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Hacking the Xbox

The author of Hacking the Xbox is self-publishing his book. He says it was originally to be published by Wiley & Sons, who backed out over DMCA concerns. Anchorage Municipal Library and the British Library are the only libraries currently listed in WorldCat who (will) own the book.

"Hacking the Xbox presents material on cryptography, reverse engineering and security in a didactic fashion, with the Xbox used as an widely available, consistent teaching example that has a broad appeal. The concepts taught in this book are generally applicable, as the Xbox's architecture is very similar to the common desktop PC."

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Young Minds Force-Fed With Indigestible Texts

Jen Young points us to This NYTimes Article on Diane Ravitch's fiercely argued new book, "The Language Police," that points out just some of the things students aren't supposed to find in their textbooks or tests.
They say the commissars of political correctness on the left and the fundamentalist sentries of morality on the right have clamped down on the education system, more and more subjects, words and ideas have become taboo.

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Biblia's Guide to Warrior Librarianship

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian writes "Just thought you'd like to know that the book "Biblia's Guide to Warrior Librarianship" has soared up the Amazon rankings ... last week it was rated at just 1,025,000 in their sales, and now has sky rocketed up to 97,000th position. For a few days there, it was sitting at around 94,000th. "
It was 948,641 when I just checked.

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The Internet Sacred Text Archive

SomeOne writes "The Internet Sacred Text Archive
This site is a freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, in some cases, in the original language.

This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship. Views expressed here are not necessarily endorsed by the hosting organization (sacred-texts.com), our ISP or any sponsoring individuals or organizations.
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Publishers, Open Your Books! We Know the Numbers Lie

An interesting look at the publishing industry From The New York Observer.
They look why publishing, alone among the "entertainment industries," is so closed-mouthed on numbers. The author says nobody talks about publishing numbers because they are so unbelievably low.

"Well," she said, "writers don’t want their neighbors, their school boards, their friends to know what they’re making," adding that the publishing industry isn’t interested in blowing its own horn.

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Digitizing our past for the future

"One of the enduring feelings of the Iraq war has been the sense of timelessness. Images of flat, featureless desert punctuated by sloping lines of smoke on the horizon could have come from so many times in the past five thousand years of the region. If Ur and Babylon gave us writing, laws and cities, they also gave us warfare."

"And records of those wars, some of which were lost when the libraries and museums of Iraq were looted and burned by unknown forces during the last couple of weeks. It's hard to overstate the shock, horror and misery that this vandalism has spread through the literate world." (from ZDnet)

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The Librarian's Book Club selects books for May

Troy Johnson writes "The Librarian's Book Club has selected two books for the month of May. They are "Vandals in the Stacks?: A Response to Nicholson Baker's Assault on Libraries" and "Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays of Richard M. Stallman".
Go to librariansbookclub.org for more information.

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More World Book Day Stories from South Africa

SomeOne Else writes "Two stories from the Cape Argus relate to the removal of VAT (tax) on books -- one saying that it is cheaper to buy a second hand weapon that it is to buy a book, and the other a report where "critics throw the book at VAT". Brian Wafawarowa, chairman of the Publishers' Organisation of South Africa praised other African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Zimbabwe, where tax on books has been scrapped.

Read the Weapon story Here

and the "Critics throw the book at VAT"
Right Here. "

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Weapons cheaper than Books in South Africa!

SomeOne writes "Here is a copy of a press release which has been circulated this morning -- there is no URL.

AK-47s cheaper than books.

It is cheaper in South Africa of today to buy a second hand AK-47 assault rifle than it is to buy a new JK Rowling Harry Potter book. That is the
message author, satirist and social campaigner Pieter-Dirk Uys will bring to Cape Town today (23 April - World Book Day) as part of the campaign to have VAT removed from books.

From police and other sources he has discovered that it is possible to buy one of these weapons for as little as R150. Many paperback books, let alone hard cover editions, are considerably more expensive.

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Bookmobile torched: police

"Irene Roberts sits back in her rocking chair, hands folded neatly across her lap, looks out the window and slowly shakes her head. "Oh, all those beautiful books," she says wistfully."

"The Guelph woman, who recently celebrated her 82nd birthday, was reacting to news the Guelph Public Library's popular Bookmobile was destroyed early Monday, in a fire police say was deliberately set." (from Guelph Mercury)

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