October 21, 2009

Barnes & Noble’s Shiny, Sharing-Friendly ‘Nook’ eBook Reader

Interesting to see Kindle's new competitor!

Barnes & Noble’s Kindle competitor may have been the worst-kept secret since balloon boy’s disastrous appearance on CNN last week.

But the advance hype doesn’t seem to have hurt the launch of the Nook, an impressive-looking $260 device that will go head-to-head with Amazon.com’s Kindle, currently the most successful product in a small but growing market for e-book readers.

Basic details of the Nook were published by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday following leaked images that appeared on Gizmodo last week. And Barnes & Noble leaked product details hours before reporters filed into Pier 60 in Manhattan for the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

“Simply following the leader is not in our DNA,” said Barnes & Noble president William Lynch.

Full article at Wired.com

October 13, 2009

Unflitered: Horry County Library Teen Rock Band

check out this great story about the Horry County Library teen rock band. I love their band name! Unfiltered.

October 09, 2009

Book Signing Oct 20 430-6pm!

Nationally Recognized Photographer to Speak at State Library

Ordinary Heroes is a collection of 48 hauntingly beautiful portraits of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients. They have been captured by photographer Tom Casalini over a year’s time and travel, and each is accompanied by his insightful observations or a shared thought from that individual. Casalini will appear for a book talk and signing reception at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, on Tuesday October 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase with portions of the proceeds going to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society as well as various Veteran organizations and groups throughout the United States.

tom casaliniThe book opens with the stories of some of the Medal Recipients in-depth, as told to writer Tim Wallis. Throughout the telling of the stories, Wallis has woven his own childhood remembrances of growing up in middle America during the same years. It contrasts the world these men experience as they fought and won their Medals of Honor against the backdrop of the world of innocence and freedom they were fighting to protect.

Casalini tours the nation sharing a dynamic, emotional, unforgettable presentation about the recipients of our nation’s highest tribute for valor – The Medal of Honor. The uplifting message of the heroism potential in all of us is an outgrowth of his yearlong experience in 18 states and 52 cities photographing living Medal of Honor recipients. Walter Cronkite stated, “Ordinary Heroes is a brilliant title as this book speaks of the ordinary lives from which heroes emerge and to which most return. And it is a perfect oxymoron as we learn here of that extraordinary courage in combat that brought them to the nation’s highest honor.”

For more information about Ordinary Heroes, visit www.ordinaryheroesbook.com.

October 07, 2009

River of Words in South Carolina

I had a great time producing this video! Lots of great folks to talk about River of Words :-)

October 06, 2009

Reading Rooster Recommends October 5 2009

Stephen G. Hoffius - Speaker @ the Center

interesting book talk!

Facebook Audience Grows 8.6% in September

LIBRARIES! Are you tapped in to this wonderful mode of communication?  Reach out to a new set of customers. You'll be surprised at how many will people in your community will become a fan of your library on Facebook!

Fueled in large part by younger women, Facebook’s US active base grew by 8.6% in September 2009 to 88.3 million, according to an analysis by Inside Facebook that tracks Facebook’s self-reported demographic statistics for the US market.

Though increases for the month came mostly from younger demographics,  Facebook is still growing the fastest- percentage-wise among the over-45 set, the analysis found. For example, the 30-day growth rate for women ages 45-54 is 6.9% and for women ages 55-64 it is 8.4% (vs. a growth rate of only 5.8% for women 18-24). This trend toward more mature demographics was noted earlier this year.

Read the full article at MarketingCharts.