Read for Later - More Streaming, Future Forests, and Tiny Apartments

Streaming seemed to be a pretty dominant theme in this week’s news – the growing influence of Netflix, changes to the Grammy Awards, and a Broadway show moves online. There were also individual stories that point to big changes – researchers consider what trees will flourish (or decline) in the future; our understanding of gender continues to evolve; and our food habits see a major shift.  

You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work. We’ve updated the format of our trend entries to include more examples from libraries innovating with trends including Badging, Connected Learning, Digital Natives, Fandom, and the Maker Movement.

And, as always, let us know what you're reading this week to help think about later.

Books, Media, and Publishing

We’ve shared some of the stories about the resurgence of print books, but Jane Friedman helps put this in perspective, pointing out that the decline of e-book sales in the US could be connected to a decline in children’s/YA sales that have taken a hit without a best-selling franchise in 2015; recent print sales have been buoyed by the popularity of coloring books; and the growing market of independently published titles without an ISBN remains untracked (Jane Friedman "The myth about print coming back and bookstores on the rise").  

Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “She Loves Me” will become the first Broadway production to be livestreamed, a move that could help expand interest in Broadway performance while also testing how performers and creators can be compensated for their participation in an online distribution model (The New York Times "‘She Loves Me’ to be streamed live, a Broadway first"). See also The Daily Dot, Engadget, Mashable, and The Verge.

Streaming-only releases will now be eligible for Grammy Awards - previous rules required albums and singles to receive a physical or digital release to attain eligibility (The Verge "The Grammys will now consider streaming-only releases"). See also CNET

Paris’ Librairie des Puf bookstore keeps no physical books in stock, but allows customers to choose the titles they want from a catalog on a tablet, and then prints the book on request using an Espresso Book Machine (PSFK "A Paris bookstore prints books on demand"). See also The New York Times.

A detailed look at Netflix – annual revenues over $1 billion, more than 81 million subscribers, more than 600 hour of original programming scheduled for 2016, and $5 billion committed to content development – and the world that it has created and must now compete in (The New York Times "Can Netflix survive in the new world it created?").  

As YouTube expands its subscription Red program, a nonprofit organization called the Internet Creator’s Guild will work to provide content creators with business advice, annotated contracts, and other resources to help them navigate a new and emerging business model (Fast Company "YouTube stars form new guild to give creators a stronger voice").  

Snapchat will launch a digital magazine, Real Life, covering the world of technology with "essays, arguments, and narratives about living with technology" published one piece each weekday – lining up nicely with the distribution schedule for the platform’s Discover feature (The Verge "Snapchat is starting up a digital magazine about technology").  

Some of the guiding principles behind The Financial Times’ use of data visualizations to illustrate stories – appearing in the first few paragraphs, explaining basic information, and leveraging graphs in social media (Digiday "The Financial Times guide to data visualization").  


An Oregon judge has granted a petition allowing Jamie Shupe — who prefers to use only a first name and the pronouns “they” and “their,” instead of singular pronouns – to legally choose neither sex and be classified as nonbinary, a significant development for transgender Americans (The New York Times "Oregon court allows a person to choose neither sex").  


The Giving USA Foundation recently reported that the total charitable donations from American individuals, estates, foundations, and corporations topped $373 billion in 2015, a record when measured in either current or inflation-adjusted dollars (Consumerist "Americans give more than $1B to charity every day").  


Achieving the Dream, an education advocacy group, will offer $9.8 million in grants to support the development of open-source degree programs at 38 colleges in 13 states, with a particular focus on degrees in business administration, general education, computer science, and social science – the program hopes to remove financial roadblocks created by textbook costs and leverage technology in dynamic and engaging ways (The Washington Post "College courses without textbooks? These schools are giving it a shot").

One of my favorite presenters from last year’s ALA Annual Conference, Dan Russell looks at the widening gap between those who know how to use information resources and those who don’t, especially as the range of available information - images, movies, code fragments, transcripts of trials, books, magazines, and sounds – expands (SearReSearch "Why SearchResearch skills matter in education").  

The Online Learning Consortium’s recent infographic reports that 5.8 million students are enrolled in online courses and that 90% say that their online experiences are the same or better than in-classroom options – and 71% of academic leaders say learning outcomes for online courses are the same or better than those for face-to-face classes (Ed Tech "Students and Higher Ed Leaders Put Their Faith in Online Classes").  

The Environment

Researchers studying forests in three different parts of the Appalachians—Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Pennsylvania and New Jersey), Shenandoah National Park (Virginia), and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)— used current climate models to simulate future environmental conditions and found that eastern hemlock and most maples will lose habitat in the face of rising temperatures and drier conditions while most hickories, Black cherry, and Blackjack oak will proliferate (Gizmodo "Here are the trees that will start to vanish because of climate change").  

The Internet

Vint Cerf's the People Centered Internet initiative launched a new newsletter that will share information aligned with the initiative's mission to move Internet evolution steadily towards increasing benefit for the users of the Internet (People Centered Internet "People-Centered Internet Newsletter").

Apple announced that it would allow developers to integrate Siri’s voice functionality into apps, expanding the opportunity for voice control in consumer technology (Tech Crunch "Apple finally opens Siri to third-party developers").  

I love an article about how to use a popular app (that I don’t understand). is a popular app among teens and young adults that allows users (or “musers”) to create 15-second music videos that can be shared across social media sites (The Daily Dot "How to master the art of in 6 steps").  

Sharing Economy

New York’s State Senate passed a bill that makes it illegal to advertise entire unoccupied apartments for short-term rentals on Airbnb, an attempt to target landlords who buy apartments and use them to operate illegal hotels – the bill is now before New York Governor Cuomo (Tech Crunch “New York State Senate passes anti-Airbnb bill”). See also Gothamist and The Verge.  

Spaces, Retail, and Restaurants

Based on retail spending data from the US Census, in 2015 retail sales at US food and drink establishments outpaced spending at grocery stores, marking a change in the traditional pattern where American spent most of their food money at supermarkets (Quartz "No one cooks anymore").

A look into New York’s first micro apartment development, featuring 55 apartments between 260 and 360 square feet renting for between $2,446 to $3,195, with eight units set aside for formerly homeless veterans, and 14 affordable units with monthly rents from $914 to $1,873 (The New York Times "Tiny home test drive").