Simon & Schuster (S&S) announced November 20 that it will no longer require libraries to display a “Buy It Now” (BIN) button in order to lend its ebooks. Instead, libraries will be able to opt into the BIN program at their option. This change eases tension among S&S, libraries, and ebook vendors, and it opens the door to a full partnership with S&S and greater access for library patrons to the publisher’s ebooks.
From 1841 to 1992, Punch was the world’s most celebrated magazine of humour and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into a national icon, Punch played a central role in the formation of British identity and how the rest of the world saw the British.
The American Library Association’s (ALA) largest international professional development event wrapped November 13 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with hundreds of librarians gathering at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) for the first SIBF/ALA Library Conference. Librarians from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and other countries, attended the free two-day professional development and networking event; 425 pre-registered and around 400 signed up onsite.
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers as a way to increase childhood literacy and family bonding. The challenge is simple: Parents and kids pledge to read at least 1,000 books together before the kids enter kindergarten.