December 6, 2013
December 5, 2013
November 25, 2013
One troubling trend of late has been the number of even bestselling titles, particularly on the non-fiction NYT list, that don’t get produced as a book on CD. In many cases, a look at Amazon’s link for the title will reveal that the only audio edition listed for it is a downloadable file on Amazon’s Audible service, a totally private marketplace for the individual consumer that doesn’t help libraries provide the content to the borrowing public. This is one of the most common reasons I have to reject talking book RINCs, next to just being out of print.
One likely source of this problem is just the economics of producing audio. Gregg Olsen, a mystery author we invited to our Reader’s Advisory training in December, 2012, explained that authors get particularly beneficial terms for producing an eAudio on Audible, while consumers often pay much less than they would for physical CD’s. It’s no wonder that an exclusively downloadable edition is attractive.
This might continue to be the case, but one new development seems to hold out some hope for us. Midwest Tape, our key media vendor, has reached an agreement with publishers HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster to take some of their exclusive downloadable titles, on request, and produce physical CD’s for the library market. For the sake of our audiobook listeners, we can hope this arrangement is successful and more like it are on the horizon.
Thanks Lorraine for pointing this story out to me.
November 22, 2013
The 2013 National Book Awards were announced on 11/21. Expect hold queues to grow for the winners:
For fiction: The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
Nonfiction: The Unwinding: an Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
Poetry: Incarnadine: Poems, by Mary Szybist
Young People’s (their term, not ours): The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata
The National Book Awards celebrate the best of American literature each year. Conferred by the National Book Foundation, the goal of the award program (and the organization) is to expand the audience of readers and contribute to the cultural landscape of American letters.
posted by Nancy
November 22, 2013
On Thursday, 11/21, the Zinio vendor issued a new software release that improves the customer’s user experience. Here are the changes, from the vendor’s announcement:
ZINIO CHECK OUT PROCESS – with the performance speed, image and experience improvements, there are a several notable enhancements to the library collection checkout process.
1. To checkout, click on the Checkout button or Checkout Now link. A dialog box will appear offering the choice to KEEP BROWSING to check out more magazines, or START READING to be redirected to Zinio.com.
2. To START READING, a second tab for the Zinio.com reading collection opens (the user will be prompted to log in if not logged in and display the image on the Zinio.com log in page.) The patron will no longer see the dollar value in their payment history account profile screen. The magazine will immediately appear in the user Your Reading List pages.
3. Users may toggle back to the Magazine Detail Page tab to check out a 2nd magazine.
4. When a 2nd (and any subsequent magazine) is checked out during the same browser session, an ADDITIONAL browser tab for Zinio.com will open each time the user chooses to Start Reading.
5. As a new feature, when a user goes back to the Magazine Detail Page tab and attempts to check out the SAME magazine issue again a message appears letting them know that they already checked out that issue. At this point, the user may choose, again, to Keep Browsing or Start Reading.
These checkout improvements/enhancements provide a better experience for the patron to visually show them the result of their check out action.
posted by Nancy
November 15, 2013
Annotations from Baker & Taylor or Ingram
Death of a Policeman Beaton, M. C. Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair’s plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyrilis soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Do or Die Brockmann, Suzanne Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Confessions of a Wild Child Collins, Jackie Lucky Santangelo, a fifteen-year-old wild child ready to discover life, love and independence. Daughter of the notorious Gino, Lucky discovers her mother’s murdered body floating in the family swimming pool at the tender age of four. Since then Gino has kept her protected from life closeted in their Bel Air mansion. But in Jackie Collins’ Confessions of a Wild Child, Lucky finally breaks free, and running away from boarding school the adventures begin. Boys, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll – Lucky explores it all in preparation for the strong, kick-ass woman she eventually becomes. Delve into the world that Lucky rules! The Chase Evanovich, Janet / Goldberg, Lee Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, Special Agent Kate O’Hare. Together they’ll go undercover to swindle and catch the world’s most wanted and untouchable criminals. The Museum of Extraordinary Things Hoffman, Alice From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century. Moving Target Jance, Judith A. Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds’ fiancé and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out Ali’s good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm. Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel Kellerman, Jonathan The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology. The Mark of Evil LaHaye, Tim F. / Parshall, Craig Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. As a Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance—in short, to survive. The Forever Girl McCall Smith, Alexander At age 4, Thursday chooses her own name. At age 6, she falls in love with her best friend, James, with whom she happily spends all her time. But in the adult world, things are not so simple: at the same time that Thursday’s mother finds she’s fallen out of love with her husband, she realizes that James’s father is interested in her. As the children grow into adulthood, their connection becomes more complicated as well: James drifts away from Thursday, but she keeps him in her sights: she attends the same college in Scotland and then follows him to London, Sydney, Singapore, rebuilding her life in every city, hoping each time that James will see what he is missing. As Thursday and James, and their parents, navigate their irresistible but baffling mazes of emotion, we are given a beautifully realized tale about how love, even if unrequited, can shape a life. Kiss and Tell Michaels, Fern No annotation @ this time Posted by Jenifer Brown
November 14, 2013
Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt has an error in the map of the middle east – it omits the country of Israel. Here is an article regarding this that was published today.
Scholastic wrote on their blog (http://oomscholasticblog.com/post/response-thea-stilton-and-blue-scarab-hunt):
Scholastic shows on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Scholastic):
We will purchase new copies of this book when it has been reissued by Scholastic, but for now, we will keep the books that we have in our collection, with a public note attached to each copy that we have in the catalog that states: MAP INCORRECT, PER PUBLISHER.
I wanted to let you know that we are aware of this defect in case you hear from a customer with concerns about this book. We will replace the incorrect copies with new ones as soon as they are available.
Post authored by Lorraine