June 28th, 2011
The Rock Springs Library is planning an eBook Reader user’s group. Are you reading on a Kindle, a Nook or a Sony eReader? Are you considering purchasing an eReader? We would like to start a group to learn and share what you know and what you don’t know about the devices. We see more and more people in the library with questions about the readers, we own a couple of them ourselves and are hopeful that libraries will have more access to materials for them in the future. Would you like to be part of a user’s group? Following are the facts from Shelf Awareness:
Some 12% of all adults in the U.S. own an e-book reader like the Kindle or Nook, a number that has doubled in the six months from November 2010 to May 2011, according to a Pew Internet survey of 2,277 adults. People most likely to own e-readers are Hispanic adults, college graduates, members of households earning at least $75,000 annually and those under age 65. Parents are also more likely than nonparents to own e-readers.
At the same time, 8% of adults own tablet computers like the iPad, up from 5% last November, a lower rate of growth than for dedicated e-readers. Similarly the highest rates of tablet ownership are among Hispanic adults and those from households with incomes of at least $75,000. Some 3% of all adults own both an e-reader and a tablet computer.
June 21st, 2011
Facebook recently enabled facial recognition technology, so when your friend uploads a new photo, Facebook recognizes it as you and suggests to your friend to tag you in the photo. Don’t want to be tagged automatically in others’ photos in Facebook? Just follow these steps to learn how to opt out.
Read the article on Wiki How To here.
June 14th, 2011
You will insanely creative bookshelves here. (At Stephen’s blog.)
June 10th, 2011
The Goodreads website has launched a site-sponsored online book group. While many libraries and other websites have attempted to sponsor such groups, most of the attempts I’ve heard of have been ineffective because the groups have not had a wide enough audience to get off the ground. But Goodreads has attracted plenty of devoted readers, and I suspect this attempt might be successful.
Read more her at Book Group Buzz by Neil Holland.
June 9th, 2011
39 Google apps that matter
Robert Strohmeyer writes: “If it’s true that Google is set to take over the world, we should probably all get to know our online overlord a little better. After all, the Mountain View giant moves more than 65% of the world’s search traffic, and dominates the rest of the web with a broad swath of free services. Since it’s almost impossible to get through a day on the internet without crossing Google’s path, we’ve created this comprehensive guide to all things G.”…
Maximum PC, Apr. 25
June 1st, 2011
How reading can block your ability to hear
Becoming engrossed in a good book or a crossword really can block the ability to hear, a study has found. Scientists demonstrated that when people focus their full attention on something, they can become deaf to normally audible sounds. It happens because visual and hearing senses are trying to share limited brain capacity. Study leader Professor Nilli Lavie, from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, said: “Inattentional deafness is a common, everyday experience.”…
Daily Mail (U.K.), May 27
Read entire article here.