Just a few links of interest today.

First, Say no more often. You’ll be happier. Especially if you are a creative type. Of course, be gracious. The article includes some most excellent examples of how the likes of E.B. White and Robert Heinlein said no to requests from people. I doubt I could ever get away with the tongue-in-cheek response from White, but I would like to be able to try it sometime and see what happens!

From National Public Radio an interview with transcript on Why the Battle Between E-Books and Print May Be Over. Apparently e-books sales have leveled off, perhaps in part because of e-book prices going up. But that is with books published through publishing houses. Self-published e-books are a booming market, though no one knows exactly how booming since Amazon, one of the major venues for self-published e-books, does not reveal sales figures. It is an interesting article, but I think we will have to wait another few years before anyone can say anything definite about print v. e-book sales.

Here is something fun. Library reference questions BG (Before Google). Someone at the New York Public Library recently found an old box of reference queries dated from the 1940s to the 1980s. There are some real gems in there including someone wanting to know what kind of apple Eve ate and someone else who wanted to know if one needed a camel to cross the desert in the western U.S.

And since we are on the subject of librarians, how about a short story: In the House of the Seven Librarians. It is a coming-of-age story about Dinsy, raised in an almost sentient library since she was a baby by seven librarians who may or may not be alive. Enjoy!

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