Archive for February, 2009

Share a Story Shape a Future
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Share a Story Shape a Future

I am taking part in the Share a Story, Shape a Future event the week of March 9-13, blogging about the role of audiobooks in children’s literacy. Here’s the week’s line up – be sure to stop in! Day 1: Raising Readers hosted by Terry Doherty at Scrub-a-Dub-Tub, the Reading Tub blog Finding Time at […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Therapist in the Age of Addiction
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Therapist in the Age of Addiction

Every once in a while a book comes along out of nowhere, grabs me by the eyeballs and drags me through it. Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh was like that. The Chicago projects were not an interest. I’m not a sociologist. And suddenly I care passionately how crack operates in this neighborhood, […]

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Kindle 2 kerfuffle update
By February 27, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Kindle 2 kerfuffle update

Well, it looks as though Amazon has thought twice about the text-to-speech Kindle 2 capabilities. Here is an update from Business Wire where Amazon says: Therefore, we are modifying our systems so that rightsholders can decide on a title by title basis whether they want text-to-speech enabled or disabled for any particular title. We have […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Children's Choice Book Awards

Children's Choice Book Awards

Back when I was a children’s book editor and regularly read the slush pile, the words that held the least meaning in a manuscript cover letter were “My grandchildren/children love this story!” Did that make me want to invest thousands of dollars in publishing that author’s book? Not so much. But that doesn’t mean that […]

Posted in: Books and Authors
Book Group Profile: Women Who Dare

Book Group Profile: Women Who Dare

One of the aspects of my job that I like the most is seeing what all the book groups in our system have chosen to read. I’m always amazed at how few titles are duplicated over a ten location system. The KCPL Women Who Dare book group is only two years old, but they have […]

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Kindle 2 text-to-speech smackdown
By February 27, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Kindle 2 text-to-speech smackdown

Author, audiobook narrator, and actor extraordinaire Wil Wheaton takes on the whole kerfuffle (worthy of a NYT opinion from Roy Blount) on how the Kindle 2’s text-to-speech capability of any book downloaded on the eBook reader does/does not violate the book author’s rights. Wheaton created a ten-minute human vs. machine smackdown. Here’s what he says: […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Book Group Grace: How to Talk About Books, Pt.1
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Book Group Grace: How to Talk About Books, Pt.1

First attempts at book group discussion can be awkward. Heck, if you’re like me, your hundredth book group can be awkward. When I was first getting started, I’d make comments that I thought were insightful, but the group would react as if I’d made armpit noises at the Mozart society or talked about my last […]

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The Topnotch Library That Can’t Afford Book Groups
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The Topnotch Library That Can’t Afford Book Groups

Many of us who live in the Chicago suburban area weren’t surprised when the Nichols Library in Naperville was recently named a Five Star Library by Library Journal.  The library has been consistently voted No. 1 in DuPage County.  What has startled us, however, is the news that the library has decided to eliminate its […]

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Seattle Reads 2009: My Jim by Nancy Rawles
By February 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Seattle Reads 2009: My Jim by Nancy Rawles

The Reading Group Toolbox for the 2009 Seattle Reads featured title, My Jim by Nancy Rawles, is now available. In the Toolbox you will find discussion questions for My Jim, discussion questions for Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which inspired My Jim, an essay on Twain’s controversial classic, as well as an author interview […]

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The Highest Tide
By February 26, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

The Highest Tide

So many of my friends raved about this book and I am so glad I picked it up. It truly swept me away into its world, and I didn’t want to let go at the end. Miles O’Malley lives in Olympia, Washington and is an avid beachcomber—he spends hours, day and night, exploring the tide […]

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