RA for your Friday

I want to kick today off with this blog post from the RA for All blog about AI-created scam books on Amazon and three reasons you need to know (and care) about them. Here’s just one:

“We know that library patrons are the most likely people to buy books for themselves. Many of them are voracious readers and use Amazon for their ebooks (especially) and sometimes, print. They will not be as aware of this issue. It is our responsibility as information professionals and advisory librarians to make sure they know this is going on and help them navigate their reading options.”

In other news you should know, NPR reports on library book challenges in 2023.

You may not be able to put your winter coat away just yet, but you can sure look forward to the best new books of spring – we’ve got lists from Bustle, Town & Country, and Oprah.

Looking to spice up your cookbook section? (Pun intended; they are always intended…) Try these spring picks from Food & Wine, Eater, Publishers Weekly, and Epicurious.

The April Library Reads and Indie Next lists are here – go ahead and print ’em out for yer corkboard.

In awards news, we’ve got the Edgar nominations, the Women’s Prize longlists, and the winners of the inaugural Libby Awards! And yes, I get excited about awards because an award-winner usually indicates quality, but arguably more important is that awards put books on readers’ radars and have the potential to increase the demand for them, for backlist titles by the same author, and for readalikes. And that’s something we need to know about!

You know what else we need to know about? The rise of birding. We’ve got birding picks from the LA Times for those of you looking for reading suggestions for that patron who just checked out your library’s birding backpack.

RESOURCE ALERT! Did you know you could access archived RA webinars from Booklist? This is a great page to bookmark and check back with regularly – they’re always adding stuff!

Finally, #FridayReads: You know that thing when you’re a kid, and it’s a rainy Saturday afternoon, and you have nowhere to be, so you just read and read and read until someone comes and tells you it’s time for dinner? That’s what I did yesterday, but instead of rain it was wind and instead of someone telling me it was time for dinner, it my doorbell telling me the pizza I’d ordered had arrived. The book was Mary B, by Katherine J. Chen, and if I were in a Jane Austen book club, I would absolutely bring this title to it – I’d LOVE to hear the discussion. Today, I’ll go back to The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store and catch up on my podcasts. Happy reading!

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