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From Blogs to Books

Around  the library, all my colleagues seem to want to talk about are eBooks.  “Will eBooks replace printed materials?  If so, what will the future of libraries look like?  Are we librarians doomed?!?”  Not so, says I.  The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is currently expanding our collection of popular teen eBooks and making them available to download and check out on a variety of eReaders.  But this is not a blog post about eBooks, this a blog post about blog posts.  Despite all of the hand wringing and doom and gloom, I want to shed light on a curious phenomena in our digital world which is that many of the web’s most popular blogs are transforming themselves from digital to analog.  PUBLISHERS ARE PRINTING WORDS AND PICTURES THAT ORIGINATED ONLINE ONTO PAGES MADE FROM PAPER AND BINDING THEM TOGETHER INTO SOMETHING WE CALL BOOKS!  Librarians of the world rejoice!  Here are a few of my favorites:

5 Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

Awkward Family Photos

Crap at my Parents’ House

Damn You Autocorrect!: Awesomely Embarrassing Text Messages You Didn’t Mean to Send

Fail Nation: A Visual Romp Through the World of Epic Fails

Hipster Puppies

Hungover Owls

I am Maru

I Can Has Cheezburger: A LOLcat Collekshun

People of Wal-Mart: Shop and Awe

Stuff on my Cat: the Book

Texts from Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending

When Parents Text: So Much Said… So Little Understood

And maybe- just maybe- one day you’ll pick up a copy of CLPTeensburgh: the Book!


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