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2014-04-28 10:16:25 AM  

SpdrJay: I have more ebooks in my library than most libraries have on their shelves.


Seriously. I have over 10,000 books (mainly sci fi but reference, Calvin & Hobbes, history, etc.) on a memory card. As someone who became a Trekker in 1968 I never cease to be amazed at the fact that Mankind's most extensive library now resides at my fingertips; literally the sum of human knowledge is accessible with the punch of a few buttons. Now, where are the replicators and phasers?
 
2014-04-28 10:30:45 AM  
Emposter:
In any event, as with music/movies, technology, in the form of ebooks and ever-cheaper and more convenient readers, is slowly making libraries unnecessary.

No. My area library system, as no doubt many others have, has started adding e-books. They have the rights to allow a certain number of check outs of an e-book at a given time, so it works essentially the same way as checking out the traditional books.

Also, I still much prefer reading an actual book than reading on an e-reader. Get off my lawn.
 
2014-04-28 10:35:43 AM  
polkadottie:
THIS. I have been searching for a copy of Pulitzer Prize winning "Years of Grace" by Margaret Ayer Barnes but the last published copy was back in the 1970's and is going for an exorbitant price on eBay/Amazon. My local library also doesn't have a copy.

Interesting. I'm surprised a Pulitzer Prize winner hasn't been republished lately.

How much is too much money for you? Amazon currently has a new hard cover copy, listed as being published in 2007, for about $41. Abebooks has a used copy for $33.47 including shipping.
 
2014-04-28 10:39:06 AM  
Number of these in Zinzinnati OH area, mostly on E side.  Agree w patrick767 above re real boox   -- have altogether too many  of 'em.  Too many hardbacks to make Library On Stick with, tho.  Thought was Good Idea when read of 1st ones locally...
 
2014-04-28 10:39:32 AM  
My wife really wants to put one of these up, but I'm pretty sure we'd have a nasty-gram from the HOA by the end of the day if we did.  Stupid HOA (no one told us about the HOA until a few weeks before closing.  We could have backed out, but then we would have had no place to live)
 
2014-04-28 10:52:44 AM  
I thought this was going to be a story about a Library Box: http://jasongriffey.net/librarybox/ : "LibraryBox is a digital distribution tool for education, libraries, healthcare, and emergency response. Anywhere there is a lack of open internet access, LibraryBox can bridge the gap of information delivery. "

But it's still a cool story.
 
2014-04-28 10:54:50 AM  
discgolfguru

Cool idea. I wouldn't mind putting one in my neighborhood, but it would end up filled with Glenn Beck books and 47 copies of the bible.

Awwww aren't you soooooo oppressed.

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2014-04-28 11:13:48 AM  

patrick767: polkadottie:
THIS. I have been searching for a copy of Pulitzer Prize winning "Years of Grace" by Margaret Ayer Barnes but the last published copy was back in the 1970's and is going for an exorbitant price on eBay/Amazon. My local library also doesn't have a copy.

Interesting. I'm surprised a Pulitzer Prize winner hasn't been republished lately.

How much is too much money for you? Amazon currently has a new hard cover copy, listed as being published in 2007, for about $41. Abebooks has a used copy for $33.47 including shipping.


Not bad! Certainly better than the $50 or more the last time I looked. I figured with its wide popularity at the time I would have found a few hundred copies available for pennies. Going to eBay now.. thanks!!
 
2014-04-28 11:14:48 AM  

vincentfox: Sharing information, building community, no profit expection?  Sounds like SOCIALISM!


Yup, bible Jesus would be proud.
/GOP Jesus, not so much
 
2014-04-28 11:40:02 AM  
I eventually want to make a Tardis little free library for my front yard.
 
2014-04-28 12:25:12 PM  

Egoy3k: Oh onna stick eh?  Sounds nice, could be good, but what the public really wants in a library inna bun.


And at prices that would involve cutting your own throat.
 
2014-04-28 01:16:01 PM  
 polkadottie:THIS. I have been searching for a copy of Pulitzer Prize winning "Years of Grace" by Margaret Ayer Barnes but the lastpublished copy was back in the 1970's and is going for an exorbitant price on eBay/Amazon. My local library also doesn't have a copy.

$33.47 via Bookfinder.
 
2014-04-28 01:19:52 PM  
 
2014-04-28 02:06:06 PM  
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2014-04-28 08:57:56 PM  
Got one of these in my yard.  Solar panel lighting and all.  We've got space for newspapers/maps/transit guides on top (get a lot of that), place to put flyers on the back, and then the main book stash on the bottom.

There's a bench, and it's right next to a bus stop, plus on a pretty heavily walked street, so it gets quite a bit of turnover.

discgolfguru: Cool idea. I wouldn't mind putting one in my neighborhood, but it would end up filled with Glenn Beck books and 47 copies of the bible.


We do make sure to curate ours (replenish stock, swap stock in and out if things aren't moving, though that's not really a problem, etc). But I've been rather amazed at the variety of good stuff we get and that it didn't end up just stuffed with a bunch of Bibles, yeah.  Lots of science fiction, which is pretty cool.

We did have to tell the Mormons they could only put ONE Book of Mormon in it (at a time).
 
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