FYI France

File 3: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.sf.ca.us

October 15, 2011 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on October 15, 2011 - and, a little later, on http://fyifrance.blogspot.com/, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Wall-http://tinyurl.com/4fz5ty4

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Here this file is one of a number made available - hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe - as part of FYI France (sm)(tm), an online service to which anyone can subscribe for 12 months by postal mailing a check for US $45, payable to Jack Kessler, to PO Box 460668, San Francisco, California, USA 94146 (site licenses also are available): please write your email address on the front of your check. And you can pay via PayPal, on the FYI France homepage:

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Recent books, and digital bibliography, in France

 

Some interesting new books, plus a note on Adventures in Online Bibliography, Globalized Version:

-- and see also, several other new items --

 

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And now, a Note:

* Adventures in Online Bibliography, Globalized Version (1) :

Suppose you find, nowadays, perusing whatever source, online or off, the following interesting-looking title -- I found it interesting-looking, anyway, occasionally I browse through Amazon.fr under "bibliothèques" just to see what's new --

"Archives, bibliothèques, musées"

-- sitting in California, though, currently there is a disadvantage -- for from here anyway you then encounter the following note,

"Nous sommes désolé, nous n'avons pas pu finaliser votre achat."

"Votre compte Kindle est enregistré sur Amazon.com. Pour acheter des titres Kindle disponibles pour votre pays, achetez sur Amazon.com."

-- I've never been certain how to translate "Nous sommes désolé" -- "We are disappointed, devastated, abandoned on an island in the middle of the sea, etc." -- because the person / people saying it are not feeling that, really, nor are they feeling, simply, "sorry" -- in this instance, though, it's at least a little more than "disappointed", as these are commercial folks, in France, and they know they may have lost a sale here -- I don't know whether or how Amazon apportions their referrals internally, as to amazon.fr versus amazon.com, but I expect the former doesn't get much from a sale consummated at the latter location.

France can't sell this thing to me -- even amazon.fr -- for all sorts of French reasons plus some reasons which are US-based. There is the matter of freight charges, for example: prohibitive, for any little book sent from France to a place so far away as California, as most of us have had to learn from bitter experience -- also prohibitive the impossible task of explaining said exorbitant freight charges to the newbie customer, which I suppose the Amazon folks in Paris do not want to have to do for each foreigner.

The credit card, too, particularly in these days of Currency Crises and Banking Bailoutsi: every formal reassurance I receive that my credit cards and PayPal and other financial arrangements now are fully and seamlessly globalized -- such that I can board the plane in one place, de-plane in another far away, and notice no alteration whatsoever in my ATM procedures, credit card arrangements, WiFi access, Internet charges, rollover and long distance minutes, and the rest -- turns out to be bogus in practice, for when I get there the thing never works and even less-so when I try it online -- still, it seems, for France and elsewhere too, the only strategy which really does work seamlessly "internationally" is the printed letter of introduction from my banker to the banker there, and setting up something with the latter while sitting before him in the flesh in his own office, on his home turf, and following his bank examiner's rules, and paying his bank fees... so much for globalization so far, theory as vs. practice...

But here's the rub, on this little book-purchase -- this week, anyway, as these things do change -- with a mouse-click I went from "amazon.fr" to "amazon.com" and there, magically as all these digital online globalization things are, was the exact item I had been trying to purchase from the guy in France, where I just had been told, "Nous sommes désolé..."

Who is fooling whom, here? Is it the Americans fooling the French, or the French the Americans? Is it the globalization people fooling the bank examiners in both places? What about copyright -- this one happens to be public domain, but still -- and the loi Lang and publishers' agreements and so on? If all one need do, confronting whatever national regulation or economic policy prohibits a "foreign" sale of this thing, is click and *presto* buy it elsewhere, then perhaps globalization really has succeeded, and really can "leap tall buildings in a single bound" as-advertised, and perhaps regulation & policy count for nothing, any more, at least trans-nationally.

Or maybe it's just that "amazon.fr" didn't want to confess to me how much the freight from them would cost? I doubt that, salesmen always are hungry for a sale.

Anyway, here is the item, the BnF entry for it: I wonder whether someone in Limoges wishing to purchase it from amazon.com will encounter a "We are devastated..." referral to amazon.fr instead? Fascinating stuff.

Type : texte imprimé, monographie
Auteur(s) : Réau, Louis (1881-1961)
Titre(s) : Archives, bibliothèques, musées [Document électronique] / Louis Réau
Type de ressource électronique : Données textuelles (101 Ko)
Publication : 1997
Note(s) : Document numérisé en mode texte
Reproduction : Num. BNF de l'éd. de : Paris : INALF, 1961- (Frantext ; P746Reprod. de l'éd. de : Paris : L. Cerf, 1909 (in-8)
Sujet(s) : Bibliothéconomie
Notice n° : FRBNF37303784
1 Poste d'accès aux ressources électroniques NUMM- 89433 support : texte numérisé
http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb37303784c/PUBLIC

 

* Adventures in Online Bibliography, Globalized Version (2) :

And here, again plaintively, is the similar procedure now for obtaining ironically one of the great classics of French or any other librarianship -- read it on your Kindle, on the other side of the planet -- paraphrasing the famous ad for J.S. Bach's Mood Synthesizer, "If Naudé were alive today he'd own an iPhone 4s..."

-- "amazon.fr" says,

Advis pour dresser une bibliothèque : présenté à monseigneur le président de Mesme de G. Naudé (Kindle Edition - 30 septembre 2011) - Ebook Kindle

"Ce titre n'est pas disponible pour votre pays."

-- but then, a mere click away, "amazon.com" offers,

Advis pour dresser une bibliothèque : présenté à monseigneur le président de Mesme (French Edition) [Kindle Edition]
G. Naudé (Author)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 109 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: French
ASIN: B005R78C38
Lending: Enabled
Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,707 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

 

The world grows more and more strange, globalized & digitized & virtualized as it is becoming.

 

Jack Kessler, kessler@well.com

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