Books

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.

Amazon No Longer Offering Reading Advice

Citing commercial abuse, Amazon has pulled the plug on its readers advisory service. They say it\'ll be back sometime. Read More Wired News.

You Are What You Read

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.

2 On The Good Book

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.\"

The most memorable book I read

Here\'s A Nice One on \"The Cat In The Hat\".

\"A rainy day, Mom\'s away, two bored, restless children, a knock at the door, the strangest cat ever enters and the fun begins.\"

What some esteemed writers are reading this summer

Bob Cox points out The National Review has Summer Books, 2002, a list of what some esteemed writers are reading this summer.

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