Thursday, January 26, 2012

What We Talk about When We Talk about Ebooks

I love a mystery. A good murder mystery for entertainment, or solving less lethal mysteries as part of the job. I'm a public eye, or public detective. I help people find answers and entertainment. Lately the answers I've been asked to find have been about free ebooks from the library.

After some sifting of the clues, I can now tell folks how to search for and choose ebooks and eaudiobooks, how to download those books from the library for free and get them transferred to their machines--desktops, laptops, tablets, smart phones, and dedicated ereaders.

Another successful solution, which like current / contemporary mysteries being written, has nuanced complexities. But usually, I'm able to help library patrons get past the fact that "there are no friendly machines."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Timely Book for 2012 (kind of repeated from a previous post)

Twilight of the A-Pooh-Calypse-Oh!

A Story of the End of the World and Latin Dancing For the Very Young-----------------by Timothy Sparrow, 1998.

I was reminded of this because of the recent comic New Adventures of Queen Victoria:

And because I expect to be as disappointed by December 21 this year as I was during the (non) arrival of the Jupiter effect--the alignment of a bunch of the planets in the solar system-- on or near March 10, 1982.