Visiting the Library is Different Than Before

When I was young, my Dad would take us all to the library. We'd scrummage through the books until we found some that we liked and we'd get a whole pile of them to check out on Summer Loan. My favorite was Cinderella, which I always managed to find, although not alwasy the same version. There were little cards the librarians wrote on and put in the pockets of the books. You better not lose them or else!

Now, I can order my books over the computer, reserve what I want or ask for it to be purchased. Most of the time the library will either buy the book or find it at another library. Instead of looking high and low for the books, they are ready at an express pickup under my name. Then I get a slip of paper listing all my books, not to put inside the book , but to attach to a clip on the referigerator. The only problem is remembering to put it on the refrigerator in the clip and checking when it's due.

Times have changed. What's next?

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Comment by Karen Ganske on November 21, 2007 at 9:10am
About those missing checkout lists on the refrigerator - have you tried out the Library Elf website to see if you library is listed? They will send you regular reminders about your requests and items nearing a due date, along with listing everything on your account and requests still in a queue.
Comment by Shirley ONeill on July 9, 2007 at 9:14pm
When I was young I worked in a bakery and was always asked if I got tired of the food - No. Now I work in a library and people ask if I get tired of books -- another silly question. There is always room in the world for more good books!
Comment by Ian Terrell on July 6, 2007 at 12:41am
Thanks for the add. I was reading lately about Creativecommons.org, a kind of exciting way to almost copyright your material, but still allow free access to reuse or reimagine your material. Royalties may be up in the air.
Comment by Morgan Mandel on June 28, 2007 at 8:58pm
That depends on the author's contract whether or not they can post their entire books for free on the Internet. Unless an author has the rights back, doing so would violate the contract.
Morgan Mandel
Comment by Deborah Fitchett on June 28, 2007 at 4:38pm
A lot of authors, particularly in the science-fiction/fantasy genre , have found that offering books for free on the internet increases their sales, thus increasing royalties. Because it's freely available, people start reading them; but because at the moment most people still find reading a whole book on the screen a nuisance, or because they want to own a paper copy for whatever other reason, people then go and buy a copy - and go on to buy other books by the same author, and to recommend them to friends, and...

Of course it still has to be a decent book, and it has to be available on a website that people will visit. And most authors and/or publishers don't want to take the risk of putting up a full new book for free, so you tend to get older books up for free (see www.baen.com) and/or the first few chapters of a new book for free as a teaser.
Comment by Morgan Mandel on June 1, 2007 at 1:02am
I signed up for the e-mail reminders also.It's a nice feature. My husband and I like to walk to the library with our dog, so my husband goes in and gets everything with his card. He isn't on the Internet as often so he doesn't do the e-mail alert thing.
He does like ordering DVDs mostly. The library calls him when they come in, but because of privacy laws they don't say over the phone which one is in. Sometimes he goes on line to see which one's ready. Sometimes he just goes to the Express Section and picks up whatever's there.
Morgan Mandel
Comment by Ravlen on May 31, 2007 at 10:02pm
Some libraries send email reminders to alert patrons to upcoming due dates.
Comment by Morgan Mandel on May 25, 2007 at 10:08am
Hi Linda,
Good luck with your historical fiction. Don't give up and you'll succeed! I guess maybe that will apply to the Cubs someday!
Morgan Mandel
Comment by Linda Nelson on May 25, 2007 at 9:56am
Hi Morgan! I see you are an author! How wonderful! I love to read and write. In fact, in my spare time-whenever that is...I am writing a historical fiction about life in Iowa during the civil war era. It is a huge undertaking, but I love to write. It is just in the research phase now. Now that I am in library school and working full time, I do not have much time for research. But, my time will come! I also see you are in Chicago-I enjoyed Chicago the few times I have been there. I am also a loyal Cub fan-since 8 years old.
Comment by Morgan Mandel on May 21, 2007 at 1:35pm
I'm not sure how this search stuff will affect author royalties.
Morgan

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