LOTS of FREE clean romance ebooks - think Hallmark movies in print form :)
Most of the authors want an email address in exchange for the freebie. You're only signing up for the email lists of the authors of the books you choose.
I don't read much in this genre, but I LOVE Emma St.Clair's non-fiction about email lists and writing (over at https://createifwriting.com/). She's been getting rave reviews for her fiction, if you want a place to start on this list. :)
Love this perspective, when work days are difficult:
"If we go to work and don’t love our jobs, quitting is not the only option.
We can choose to commit ourselves to ensuring that our colleagues love coming to work. Our work becomes helping them to find their calling. That act of service not only changes the way our coworkers feel about their jobs; it actually changes the way we feel about ours.
That act of service is called leadership."
- Simon Sinek from Together is Better book
Definitely still believe this but don't know how we get there:
Digital preservation can't be something that only "digital preservation professionals" do, it needs to be something within reach of individuals who want to keep their own stuff during their lifetimes and then pass it on to friends and family. You're probably not going to run some ISO-certified preservation repository at home, but you should be able to keep your photos and home videos for yourself for as long as you want to keep them
Trying to make a Mastodon Pokedex! Reply with the Pokemon you identify as, one per person, first come first served. Boosts+!
When revising your own texts, change the font to something entirely different after the first read-through. Now read through everything again and I promise you'll discover different mistakes.
This year's themes are:
* open data: https://lovedataweek.org/about/open-data/
* data justice: https://lovedataweek.org/about/data-justice/
* data in everyday life: https://lovedataweek.org/about/data-in-everyday-life/
I might be tooting some stuff (most like xposting across some social media channels) under #LoveDataWeek19 if anyone is interested!
My local news station does NOT do reports on events that just happened, so I thought I'd check Facebook & Twitter for possible photos. Nothing. Not one photo. Even though the event was large enough to close a road for nearly an hour.
Part of me is so frustrated that NOT ONE person shared photos on popular social media sites.
The other part of me thought: maybe they're smart enough not to use those sites regularly and, if on social media at all, they're part of the fediverse.
One can hope 🙂
Some twitter v. Mastodon tips for all of the lovely new tooters:
When you like a tweet on twitter, a swarm of AIs spin into action, analysing every aspect of the tweet and trying so desperately to find the matching tweet to show you next that will keep you scrolling, lest their masters decommission them in favor of a new version.
When you fave a toot on Mastodon, there aren't any AIs; you just made another human being across the world feel nice.
The whole "Oooh! Libraries are OBSOLETE, the world is DIGITAL now!" thing bugs me for four reasons.
(1) You know a lot of people actually like books that you can hold in your hand, right? And that there exist large numbers of books that ONLY exist in that format and haven't been digitized yet?
(2) Libraries have often been the centers of digitization efforts. Yes, you can find ancient papyri online. This is largely because of efforts like the one at the papyrology department at the University of Michigan library. The same is true of a bunch of other things.
(3) A lot of people have a library involved in their digital explorations, whether using machinery and connections AT the library because all they have is a phone, say, and perhaps a heavily metered connection, to access subscription only databases and archives, and to get help with research.
(4) They provide nuclei for community interaction, often around topics that improve people's relationship with knowledge.
What's the best way to find and interact with other #librarians on Mastodon? The hashtags I've used and loved on Twitter don't seem to have users here...lovin' Mastodon, but still learn' the culture and best practices 🙂
Oh, I know and love the Trunk (though I should revisit it again, it's been awhile...)
Thanks in advance!!!
Anyone know any US-based public librarians who are active on the fediverse? I don't just mean aware of it, I mean actively participating on at least one federated social media instance
12-year-old explaining social media to his younger brother: “Twitter is where famous people yell at each other and Facebook is just for old people”
#Kobo is a Canadian brand of eReaders.
They're nice devices, they work with all popular DRM-free file types (including ePub, PDF, MOBI etc), and the built-in Kobo store also sells some DRM-free titles alongside DRM ones.
The official site is here:
There's an unofficial Kobo DRM-free search tool here:
There's also unofficial libre firmware you can install:
It's almost 2019, which will bring the first new batch of US public domain works in over 20 years:
This "public domain day" used to happen every year until 1998, when 20 years was added to copyright terms for no real reason other than that large companies like Disney wanted it.
Copyright currently lasts 95 years in most countries, but until the late 1970s it was 56 years, or even shorter if copyright wasn't actively renewed.
I got a couple Amazon gift certificates for Christmas - does anyone have some good book recommendations? I feel like Mastodon has been the best place for finding book ideas. (I've read a lot of romance the last few months, and I need a change of pace - maybe something with a little bigger scope? Whether it's fiction or nonfiction.)
For the librarians (& curious others): Fun episode of the Dewey Decibel podcast - a peek into some of our colleagues "outside-of-work" lives (& ones that are more interesting than mine!)