Saturday, October 31, 2009

Federated Search Across Multiple Book Sources Including Major Online Stores with Q-Sensei

I was looking for a way to search multiple online book retailers, when I found the Q-Sensei plug-in for Firefox. It worked perfectly, and I have added a Q-Sensei search box to this blog because I like it so well.

If you are a librarian, a  book lover or someone who often needs to locate books that are difficult to find, I highly recommend that you try Q-Sensei. Better yet, if you use Firefox as your browser, install the plug-in so you can do a federated search of multiple sources with a single click from the ISBN.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Real-Time Global (and local) Twitter Topic Trends on

This is so cool that I have reset my homepage in Firefox to it so I can look at it whenever I launch my browser. Trendsmap is a world map showing current Twitter trends with a tag field. You can zoom in to your local area, but I like looking at the whole world and seeing the big picture of what twits are into at the moment. Ten minutes ago, it was the Yankees. Right now, it's Obama signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. (Remember 1998 when some redneck Texans tied a black man to the back of their pickup and dragged him to death? About the same time, some Montanans beat up a gay man, tied him to a barbed wire fence, and left him to die.) Maybe tomorrow, the twits will be more cheerful.

Anyway, my point is that Trendsmap gives you an immediate global (or local) view of what is in the public mind. Whether you are a librarian on the front lines of reference desk work or a publisher marketing expert working in the quiet of your office, this is invaluable information.

If you missed an event (and who doesn't?) Trendsmap even has a few historical videos so you can see

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Globalis - an interactive world map

Globalis - an interactive world map

Have you ever tried to figure out the relative land mass of Greenland and Australia? Or have you wondered about global warming trends, or population density trends? Here is a UN project that produces maps showing these and other factors as they impact life on planet earth. Well worth bookmarking and exploring!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Company - Emergence of new business models

Company - Emergence of new business models

This is an article published in the Frankfurt Book Fair newsletter about the variety of e-book pricing models under consideration. It includes figures from a poll conducted by the fair, buchreport magazine and Publishers Weekly.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Boy Lifts Book; Librarian Changes Boy's Life : NPR

Boy Lifts Book; Librarian Changes Boy's Life : NPR

We may be living in the future, now, but this story shows how wonderfully effective librarians have been at making life better for a long time.