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Librarian in Black had this fabulous post regarding e-books today. A must read for librarians and library supporters
I want to break up with eBooks. Don’t get me wrong, eBooks is dead sexy and great arm candy at parties, as well as a magnet for attention and memorable experiences. But man…eBooks makes for a crap boyfriend. This relationship is as dysfunctional as it gets. And I’m too old and jaded to put up with dysfunction. I need a smoldering hot boyfriend who is a wildcat in the bedroom but kisses gently, is unfailingly honest and kind, and sends me cute messages during the day. And that ain’t eBooks.
eBooks is to libraries what that awful boyfriend (or girlfriend) was to you. Think about it. And when I say “eBooks” I mean the whole messed up situation–the copyright nightmares, the publishers, the fragmented formats, the ridiculous terms of service, the device incompatibility, the third-party aggregation companies libraries do business with–all of it. eBooks is the guy who takes advantage of your good nature and generosity only to exploit every last weakness you have for his own personal gain. The guy your family loved the first time they met him, who swept you off your feet, but who everyone came to regard as that unwanted interloper who would never leave. Well, my friends, it’s time to boot eBooks’ ass to the curb. There are better boyfriends to be had.
I got back from Anaheim yesterday and as exhausted as I am, I have to say it was a pretty amazing conference.
Now, I admit, I’m biased. I’m staff, so the show is naturally close to my heart. But there was a really good vibe at the conference. The people I spoke with were engaged and active and inspired and INSPIRING. I tell you, there’s nothing like hanging with 15,000 librarians to warm your soul.
GraphiCon - our mini-comic-com inside of Annual - was pretty fabulous. We had tons of programming and a really great Artist Alley with some great creators (Faith Erin Hicks, Dave Roman, Raina Talgemeir, Gene Yang, The Houghton Brothers, and so many more!) Derek Kim shot this fabulous video:
And my “Not the Droids Your Looking For” game came off without a hitch! I was very excited, because I wasn’t quite sure it was going to work well. But people seemed to like the game and had fun with the little encounters. I’ll be writing up a how-to when I get the chance. And its leading me to thinking about what kind of game I should plan for Midwinter.
Oh, yeah… and I ran into George R. R. Martin on the Exhibits floor….
Going to need to take time to reload my supply of draft posts sometime today or tomorrow.
I leave for ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim on Wednesday and it will be pretty much non-stop work once I arrive. Although I’m hoping to blog some photos and quick stuff as it comes up. Conference is always exciting ^^
Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day, held each spring in Washington, D.C. This year, National Library Legislative Day will be April 23-24, 2012. Virtual Library Legislative Day activities will be held throughout the week of April 23-27, 2012, and will be an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials on April 24, or any time the week of April 23-27.