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Friday, February 18, 2011

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Borders closing.. Oh noes

I know this is a belated reaction to the news but here goes!

Oh my god! Did you guys heard? Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 200 stores! I have seen Indie stores closing but we are talking about major bookstores here.

What happened? I thought they are one of the most well-known and well rooted bookstores around the world?

This is devastating in several levels it’s kind of offensive. 
   1. The sudden lose of jobs due to the messed up of “EFF”ing people who messed up!
   2. A way for reader to discover books ion their own by “discovering” by “shopping”.
   3. This will affect people who motivates reading.

   4. It’s a bookstore. They are NOT supposed to close down. PERIOD!

Living in Brunei, I know the feeling of “lack of good bookstores” around. In fact in my district, there’s only one good bookstores (Bismi and Pustaka Remaja don’t count! they are stationary stores!) I’m talking about Icklebooks in Pandan, KB. They have good books but bestsellers books are not that much available in a good basis – to my expectations, not to forget god damn expensive! My other favorite book stores would be Best Eastern and Paul & Elizabeth (for fiction the least). and that’s about it. Locally it would be appalling if these place close down. Yes yes.. we can go border crossing and get cheaper books but hey that’s tiring =/ I don’t wanna cross over just to get one book.

Regressing… news of bookstores and libraries closing, is kind off depressing if you are in the reading community. So many good books, so little time to read. It’s a dying trend but like I said, I am so glad to be part of it.

So where did they go wrong? Why are bookstores drowning?

Prices. For the love of books, why is they so expensive?!

Locations. Some bookstores aren’t hidden. I know a few lesser known bookshops located in the most hidden spots where people can’t find them.

Cold hard. I don’t know other readers, but I want my bookstores homey. Instead of totally cold unwelcoming, narrow aisle… you know what I mean.

Not Updated. Ok… it’s fine to have classics, good books on sell. but please follow with the bestsellers and what’s new. I’m honestly sick of waiting 2 weeks for a new release book… When a new Harry Potter book came out, waiting for depressing. Everybody was talking about it and I was afraid of bumping onto spoilers during the delivery time from Amazon. *blinks*

Lack of popularity. Ok, not in celebrities kind of way, but I guess it would be cool to have celebrities of any form to promote reading. What I mean is, do you know what’s in your bookstores now? What books they are selling? I know I don’t until I actually step in and browse about. Try reaching out to the public with what you have. We want books, but we have no idea if you have the books we want. Half of the time, I realized bookstores have the books I wanted but I’ve already ordered it off ebay or Amazon! It’s ridiculous.

Swags? Coupons? Author signing? Anything! Some bookstores gives up book discounts, coupons, etc etc.. give out initiatives for more readers. Entice! Do your research on good books to sale. Do something! I think these are a few reasons why bookstores are going down the drain. Somebody fix it.

Ok I better stop ranting.

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Review: The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence

The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence
by; Steve Williams, Nancy Williams

genre } non-fiction | business & finance
rating } 18 +
date released } december 19, 2006
edition } Morgan Kaufman; 1 edition (240 Pages)
ISBN } 0123724996 | 978-0123724991
acquisition } borrowed
interest} Just for fun
purchase @ } Book Depository |

Business Intelligence (BI): Its not just a technology. Its not just a methodology. Its a powerful new management approach that when done right can deliver knowledge, efficiency, better decisions, and profit to almost any organization that uses it.

When BI first came on the scene, it promised a lot but often failed to deliver. The missing element was the business-centric focus explained in The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence. Written by BI gurus Steve Williams and Nancy Williams, The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence shows step by step how you can achieve the promise of BI by connecting it to your organizations strategic goals, culture, and strengths while correcting your BI weaknesses.


* Provides a practical, process-oriented guide to achieve the full promise of BI.

* Shows how world-class companies used BI to become leaders in their industries.

* Helps senior business and IT executives understand the strategic impact of BI and how they can ensure a strong payoff from their BI investments.

* Identifies the most common mistakes organizations make in implementing BI.

* Includes a helpful glossary of BI terms.

* Includes a BI readiness assessment for your organization.

