Frankfurt Book Fair

Mike Winter writes \"The Frankfurt Book Fair, billed as the world\'s largest event of its kind, is held annually in October. I had trouble gauging its size, so I asked a colleague who also attended this year, and he volunteered the following: take the ALA annual summer meeting and multiply by four or five to give a rough idea of how big the event actually is. Press releases say that there are about 300,000 titles on display (no buying or selling is allowed, although on the last day Fair officials tend to look the other way as exhibitors sell some materials on the side)and over 260,000 visitors. Publishers come from everywhere in the world. Rumor has it that more book contracts are signed here in the seven days of the Fair than anywhere else, and there are so many celebrity authors that it makes the ALA conference look like a convention of vanity presses held in the parking lot of a mom-and-pop motel. Statistics, official photos, and background info and be found at \"


Fantastic, Mysterious, and Adventurous Victoriana

Here's A Neat Site, put together by Jess Nevins, that attempts to list some of the Notable and Obscure Characters and Places of popular Victorian Fiction.

"Your Humble Correspondent simply desires to enumerate a number of fantastic and mysterious characters and places. You will also, should you wish, discover Certain Links of Edification And Wonderment, discovered and refined by Your Humble Correspondent (and a small Team of Select and Capable Worthies) for your pleasure."


Good deeds flow freely via good read Takes A Look At the civic reading movement. They say it all began in 1997 when an English professor at Prince George\'s County Community College in Maryland worked with libraries, churches, and schools to get everyone reading the same book at once. The project was called the Book Bridge Project, and its first selection was Bebe Moore Campbell\'s \"Brothers and Sisters.\" Next up was Seattle, and since Seattle, dozens of cities and states started civic reading programs.


New book lets visually impaired see Hubble space project

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"
A new book of majestic images taken by NASA\'s Hubble SpaceTelescope brings the wonders of our universe to the fingertips of the blind. Called \"Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy,\"the 64-page book presents color images of planets, nebulae, stars,and galaxies. Each image is embossed with lines, bumps, and other
textures. The raised patterns translate colors, shapes, and other intricate details of the cosmic objects, allowing visually impaired people
to feel what they cannot see. Braille and large-print descriptionsaccompany each of the book\'s 14 photographs, making the design of
this book accessible to readers of all visual abilities.

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Perdue's book pick flies off shelves

A Rather Odd Story from GA says Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue said Thursday that government agency directors who want to retain their jobs in Georgia's first Republican administration since Reconstruction should be prepared to discuss Stephen R. Covey's "Principle-Centered Leadership."
Perdue caused what's known in bookstore circles as the "Oprah Effect." A mere mention by talk show host Oprah Winfrey of a certain book means an automatic spike in sales and signals book buyers to order more.


Scholary publishing struggling

Jen writes "You'll need a Chronicle sub. to read this online.
It's more difficult than ever for scholarly books to find a broad audience, four editors said on Thursday on a panel at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. They cited demands on readers' time and the decline of independent bookstores as factors in a growing crisis for academic publishers.


Want to Know the Plot of the Next Potter Book?

JK Rowling has offered a tantalizing glimpse into the next installment of her wizard saga.
The author of the world\'s most popular children\'s books has provided a teaser -- 93 random words on a card that is up for auction next month at Sotheby\'s in London. The sale is for Book Aid International, which provides books for developing countries.
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Do books know best?

The Christian Science Monitor asks Do books know best?, and they answer, not always.
This story takes a look at all those advice books out there, saying all this advice, however helpful, can be daunting to parents.

"Kids are pretty resilient," she says. "A little common sense goes a long way. No advice has ever destroyed a whole generation of kids."


Police recover historic Newton books

Don't worry, Russian police say they have recovered those two stolen first editions of the 1687 Isaac Newton book which first described his eponymous law on gravity and revolutionised science.
A gang from Saratov, on the Volga River south of Moscow, stole four antique books, including the copies of Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica on November 6.


Truth is another country

The Guardian Says Literature is created on both sides of the frontier that divides fact from fiction, and it is crossed by writers quite casually, and this is a border that should be defended.

"It may seem a grave limitation for any writer to leave the facts as facts, but self-limitation is a key to art. On this frontier we should stand."



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