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Copies of Fifty Shades of Grey Positive for Herpes?

Via PopCrush

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.  Snort.  Copies of Fifty Shades in the Antwerp library tested positive for herpes.  No, seriously.

Check out this post from PopCrush:

Ever wondered what diseases library books carry? You shouldn’t, because your local libraries need your help. Still, that didn’t stop two Belgian professors from running tests on the 10 most borrowed books in the Antwerp library and finding out what horrors lie between their spines.

The professors ran each book under a gamut of bacteriology and toxicology tests and found that in addition to all of them testing positive for cocaine (because what doesn’t test positive for cocaine?), copies of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ tested positive for herpes.

On the plus side — before you go screaming to the nearest doctor to get tested — books cannot pass on sexually transmitted diseases. Which is something we never thought we’d have to type.

The profs said that the traces of herpes were so tiny that they did not pose a health risk and that it would be impossible to get herpes merely by reading a book with herpes.

Still, makes you wonder how those copies got herpes in the first place. Wait, nope, nevermind. Don’t want to know.

Yup, that’s right, Fifty Shades has an STD.  Amaaaaazing.



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E-book Borrowing Made Easy?

If you, like me, have ever tried to manage to strangle the website of your public library (so far unsuccessfully), relief may soon be at hand.

Bibliocommons is debuting a new format for e-book lending, where – gasp – you won’t have to access different sites and different checkouts for each of the e-book providers for the library.  Many of the libraries have five or more different sites, each with their own format and login.   The library doesn’t have responsibility for the sites, so if problems crop up, there is no central help system.

Bibliocommons may just change all that.  The full launch hasn’t happened yet, but there’s a little teaser promo that was just launched today – see what you think.

If nothing else, I’m curious to know if this video causes you to have visions of e-books about to be tied to railroad tracks by a moustache-twirling villain.


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World’s Largest Bookshelf?

A library in the Netherlands called Book Mountain is not only a new and applauded architectural design, but also contains what may be the world’s largest bookshelf.  It is, essentially, a pyramid of 70,000 books (with room for more) under glass.  To see the BBC video, click here.  It has a café at the peak, with a panoramic view, a reward for ascending the 480 metres of stairs and paths through the library.

Little factoids from the architects’  (MVRDV) website:

9300 m2 total surface
Public part library: 3500 m2
Environmental education centre: 112 m2
Chess club: 140 m2
Back office library: 370 m2
Retail: 839 m2
Commercial offices: 510 m2

Length book shelves:
3205 m total
1565 m for lending
1640 m archive
Amount of books: currently 70.000 and space for another 80.000
The cover is 26 m tall and spans 33,5 m x 47 m

Parking garage with grey water basin and 350 spaces

Hopefully this indicates a new trend of bookstores and libraries becoming vibrant community hubs once more.


“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”― Joseph Brodsky

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Why Supporting Your Local Library Is the Ultimate Homage to Ray Bradbury – Education – GOOD

Why Supporting Your Local Library Is the Ultimate Homage to Ray Bradbury – Education – GOOD.

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Borrowing e-books… it can be done!

I have had several questions on how to take out e-books from the public library.  This article in Wired gives a fairly decent how-to, which is applicable both in the US and Canada.   For those of us who connect through our computers, you need your own (free) copy of Adobe Digital Editions.  Those who connect directly to the library will need a copy of Overdrive’s or Bibliocommons’ software for your device.  Most of the software can be downloaded directly from your public library.


Also, in terms of sharing e-books, so far, unless there is no DRM attached to the file, the only way to share is by sharing an account, for example authorizing another device to access your Adobe Digital Editions, or other user accounts.

Here are a few handy links:

Overdrive: http://www.overdrive.com/Software/omc/

Adobe Digital Editions:    http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

More info on DRM and sharing: http://dearauthor.com/ebooks/how-to-share-an-ebook-without-stripping-the-drm

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