* Includes Web links and extensive references for more information.
Steve Williams, President and founder of DecisionPath Consulting, is a leading advocate of business-driven BI design and development. His consulting firm is one of the largest in the specialized field of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. Steve has over 23 years experience in information systems and systems engineering and has co-authored a training course on the BI Pathway Method. Nancy Williams is Vice President of DecisionPath Consulting. With over 21 years of business and technical experience, she provides technical and strategic leadership on business intelligence as well as hands-on guidance for client engagements.

* A practical, process-oriented book that will help organizations realize the promise of BI

* Written by Nancy and Steve Williams, veteran consultants and instructors with hands-on, "in the trenches" experience in government and corporate business intelligence applications

* Will help senior business and IT executives understand the strategic impact of BI and how they
can help ensure a strong payoff on BI investments


We have seen in this chapter that the way specific companies compete in their industries drives how BI can be used to improve their profits. We have also seen that there are many different possibilities for using BI, which creates some opportunity for innovation and competitive advantage

My 2 ¢ ♠♠♠♠Wow… this is a different genre from my usual read but I usually read these sort of books on the sides. The only reason why I pick this up is the title itself is grabbing “business-wise” and I was wondering what new tips it has for me to check out. It’s a very helpful book, and I am thinking of borrowing it again or get my own copy for frequent reference. If you wish or have a business, this book is good for you.

Librarian Muse
School libraries: Unless your school provides Business Studies (and above) class, I suggest to not get this book for your school. Unless there’s a request from your school teachers. It is professional book to be wasted and a dust collecting in a library where it doesn’t have patrons who needs it

Public Libraries: Yes. Yes Yes! Get Several copies! So people can borrow it!
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Teaser Tuesdays (Feb 8)

teasertuesdays Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

♦ Grab your current read.
♦ Open to a random page
♦ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
♦ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Aphrodite the Beauty (Goddess Girls)

”That explains it,” said Ares, holding back a branch so Athena could pass. “I knew you couldn’t have invented something that tastes so bitter.”

Aphrodite’s beady eyes blinked in surprise. It was the kind of flirtatious line Ares had once used on her.

Aphrodite the Beauty (Goddess Girls), by Joan Holub
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Monday, February 7, 2011

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In The Mailbox Monday: 6 - 7 February 2011

Mailbox Monday (currently hosted by Knitting and Sundries) & In My Mail is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday & In My mail can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

These are the ones I got for last week =D Yup THAT many! Got them from friends, publisher, etc =D I'm just worried on how fast I be able to review them.Yeah.. I need to read faster...

In Christofides' Keeping (Harlequin Presents)The HeroesMr. Darcy's Obsession (Pride & Prejudice Continues)Havana Noir (Akashic Noir)
Abby Green - In Christofides' Keeping
Joe Abercrombie - The Heroes
Abigail Reynolds - Mr Darcy's Obsession
Achy Obejas (ed) - Havana Noir
Mothers and Other LiarsCaptive Heart: A Novel of the Dark Crescent SisterhoodWounds of Honour (Empire)The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport (Vintage)
Amy Bourret - Mothers and Other Liars
Anna Windsor - [Dark Crescent Sisterhood 06] - Captive Heart
Anthony Riches - [Empire 01] - Wounds of Honour
Carl Hiaasen - The Downhill Lie
Spin StateThe Lust Lizard of Melancholy CoveAbsolute ZeroKindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire Mysteries)
Chris Moriarty - [Spin 01] - Spin State
Christopher Moore - The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Chuck Logan - [Phil Broker 03] - Absolute Zero
Craig Johnson - [Walt Longmire 03] - Kindness Goes Unpunished
CrucifiedGoose in the Pond (Benni Harper Mystery)When Beauty Tamed the BeastA Foreign Affair (Signet Regency Romance)
Michael SladeCrucified
Earlene Fowler - Goose in the Pond
Eloisa James - When Beauty Tamed the Beast
Evelyn Richardson - A Foreign Affair
A Lady of Talent (Signet Regency Romance)Private SectorThe President's AssassinFloating Worlds
Evelyn Richardson - A Lady of Talent 
Brian Haig - [Sean Drummond 04] - Private Sector
Brian Haig - [Sean Drummond 05] - The President's Assassin
Cecelia Holland - Floating Worlds
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