Join the Hunt for a Mysterious Sleight-of-Hand Magician

Artifice, Ruse and ErdnaseHurt McDermott has just published an intriguing book about an early 20th c. magician and card shark in Chicago who insisted on keeping his identity secret. Love Chicago? History? Magic? Buy Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase:  The Search for One Who May Not Want to Be Found today!


Meet the author at Crowell Library in San Marino

The Internet Book of LifeMeet Irene McDermott and pick up a copy of The Internet Book of Life: Use the Web to Grow Richer, Smarter, Healthier, and Happier at a Crowell Public Library meet the author event Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

Author Irene McDermott to speak about and sign The Internet Book of Life

The Internet Book of LifeTuesday, September 6, 2011, 7 p.m.

Crowell Public Library
1890 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108

You are a working parent and you use the Internet occasionally for email and Facebook. You know that there are quality Web resources available for free that can really help you and your family. But who has time to find and evaluate them?

The Internet Book of Life is your shortcut to these treasures. Written by a working mother and front line reference librarian, The Internet Book of Life is a guide to web sites and mobile phone apps that help real people make wise decisions in so many aspects of modern living: everything from saving money, to getting homework done, to just feeling happier.

Each chapter addresses real-life family dilemmas such as whether and how to fix the car, how to find the best price for baby diapers, and even how to find a clinical trial that might save a life.

As the country climbs out of recession, this comprehensive guide to free Web services is especially welcome. It is the lively, indispensable reference that finds a home next to every household computer…or Web-enabled cell phone!

IRENE E. McDERMOTT gains insight about the web from her daily front-line experience as reference librarian and systems manager at the Crowell Public Library in San Marino, California. She writes about her discoveries in her column, “Internet Express,” which has appeared in Searcher magazine since 1997. The second edition of her book, The Librarian’s Internet Survival Guide was published by Information Today in 2006.

Proofread pages for Project Gutenberg.

Project GutenbergSince 1971, Project Gutenberg has devoted itself to digitizing books in the public domain, that is, those published before 1923. At first, volunteers transcribed books, retyping them into computers. Now, machines capture text via optical character recognition (OCR.) But these texts contain errors that are best caught by human eyes.

Here’s where you come in. Register at Project Gutenberg to compare the scanned text to the image of a page. “Once all the pages have completed these steps, a post-processor carefully assembles them into an e-book…and submits it to the Project Gutenberg archive.” Project Gutenberg invites us all to join them in “preserving the literary history of the world in a freely available form for everyone to use.”

Read eBooks from the Google store

Google eBooksGoogle is not selling eReaders but is going in big to the eBook market. Here, find over 3 million eBooks at prices comparable with Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Plus, Google eBooks freely presents all pre-1923 titles and several-page samples of many current works. The Google eBooks format is compatible with almost all eReaders except Kindle.

Kobo is a low-cost eReader from Canada

Kobo eReaderThe site of the new, low-cost Canadian eReader Kobo, which debuted in 2010 for about $140, promises that there are free eBooks to be borrowed from the local public library. Kobo, Inc., a company hatched by partners Indigo Books & Music, Borders Group, REDgroup Retail, and Cheung Kong Holdings in 2009, had a budget eReader ready for sale by the following year.

The Kobo eReader runs on Adobe Digital Editions, or ADE. It can indeed read files from libraries that subscribe to Overdrive or NetLibrary. It downloads eBook files from computers or over the wireless internet.

Kobo also offers free apps for all Apple devices, and Android and Blackberry smart phones, which transforms them into de facto Kobo eReaders. At this time, Kobo only supports English text. It is one of the only eReaders available in Canada.