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Books Aren't Dead

"Books Aren't Dead ... (They're Just Going Digital)" proclaims the November 26 Newsweek cover story. The article provides an overview of the future (and history) of reading and of books, including an interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and a review of Amazon's new Kindle e-book reader.

The promise of the "always-on" book sounds intriguing, and I love the idea of toting around over 200 books in a single device. But, I admit that when I went to read the Newsweek article, I bypassed the online version and went straight to Green's current periodicals section to read it the old-fashioned way.

Library Timeline

From Thebes in 1250 B.C. through the invention of the Web in 1989, to the largest public bond measure in history in 1998, the Library Time Line gives a quick snap shot of the history of the library and its importance in society.

Of particular interest are the numerous scanned images showing famous libraries, books chained to lecturns, and the first bookmobile which used a horse-drawn carriage. Check it out!

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