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Written By: Youki on August 6, 2010 1 Comment

from CrunchGear:

Google Books is one of the most straightforward projects in the Google meta-project of cataloguing and indexing every piece of data in the world. The human race has, after all, only been literate for around five or six thousand years, which makes the task measurable, if not easy. The project is also interesting […]

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Written By: daveski on October 20, 2009 No Comment

The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s tech blog The Wired Campus ran an article today announcing that the San Francisco-based Internet Archive has a new service that allows anyone to find free or for-charge books online. The service is called BookServer, and describes itself in these words:

The BookServer […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on July 12, 2009 No Comment
Awful Library Books

Here’s a “niche blog” that contains a list of books “so old, obsolete, awful or just plain stupid that we are horrified that people might be actually checking these items out and depending on the information.” It’s a laugh riot…though with a sobering message. Check it out!

My favorite:

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 21, 2009 1 Comment

In reading On Phenomenology and Social Relations, I was struck by some glorious lines Alfred Schutz (1970) penned on language. You find these lines in the chapter entitled Social Means of Orientation and Interpretation, which begins by situating language in the context of culture:

“In order to command a language freely as a scheme […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 18, 2009 3 Comments

So a couple of news stories caught my attention today. The first piece appeared in the New York Times, entitled Public Provides Giggles; Bloggers Get the Book Deal. This piece begins by discussing blogs that have gone on to be published in traditional book format, like Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 31, 2009 2 Comments
100 Word Books

100 Word Books is a fun book summary wiki where you can “read a whole book condensed into 100 words or less,” submit your own summaries, and rate the books as well.

It’s rather unsettling for me, at one level, to see such elaborate texts reduced to their very concise skeletal structures…on the other […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 31, 2009 2 Comments

Want to read at work without getting caught? This outstanding site, readatwork.com, created by Colenso BBDO for the New Zealand Book Council, offers an innovative approach to getting your readerly fix at the office. It’s basically a Flash application: with a click of a button you’re taken to a faux Windows XP desktop […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 30, 2008 4 Comments
Memoirs: Fact or Fiction?

Lerner Publishing, publishers of Angel Girl, based on Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat‘s “love story,” announced that they have “canceled pending reprints of the book and will refund the price of any returned books.” The story, based on Rosenblat’s Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love that Survived, inspired many, including […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 29, 2008 2 Comments
Books in Three Narratives

5:10 pm. Ma and I find ourselves at the NOIDA Trade Fair at the old circus grounds. There are stalls selling some Limca Book “record-breaking” variety of honey; “stomach flattening” abdominal belts; South Indian gold-plated jewelery; pleather accessories; miraculous “Ayurvedic” herbal supplements promising to cure every ailment known to man; tamarind, mango, and pomegranate flavored […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 16, 2008 2 Comments
Oddest Book Titles?

With only 15 days, 2 hours, 5 minutes, 4 seconds (at the time of this writing) to go before the year draws to a close, the Internet is flooded with all kinds of lists: Top 10 of this, Top 100 of that, and Top 500 of the other. My favorite list […]

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Written By: daveski on November 26, 2008 No Comment

The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Wired Campus ran an article today introducing ShelfLife@Texas. The whole point of the blog is to bring new life to the authors and books produced on the U of T campus or, as the first post on October 30 says, to allow “readers to […]

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