Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:15am
In How to Think about The Great Ideas, Adler summarizes the most important ideas of Western thought, explicating their histories and developments as well as their importance in our lives today. He explains not only what the Great Ideas are, but why they are great. This volume is an excellent introduction to the key ideas of 2500 years of Western thought.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 4, 2011 - 3:55pm
If you're in search of an inspiring live work home – a forest book nook – try these digs on for size! The Scholar’s Library in Olive Bridge, New York by local architecture firm Gluck & Partners is an unusual raised house plan surrounded by lush, leafy woods. This simple but striking space sits perched among the treetops, with a study space enclosed in windows at the top, and the actual library – housing approximately 10,000 books – tucked in the windowless area below.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 1, 2011 - 9:34pm
Kindle ad where one of the characters opens the ad with the line - "I only read real books"
In the comments to the ad there is the continuing debate of paper books vs. ebooks.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 30, 2011 - 10:22am
Blog post at Publisher's Weekly XYZ blog about a site that shows vintage paperback covers. You can see the blog post here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 6:03pm
Bad font in book according to Amazon reviews. Book is: The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 5:57pm
Using data they bought from a maker of GPS navigators, Dutch police set up speed cameras where drivers were most likely to break the limit.
See full story on NPR
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 11:24am
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Chairs aren't the only thing that cost $1100 apiece in a controversial renovation of a Detroit Public Library wing.
Full article: http://bit.ly/j2JhS4
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 22, 2011 - 12:03am
A controversial new biography about Malcolm X makes some provocative assertions about the late civil rights leader's sexuality and the circumstances surrounding his death. Earlier this month, host Michel Martin spoke to one of the lead researchers of the book. Today, Martin gets another perspective from Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's third daughter. They discuss her reflections on her father's life and the allegations in the new biography about him.
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$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better
This book received a starred review at Publisher's Weekly.
Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives.
Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 6, 2011 - 10:54am
Columbia University professor Manning Marable did not live to see the publication of his life's work, a new biography called Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. The book was released Monday, just days after Marable, 60, died Friday of complications from pneumonia.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 6, 2011 - 10:46am
Netflix has inked a deal with Lionsgate TV for streaming rights to Mad Men reruns.
The video service paid nearly $1 million per episode for all seven seasons of the AMC drama, which will begin airing July 27.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 5, 2011 - 2:29am
Amazon underbidder on frontlist auction
Amazon has emerged as the surprise underbidder on a multi-million dollar auction for a self-published author, the first time the retailer is believed to have bid on frontlist.
Full article here.
Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin comments on the article.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 30, 2011 - 12:40am
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 26, 2011 - 11:47am
Like other authors and researchers, I'm conflicted about the project. On the plus side, the vision of a widely accessible digital library is a worthy one that is, for the first time in human history, technologically achievable.
On the other hand, Google was plotting to acquire effective control over millions of works whose copyrights belong to others.
Full article in the LA Times
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2011 - 2:02am
Amanda Hocking, the darling of the self-publishing world, has been shopping a four-book series to major publishers, attracting bids of well over $1 million for world English rights, two publishing executives said.
Full post at NYT.com
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2011 - 12:42am
Recently I found myself explaining to a group of surprised friends from Protestant and secular backgrounds that, despite being educated in the Catholic faith up to the sacrament of confirmation at age 14, I didn't read the Old Testament until I was assigned it in a college literature course. Traditionally, the Catholic Church did not encourage its congregation to read the Bible; we had the priests to explain it to us. In fact, the church once took such a dim view of the idea that, in 1536, the English reformer William Tyndale was tried for heresy, strangled and burned at the stake, largely for translating the Bible into English for a lay readership. Tyndale House, a major American Christian publisher, is named after him.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 22, 2011 - 12:11am
I wasn’t planning to write a post this past weekend for Monday morning publication. But then Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler contacted me on Saturday to tell me what Barry is up to. I’ve read their lengthy conversation about Barry’s decision to turn down a $500,000 contract (apparently for two books) and join Joe (and many others, but none who have turned down half-a-million bucks) as a self-published author.