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Further Reading On Iraq's Al-Mutanabi Street

You may have caught the news from Iraq this morning: Baghdad book market bombed. This was the first time I had heard about Mutanabi Street, so I did a little digging and came up with some links should you want to learn more about "an ancient centre of learning and culture." It sounds like a neat place, or at least it was a neat place. I don't have the time it would take to compile more complete list, but here's some reading to get you started. There must be better stuff out there.
A Similiar Explosion apparently happened a few years ago. Gulf News has a nice report on the area; "The road attracts readers from all walks of life, even professors who usually acquire books from the university library, since there are some books which are only found here," They call it "The road to a literary world."

Violence Changes Fortunes Of Storied Baghdad Street from the Washington Post last fall, where they call it "a shadow of its revered past" Many of the original booksellers have been forced to shut down. Others have been arrested, kidnapped or killed, or have fled Iraq. "We are walking with our coffins in our hands," said Mohammad al-Hayawi, the owner of the Renaissance book store, one of the street's oldest shops. "Nothing in Iraq is guaranteed anymore."
From 2002 Historic Baghdad street hit hard by sanctions Booksellers forced to sell private collections to stave off hunger.
A radio report From NPR is 2003. They call it mostly deserted, after an explosion hit a building at the street's entrance. Cafe patrons, poets and booksellers still debate, but now it's about the U.S. military occupation.
Selling Books in Baghdad from 2003 has a little bit of history.
And one more, from Cox News, Baghdad street market starving for new books with pretty much more of the same sad news.

Love at the Bookstore

Appropriate to the romantic nature of the day, here are the results of a contest sponsored by The Harvard Book Store(part of an institution soon to be headed by esteemed historian and scholar Drew Gilpin Faust, who is, incidentally, a woman)...stories of love found (or lost) in the aisles of a bookstore.


Your Library Can Make Money with a Bookstore...Serendipity Has

Just three aisles of books in a room it would take about 30 seconds to walk through yet you could spend an hour or more browsing the shelves and probably find something you just have to have.

And at prices up to about $5, even for hardbacks, a book lover will almost certainly come away with an addition to his or her collection.

The most amazing thing about the Serendipity bookstore, upstairs at the Humboldt County (CA) Public Library, however, is the milestone it reached on Jan. 6: Seven years and two months after it opened, Serendipity's total sales reached $200,000. That's an average of more than $28,700 per year. It is manned completely by volunteers, including the woman who gave birth to the idea Frances Rapin, still an active friend. More from the Times-Standard.

Amazon Launches Product Wiki: Amapedia

mdoneil writes "Amazon has just released a new Wikipedia clone, called Amapedia. It's
described as "a community for sharing information about the products
you like the most." Anyone with an account can edit the


CA Supreme Court denies funds to bookstore contesting Customs censorship

If you've been following along the troubles at Little Sisters then This Press Release will be of interest. "A ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada last week has effectively put an end to Little Sisters bookstore's two-decade long fight for its free expression rights."

The Publishing Contrarian and Independent Bookstores

At "The Publishing Contrarian" blog there is a discussion about what independent bookstores need to do to survive or even if they can survive.


New Life as a Library Store for Shuttered L.I. Bookstore

The Port Jefferson Library has come to the rescue of Good Times Bookshop, which closed down after 34 years of bookselling in this Suffolk county town.

Rather than let an era of erudition be replaced by run-of-the-mill retail, the library leased the space that once housed Good Times and plans to continue a treasured tradition in tomes. By June, the now-bookless bookshop and its creaky floorboards will be resurrected as a library-run, library-funded bookstore and young adult information station. More from The New York Daily News.

Where to Buy the Last Harry...

...not at an independent bookstore. Though celebrated as a book that's brought people back to reading, the series has not been a financial plus for the fact, just the opposite.

Amazon Mystery: Pricing of Books

L.A. Times journalist David Streitfeld has discovered a mysterious phenomenon at the megalith on-line bookseller His report: "On Nov. 6, seeking to boost my dubious culinary skills, I decided to buy "The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook." I went to Amazon and placed the book in my electronic shopping cart but got distracted and never finished the transaction.

The next day, I signed on to Amazon again. A pop-up message informed me that the price had increased from $11.02 to $11.53."

Application of the economic theory of dynamic pricing? " "Prices change," spokesman Sean Sundwall said. "Prices go up, prices go down."

Self-publishing made easy online

Self-publishing made easy online is a C|Net story on"access to a computer can make a book and get it professionally printed. The company offers free downloadable software, called BookSmart, which enables people without design experience to easily lay out the pages, choose background colors and fonts and edit photos. The design templates were created by book design experts."


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