2 Lost novels by Ed McBain to be published

mcbainThere has been a lot of interest in my two previous posts (here and here) on the availability of Ed McBain’s popular 87th Precinct mysteries. So, fans of police procedurals may be as excited as I was to read on Ed Goreman’s blog that Hard Case Crime will be publishing two lost novels by Ed McBain, both of which have been unavailable for over 50 years.

The two books are Cut Me In and So Nude, So DeadSo Nude, So Dead will be released in July 2015. Cut Me In is scheduled for release in January 2016.  Sample chapters of both books are available on Hard Case Crime’s website.

And, there’s more good news! According to Goreman:

… The same month, Hard Case Crime will also re-issue its one previous McBain title, THE GUTTER AND THE GRAVE, for the first time ever in trade paperback format. CUT ME IN is scheduled for a January 12, 2016 publication and will feature a new cover by legendary painter Robert McGinnis.
As a special bonus, each of the three books will also include a long-lost private-eye novelette by McBain starring Matt Cordell, the detective from THE GUTTER AND THE GRAVE. These three novelettes were originally published in pulp magazines of the 1950s and haven’t been seen in more than half a century.

If you are a fan of the genre, please indulge yourself and check out Hard Case Crime’s website. They have goodies by Max Allan Collins, Michael Crichton writing as John Lange and many more. The covers are absolutely brilliant representations of the genre!

Hard Case Crime also published Stephen King’s Joyland.

January 24 is National Readathon Day

NationalReadathonDayThumb2Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation have joined to sponsor National Readathon Day. The event aims to promote and fund literacy and reading.

According to the website:

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Funds are raised by getting family and friends to donate via Firstgiving. There will also be group events at libraries, schools and bookstores. The proceeds will be donated to National Book Foundation.

The hashtag for the event is #timetoread.

You can find out more information and details on how to participate on the National Readathon Day page. 



Can you use your Kindle for library books?

Library BooksThere was an interesting thread this morning on Amazon’s Kindle forums concerning library use and e-ink Kindles. According to the opening post, “Many libraries are switching to 3M Cloud and using Axis 360 ditching Overdrive.”

The poster’s complaint is relevant because the 3M Cloud is not compatible with e-ink Kindles, only the Kindle Fire.  At at the bottom of 3m’s list of compatible devices, it says:

The 3M Cloud Library is not currently supported by Amazon. If you would like compatibility with your Kindle device not indicated above, please contact kindle-feedback@amazon.com.

However, the forum posts go on to point out that the problem with 3M is not Amazon’s. It goes on to note that 3M was created as a partnership between Penguin. the New York Public Library and 3M with the intention of creating a system that didn’t support the Kindle.  (Nate from the Digital Reader wrote an article about this back in 2012.)

Both Axis 360 and 3M are said to be cheaper for libraries than current Overdrive prices. It seems that some libraries use Overdrive along with one of the other systems, while other libraries are choosing with one over the other. For libraries who switch to 3M or Axis 360, patrons with an e-ink Kindle are left out in the cold.

Understandably, avid library users who own e-these unsupported devices aren’t happy.

Obviously, 3M and Axis 360 have been available for quite some time now. This thread made me wonder if library patrons are starting to see their libraries shift to other e-book providers.

Does anyone have any experience with this? What is your library using to lend ebooks? Have they changed systems? Please share in the comments. 🙂

Daily Links: Zombie Cookies, Phone Separation Anxiety

daily linksDigital Life:

Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you can’t kill (Ars Technica)

Can You Survive the Phone Separation Anxiety Challenge?(Recode)

Be My Eyes App Brings Help to the Blind and Visually Impaired (Recode)

US Postal Service asks for nearly maximum rate increase possible for periodicals (Talking New Media)

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things (Recode)

Bookmates catalog hits 200,000 English Language titles (Digital Reader)

Games and Video Streaming:

Twitch licenses legal music library for use by streamers (Ars Technica)

Broadband and Telephone News:

On Second Thought, Getting Regulated Like Old Phone Lines Wouldn’t Be So Bad, Sprint Says (Recode)

Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Dealsinclude The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey, as well as romance, business and a YA post-apocalyptic novel.

NOOK Find of the Day is offering a collection of young at heart stories for $2.99. Titles include Love is the Drug and Famous Last Words.

Kobo Daily Deal is The Confession by Charles Todd ($1.99).

Music Deals: Until February 1st, Amazon has a HUGE list of $5 Digital Albums for sale. Included are a lot of greatest hits collections from various genres.

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner: 1-20-2015

Library corner imageLibrary News:

OverDrive: Ebook Checkouts Up 33 Percent (Library Journal)

Libraries as Innovation Hubs (Digital Reader)

The K-12 and Economic Cases for a National Digital Library Endowment (Library City)

Toronto Public Library sadly embraces ‘culture of free’ (Toronto Star)

Odilo Launches New Library eBook Service in the U.S. (eBook Reader)

New Digital Collections:

Pond5 Launches Searchable Collection of 80,000 Public Domain Videos, Images, and 3D Models (Infodocket)

FDR Library and Museum Doubles Online Digital Collection, 400,000+ More Digitized Items Added to FRANKLIN Database (Infodocket)

Swiss National Library Uploads 1000 Images of Paintings to Wikimedia Commons (Infodocket)

Just Released: 23,000 New Documents Uploaded to NATO Archives Online (Infodocket)

Once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about new digital collections available online.


Daily Links: Browser issue fixed on Kindle Keyboard

kindle pixDigital Life:

Kindle Keyboard Firmware Update Fixes Web Browser Issues (eBook Reader)

Translate with your phone’s camera: Google Translate adds Word Lens (Liliputing)

Canadian Government Outlaws Bogus Piracy Notices (Torrent Freak)

Customers Bank launches no fee mobile and tablet banking platform, BankMobile (Talking New Media)

Humanities Open Book Program seeks to give new life to out-of-print books in the humanities (Talking New Media)

Games and Video Streaming:

Mobile Entertainment Revenue Approaches U.S Box Office Totals (Recode)

Web TV Startup NimbleTV Goes Dark, Promises to Return (Recode)

Wavelength Lets You Share Hollywood Movies With Your Friends, for Free, on the Web — At Least for Now (Recode)

Broadband and Telephone news:

Verizon Aims to Connect Older Cars With $15-a-Month Service (Recode)

Republican net neutrality bill would gut FCC’s authority over broadband (Ars Technica)

Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals today include White Hot by Sandra Brown ($1.99).

The NOOK Find of the day is Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews ($2.99)

The Kobo Daily Deal is Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke ($1.99).

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.



Daily Links: Yotaphone 2 coming to T-Mobile?

yotaphone 2Digital Life:

Student not guilty in first 3D movie Piracy case in UK (Torrent Freak)

MPAA links online piracy to Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan (Torrent Freak)

The Last Readers of Print? (Slate)

Broadband and Telephone News:

Defect watch: Some Nexus 6 owners reporting back cover coming unglued (Android Authority)

Yotaphone 2 Coming to T-Mobile (in the US) in March? (Digital Reader)

E-ink paradise: The flip side of the YotaPhone 2 (Android Central)

Finds and Deals:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals include Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler.  And until February 1, 2015 there are a number of titles in the New Year New Reads promotion for just $1.99.

The Nook Find of the Day is Fives and Twenty-Fives: A Novel by Michael Pitre ($1.99)

Today’s Kobo Daily Deal is The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson, Rachel Willson-Broyles ($1.99).

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.