Digital Publisher Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author Blog for Reporting on its Financial Troubles | Gigaom

MUST READ if you are a librarian…blogger, author, book reviewer, in publishing or editing…love books…Digital publisher Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author blog for reporting on its financial troubles | Gigaom. This makes me sick to my stomach. I feel for all the authors contracted to the company and unable to reverse their rights. The outcome of the lawsuit is extremely important. The fact the lawsuit was filed in the first place is having a huge impact on the blogging and book reviewing community.

I am an infophile. Are you? (Renaming this website.)

I have renamed this website to infophile from The Modern MLIS. The new name better aligns with being an established information services professional rather than the library and information services student I was when I first started the blog. I am an infophile (a person who loves information). Personally, I love advising, amusing and informing others about the stories, research and information I have come across. Professionally, I manipulate information for news monitoring purposes and to create classifications and taxonomies. It’s pretty amazing and validating to be able to do something you love every day…and even get paid for it!

I took a hiatus of a few months to decide whether I wanted to continue reposting future librarianship and technology-related news and resources to the LIS community. It can be challenging juggling the work/life balances thing, but I think I have it figured out now. So going forward, I will only be highlighted the coolest, most unique, worthy and must know news to the blog. I hope you will continue to follow me.

Can Book Clubs Thrive in the Digital Age? | Mashable

When most people think of book clubs, they picture intimate gatherings in living rooms or libraries. People rarely imagine a book club as a collection of GIFsmemes, fan fiction and cosplay, all of which are staples of how readers respond to media in the Internet era. But a new Tumblr blog, Reblog Book Club, wants to give the traditional book club a digital update.

While bloggers have previously hosted book clubs on Tumblr, Reblog Book Club is the first book club that’s founded and moderated by Tumblr itself. Rachel Fershleiser, the microblogging platform’s director of literary outreach, launched the club in September as a way to engage a passionate and diverse online community, but faced challenges in organizing a discussion group.

Read more:  Can Book Clubs Thrive in the Digital Age? | Mashable

News Links

Launching Later This Week: New York Public Library’s Shelley-Godwin Digital Archive | InfoDocket
The archive will offer digital versions of romantic texts.

Blogging Startup Medium Opens to All | AllThingsD
Medium, the blogging startup created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, announced on Friday that it is now open for all to use. Newcomers are required to sign in with a Twitter account, and can only post from Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers.

Metadata: Pinterest and Getty Images Announce Partnership | InfoDocket
Getty Images and Pinterest partner to learn more about the images you pin.

Apple CEO: We’ve locked up 94% of education tablet market | CNET
Tim Cook calls the company’s share in the education arena unheard of in most businesses.

Nielsen to add web viewers to future TV ratings, with a little help from Facebook | Engadget
After several months of testing within the industry, Nielsen is finally ready to reveal its efforts to bake mobile viewing habits into its TV ratings system.

Authors face censorship decision to publish in China | Melville House

Kraków joins UNESCO Cities of Literature |

Yandex Buys KinoPoisk, ‘Russia’s IMDb’, To Move Into Film Search And Recommendation | TechCrunch

300+ Followers, Quick Feedback Poll

With the blog reaching 300+ followers, I thought this would be a great opportunity for a quick feedback poll. News curation is a delicate balance. I’m sure many of you follow the same news sources I scan to repost to this blog. So when I’m scanning news items I always have in the back of my mind to post on average 5 to 10 items daily. I don’t want to spam your email inboxes, so anything over 15 posts is excessive in my mind and I try to avoid this. I overflow posts onto weekends when news becomes backlogged.

I also try to balance the types of daily posts across human interest, technology, librarianship, the MLIS and mentoring. This sometimes results in more dated news items and diversions being posted.

Here’s a quick poll asking the number of your daily post preferences. I also welcome any feedback you have, good or bad. So please leave your comments in the comment section below or email me via this contact form.

A Scientific Guide To Maximizing Your Impact On Twitter, Facebook, And Other Digital Media | Fast Company

When is the best time to tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, and email newsletters to reach the most people? Let’s find out…I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email and blogging to help you find the best time to communicate with others in each format.

Read: A Scientific Guide To Maximizing Your Impact On Twitter, Facebook, And Other Digital Media | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

The 6 Best Tools for Making Memes | Mashable

Love them, hate them or flat out don’t understand them at all, memes are here to stay — at least for the foreseeable future. Immortalized on Reddit, the most popular memes spread through the web like a weird, low-resolution wildfire.


  1. Imgur
  2. Livememe
  3. Quickmeme
  4. Meme Dad
  5. Imgflip
  6. Photoshop

via The 6 Best Tools for Making Memes | Mashable


The 10 Commandments of Content | Co.Create

See the story for the full discussion: The 10 Commandments of Content | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce

  1. Find Your “Why”
  2. It’s Not )All) About You
  3. Insights Inspire Ideas
  4. Go All The Way
  5. Be Social At The Core
  6. Don’t Post and Pray
  7. Be Authentic
  8. Be The Expert
  9. Loosen Your Grip
  10. Expect Results

7 Things You Didn’t Know Bitly Could Do | Mashable

7 Things You Didn’t Know Bitly Could Do | Mashable

The post reviews:

  1. Monitor your stats.
  2. Make it your own.
  3. Bundle your links.
  4. It knows what’s important.
  5. It works on your phone — and in Chrome.
  6. Link it to your blog.
  7. Use shortcuts.

Power Tumbl’ng: Why Tumblr Is a Great Way to Reach Teen Patrons | The Digital Shift

Should libraries and librarians use Tumblr? Is it wise to wade into this alluring sea of wacky photos, pop-culture commentary, and gifs—snippets of moving images—in order to virtually chat about best book lists, library events, title recommendations, and our favorite quotes?

Yes, and here’s why. The key to a useful social network is to strategically use communication tools, understand each network’s reach, and guarantee ease of use for all involved. Tumblr can be a successful way to connect to new and diverse audiences, provided you understand who you’ll be attracting to your site and how to use Tumblr to your advantage.

The post includes 8 tips for successful tumbling.

See the full story: Power Tumbl’ng: Why Tumblr Is a Great Way to Reach Teen Patrons | The Digital Shift.