Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Restructuring

Well-known publishing giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code” on May 21, 2012.  Check out the company’s latest statement on their financial restructuring.

We live in interesting times.  What else will the “web-olution” bring for publishers and libraries?

Scandinavian Crime Fiction

Even though I’m a happy Dane (with a little Swedish mixed in), Scandinavians do have a dark side …

I was excited to find this site: Scandinavian Crime Fiction: Your Literary Portal into Northern Deviance

I’ve read a few of the books listed (The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen and all of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, i.e., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), plus a few that aren’t listed (yet) — The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friise, Smila’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg, and Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson.

Another rich find was this Scandinavian Crime Fiction blog.

These sites will help feed my reading habit for a long time to come.  If you’re a fan of Scandinavian crime fiction like me, or a wannabe, check them out!

— Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services  

Note: Image from the Library’s Britannica Image Quest database 

Learn about eBooks!

You are invited ….

  • What: Books & Beyond @ the BSC Library: eBooks & You
  • When: Wednesday, June 6, 3 p.m.
  • Where: BSC Library Lab 101H

What’s in it for you?

  • Expert BSC librarians will introduce you to the Library’s eBook collections.
  • If you have one, bring your mobile device, eBook reader, laptop, or tablet PC with you.  We will help you get started with the BSC Library’s eBook Collections.  (Please make sure have the most updated operating software on your devices).
  • Don’t have an eReader or mobile device? No matter … you can read eBooks on your computer desktop, too!   We’ll show you how.

Open to current BSC Students, Faculty, and Staff

Questions? Call 701-224-5450 or email us at bsc.library@bismarckstate.edu

You Belong @ Your Library!

Georgia State Copyright Case

Copyright and fair use issues are complex … Check out this article about a Georgia State University case that was recently decided  (Note: an appeal is possible).

Georgia State Copyright Case: What You Need To Know—and What It Means for E-Reserves

You can learn more about copyright at:

Free eBooks

You can check out and download eBooks from many libraries.  You can buy them from online sellers.  You can also get them FREE from a variety of sources.

Where do you find them?

DailyLit.com brings books to your email inbox in convenient chunks that take less than 5 minutes to read.  It’s a very fun way to read a book — even long ones.  I’ve read Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Get Cooking by Molly Katzen, and Authors in the Kitchen by Megan Halpern this way.

eBookFling allows you to “swap unlimited eBooks with thousands of readers nationwide.”

Gizmo’s Freeware provides a listing of sites that legally offer free eBooks and audiobooks for children.

InkMesh is a search engine that crawls multiple online sources searching for free eBooks.  You can also use it to compare eBook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader, and more.

Kids World Fun is “dedicated to pre-teen children, parents and teachers” and includes all kinds of games and activities as well as free eBooks to download.

Online Books Page is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries to facilitate “access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.”

Open Culture features “the best free cultural & educational media on the web.”  The site includes “a collection of free eBooks, mostly classics, that you can read on your computer, smart phone, or Kindle.”  You can also download free audiobooks.

Project Gutenberg is the granddaddy of them all (it began in 1971) and offers more than 39,000 free eBooks, mostly classics and other works in the public domain.  (Note: The eBooks are free in the United States because their copyright has expired.)  No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, donations are welcome.

Want to help make more eBooks available for free?

KickStarter is a funding platform for creative projects where individuals pledge various amounts to support projects … such as raising enough money to get authors to make their works freely available as eBooks.

Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite eBooks to the world.  The idea is to use a crowd-sourced funding (or “crowdfunding”) model to raise enough money to pay book authors to open up their books as free eBooks.

Things change rapidly. The Digital Reader blog (“the best news and info on eBooks and eReaders”) will help you keep up.

Turn Here, Sweet Corn

Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works (University of Minnesota Press) is a new memoir by Atina Diffley of Eagan, Minnesota.  “The book is billed as a gardening guide, love story, business handbook, and legal thriller, but it is really a wrenching tale of a common yet private tragedy: the way development pressures push farming families off the land, and what happens to those families during and afterward.” [Review: The Impermanence of EdenThe Chronicle Review, May 6, 2012.]

Intrigued?  Want to read it? 

Check out our copy!

(currently on the New Book display shelves)