Librarians could use SpeechJammer to silence noisy library patrons

It looks like the days of being shushed at the library could be numbered.  A couple of Japanese scientists have invented a device that can force someone to stop talking.

SpeechJammer is the name of the device and it can be used to silence someone from as far as 100 feet away.  The device looks like a radar gun used by police to track how fast cars are going.  To silence someone, you simply use the laser targeter to target the talker’s mouth and pull the trigger. [Read more…]

Over a million ebooks borrowed from Kindle Owners’ Lending Library so far

Amazon put out a big release today letting everyone know that there are now over 100,000 ebooks in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.  Of course, any of our readers would know that there were over 100,000 ebooks in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library a little over three weeks ago on February 6th.  So why did Amazon wait until today to make the announcement on the number of titles in its lending library? [Read more…]

Harry Potter ebooks coming to public libraries through OverDrive

Public libraries are about to experience something truly unprecedented when it comes to ebooks.  The legendary Harry Potter ebooks will be available at public libraries before they are available at stores or at Amazon.

OverDrive announced today that Pottermore has agreed to make OverDrive the exclusive distributor of Harry Potter ebooks and audiobooks to public and school libraries. [Read more…]