture grad has slipped around Manhattan with a sack of books and custom-made shelves, converting old pay phones into pop-up libraries.”

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