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E-books may be future stars at Palo Alto libraries
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on Nov 17, 2010
Seeking to accommodate the digital age, Palo Alto officials are revising design plans for new or renovated city libraries to enable more laptops and electronic books. But not everyone is happy about the new approach.
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posted Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 11:20 PM
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Posted by Wayne Martin
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Nov 17, 2010 at 9:40 am
The world has changed dramatically for the publication industry, and its customers in the last ten years--with most of the change seen in the last five years. Those of us opposing the $76M (over $150M when the bonds are retired), pointed out that there was no technology plan on the table at the time, so the Library really didn't have any clear idea what the future was likely to look like--just a few years out.
The following snippets are from articles that have appeared just in the last week:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
E-BOOKS WILL BECOME DEFAULT BY '15, FORRESTER STUDY PROJECTS
Many people don't realize it but the phrase "push the envelope" was created by test pilots. The "envelope" was the stratosphere and "pushing" it was a colorful phrase for testing the altitude limits of their aircraft. The phrase has been broached recently in connection with another rocket ride, the explosive growth of the e-book industry. As it approaches the $1 billion threshold roars up to it is a better phrase the issue of when it will crash and burn or even just slow down has been raised. But a study by Forrester Research, the respected consumer study firm, reassures us that there's plenty of fuel in this rocket and we have a long, long flight ahead of us before the envelope starts pushing back.
Times Will Rank E-Book Best Sellers
By JULIE BOSMAN
Published: November 10, 2010
In an acknowledgment of the growing sales and influence of digital publishing, The New York Times said on Wednesday that it would publish e-book best-seller lists in fiction and nonfiction beginning early next year.
The lists will be compiled from weekly data from publishers, chain bookstores, independent booksellers and online retailers, among other sources.
NOVEMBER 11, 2010, 5:41 A.M. ET
Companies yank cord on residential phone books
RICHMOND, Va. What's black and white and read all over? Not the white pages, which is why regulators have begun granting telecommunications companies the go-ahead to stop mass-printing residential phone books, a musty fixture of Americans' kitchen counters, refrigerator tops and junk drawers.
In the past month alone, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania approved Verizon Communications Inc.'s request to quit distributing residential white pages. Residents in Virginia have until Nov. 19 to provide comments on a similar request pending with state regulators.
The newspapers, and industry journals are full of articles weekly, about new base technologies, and applications taking advantage of those technologies, that are changing the way information is made available to people worldwide. The idea that "books" are going to be kept in big boxes, open about 35% of the year, no longer makes any sense at all. Libraries, and virtually every information source, will be available via the Internet/WEB, so that people can have access to just about anything they want, when they want it, wherever they might happen to be. Just recently, cell phone service was established on Mr. Everest:
Not only does this mean that people can talk to friends and family, they can download books and movies when they are "up the mountain".
The idea that people will come to a public library to get an "e-book" doesn't make any sense at all. Between Google, the Internet Archive, iTunes, Barns&Noble, and who knows how many other on-line sources, the world of books/magazines and newspapers has never been more accessible to everyone in the free world than it is now via an Internet Access Device.
> "Currently, this library is having a huge challenge in
> finding program space because there is a demand in the
> community for additional program rooms."
There is an abundance of meeting space in the combined City of Palo Alto owned buildings, as well as the PAUSD buildings. Sadly, no one at City Hall has ever considered creating an inventory of these spaces--so many possible locations are not generally known to the public.