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This Chronicle of Higher Ed. Story talks about the scholarly book review process.
When a scholarly book is published, it can undergo a double reception -- a kind of peer review within academe and, if it is lucky, an assessment in the mainstream media.
Alongside that plodding scholarly assessment, however, is a fast-track system of evaluation: reviews in publications aimed at the general reader.When \"academic books\" end up getting a mainstream-review, sometimes the sparks fly.
As academics see it, the editors of mainstream review publications rely on a stable of writers who are more or less unfamiliar with, or even hostile to, scholarly discourse. The editors, on the other hand, see academics as a complacent elite, only pretending to be involved in public issues, blind to their own parochialism -- and unable to write well.
Charles Davis sent in
This One that says a first edition of JRR Tolkien\'s The Hobbit from 1937 has
fetched a record £43,020 at auction including buyer\'s
The book was inscribed by the author to his aunt having
been signed within a fortnight of publication.
Sotheby\'s specialists Peter Selley and Catherine Porter
said they were \"thrilled\" with the price paid for the book.
Marylaine Block sent over This Great Talk by John H. Lienhard For the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, closing luncheon, way back in \'96.
He says the book will remain, but we users and keepers of books are being changed. For the metaphors we live by are being rewritten by this new technology. The electronic media are unthreading the culture we know. They are both serving and disrupting the human condition in ways we cannot yet conceive.
According to an article from World Magazine, 16% of all books purchased last year, including both fiction and non-fiction, were Christian titles. Six of the top ten titles included the \"Left Behind Series\" by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Max Lucado held an additional six spots. The number one bestseller was \"Prayer of Jabez.\" Read More.
There are a number of really good articles over at World. Too many to list here. It deserves a good read.
The Houston Chronicle Has One that says One of the few existing copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the book that revolutionized printing in Western civilization, is going digital at the University of Texas. The Texas effort is important because UT\'s copy provides valuable information the others do not. For example, the Texas copy was one of the most-used copies still in existence. Here\'s The Site
Meanwhile, back in Seattle, This One says members of a remote, 125-member church in the Canadian Rockies have voted to hang on to a rare 400-year-old King James Bible that one congregant calls a \"legacy.\"
Here\'s A Nice One by Alain de Botton on why books are so nice to have along on a long trip.
He says there can be a perverse pleasure in reading against the grain of places where one is travelling; in reading plainly “inappropriate books”.
\"Ever since the invention of the printing press, those who most love books have been prey to a paradoxical thought; that there are far too many books in the world. In secret moments, these book lovers may even look back with nostalgia to that fortunate scroll-and-scribe era when, a little after middle age, educated people with good libraries and not too many pressing engagements could conceivably reach a point when they had read everything.\"
Thanks to Mefi.
Lee Hadden writes: \"There are a number of \"Oprah Wannabes\" who want to fill the spot left by
Oprah Winfrey\'s Bookclub. The Wall Street Journal has an article about this
Would You Be a Member
Of These Book Clubs?
It\'s been three months now since Oprah Winfrey announced she was dropping her
book club as a regular feature, plunging the publishing industry into
mourning over the woman who almost single-handedly made 46 books huge sellers.
Since then, no fewer than five wannabes have rushed in to fill the void --
everyone from the staid business anchor Lou Dobbs to Kelly Ripa, the
soap-opera actress who is sidekick to Regis Philbin.
Read more about it at: wsj.com (subscription required) or on page D1-D2
of the June 26, 2002 issue of the WSJ.\"