Books

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.

Budding Bookworm Plows Through 1,600 Books

Having a 7-year-old devour over 1,600 books during summer reading would please any parent or teacher, and any librarian, children\'s or otherwise. After learning to read just last year, the little girl spends hours reading each day. Read More.

End to Islamic Book Lawsuit Sought

James Nimmo sent over This FindLaw.com Story that says The University of North Carolina is asking a judge to in effect throw out a lawsuit that seeks to block the school from assigning students to read a book on Islam.
The motions filed in federal court Thursday seek to disqualify all five plaintiffs in the suit because they cannot prove they\'ll be injured by the required reading, or benefit if the requirement is lifted.

Book World, a new library-cum-bookstore

Charles Davis writes \"Indulging in the habit of reading no longer need be a luxury in Dubai.
This is the slogan of Book World, a new library-cum-bookstore recently
opened in Satwa.
Book World offers about 20,000 books and provides a steady stream of new titles thanks to a innovative system of re-sale and purchase, which
involves readers and members of the library.
Story at
Gulf-News. \"

Preparing A Book For Miniature Work

Always helpful Jen Young sent along This Fun One from About.com that shows how to do a miniature scene in a book.
If you can stomach carving the insides out of a book, it would make a nice place to hide some valuables as well.
Warning: graphic footage of book mutilation that might sicken most librarians.

The Book Corner: Britain’s Print Industry

A Neat Story on how The British Council is celebrating the best of new British publication design in The Book Corner, a new touring exhibition that acknowledges the vitality, diversity and technical ingenuity of Britain’s print industry. Launched this April in Milan at the annual international furniture fair, the exhibition will premier in London next month.

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