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Word’s out, buyers say dictionary is a ZZZZZ

Bob Cox share This Cantonrep Story with us. The fourth edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary just came out, but no one is asking for it.
Steve Smith, the inventory and merchandising manager, said the new dictionary may garner some interest because of the new words in it, but typically people buy the cheapest or the smallest when it comes to reference books.

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Mob behavior being altered by technology

The Seattle Times Has A Look at "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution," by Howard Rheingold.
The book looks at "smart mob" technology, stuff like E-mail alerts, digital photography and video, Web-site postings and cellphone exchanges. They say In some ways these methods of communication pose a new form of instant news dissemination. Digital video and text distributed over e-group lists and Weblogs — are supplanting traditional mass media for "first cut" reporting on many topics.

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Picture Books Get a Museum of Their Own

Jen Young noticed This NY Times Story on the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which opened in MA on Nov. 22The 40,000-square-foot museum is set on 7.5 acres in an apple orchard next to Hampshire College. Donors raised $11.5 million of the $22 million needed to build and endow the museum.

\"This is not a children\'s museum as we know it,\" he said. \"We\'re not just trying to engage the 3-year-old, we\'re trying to engage the 30-year-old and the 60-year-old. We want to give people tools they can take to any museum in the world: What\'s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more do you see?\"
They Have A Web Site as well.

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Frankfurt Book Fair

Mike Winter writes \"The Frankfurt Book Fair, billed as the world\'s largest event of its kind, is held annually in October. I had trouble gauging its size, so I asked a colleague who also attended this year, and he volunteered the following: take the ALA annual summer meeting and multiply by four or five to give a rough idea of how big the event actually is. Press releases say that there are about 300,000 titles on display (no buying or selling is allowed, although on the last day Fair officials tend to look the other way as exhibitors sell some materials on the side)and over 260,000 visitors. Publishers come from everywhere in the world. Rumor has it that more book contracts are signed here in the seven days of the Fair than anywhere else, and there are so many celebrity authors that it makes the ALA conference look like a convention of vanity presses held in the parking lot of a mom-and-pop motel. Statistics, official photos, and background info and be found at frankfurt-book-fair.com \"

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Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana

Here's A Neat Site, put together by Jess Nevins, that attempts to list some of the Notable and Obscure Characters and Places of popular Victorian Fiction.

"Your Humble Correspondent simply desires to enumerate a number of fantastic and mysterious characters and places. You will also, should you wish, discover Certain Links of Edification And Wonderment, discovered and refined by Your Humble Correspondent (and a small Team of Select and Capable Worthies) for your pleasure."

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Good deeds flow freely via good read

Bergen.com Takes A Look At the civic reading movement. They say it all began in 1997 when an English professor at Prince George\'s County Community College in Maryland worked with libraries, churches, and schools to get everyone reading the same book at once. The project was called the Book Bridge Project, and its first selection was Bebe Moore Campbell\'s \"Brothers and Sisters.\" Next up was Seattle, and since Seattle, dozens of cities and states started civic reading programs.

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New book lets visually impaired see Hubble space project

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
A new book of majestic images taken by NASA\'s Hubble SpaceTelescope brings the wonders of our universe to the fingertips of the blind. Called \"Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy,\"the 64-page book presents color images of planets, nebulae, stars,and galaxies. Each image is embossed with lines, bumps, and other
textures. The raised patterns translate colors, shapes, and other intricate details of the cosmic objects, allowing visually impaired people
to feel what they cannot see. Braille and large-print descriptionsaccompany each of the book\'s 14 photographs, making the design of
this book accessible to readers of all visual abilities.

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Perdue's book pick flies off shelves

A Rather Odd Story from GA says Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue said Thursday that government agency directors who want to retain their jobs in Georgia's first Republican administration since Reconstruction should be prepared to discuss Stephen R. Covey's "Principle-Centered Leadership."
Perdue caused what's known in bookstore circles as the "Oprah Effect." A mere mention by talk show host Oprah Winfrey of a certain book means an automatic spike in sales and signals book buyers to order more.

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Scholary publishing struggling

Jen writes "You'll need a Chronicle sub. to read this online.
It's more difficult than ever for scholarly books to find a broad audience, four editors said on Thursday on a panel at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. They cited demands on readers' time and the decline of independent bookstores as factors in a growing crisis for academic publishers.
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Want to Know the Plot of the Next Potter Book?

JK Rowling has offered a tantalizing glimpse into the next installment of her wizard saga.
The author of the world\'s most popular children\'s books has provided a teaser -- 93 random words on a card that is up for auction next month at Sotheby\'s in London. The sale is for Book Aid International, which provides books for developing countries.
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