In the news: Miscellaneous

There’s no theme for this installment of “In the news”—so let’s get right down to it, shall we?

From Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Have you ever wondered what it’s like being a conservator? This brief piece presents an interview of Babette Gehnrich, chief conservator at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, that provides a bit of insight into the profession.

From Parks Library Preservation

One of life’s happy accidents—water damage can, in the right context, improve a book’s cover design, rather than harm it. (I fully intend to play around with this technique and use it in some of my own work, eventually.)

From Bloomberg Buisinessweek

What does Borders’ failure really tell us about the publishing industry? This article takes an interesting look, postulating that the cause of the chain’s demise was not competition from Amazon, but rather a series of poor decisions with regards to (amongst other things) internet presence, inventory selection, leadership, and growth.

From Go To Hellman

Featured in American Libraries Direct, this blog entry presents an alternative (and compelling) interpretation to Penguin’s recent e-book move.

From Technology Review

Did you hear? The PC is dead. As restrictive mobile devices (read: iPhones and iPads) have become more prevalent, the App Store model has been integrated into the PC landscape. This article speculates about what this means for desktop computing, and why we should be worried.

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