September 24, 2011

Slaughterhouse 5 (continuation), Schwarzenegger's Memoir and Kindle Libraries!

This Saturday we'd like to share three pieces of news for you....

The Continuation of our SlaughterHouse 5 Drama...

Part 1: On July 30, 2011, I first told you about a high school in Missouri that decided to ban two books from their school's library, and one of those books was Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. There was an uproar by the people (us included!).

Part 2: On August 6, 2011, I then told you that in response to and direct protesting of the banning of this book, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library decided to donate one copy of Slaughterhouse-Five to every student in the school.

Which now brings us to Part 3 of our drama. The good news: The Missouri school has decided to lift the ban, and will keep copies of Slaughterhouse-Five in their school's library.

The bad news: it will basically be under lock & key. And the only way a student can borrow the book is to have a parent or guardian sign for it.

Umm...isn't that the same thing as banning it?? 

Arnold Schwarzenegger to Release Memoir
Austrian Immigrant --> Body Builder (sometimes scandalously) --> Movie Star --> Marries an Heiress --> Governor of California...I mean, can the man have a more interesting life?!

Simon & Schuster has announced on Thursday that they have acquired all rights to Arnold's memoir, tentatively titled "Total Recall". The memoir will be released around October, 2012.

Schwarzenegger has written books before, but they have all been about body building - and Simon & Schuster expect that this memoir will internationally fly off the shelves.  As for me...I'd totally read it!

How about you? Will you read Arnold's Memoir?  

Amazon Kindle to Connect to Public Libraries :)

So Amazon has finally given in and allowed Kindle users to be able to connect to e-books at more than 11,000 libraries across the country. 
Christopher Platt, a director at the NY Public Library stated that 'From January to Septepmber, the number of e-books checked out increased by 75 percent over the same period last year." 
Of course, while libraries are ecstatic, many publishers are worried that readers will no longer buy digital books, but only borrow them. At least two of the six major publishers: Macmillan and Simon & Schuster, do not make their books available to e-libraries. 

Do the publisher's have a point? Will you stop buying digital books - and only borrow?



  1. I think it's a great idea; you have to buy the e-reader but then you can "borrow" books from the private library for those authors you don;t know and want to try or the books you know you would not read over!

  2. I work at a library that's making e-books available to borrow starting next month, and I don't see how it will affect sales any more than physical books in libraries do. While the copy is digital, our library only purchased one copy. That one copy can only be checked out to one person at a time for a specified period of time, with one renewal. You would still have to put a hold on a book not available at that time.

    Anyone who buys books to have them whenever they want them, and not have to wait for them to be returned (me), will still be buying. I think it's cool and we get so many questions about it that not having it available would only hurt us.

  3. Yes, it is.
    I honestly believe it's the same thing as keeping the book banned and under lock & key.
    Half of the books I have read, my mom would entirely approve, but imagine other parents who are a lot more strict. I think that the students should be able to choose if they want to read a certain book, without their parents' "permission".

    As for the digital books, I rarely read and buy such. I actually buy my books at the store, and I haven't visited the public library in three to four years. I only check out books from my school if I can't find it at Target. lol"
    So, in this case, I would borrow the book since it's not a physical copy that I can keep.

  4. I know that some areas have already begun lending out Ebooks at libraries.

    I honestly think that yes, a lot of people will stop buying ebooks. I don't normally buy them and don't have a real reason not to, I just rather have the book. Now if I get an ebook for free, or sent to me by the author, I read it. Once in a blue I buy an ebook here and there for 99 cents, but I don't really buy ebooks.


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