Archive | August, 2010

First Page Panda

28 Aug

Attention YA, children’s, and school librarians! My friend Anna Staniszewski, an author of middle-grade books, and her colleague Alisa Libby are launching a new blog to promote new YA literature. It’s called First Page Panda and will give authors a platform to share the first page of new and upcoming books. According to their announcement:

At First Page Panda, our goal is to offer a free outlet for book promotion where readers can browse book blurbs and read first pages of a wide variety of YA and children’s novels—not just the top-selling mainstream titles that crowd the shelves of the average chain bookstore.

I think this is a great idea, and I love that they are helping to promote books by less well-known authors. This new website will be an excellent resource for school and YA librarians to keep track of upcoming new titles that they might want to add to their collections. The site is planned to launch in September. Bookmark it now!

Two kindle-related pieces

21 Aug

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about e-books and e-book readers, so I thought I’d share brief thoughts about two articles I read yesterday that touched on the topic. Continue reading

Whither Net Neutrality?

11 Aug

Ever since the New York Times reported that Google and Verizon were in negotiation for an agreement regarding paying for prioritization of content over the internet, there has been a lot of web discourse predicting the end of net neutrality. Basically, net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers should provide equal access to all web content, and not prioritize content providers who are able to pay to ensure speedier delivery. Obviously, the rumors about this Google-Verizon deal seemed to fly in the face of this ideal. Continue reading

Handheld Librarian 3 Wrap-up

4 Aug

As I mentioned last week, I attended the Handheld Librarian 3 online conference last Wednesday and Thursday. There were so many interesting and thought-provoking sessions that I am not going to do a full recap of my experiences, since that would be a very long post. Instead, I just want to talk about what I thought were some of the highlights of the conference. Continue reading