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The Latest Swedish Book Technology

EBooks have been on the scene for several years, and while eReader technology has made some significant strides in improving the eBook experience, we are reaching the limits of how “like a real book” that experience can truly be.  Leave it to the Swedes to discover the ultimate reading experience.  From the


A Deal You Can Refuse

One of my friends approached me yesterday and commented that “I see I won’t be able to use my Kindle to download eBooks from your website.”  What she said is true:  we are indeed making some changes to our eLibrary.  Our patrons currently may download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Sunflower eLibrary,


Reading: The Affordable Pastime

I like to cook on occasion, and I really enjoy browsing through stores like The Cook’s Nook.  There’s something about all of those kitchen gadgets that is very seductive.  They are all hanging there on the wall or in little bins, just crying out to help you make whatever it is that


The Amazon Public Library

When Amazon announced their new Kindle Unlimited service last week, it certainly caught my attention.  For a fee of $9.99 per month, anyone with a Kindle can download as many eBooks as they can read from a selection of more than 600,000 titles.  It is all instant access, with no waiting lists.


Say “Goodbye” to One Library Myth

For the past several years the Pew Research Center has studied our nation’s public libraries — how Americans view and use them, and what their future might be.  In the process, they have demolished more than a few myths and uncovered some surprises. One of those myths to fall under the weight of



I’ve spent considerable time working in the book stacks over the past year as part of our Genre Project.  Part of that project included identifying volumes on the shelves that were in poor condition and withdrawing them from the collection — librarians call that process “weeding”. Many of the titles I weeded had been read until they


Failure is the New Cheese

The world of publishing is indeed mysterious at times.  I notice, with some regularity, that different publishers frequently issue books on the same topic at about the same time.  Of course, when it comes to big events like the 100th anniversary of the First World War, one would expect to see this. 


British to Study Children and Mobile Devices

Modern electronic technology as we know it — the Internet, iPads, iPhones, eReaders, and everything else — is still a relative newcomer to the scene in terms of history.  We have only recently been made aware of its darker side.  I won’t go into the details of the research, but it indicates that


The Book Business

Libraries and bookstores share much in common, and librarians have been known to jump ship and dive into the bookstore business, either as owners or employees.  I also know a few librarians who formerly were associated with bookstores.  Sometimes, a person just can’t get enough books! Those who have lived in McPherson


It’s in the Bottle

One of the rewards of being a librarian is that I get to select the new books for the adult collection.  I’m always on the lookout for non-fiction that is unique, and I think that I have located one of the most unique books of the year.  A Collector’s Guide to Kansas