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Fewer Banned Books and Increased Sales in the Muslim World

Abu Dhabi: What can you do to make the day pass a bit more quickly during Ramadan? Browse at the bookstore perhaps...where according to Gulf News, fewer books are being banned these days.

The number of banned books in the UAE, dealing with controversial topics, is on the decline as the country takes a more tolerant stance towards the expatriate community, bookshop owners say.

"Of course, there are still books that will not be sold here - like the ones that scold [defame] religion, those with sexual content and images and also politically-charged books. But we are noticing that fewer books are being banned," Mohammad Yousuf, store manager of Abu Dhabi's largest bookshop, Jarir Bookstore, told Gulf News.

Find A Bookstore Via Map

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Amazon’s Purchase of Shelfari, a Possible Front in the Battle with Borders

In Amazon’s Purchase of Shelfari, a Possible Front in the Battle with Borders—and a Triumph for Social Book Sites

Last week, we reported that Amazon is acquiring Seattle-based Shelfari, a literary social networking site. We also noted that Cambridge, MA-based LibraryThing (which Amazon also owns 40 percent of) had some harsh words for its West Coast rival. John Cook of the Seattle P-I provided some useful insights and comments here (e.g., the deal is less than $10M, not a home run). But the acquisition left me wondering about more than just the future of these two startups, and whether it was a good exit for Shelfari. It made me think about Amazon’s strategy, and how the deal fits into the larger context of social sites built around books and other consumer goods.

Full blog entry here.


Online bookstore sued for selling illegal books in China

The popular Chinese-language online bookstore was sued with selling illegally published books at a court hearing held here on Tuesday.

Zhang Hongru, president of the Beijing-based Tuanjie Publishing House, took Dangdang to court after he bought on its website in early July a book allegedly compiled by himself and found it was counterfeited and illegally published.


Second-hand book sellers learn to adapt

Second-hand book sellers learn to adapt The World Wide Web has found a home amid the shelves and stacks of Canada's second-hand bookstores.

But sellers say that doesn't mean the final chapter has been written for customers who like to troll nooks and crannies in search of lexical treasures.

“Most of our sales are just good old walk-in traffic — the old-fashioned way,” says Pat Edgar-Brown.

Another Reason To Get A Library Card

There are lots of reasons to have a valid and up to date library card, but here's one you might not have thought of...

In keeping with National Library Card Sign Up Month, the local independent bookstore La Vieille Maison des Livres announces a free book giveaway. Bring your new (dated September 2008) library card and receive a free children's book. This offer is open to all new library sign ups by children of Union County (PA) in grades 1-6.

Hopefully Mom & Dad will also shop around and find something to their liking at the bookshop and keep their dollars in the community.

Amazon hides sales rank on certain books is hiding the sales rank on certain risque books if they become too popular. Full story here. The books in the article may be the best selling books in the country. According to the article their is a strong argument that they are at least in the Amazon top 100.


Rival raises questions over Amazon's Shelfari purchase's acquisition of Seattle-based Shelfari is raising some questions -- at least in the mind of one competitor.

LibraryThing's Tim Spalding offered his take on the deal, writing in a blog post that he has the "greatest contempt for (Shelfari) and for what book-based social networking will become if they beat out LibraryThing."

His harsh critique of Shelfari, an Internet site that allows people to create virtual bookshelves, continued:

Full article and critique here.


The Report

At, they track demand trends for a wide range of out-print titles. Most of those books went out of print because of low demand or ailing publishers, but some have more interesting publishing histories, involving factors like suppression or controversy. Several of the titles in this year's Report fall in the latter category.

Longlist for 2008 German Book Prize Announced

Longlist for 2008 German Book Prize Announced Among the nominees presented on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from more than 161 German-language novels were well-known writers Uwe Timm, Marcel Beyer and Peter Handke. 2008 wasn't the first appearance on the longlist for several other nominees, including Ingo Schulze, Judith Kuckart and Feridun Zaimoglu. Judges had a rich list of titles to choose from, director of the Literaturhaus Hamburg and jury spokesperson Rainer Moritz said when announcing the list.



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