News: Books & Publishing, Music & Film

Books & Publishing

Indigo being pushed further away from bookselling as sales slide |
Indigo Books and Music Inc. shares plunged to their lowest price in more than a year on Wednesday, a day after the national retailer reported a $10-million loss and plans to suspend its dividend.

For This Iconic Bookstore, Digital Isn’t Just a Footnote | Mashable. Discussing The Strand’s digital and social strategy.

Teen Poet Sparks New Debate on Islam in Denmark | WSJ
Hassan – the 18-year-old son of Palestinian immigrants who are Muslims – is now creating his own brand of controversy in Islamic circles and elsewhere with a new book of poetry that was published in Denmark last month. The writing student’s self-titled book contains around 150 poems, many of which are severely critical of the religious environment he grew up in.

EW has  bracket to discover the best YA novel of all time. Vote: What is the best YA novel of all time? Round two | EW. Also see: EW asks: What’s the best YA novel of all time? Also Voting for Goodreads Choice Awards Now Open | LitReactor

Music & Film

News: Education & Technology, Librarianship

Education & Technology

Twitter had its IPO today. Twitter’s Strong IPO Leaves The Company More Richly Valued On A Per-User Basis Than Facebook At Its Debut | TechCrunch. You may also like: Post-Twitter IPO: Time to fret about a new tech bubble? | CNET and 14 Moments That Defined Twitter | FastCompany

Did your Adobe password leak? Now you and 150m others can check | theguardian
Leak is 20 times worse than the company initially revealed, and could put huge numbers of peoples’ online lives at risk. Direct link to the Adobe leaked credentials checker.

How Pinterest Plans to Woo the Rest of the Internet | FastCompany
Unlike social media platforms like Twitter that capture the here and now, Pinterest is for dreaming of what’s ahead, says CEO Ben Silbermann…“People use Pinterest every day to get ready for and excited about something in their future–what they’re going to make for dinner, what they’re going to teach their classroom of students. If we can create a set of connections between things that they’re interested in, we can help them plan for that future.”


British Film Institute to launch streaming video service on October 9th | Engadget

The British Film Institute promised that it would put 10,000 movies online as part of the Film Forever initiative, and it’s now making good on its word — if slowly. The Institute will launch the first phase of its BFI Player streaming service on October 9th with a library of more than 1,000 videos, including movies, behind-the-scenes clips and archival footage. About 60 percent of the content will be free, with the rest available as pay-per-view. As for those remaining 9,000 videos? The BFI expects those to appear in the months ahead, and it’s launching BFI Player’s second phase in early 2014.

via British Film Institute to launch streaming video service on October 9th | Engadget.

More Vendors Help Libraries Stream Video | The Digital Shift

Since the beginning of 2013, four major library vendors have announced the launch of new or expanded streaming services that will enable patrons to view movies and television shows at their library or at home using computers, tablets, smart TVs, or any device equipped with a web browser.

See the full article: More Vendors Help Libraries Stream Video | The Digital Shift.

Chromecast: The Tell-All On This Google Game-Changer | Information Space

After spending some intimate time with Chromecast this weekend, I can say with confidence that the $35 dongle is a game-changer for Google, even if the device is not without its flaws.

See the complete review: Chromecast: The Tell-All On This Google Game-Changer | Information Space.

BBC News – Google launches Chromecast low-cost TV dongle

Google has announced a low-cost competitor to Apple TV – a “dongle” device called Chromecast.

The dongle is plugged into a television’s HDMI port, and allows users to stream media from smartphones, tablets and computers.

Launching immediately in the US, the device will cost $35 (£23). There is as yet no word on international launches.

via BBC News – Google launches Chromecast low-cost TV dongle.