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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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Chemists honour Sherlock Holmes

Jen Young spotted This BBC Story that says The great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes is to receive a posthumous Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Holmes is the first fictional character to receive the Fellowship, and a silver medal will be struck in his name.

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Holmes Honored

The BBC reports that Britain\'s Royal Society of Chemistry will award the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes with an Honorary Fellowship, something usually reserved for people who are Nobel laureates, great scientists, or at least real.

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Moby launches book club

Jen Young points to a short Ananova Story on Pop-Star Moby. He has started a book club as part of his current World tour. I don't see anything on His Site on the club.

"Ozzy Osbourne used to snort ants. Led Zeppelin had sex with hookers on private planes. And I start a book club. Because one can only snort so many ants and have so much sex before one starts to long for the comfort and companionship of a book."

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Amazon Won't Shelve 'Boylovers' Book

Marian sent over Some News On Amazon from over at Forbes that says they are refusing to take down a book being criticized as encouraging child molestation.
David L. Riegel's book, Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers, is causing more than a few troubles for Amazon, as the United States Justice Foundation, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and others are trying to get Amazon to drop the book. Amazon.com says pulling the book would be an abridgment of free speech, protected under the First Amendment.

"We believe that providing open access to written speech, no matter how controversial or ugly, is one of the most important things we do. And we will continue to make controversial works available in the U.S. and every where else, except where they are specifically prohibited by law."

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Beyond Words

CalendarLiver.com has a Look At Some interesting books that are art objects in themselves.
The book as art may take on sculptural forms, looking nothing like a conventional book, having no covers, or covers made of metal, glass, clay or fabric. Pages may be cut apart or come tumbling out, telling a story or constructing a narrative with images and words, or sometimes without words at all. These books may incorporate painting, photography or letterpress printing. Existing books may be altered or deconstructed and in the transformation take on new meaning.

"I think the appeal of books is universal," Austin says. "In this highly technical world, having a tangible item to make or communicate through broadens who we are as people. A lot of people who take our classes are Web designers, and there seems to be a draw to this tangible object."

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This Book club isn\'t trendy or timid

Bob Cox sent over This Story on what sounds like an interesting book club down in FL. They say in this book club, when talk turns to books, or anything else for that matter, stand back. The group began with about 14 members. Death and illness have thinned its ranks, but seven or eight still attend. All are older than 70; some are in their 80s.

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Focus on the Family Exposes ALA\'s \'Banned Books\' Lie

An organization called \'Focus on the Family\' is saying that the ALA\'s celebration of banned books is all a big lie. \"The ALA has irresponsibly perpetrated the ‘banned’ books lie for too long,” said Tom Minnery, vice president of public policy for Focus on the Family. “Nothing is ‘banned,’ but every year this organization attempts to intimidate and silence any parent, teacher or librarian who expresses concern about the age-appropriateness of sexually explicit or violent material for schoolchildren.\" Read More.

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