Books

£15m medieval book goes online

Charles Davis writes \"Internet users can examine one of the UK\'s
most valuable medieval books by virtually
turning the pages and zooming in on details
after it was put online.
Story at
The BBC

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Jailed Author Signs $$ Million Book Deal with MacMillan

Commit perjury. Obstruct justice. Go to jail. Write something. And a publisher will give you millions. Sounds like a fair punishment. Read More.

Making the pages speak

The Toronto Star is running A Story on Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
The entire full-time staff of the library consists of only 14 individuals. The rest of the duties are performed by more than 530 volunteers working in four shifts a day.
Thanks to Gary Price for this one.

The book marketeers

Here\'s A Story that asks, How do you sell books to people who never read? Someone found the answer, and They sell to people working at 30,000 offices, factories and schools, and 2 million more by mail order and the internet. They sell 14 million books a year, and each year they throw extraordinary parties with fairground rides and marching bands to celebrate their success.

Book makes Bible folksy

Here\'s An AP Story on a nifty new book that puts folksy touches on Biblical stories. \"The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language,\" by the Rev. Eugene H. Peterson that some see as useful for evangelism among people who know nothing about the Bible.
In his retelling of the Bible, when Jesus raises a young girl from the dead, he first has to work his way through neighbors bringing casseroles to the grieving family\'s home.

Moral dilemma, good writing make book bestseller

CNN\'s running A Story on Ann Packer, author of The Dive From Clausen\'s Pier, the book \"Good Morning, America\" chose last month as its first selection for their new book club. It shot straight to The New York Times best-seller list.

\"This was never supposed to happen to this book,\" Packer says in the about-to-be-remodeled living room of her modest ranch-style home. \"It was never supposed to happen to me.\"

Old book browsing\'s end nigh as market shifts to cyberspace

SMH.com.au is Reporting the success of online selling may soon see the second-hand book lover struggling to locate a suburban seller. Not because they are going out of business, but because they are going online.

Book Biz Takes on Amazon.ca

The Canadian Booksellers Association and Canada\'s largest book retailer, Indigo Books & Music, are trying to shut down Amazon.com\'s new Canadian operation, Amazon.ca.

Stories at
Wired, The Globe and Mail, and, of course, The CBC

Bezos said, with no offices or employees in Canada, the federal rules don\'t apply to Amazon.ca – which Bezos said is a U.S. business. \"Not only is what we\'re doing within the structure of the rules, it\'s also completely within the spirit of the rules.\"

New Book Blasts Serious Authors

FoxNews has A Story on Reader\'s Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose, by B. R. Myers.
Myers is annoyed with these writers for taking themselves so seriously -- but his real gripe is with the critics who mock \"genre\" novels such as Westerns, romances and crime dramas while lavishing praise on \"literary\" authors.

From The Atlantic Story.

Dog-Eat-Dog, Woman-Eat-Book: Literacy in the Age of Reality TV

Robin K. Blum, from over at InMyBook passed along an odd PW Newsline story that says Colorado author Jodi Jill has promised to eat - as in
chew, swallow and digest - a book in public, providing 50,000 people
visit her site and pledge to read a single book of their choosing. She
says she\'s already secured 9000 such promises via her eatabook.com,
a name that nearly single-handedly proves that the deregulation of
Internet domains is a bad idea. Many of those visitors are pushing for
Ms. Jill to eat War and Peace.

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