You can buy a beer in Philly with bitcoins, but is the currency viable? [Newsworks]: “Now, more and more Philadelphia retailers, like Cavanaughs, are accepting bitcoins — about two dozen so far, according to the online bitcoin retail locator Coinmap. That makes Philadelphia one of the top 10 cities in the world for bitcoin users relative to its population.” Find our list of businesses that accept bitcoin here.
End The Philadelphia Inferiority Complex Now! [PhillyMag]: “As much as defending our honor is an essential part of the Philadelphia experience, it also holds us back from celebrating ourselves independent of inter-city comparison. In other words, we’re doing ourselves a disservice by flipping hysterical shit every time our name leaves a New Yorker’s lips. We stand for so much more than rash reactions, and it’s time we start acting like it.”
‘Readers First’: library coalition advocates for ebook standards [Technical.ly Brooklyn]: “Four principles should guide vendors of ebooks, according to a coalition of library professionals and libraries. Those guiding virtues are called Readers First. The goal should be a seamless user experience and one that doesn’t privilege wealthier patrons. Toward that end, the group, with Brooklyn ties, has released its first publication: Readers First Guide to Library E-Book Vendors: Giving librarians the knowledge to be more effective e-book providers. The group released the report on Jan. 8. The group presented on its issues at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.”
Librarians and Friends Gather In Philly [Publishers Weekly]: “The e-book-lending issue was also prominent at this year’s Midwinter Meeting. At a lively program hosted by the ALA Digital Content Working Group, co-chair Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library, summarized the progress made by the group last year. ‘We now have all of the Big Five publishers working with libraries,’ she said. ‘There is still a lot of work to be done, but we’re very excited about the ground we’ve covered.’ […] ‘Questions previously were whether publishers should have library e-book lending,’ she said. ‘The question now is how to do it. And there is much more openness and dialogue.'”
Wharton Grad Received 2013’s Second-highest Job Offer [citybizlist]: “The unidentified student was offered $350,000, just behind the top offer of $375,000 to a Kellogg School of Management graduate, the website covering business schools said. A Columbia Business School grad got the third-highest base salary offer of $310,000.”
H&H PRESS: Our For-Profit/Non-Profit Business Structure [Head and the Hand Blog]: From the indie publisher and writers coworking space in Fishtown: “So in this for-profit/non-profit model, we hope to continue publishing books while expanding our space and our programming to serve more writers, while having the ability to actually get their work in print. If I have learned nothing else from the experience of running a business, it’s that success relies on one’s ability to grow and expand while being flexible, creative and responsive to the world we find ourselves in.”
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