|With fewer libraries open every day and none open all hours, the Open Library is a wonderful online resource. Its aim is to build a facility to store a copy of every book ever published . And each book has its own web page.|
|It’s not simply classic books. Through inter-library loans, lots of modern e-books sit on the virtual shelves too. You can borrow up to five books for two weeks.|
|They’re always looking for volunteers to help with adding books and fixing typos as well as ones to help develop the site and its software as the library–now over a million books–expands.|
|It’s a wonderful idea, and already thousands of borrowers all over the world take advantage of the service.|
|But with so many free e-books on offer from all the online bookstores, and local libraries going online, will it be as popular an idea as it once might have been?|
|Do you borrow books or access anything else from your online library? Would you consider using the Open Library? Or is it easier simply to download the latest free e-book from Amazon to your PC or e-reader?
O for Octopus
Collective Nouns describe groups as one unit. Some we know–a flock of sheep. Others are distinctly odder.
|Today’s collective noun: an arran of octopuses. And yes, octopuses is correct. The word is not Latin but Greek so no octopi :-)The octopus illustrations from Sattva , the library photo from Pannawat at FreeDigital Photos.