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Amazon Writes a Drama in Canada

The LATimes has A Story on how Canadian booksellers are annoyed with Jeff Bezos, and Amazon, but furious with their government, which they say is treating the billionaire entrepreneur like a native. They want a federal court to restore those once-sharp distinctions between what is local and foreign.

"It's an extraordinarily powerful weapon for breaking down national cultures," said Mel Hurtig, author of "The Vanishing Country: Is It Too Late to Save Canada?" "Canadians like Americans, but they don't want to become Americans."

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More on Karyn

Last month I reported on Karyn Bosnak\'s upcoming book deal. Yesterday the New York Post printed independent confirmation that she has inked a contract with HarperCollins.

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Nanoparticles save paper

Bob Cox sent over This One from Nature on calcium hydroxide grains just 200 millionths of a millimetre across that are helping preserve historical documents. The nanoparticles of what is commonly called slaked lime penetrate between paper's fibres. They combat the ravages of acids introduced when paper is made, without altering documents' apperance. The technique is cheap and green and could also be used on canvas.

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U.S. Dealer buys Winnipeg Sci-Fi collection

Liz wonders: Did I win a calendar?

The CBC reports that a valuable collection of science fiction books held at the University of Winnipeg has found a buyer.
\"New Yorker L.W. Currey bought the 37,000-piece collection for $140,000.
The university received the collection in 1996, after the sudden death of Winnipeg native Robert Stimpson, who spent his life acquiring science fiction books and magazines. Stimpson\'s collection included first editions of Frank Herbert\'s Dune, Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, and first issues of Astounding and other popular pulp magazines from the 1930s and 1940s. The entire collection dates back to the 1920s.\"

One interesting tidbit. A major reason for the university\'s decision to sell the books is that the $140,000 collection would have cost $500,000 to catalog.

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Chapter pulled from Mitnick book

2600.com reports that convicted cracker Kevin Mitnick\'s book, The Art of Deception, is missing a chapter. Between the time review copies were sent out and the book\'s release, Wiley and Sons removed Mitnick\'s background chapter, in which "he expressed a good deal of anger at the people who helped to capture him and who profited from his story." 2600 says that Wiley had received a letter from the lawyer for one of those people, which the publisher maintains was not the reason for the excision.

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\'Demanding\' book wins French prize

The BBC Says France\'s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, has been won by Pascal Quignard with a book that has been described by critics as a \"demanding\" read.
Les Ombres Errantes (Wandering Shadows) is a collection of personal reflections, musings and historical memories written in a disjointed form.

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Web error names the Booker Prize winner early

Entertainment Weekly Says Last week, as the newly revamped award, now called the Man Booker Prize, launched its new website, it inadvertently revealed the name of the winner, little-known Canadian novelist Yann Martel.
Lisa Jardine, the Booker jury's chairwoman, told Britain's Guardian newspaper that the glitch was an honest mistake, an accidental posting of test copy written for the site's trial, and that Martel still had a ''one in six chance.''
They say oddsmakers didn't buy that explanation and called off all bets.
Thanks again to Jen Young for another one.

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Booting books that bore you

Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn writes about his late discovery that it\'s okay to stop reading a novel you find you don\'t like. He invites readers to e-mail him about disappointing books they started.

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Amazon.ca vs Everybody

Gary Deane sent over This One from CanadianBusiness.com that says Amazon.com\'s Canadian satellite site has been a bit of a letdown.
Apparently, Amazon.ca still has some work to do. While its prices are competitive with chapters.indigo.ca, it has yet to offer an antidote for Canada’s small-market sickness. “It’s hard to come out of the gate perfect,” acknowledges Amazon spokesperson Kristin Schaefer. “It’s difficult to know how to accurately manage and stock inventory until you know what customers are buying.”

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The International Edible Book Festival

The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event on April 1 throughout the world from 2-4 p.m. (depending upon time zone). The edible books are exhibited and, at 4 p.m., tea and/or coffee is served and the books are consumed.

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