Critical Linking, February 7th, 2014



No, YOU’RE crying.


Every first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m., the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel goes quiet and fills with people—crazy-haired, soft-spoken, inscrutable, dorky, NPRish, punk, white, black. The reading public. It fills right away, all these people who don’t know each other, and they sit very closely, sometimes three strangers to a couch. By 7:00 p.m., you can’t get a seat.

Reading night at the bar. Genius!

____________________________, the first webstore where Arabic books can be downloaded and purchased online, was launched at this year’s Cairo International Book Fair. The fair ended on February 4. The webstore offers several hundred books from about 40 publishers, available with a credit card or downloadable on mobile phones and tablets.

Can this be true, that there wasn’t a place to download books in Arabic before?


In the face of negative headlines, American public libraries have just enjoyed their best year for more than a decade. 2013 saw 16,000 branches circulating 2.46 billion materials among 96.4 percent of the US population. The lending of children’s books and materials increased 28 percent from the previous year, and an independent Pew study showed that 94 percent of people said a public library in the community increases quality of life.

Don’t call it a comeback; they’ve been here for years.



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