Books

There\'s a Book for Every Dummy, er, Learner

The Ledger has A Short Story on all those \"For Dummies\" or \"Complete Idiot\'s Guides.\"

They are well-known to book buyers as quick-hit sources of information. Many are written by authors who have already produced books with less deprecating titles.

After the Sept. 11 tragedies, Olson says people turned to the guides for knowledge on the Middle East.

\"We get a lot of requests for them,\" says Averil Townsley, a reference librarian at the Lakeland Public Library.

Cobain Diaries To Be Published

Get your flannel shirts out of those mothballs and rip up a pair of jeans; 1992 will be here soon again!

Come November you\'ll be able to relive the agony of grunge all over again reading Kurt Cobain\'s diaries. Replicas of his actual journal will be put out by Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Putnum.

My guess is that this book will circ pretty well.

Got angst? Read the full story from NME.com

Books for Freedom Head to Afghanistan

SomeOne passed along
This USAToday Story on booksforfreedom.org, and how hard it\'s been getting the books over there.

\"The librarians were working there, but they weren\'t getting paid. They didn\'t have any heating,\" Street says. \"The only kind of books they had were, like, old 1962 Soviet Union encyclopedias.\"

The End, To Be Continued

The Washington Post is running A Story on Evangelical Christians Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, authors of the apocalyptic -- and fictional -- \"Left Behind\" series.
They have sold more than 35 million books in seven years and the new one, \"The Remnant,\" debuted at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction bestseller lists of USA Today, Publishers Weekly and the New York Times and No. 5 on The Washington Post list.
These books, and accompanying kids\' versions, graphic novels, audiocassettes and videotapes, have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for the authors and their publisher, Tyndale House. And, according to the authors, some 3,000 people like Blansett have found Jesus while reading the books.

Graphic novels get boost

Here\'s An AP Story that says the comic book industry stereotype is undergoing a transformation of sorts thanks to a longer, more literary comic offshoot called the graphic novel.
Publishers and comic connoisseurs use the term \"illustrative literature\" to describe the books, which they say emerged from reader demand for more sophisticated comic-driven storytelling.

Group sues UNC over reading assignment

Moxy writes \"Three students and a conservative Christian group are bringing a suit against UNC because of a book on the summer reading list that they believe encroaches on their first ammendment rights. The book in question is \"Approaching the Qur\'án: The Early Revelations.\" Students who opt not to read the book are requested to write a one page essay on why they did not read it.

Here\'s the
Full Story. \"

New chapter in spread of written word

Charles Davis writes \"There is a well-thumbed copy of Rebecca Wells\'s Divine Secrets of the
Ya-Ya Sisterhood lying in the foyer of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.
Pasted inside the front cover is a note which says: \"Please read me. I\'m not
lost. I\'m travelling around trying to make friends.\"
In Glasgow and Aberdeen, there are similar books being mysteriously left
on park benches, in charity shops and even in supermarket car parks.
Each beseeches the reader to \"read and release\" and is part of a global
sociology experiment spearheaded by the website
www.bookcrossing.com.


Full story at
Yahoo! UK \"

Ignore Fast-Track Assessments of Scholarly Books at Your Peril

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.

The Hobbit sold for a record £43,000

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
premium.

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.

The Metaphor of 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.

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