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LJ’s top 10 best books for 2010 Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:32 am

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For the first time ever, Library Journal announces its top ten best books list that includes fiction and nonfiction titles which it deems best for 2010.  Check out the list below, how many have you read?

American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury)
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
How To Live, Or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown)
The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine)
The Tiger by John Vaillant (Knopf)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Random)
Walker Evans Decade by Decade text by James Crump (Hatje Cantz)

Google’s new search index: Caffeine Wednesday, 7 July 2010 2:57 pm

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Well, it’s nearly a month old.

The new web indexing system is called Caffeine. Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than Google’s last index, and it’s the largest collection of web content that the search engine company has ever offered.

The new index seems to be a much more dynamic system compared to the old one, which had several layers.

“Caffeine takes up nearly 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database and adds new information at a rate of hundreds of thousands of gigabytes per day.”

Read the original post from the Official Google Blog.

best sellers in biology Friday, 23 April 2010 10:53 am

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From Aug 2009 to date, as identified by YBP Lib Services.

The top five are (For the whole list of 20 titles, check out this LJ article):

1) The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
Dawkins, Richard
Free Press
2009. ISBN 1416594787 [9781416594789]. $30

2) Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science
Yoon, Carol Kaesuk
W.W. Norton
2009. ISBN 0393061973 [9780393061970]. $27.95

3) The Princeton Guide to Ecology
Levin, Simon A.
Princeton University Press
2009. ISBN 0691128391 [9780691128399]. $95

4) How We Live and Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells
Wolpert, Lewis
W.W. Norton
2009. ISBN 0393072215 [9780393072211]. $24.95

5) Critical Transitions in Nature and Society
Scheffer, Marten
Princeton University Press
2009. ISBN 0691122032 [9780691122038]. $99.50

Springer sold to private equity firms Friday, 18 December 2009 3:29 pm

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In the information industry, merging and acquisition is so common, normally I don’t track them and are not interested in them at all.  But since Springer is the second largest STM (science, technology and medicine) publisher, I thought I’ll just post about it, I’m sure some would like to know about it :-).

The sale involves $146 million in case and the transfer of $3.22 billion of debt.

Read more on London Times or LJ.

Best Sellers in Physics Friday, 18 December 2009 3:17 pm

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From LJ Newswire:

April 2009 to date as identified by YBP Library Services