Mar 062012

[PDF]  JV Richardson and Khalid Mahmood. Library Hi Tech, 2012

Eighty-one information studies graduate students were surveyed about their ownership of specific eBook readers, their likes and dislikes as well as perceived issues. The authors found that the Kindle’s features made it the most popular, but respondents disliked the poor navigation and inability to loan titles in their collections regardless of specific eBook reader. In addition, the respondents also liked the portability of the readers as well as the ability to have multiple books on a single reader. Nonetheless, they also identified three major concerns: notably, the licensing of titles versus outright ownership, being tied to a particular eBook vendor, and non-replaceable batteries. In contrast to some other published reports, the respondents did not value non-Roman script support or color display. Appendices include a list of WWW resources for downloading eBooks.

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Nov 212010

Gertrude Bell. The Arabian Diaries, 1913-1914. Edited by Rosemary O’Brien. Syracuse University Press. 0815606729

Janet Starkey and Okasha El Daly, eds. Desert Travellers: From Herodotus to T.E. Lawrence. University of Durham. 0953970000

Dauril Alden. Charles R. Boxer: An uncommon life: Soldier, historian, teacher, collector, traveller. Lisbon: Fundacao Oriente. 9727850235
– Boxer (1904-2000) was a polymath whose life could be made into a book. And a great romance at the heart of it as well with the American Emily Hahn. Emily Hahn herself would make a fine biography. A note to myself is to search for her writings in the New Yorker and her book China To Me.

Lafcadio Hearn. Two Years in the French West Indies. Oxford. 1902669177

Isabella Tree. Sliced Iguana: Travels in Unknown Mexico. Hamish Hamilton. 024114051X
– this title got quite a good review in TLS (2001-07-27).

Mary Ashley Townsend. Here and There in Mexico. Ed. Ralph Lee Woodward Jr. Unviersity Press of Alabama.

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Nov 212010
  1. Books are for use.
  2. Books are for all: or Every reader his book.
  3. Every book its reader.
  4. Save the time of the reader.
  5. A library is a growing organism.
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Nov 202010

Janko, R. “The Derveni Papyrus: an Interim Text.” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 141 (2002) 1-62.

Janko, R. “The Derveni Papyrus (Diagoras of Melos, Apopyrgizontes Logoi?): a new translation”, Classical Philology 96 (2001), 1-32.

Betegh, Gabor. The Derveni Papyrus. Cosmology, Theology and Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Pp. xii, 441. ISBN 0-521-80108-7. $110.00.

André Laks and Glenn Most (edd.), Studies on the Derveni Papyrus, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Nov 202010

The material is beautiful and precious
Though the cost is cheap, the quality is high…
Stretching out when it opens and rolling up
when put away…
To convey your affection to a distance of ten thousand miles away,
With your refined thought written at one corner.

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