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A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

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Even as the digital shift continues, print magazines remain a vital part of a multilayered, interconnected media marketplace. The new magazines launched in 2014 display publishers’ appreciation of, and commitment to, the value of the printed page. Mediafinder.com reported that 190 magazines were launched in 2014, compared to 185 in 2013. Last year also saw the closure of 99 titles, as opposed to the 56 that ceased in 2013.

Literary SF Hits Award Shortlist, Hugo Drama Escalates

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Six acclaimed sf novels were shortlisted for the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, while the Hugo Awards controversy continued with the withdrawal of two finalists and author Connie Willis’s refusal to be a presenter.

Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

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Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Best Databases | Best Reference 2014

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Britannica Library, NAACP Papers, Silent Film Online, and more Best Databases of 2014 from the February 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Best Free Reference | Best Reference 2014

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These ten outstanding, and free, resources are wonderful for helping patrons with everything from art questions to earthquake information.

Best Print Reference | Best Reference 2014

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The best reference books of 2014 include a surprising gem: Courthouses of Georgia (Univ. of Georgia) as well as other encyclopedias and atlases, handbooks, and more.

Best Media 2014: Best Video Games

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The best video games of 2014, chosen by LJ’s gaming columnist, M. Brandon Robbins

Best Media 2014: Best Music

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The 2014 mainstream and under-the-radar music chosen by Steve Kemple and Matthew Moyer

Best Books 2014: Graphic Novels

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The best graphic novels of 2014 as chosen by Library Journal’s graphic novel columnists.

Best Books 2014: Core Nonfiction

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The best nonfiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists

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