Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I found out about this from our fabulous reading specialist, Tara Braverman. BookGlutton lets you chat about books while reading them. It's like those little 3M tape flags & post-it notes to myself that I used to use when I was doing anthropology research--only you can share them with others. Unfortunately, it's still pretty limited in scope--essentially public domain stuff with a few exceptions, but I think it's a great idea. I saw some interesting comments on Alice in Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately for me, I did not enjoy the experience of reading Austen on a laptop as much as I would have hoped--I can't imagine reading the whole novel that way. Perhaps with Reader such as Kindle it would be different (not that this capability currently exists, but I can't imagine it will be too long in coming). I wonder how younger people would feel about this. Maybe it's just that I'm too Gen X :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Blogging and the Future of Communication

Salon has just published an excerpt from a new book by it's co-founder, Scott Rosenberg on the transformational nature of the blogosphere [def. not *this* one in particular :)], Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters .

Looks like a winner.

Must put in my "to buy" cart.