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The iPad Goes Mainstream – Even Libraries are Becoming Fans, and Enthusiastic Users

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg did a lightning round with Oprah, which was basically the greatest thing ever.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg:  Books on paper or books on a Kindle?
Oprah:  “iPad.”
(read the article here)


I have written before about how much I like – really like! – my iPad.  In the “reading books” part of my life, my favorite feature is the immediate “sample download” of books.  I prefer the format/look of iBooks, but Kindle has a wider selection of titles.

And, when I actually purchase a book on Kindle, which I am doing with increasing frequency, it has an amazing feature – you can highlight sections on your iPad (which you can also do on iBooks), and then!, you can print the highlights out from your Amazon page on your computer.  And!, you can copy and paste from your own highlights.  And!!, you can view the “most popular highlights “ of the book – obviously a compilation from all of those who bought the book on Kindle.  I can’t find this same feature on iBooks — I hope they add it.  (or, if it is available, and I haven’t found it, please let me know.  Comments are always open).

Wow!  Just wow!

Bob Morris sent me this link:  20 Coolest iPad Ideas for Your Library, which lists 20 cool ways that the iPad is being used by libraries.  The first, and most obvious, is that you can now “check out” books for your iPad, and instantly download them into your iPad from anywhere.  After a set period (three weeks, or so), the books just disappear.  I have read one book this way from my Richardson library.  It works fine — but the format does not match the cool format of iBooks, or even Kindle.  Some libraries are even checking out iPads for their library card holders.

Here’s an excerpt from this article:

Since its 2010 release, attitudes about the iPad have undergone a radical change. Once mocked by techies for being both frivolous and having a silly name, the device has since become nearly ubiquitous in coffee shops, schools, airports and businesses across the nation. Why? Because in many ways, the iPad actually did live up to the hype. It’s easy to use (even for little kids), intuitive, lightweight and generally a highly versatile tool adaptable everywhere, from the board room to home room.

Check out all 20 of the ways that libraries are using iPads.  It’s a cool list of cool ideas.

There has been no bigger champion of reading books than Oprah.  So for her to announce her love and preference for the iPad, it seems like ebooks on an iPad has now gone fully mainstream.  I know that many regret the threat to physical books – including me – but as I wrote a while back, I’m A Convert – I’m Now Reading Books On My iPad, And Loving It, I am an enthusiastic convert.  The iPad is, simply, a marvel.

On Books And Libraries – Dr. Seuss Has The Best Advice

As happens almost everyday, Andrew Sullivan points us to a gem.   This gem is from Letters of Note, which I had not yet discovered.  It is a rich treasure!

In 1971, Troy, Michigan opened its new library.  The heroes are the librarian (Marguerite Hart — children’s librarian) who asked people to write to the children who would take full advantage of this great community resource, and the people who took the request seriously and wrote such thoughtful replies.  People responded, including Ronald Reagan, Saul Alinsky, Pat Nixon, Spiro Agnew…  In this excerpt on Letters of Note,

97 people did exactly that, and below are just four of those replies, all from authors: Isaac Asimov; Hardie Gramatky; Theodore Geisel; and E. B. White.

Here’s the quote Andrew Sullivan pulled:

 “A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people—people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”– E.B. White.

But here’s my favorite:  (just click on the image for the full view)…

I worry about the future of libraries.  Maybe I worry about the future of reading…  But I know that I love to read, and if you read this blog, I suspect you do too.

So, to remind us all:


A Blog for Book Readers and Book Lovers — With Special Emphasis on Business Books

When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
(Paul to Timothy, 2 Timothy 4:13)

Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
(Barbara Tuchman)


Every now and then, I think it is good to remind our readers what this blog is.

Just getting started...

Just getting started...

This is a blog by and for book readers and book lovers.  And I admit that I am one of those book readers/lovers.

We occasionally just reflect on the developments of the day, or offer an opinion or two about different business issus.  And we might occasionally refer to a non-business book or two.  But primarily, this is a blog about business books.

Our blogging team is immersed in business books.

Karl Krayer and I (Randy Mayeux) have presented a minimum of two synopses of business books, each month, for over 11 years.  You name the best seller, and we have probably read it and presented a synopsis of it.  The Tipping Point; Good to Great; The Art of Innovation; Blink; Outliers; The World is Flat; Hot, Flat, and Crowded; Womenomics… – the list is long, and always growing.
Bob Morris is a frequent, frequent reviewer of business books (and a few other books) for Amazon.com, other sites, and for this blog.
And Cheryl Jensen and Sara Smith, after a significant career in the corporate world, now consult with companies, and for this blog they primarily share their insights from books related to women in business issues.
(click on the “meet our blogging team” tab at the top of this page to learn more about each member of our blogging team).

So this blog is a blog where you get the reflections of a pretty good group of book readers and book lovers.  In addition, you can find many of the synopses of business books that Karl and I have presented over the years at our companion web site, with audio + handout, at 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

But primarily, this is a simple little blog.  We talk about ideas – ideas that capture our imagination and make us think — from the best business books we can find.  I hope you find it useful.


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