Last week, the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States was opened in Norman Oklahoma. Lacking the necessary funds to open new libraries, The Pioneer Library System decided that this was the best way to provide library services to people in an area without a nearby library branch. These types of machines have become popular in China, particularly in small cities and towns lacking branch libraries. 

Penguin will introduce its new Book Truck and the Book Pushcart at BookExpo America this week, crossing a mobile library with a food truck.

The 27-foot-long Book Truck contains two bookshelves with 96 feet of shelf space, LED lighting, awnings and café tables and chairs. The Book Pushcart was “inspired by the design of the classic New York City hotdog cart.”  The mobile booksellers will travel the country, you can track them at the Penguin Book Truck site. Here’s more from the release:

Good e-Reader ran an interesting post earlier today about Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library System, which took the unprecedented step back in December 2012 of advertising its e-book lending services on broadcast television. According to the post, the 60-second spot was developed by the library system’s own IT department. It ran for about two weeks on the area’s Fox and [...]

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The naming of Mo Yan as the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature was not just a honor for the Chinese writer. It was also a coup for an American university press already poised to release one of the next of Mo Yan’s novels to be published in English translation.

Spirits were high at the University of Oklahoma Press on Thursday after the news broke. “We are certainly pleased to stand in the glow of Mo Yan’s achievements

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