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$1.57 Million In Library Fines To Go Bye-Bye: Today In Books

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$1.57 Million In Library Fines To Go Bye-Bye

Having already recommended eliminating library fines, the San Francisco Public Library Commission has now voted to forgive the 248,569 patrons who owe $1.57 million. Here’s to more libraries realizing these fines and loss of lending privileges “disproportionately impacts residents of lower socioeconomic status.”

Calling All J.R.R. Tolkien Fans

The Tolkien Fandom Oral History Project is looking for fans to tell them why Tolkien is the best author ever. They hope to collect 6,000 oral histories for the project. On this day, March 25th, that the ring was destroyed, go forth and read more about how to participate in this project.

The Robots Are Coming!

Or are they? The Guardian takes a look at recent announcements of what AI is capable of–writing news stories and fiction ON ITS OWN. How it could be used for bad like generating “deepfakes for text.” And if it’s anywhere close to replacing authors. More on *whispers* they’re coming here.