February 18th, 2008

stonehenge

Two things I'm not quite sure what to make of...

1. Library vending machines in BART stations and other public places. Each book will be stocked with a few hundred popular titles, which can be checked out with a Contra Costa County library card. I do have the "thumbs up" reaction to anything that makes it easier for people to read, or to use the library. But is this really "using the library"? Especially given how limited the selection would have to be.

2. Fantasy writer Stephen Brust's full-length, unauthorized Firefly novel. In other words: fanfic. I'm really, really curious to see what happens now. No word yet on what, if anything, Joss Whedon might have to say about it. (Thanks to SE for the link on this one.)