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Happy Book Bike Week!
by Patti Gibbons
It's annual Book Bike Week, when libraries celebrate how books intertwine with bike culture and community involvement. In 2020, ALA's Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) launched Book Bike Week to promote work done by librarians on bicycles. Encouraging fun and supporting literary services, book bike programs revamp the faded bookmobile tradition and deliver library services to modern readers, often at unexpected pop-up venues.

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How AI Could Affect the Publishing Industry
Elizabeth A. Harris and Alexandra Alter write the following in "A.I.'s Inroads in Publishing Touch Off Fear, and Creativity" for The New York Times: "[T]he technology has the potential to reshape nearly every aspect of the work that goes into producing a book—even the act of writing itself."
PEN America Report Details the Dangers of Book Backlashes
"In a new report, Booklash: Literary Freedom, Online Outrage, and the Language of Harm, PEN America warns that social media blowback and societal outrage are imposing new moral litmus tests on books and authors, chilling literary expression and fueling a dangerous trend of self-censorship that is shrinking writers' creative freedom and imagination."
Lifehacker Looks at How Phones Seem to Read Our Minds
Stephen Johnson writes the following in "Your Phone Isn't Spying on You to Show You Ads (It's Worse Than That)" for Lifehacker: "Your conversations are not routinely transmitted to distant advertising companies so they can pick up random words and serve you commercials. This would take a lot of resources, and probably violate wiretapping and other privacy laws."
The Fully OA Group Responds to Congressional Bill That Limits Access to Federally Funded Research
The Fully OA Group, which "meets monthly to provide a platform for exchange and collaboration among 'fully OA' organizations," issued a response to the House Appropriations Committee's FY2024 bill for the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.
Amazon Continues to Face Ebook Monopoly Claims
Andrew Albanese writes the following in "Judge Finds Revived Amazon E-Book Monopoly Suit Should Proceed" for Publishers Weekly: "For a second time in two years, a magistrate judge in New York has recommended that a consumer class action lawsuit accusing the Big Five publishers of colluding with Amazon to fix e-book prices should be dismissed. But while the judge recommended tossing the case against the publishers, the court found that monopolization and attempted monopolization claims against Amazon should proceed."

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How Libraries Help Patrons Go on Vacation
by Brandi Scardilli
Traveling any time of year is great, but there's something special about getting away in the summer—the schools are closed, the days are long, and the weather is warm. In honor of the summer season in the U.S., I checked in with some public libraries to see what travel resources they offer. If you're looking to create a more robust collection of travel and vacation services at your library, I hope you take inspiration from what these library workers have been doing. And maybe you'll even get an idea about where to take your own next trip.

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