E-mail addresses of the Rich & Famous
Submitter: This is perhaps the most embarrassing offerings we’ve ever submitted to Awful Library Books, and we’ve offered up a few doozies! An email directory from 1994? We’ve hit a new low. I wonder if Al Gore still checks his email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wonder why the author included page 20. The heading there reads, “CELEBRITIES (PROBABLY FAKES).” The page includes an email address for Howard the Duck, for crying out loud! Why did we buy this book?
Holly: I can actually see buying something like this, but you have to know you’re going to weed it within a few short years. I just love it when people ask for a celebrity’s personal email. You know their publicist handles all that, right? And yours may or may not ever be opened at all, let alone read, and I almost guarantee it won’t be read by the celebrity themself. Interesting to note that this book is by Seth Godin.
Submitter: The Internet is an overview of how to use the internet from 1998. The internet from 1998 seems like an easy weed. My local library system has 3 copies. Three too many. I knew a now retired public librarian a few years ago who would teach basic internet skills to library patrons. She always referred to the internet as “The Google.” “You need to use “The Google.”
Holly: Don’t do that. Don’t call the internet “the Google.” Just…don’t. There are any number of free internet tutorials online that are better than this book. It was perfectly fine until the very early 2000s, but technology needs to be weeded (or at least considered every 3-5 years). Also, who let someone have a cup of coffee next to the computers?
Submitter: When I was a public Librarian back in the 90’s we could not have enough books like this on shelf. It seemed everyone was coming in to learn about this new thing called the “internet.”
I am sure this book was very helpful back in 1994. It clearly got a lot of use. 2015? Doubtful. I can think of quite a bit that won’t be covered in this book now that its 20 years old.
Holly: This is quickly becoming one of my favorite categories here on ALB. I’m 41 years old, so I was discovering the Internet as it happened to mainstream America. I got my first email address in 1992 when I was a freshman at Eastern Michigan University (@emunix.edu or something like that. Go Eagles!). This book is just so…dirty! Weed it on condition if nothing else!