Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I adore words, but let's face it: books suck.

The provocative statement above is from Jeff Atwood's blog entry Books: Bits vs. Atoms. Read Jeff's entire entry to see why he thinks eBooks might be destined to eventually suffer the same fate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Below is Jeff's comparison list of cons. Do you agree? Let us know by sending us a comment.
Printed Books...
Are heavy.
Take up too much space.
Have to be printed.
Have to be carried in inventory.
Have to be shipped in trucks and planes.
Aren't always available at a library.
May have to be purchased at a bookstore.
Are difficult to find.
Are difficult to search within.
Can go out of print entirely.
Are too expensive.
Are not interactive.
Cannot be updated for errors and addendums.
Are often copyrighted.
Always require a reading device.
Cannot be loaned to friends.
Cannot be resold to others.
Cannot be donated to libraries.
May be encumbered with copy protection.
May be in a format your reader cannot understand.
May refuse to load for any reason the publisher deems necessary.
May have incomplete or broken or obsolete layout.
May have low-resolution bitmapped images that are inferior to print.
May be a substantially worse reading experience than print except on very high resolution reading devices.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The danger of putting things in books that kids might imitate???

IN THE NEWS: Local teen escapes being swept over a water fall
He [the teen] recalls thinking about a young character who fell into a river in a one of the Pendragon Adventure novels by author D.J. MacHale. The character knew to stay away from the middle of the river, where the current was strongest, and to let the water carry him feet-first. Seattle Times article  

Reaction from the author...
As someone who writes for kids, I often get push-back from various studios/networks/publishers etc. who are worried about my putting things in shows/books that kids might imitate at home and get in trouble. Or hurt themselves. So…it’s nice to see that it can work the other way too. Nice work, William. Glad you’re okay. DJ MacHale's blog

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tricked into identifying

Réné Magritte, La reproduction interdite, 1937
Researchers found that people who strongly identified with a fictional character who overcame obstacles to vote were significantly more likely to vote in a real election several days later. Ohio State Research News

The readers in the Ohio State study did become more understanding of gay and black people after they were (let’s not put too fine a point on it) tricked into identifying with them. This type of sleight-of-hand is something only a non-visual medium like prose fiction can pull off. Can you identify? by Laura Miller

A common readerly assumption defaults all major characters to white unless their race is otherwise specified. (And sometimes not even then, as quite a few young fans of “The Hunger Games” demonstrated by being astonished when a supporting character, clearly described as black in the novel, was played by a black actress in the film.) Can you identify? by Laura Miller

Experience-taking doesn’t happen all the time. It only occurs when people are able to forget about themselves and their own self-concept and self-identity while reading. In one experiment, the researchers found that most college students were unable to undergo experience-taking if they were reading in a cubicle with a mirror. Ohio State Research News

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rewind:  50 years ago -- A computer the size of suitcase

Dr. Mauchly predicted in 1962 that everyone will be walking around with his own personalized computer within a decade. Plus he was working on a pocket variety which, he said, may eliminate the housewife's weekly shopping list and the chore of filling it by hand. from the Atlantic

Fast forward:  Fall 2012 -- iPads @ Shorecrest

Are you looking forward to iPads? Take the poll on the right.
Dr. John W. Mauchly, inventor of some of the original room-size electronic computers, poses in Washington, DC, on November 2, 1962 with one the size of a suitcase. (AP Photo/Byron Rollins) See more 1962 photos, including the Seattle World's Fair

Monday, May 7, 2012

Looking for CQ Researcher?

Wondering where in the heck the eLibrary link went? The Shorecrest databases have moved to a new neighborhood, effective May 7, 2012. Our new service, VIA, allows all of you to use our databases and ebooks with just a single login and password.

See the rainbow flower over there on the right? Click on it, enter the new Login and Password, and you will have access to all the databases and eResources. So cool! Just ONE login and ONE password for everything.

(Wondering what the that login and password are? They are not a secret. Ask Mrs P, Mrs Jordan or Mrs Cho. Look around the library. Check with one of your teachers. Quiz Mr Hegarty or Ms Queen.)

And the Center of Your Virtual Universe (i.e., the Shorecrest Library Page) just keeps on getting better and better. C'est la VIA !