Digital Impulse Buys: I came across a New York Times article over the weekend that relays a point I know well and that is that the instant access to information e-books, instant videos and instant music titles that you can buy online (from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other e-book and media vendors) and access instantly via your smart phone, fully fledged tablet (i.e. iPad, Galaxy Tab etc.) or reading tablet (Kindle HD, B&N HD etc.) offers two sides of the proverbial coin. On the one side the instant access is great because you no longer have to try and remember a great book, movie or television show that your best friend has just told you about you can instantly buy it on your device and read it or watch it later. And the second side of the coin is that you can spend a bit of money doing just that! The ability to instantly access e-books, movies, television shows and music can add up to thousands of dollars per year. Just ask Nick Bilton the author of the New York Times Bits blog article which is titled Disruptions: Impulse Buys, Straight to a Screen — he spent $2,403 last year on digital content!

Here’s the link to the article:

Library Tech Programs of the Week: If you just bought a new laptop, iPad, e-reader or other tech devices and have questions about how to use it you may sign up for a free one-on-one tech session with a member of the library’s tech team. Just call 607-936-3713 ext. 502 to make an appointment.
And in addition to our one-one-one tech sessions we are hosting two tech programs this week the latest in our popular Pinterest series and an iPad workshop.

Here’s a detailed description of both programs:

Dream and Create with Pinterest: Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Description: Are you one of the many who are absolutely fascinated with PINTEREST? Join Jenn Gaylor every other Tuesday evening to “Dream & Create with Pinterest!” We’ll do some dreaming while searching for great DIY projects on Pinterest, and we’ll do fun and easy projects that you can take home with you. So come in and Dream & Create with us!

Intro to iPad Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Time: 2:00 -3:00 PMish. Description: This workshop, one of our Wednesday One Hour Tech series offerings, gives new iPad owners an overview of how to use the iPad, how to navigate between screens, search for apps, download apps- and just generally how to get around in the iPad universe. Registration is required. You may register via phone (607)936-3713 ext. 502 or in person at the Reference Desk. And the “ish” in the time simply referrers to the fact that although the program officially runs an hour tech staff will be on hand to answer all questions so staff will be available after 3 PM to answer questions too!

Have a great day!
Linda R.

Bilton, Nick. (2013, January 20). Disruptions: Impulse Buys, Straight to a Screen. New York Times. Online.

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