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A Sexy Library

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Libraries are looking for more readers and they’re getting creative.

One library in Scotland recently celebrated “love your library day.” And in addition to the books, reading and games there was pole dancing. To drum up interest the library hired a local pole dancing instructor to come teach a free class. And officials say it was a hit with a full class that included a police officer and a few men.

They say the pole dancing was a fun and interesting way to bring more people in, try out all the services and ultimately borrow more books. And this isn’t the first time higher ups have turned to the pole for a little more business.  read more »

A Page Turning Venture

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One California man is working to preserve the written word.

In 1996 Brewster Kahle founded the non-profit Internet Archive to save a copy of every web page ever posted. But now the MIT trained computer scientist is going one step further. He is now attempting to safeguard and preserve a physical copy of every book ever published.

Right now Kahle keeps them in storage containers in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond. But soon those containers will be turned into climate controlled storage units designed to protect the books. Each container can hold about 40,000 books, about the same as a branch library. So far Kahle has gathered about 500,000 books. And he has a long way to go.  read more »

The Enhanced eBook

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The world’s biggest book fair is underway and authors and publishers are battling to be the next big story.

Last year the eBook dominated the book fair, with the kindle and iPad replacing regular books. And now those gadgets might be shelved as buzz swells around the “enhanced eBook.” The device will combine the traditional book with audio, video and gaming features.

Author Ken Follett presented a multimedia enhanced version of his popular book “The Pillars of the Earth.” With the touch of a screen digital readers will be able to watch scenes from the TV series based on the book. They will also have access to interviews with the actors and author as well as track interactions on their character tree. And more authors are sure to follow.  read more »

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Binge Reading

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Most people don’t hit up the local pub for some quiet reading. But in Hungary, a cold beer mixed with a good book is creating a whole new type of buzz.

Gyopar is a small pub just outside of Budapest where customers can satisfy both the party animal and the intellectual within. Three years ago manager Peter Maurer came up with the idea to create a public library inside his pub. Maurer, a former librarian says they had a lot of unused books and decided not to let them go to waste. So after a friend provided the shelves, the library was up and running with about 1,000 titles ranging from biographies to sports encyclopedias. And no library card necessary, customers just replace whatever they borrow with a book of their own.  read more »

High Tech Reading

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If it's taking you longer than usual to finish your favorite book on your new handheld device, you're not alone.

A recent study found that reading on tablets such as the Kindle or iPad takes longer to finish than with a printed book. But those who take their hobby high tech are enjoying reading more than ever.

The study conducted by web usability expert Jakob Nielsen sat 24 people in front of an iPad, a Kindle, a desktop PC and a book with everyone reading the same short story by Ernest Hemingway. The study found readers took 6.2% longer to finish the story on the iPad and 10.7% longer on the Kindle. But participants said it was more satisfying to read on the iPad and Kindle, than the book or PC.  read more »