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Heidi's revival: We Can Rebuild Her

Follow along as The Strange Little Girl carefully rebuilds a reprint of the classic Heidi (copyright 1944 and 1955) by Johanna Spyri.
Watch as she Tears it Down, gives it a Good Washing, and gives them a Quick Dry in her very own nipping press.Includes a Bibliography!
It's a fun project for all of us amature conservationists to watch.

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RLG's RedLightGreen Project

David Dillard writes "Posted to NetGold, a review of a powerful new web based free public access database of monographic titles from RLG named RedLightGreen.

The full message can be seen at this URL including a sample search with some of the resulting citations from that search shown.
I suggest that all within the sound of this message hike over to this
database and give it a test drive. It would be hard for me to come up
with enough superlatives to describe the value of this research tool.
My only suggestion at this point is that the search result pages all show
the total number of citations found so that the user knows immediately the
quantity of source material that they are dealing with.
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I'd also recommend a stop at The ResourceShelf for more info as well.

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Bomb book tests U.S. free speech

Steve M. Cohen donated This One on Lyle Stuart, the , 81-year-old president of maverick publisher Barricade Books, who they say, is an old hand at testing the limits of free speech and believes people should not be told what they can read.
Barricade's titles are far from mass-market and bestseller fare. While some have recorded substantial sales from online and mainstream outlets, they remain largely unknown to the general public, and the firm is driven more by principle than profit although it does not disclose financial data.

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Eggs and Ham' translated into Latin

Mock Turtle writes "From the AP wire via Salon comes the report of a new Latin translation of the immortal Dr. Seuss classic, "Green Eggs and Ham," here retitled, "Virent Ova! Viret Perna!!"

Other Seuss titles have been translated into Latin and been well received ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat" have sold a combined 60,000 copies in Latin).

What's different here is that instead of a literal translation of the story, translators Terence and Jennifer Tunberg went for a reproduction of the Seusslike rhythm. "This book doesn't just look like a Seuss book. It sounds like a Seuss book," wrote reviewer Sharon Kazmierski."

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Writer Shelley Jackson invites participants in a new work entitled "Skin."

Each participant must agree to have one word of the story tattooed upon his or her body. The text will be published nowhere else, and the author will not permit it to be summarized, quoted, described, set to music, or adapted for film, theater, television or any other medium. The full text will be known only to participants, who may, but need not choose to establish communication with one another. In the event that insufficiant participants come forward to complete the first and only edition of the story, the incomplete version will be considered definitive. If no participants come forward, this call itself is the work.
The Full "Story".

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John Darkin: High price to pay for cheap books

This New Zeland Herald Article takes a look at publishers and book sellers.
He says According to the business statistics organisation, Euromonitor International, book sales in the United States were in decline up to 2002. A prime reason was that cover prices had increased significantly. In making sense of that, we have to wonder if publishers, in order to meet the high discounts demanded by Wal-Mart, have been forced to increase their cover prices.

The book trade in New Zealand will change irreversibly should it ever face a Wal-Mart type onslaught. Fair trade will be supplanted by free trade if one giant retail buyer can distort the market. If it is allowed to happen, the book-buying public will be the losers.

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Romance Writers of America and their work

rteeter writes "Public radio's This American Life is broadcasting a piece on romance novels and their writers this weekend. Did you know some romance authors out-sell Stephen King, et al.?

If you miss it, you can catch the audio at This American Life next week."

Rochelle heard this piece on This American Life and really enjoyed it.

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When Books Break the Bank

Gary Deane notes a NYTimes Story on the soaring price of college text books.
They say in the past two decades, the price of textbooks has soared. The price of educational books and supplies has risen 238 percent, while the price of consumer goods over all has increased only 51 percent.
So now more and more students are sharing books, using library copies or going online to find cheap used copies. Indeed, about 20 percent no longer buy all their required texts, according to the National Association of College Stores. And that percentage is growing fast enough to worry both textbook publishers and college bookstores.

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Liberal authors triumphant as US bookshelves lean left

Bob Cox spotted an Article that says In a sales surge that surprised politicians and booksellers alike, five liberal books will be among The New York Times's top 15 hard-cover nonfiction bestsellers on today's list, mounting what some sales specialists see as a left-wing assault on the conservatives' decade-long hold on popular culture.

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The big influence of four book review magazines

Sarah Johnson writes "A recent article in Slate reports on the "big four" among book industry trade journals - namely, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and Booklist. Their influence might finally be waning, says the article - and reviewers for Kirkus and PW are toning down the harshness of their reviews as a result."

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