02/13/2014 Two new books for Internet fans and organization leaders

Now we have two new books about two
more Internet sensations – Amazon and Twitter. 
Both are authored by talented journalists who write in a readable,
fast-moving style that easily keeps readers’ attention.

            The
book about Amazon is called “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of
Amazon” by Brad Stone, a technology reporter for Newsweek and The New York
Times.  This is a fun read for anyone who
shops at amazon.com.

            And
it is more.  While much of its information
is unique to Amazon (and you will not want to emulate founder Jeff Bezos’
un-family-friendly management style), business and non-profit leaders will find
many operating principles that are applicable to all organizations.  Bezos is known for articulating clear and
simple goals that reflect his personal values.

            Three
examples of his business thinking: 
“Always start from the customer and work backwards,” “Is that skill a
commodity or a core competency?” and “Even well-meaning gatekeepers slow
innovation.”  Also, PowerPoint presentations
are banned at Amazon.  Instead, staff proposals
must be written in a press release format that requires the main points up
front and encourages clear thinking and a customer-first focus.

            The
book about Twitter is called “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power,
Friendship and Betrayal.”   It is written
by Nick Bilton, a columnist and reporter for The New York Times who covers
technology. 

            This
is not a book about creative thinking or innovative leadership.  Rather, it is filled with drama, political
intrigue and power grabs.  Twitter has
had a massive impact on the worlds of politics, revolutions, business, love and
friendship.  But some of its success
seems to have happened almost by accident, as users found purposes for their
tweets that Twitter’s four founders (all hackers) never imagined.

            Regardless,
it is an entertaining book to read whether or not you are a Twitter user.  With all its soap opera elements, it’s no
surprise that it has been optioned by Lionsgate for a possible TV series.

            All
three of these books are available for your reading pleasure at the Sisson
Library.  Additional copies are available
through AspenCat, the Colorado Library Consortium that gives you access to
748,000 items from 48 libraries in Colorado.  AspenCat also has “The Social Network” on DVD

 

Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m. this month, you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie event for
adults that celebrates Black History Month by showcasing films with
African-American actresses and actors. 
The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to
promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the
newspaper or on the radio.  If you want to know what show is playing on a
given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library, check
the home page of our website or phone the library to ask.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Free tweens bookclub

            If you’re in the
fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is
the club for you.  Tomorrow (Friday, February
14) from 2-3:15 p.m. we’ll be discussing “A New Single Chard” and you’ll get
your new book to read.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session requiring
registration is about Skype on Wednesday, February 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
where you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer.

 

 Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

DVDs

            “Blue Jasmine” is
the Woody Allen film starring Alex Baldwin and Cate Blanchett.  “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks is the
true story of a pirate hijacking of a U.S. container ship. Last year’s
“Downtown Abbey Season 4” is now available on DVD.  “Much Ado About Nothing” is Joss Whedon’s
sexy and contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s classic comedy.  “Shakespeare Uncovered” is a unique look at
six of the Bard’s great plays including “Hamlet,” “Richard II” and the comedies.

 

CDs

            “Mrs. Lincoln’s
Rival” by Jennifer Chiaverini is a novel of politics featuring the Secretary of
the Treasury and his daughter.        “Standup
Guy” by Stuart Woods is the latest
in the Stone Barrington mystery series.  “The
New Countess” by Fay Weldon is the final novel in the Habits of the House
English aristocracy trilogy.  “Hazardous
Duty” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV is the latest in the
Presidential Agent adventure series. 

 

Thrillers and mysteries

            “Apple
Tree Yard” by Louise Doughty is a suspense story centering on a woman charged
with murder who has been a happily married successful scientist and mother of
two.  “Dirty Magic” is a paranormal
thriller by Jaye Wells.  “The House on
the Cliff” by Charlotte Williams is the first in a new series featuring
therapist Jessica Mayhew.

           

Other new novels

            “The Wind is Not a
River” by Brian Payton follows a woman trying to find her journalist husband
shot down by the Japanese in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.  “Perfect” by Rachel Joyce tells of a young
boy whose life is turned upside down.  “The
Emperor’s Blades” by Brian Staveley is book one of the new Chronicle of the
Unhewn Throne fantasy series.  “Andrew’s
Brain”  by E.L. Doctrow takes readers on
a radical trip into the mind of a man who has been an inadvertent agent of
disaster.

           

Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Richard Clare, Doris King, Danyelle Leentjes,
Patsy Linblad, Jim Mudroch and Sue Passant.

 

Quotable Quote

            “Failure seldom
stops you.  What stops you is the fear of
failure.” – Jack Lemmon (1925-2001), American actor, musician and two-time
Academy Award winner.

Website

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books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at
http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.               

                                                           

                                                        
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