Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How to Actually Get a Job on Twitter - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

How to Actually Get a Job on Twitter

We know a lot more about our latest hire from his tweets than his transcript or resume

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Tomorrow, my newest hire starts here at The Atlantic. Robinson Meyer is his name, he just finished up school at Northwestern, and he may be the only college kid to actually get a job because of how good he is on Twitter. He's so good that I've been wanting to hire him since he was a sophomore. I brought him in as an intern last summer, and now, we've hired him as a staffer.

The Twitter thing is not what you're thinking. I didn't look at his Klout score. I don't care how many followers he has. I don't care how funny he is (though he's very funny).
Rob got my attention by becoming a part of The Atlantic Tech's extended cast of writers and interlocutors. His network analysis was uncanny. One minute I've never heard of this kid, and the next minute, he's engaged in interesting, respectful conversation with half of my Internet friends.

That takes a certain kind of fearlessness, and most of the time it'd be paired with arrogance. But not with Rob. His humility is genuine, driven by a real desire to think this stuff through. And the thing that I always noticed about Meyer's conversations with everyone was that he was such a good and generous reader of other people's work. He tended to respond with whatever the opposite of snark is. His role became to connect good ideas with each other by connecting good writers with each other. He wove the social fabric tighter and made our conversations richer. Read more...

Hotels Add Libraries as Amenity to Keep Guests Inside - NYTimes.com

Hotels Add Libraries as Amenity to Keep Guests Inside


Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times
At its library, the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel has books about presidents and sports.

Reading material in many hotel rooms has become about as spare as it can be — open the desk drawer and it might hold a Gideon Bible and a Yellow Pages.
But some hotels are giving the humble book another look, as they search for ways to persuade guests, particularly younger ones, to spend more time in their lobbies and bars. They are increasingly stocking books in a central location, designating book suites or playing host to author readings. While the trend began at boutique hotels like the Library Hotel in New York, the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., and the Study at Yale in New Haven, it is expanding to chain hotels. Read more....

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Amazon vs. your public library - Fortune Tech

Amazon vs. your public library

July 22, 2013: 10:13 AM ET

Will consumers buy as many e-books when they can borrow them?

By Verne Kopytoff
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FORTUNE -- Amazon's dominance in digital books is under perpetual attack by Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL). Now you can add another threat to the list: the public library. That's what an analyst from Barclays suggested in a recent research report. Consumers will likely avoid buying e-books if they can borrow them from the library for free. Read more...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

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19 Vintage Photographs Of Stylin' Librarians

9 Vintage Photographs Of Stylin’ Librarians

Definitive proof that books are the sexiest accessory of all.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Here’s how Amazon self-destructs - Salon.com

Here’s how Amazon self-destructs - Salon.com

If Amazon puts bookstores out of business, it will destroy the main way readers learn about new books to buy


Here's how Amazon self-destructsEnlargeJeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. (Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/SeanPavonePhoto via Shutterstock/Salon)
By the time a federal judge ruled last week that Apple had illegally colluded with five of the so-called Big Six publishers to raise e-book prices, just about no one in the book business was surprised. All the publishers named in the lawsuit had already taken a long look at the uphill battle and the crippling legal bills and decided to settle. (Unlike Apple, book publishers have less cash than the United States Treasury.) The ruling seemed to be just the latest uplifting story for Amazon, whose dominance Apple and the publishers had been trying to curtail until the Department of Justice stepped in.

lso last week, Amazon’s closest competitor in bookselling, Barnes & Noble, announced the resignation of its CEO, William Lynch, and said it would not name a successor, rarely a good sign. Already in a distant second place, Barnes & Noble has recently seen its woes deepen significantly. The company has been closing stores and announced in June that it would close still more and stop making Nook color tablets. It reported net losses of more than $1 million per day.

With challenges to Amazon’s power wilting fast, the company’s stock closed the week at an all-time high. It is not so obvious, however, that the Seattle behemoth is sitting pretty, at least when it comes to bookselling. Amazon could end up being victimized by its own phenomenal success.  Read more...

What Students Need to Know about Copyright ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Students Need to Know about Copyright ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
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