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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

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1939. The tenth year of the Great Depression in America. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In Atlantic City, New Jersey—a seashore resort town that springs to life every summer—Jack Laurel comes of age.

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—Jim Waltzer, co-author, Tales of South Jersey, and author, Sound of Mind

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Taking Amazon Publishing to Task on Its Policy of No Sales to Libraries
by Nancy K. Herther
Through Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon has long supported library borrowing of Kindle books (published outside the Amazon network) in partnership with OverDrive. However, as its roster of authors and titles has grown over the years, Amazon Publishing has not shown the same willingness as other publishers in making its catalog available to libraries. And this is leading to backlash as demand for digital content continues to spike due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Weekly News Digests
Spring Into Fitness: Koha Community Challenge Encourages Shared Exercising Throughout May
ByWater Solutions and koha-US are hosting the Spring Into Fitness: Koha Community Challenge fundraiser from May 1 to 31. Participants can choose to walk, jog, run, swim, bike, do yoga, hike, dance, or do other exercise to reach a personal goal.
Open Access Button Rebrands as OA.Works
The Open Access Button changed its name and branding to OA.Works. It now encompasses the free, open source tools ShareYourPaper, InstantILL, and OAButton.
'Centrality of W3C as the Web Accelerates to Meet Society's Growing Needs' by Jeff Jaffe
Jeff Jaffe writes in a blog post for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): "[W]e are releasing to the public the April 2021 edition of theĀ W3C Strategic Highlights, our semi-annual report about the tremendous work to enhance, grow and strengthen the Web platform."
'What Does Book Publishing Stand For?' by Alex Shephard
Alex Shephard writes for The New Republic: "Speaking to PEN America in 2018, then, Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy [said], 'When it comes to the right of unfettered discourse we should not, we cannot, accept dissent-quashing tyranny from any side of the political spectrum.' But even as Reidy was speaking those words, this story was already fraying."
'Where Should You Buy Your Books?' by Dani Blum
Dani Blum writes for The New York Times: "The last year has seen expanded options for buying books online ... [b]ut massive retailers like Amazon continue to dominate the bookselling business, and readers may be torn between the desire to support local bookstores and the convenience and price of online delivery giants."

NewsLink Spotlight
The Next Normal: The Post-Pandemic Future of Library Services
by Dave Shumaker
As winter turns to spring turns to summer, hope has been rising that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside before many more months have passed. Everyone is beginning to imagine—and plan for—the post-pandemic future. What will it be like? When it comes to library services, it's hard to think that we'll simply return to prepandemic business as usual. Instead of a return to the old normal, or even a new normal, we may experience "the next normal."

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