Mashable: Welcome to ‘Deep Bookstagram,’ where dark, book-based comedy thrives . “Instagram has always been a safe haven for book lovers, a place where people can show off their private libraries full of white oak bookshelves, novels organized by color, aloe plants, and inspirational coffee mugs. But there’s a deeper, stranger, and far murkier part of book Instagram, known colloquially as ‘Bookstagram.'”
New-to-me, from The Conversation: Friday essay: the library – humanist ideal, social glue and now, tourism hotspot. “Last year two Danish librarians – Christian Lauersen and Marie Eiriksson – founded Library Planet: a worldwide, crowdsourced, online library travel guide. According to them, Library Planet is meant to inspire travellers ‘to open the awesome book that is our world of libraries, cities and countries’.”
The Atlantic: The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper. “University libraries across the country, and around the world, are seeing steady, and in many cases precipitous, declines in the use of the books on their shelves. The University of Virginia, one of our great public universities and an institution that openly shares detailed library circulation stats from the prior 20 years, is a good case study. College students at UVA checked out 238,000 books during the school year a decade ago; last year, that number had shrunk to just 60,000.”
Lifehacker: Your Teen Can Get Free Audiobooks This Summer. “AudioFile Magazine is hosting SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens ages 13 and up. Each week, participants can download two complete audiobooks, which are pre-selected and based on weekly themes.”
Lifehacker: Quickly Summarize a Long Online Article Into a Few Sentences With This Site. “When an article is just a few hundred words like this one, you probably have a few minutes to read it. When you open up an article thinking it’s a few hundred and it’s actually several thousand, your time might be a bit more limited.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Ways to Read Comics Online for Free. “Marvel and DC have gained a lot of new fans with their increased cinematic presence, meaning a boost to the comic book industry as a whole. Unfortunately, visiting your local comic book store can prove expensive. Single issues typically cost $3.99, with milestone issues and variants costing even more. Thankfully, you can save some money by using these sites to read comics online for free. No matter what kind of comics you’re into, you should find them on one of these sites.”
New-to-me, from Kaz Inform: Kitap.kz generates global interest in Kazakh literature. “Currently, the website contains 64 books in 18 foreign languages. The online library has generated increasing interest in Kazakh culture, as evidenced by the many thousands of daily visits to the website by foreign users. There is ongoing work on new content for the website.” The front page of the site is not in English but translates without issue. Looks like you need to have an account to access content.