Books

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.

A journey and a book are perfect companions

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.

Oprah Wannabes

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
trend:

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.\"

Apocalypse Sells.

20020623
\"The
Bible and the Apocalypse:
  The biggest book
of the summer is about the end of the world. It\'s also a sign of our troubled
times.\" (1, 2,
3,
4)
-By Nancy Gibbs
-TIME.com

\"...
among the best-selling fiction books of our times—right up there with Tom
Clancy and Stephen King—is a series about the End Times, written by Tim
F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, based on the Book of Revelation. That part
of the Bible has always held its mysteries, but for millions of people
the code was broken in 1995, when LaHaye and Jenkins published Left
Behind: A Novel of the Earth\'s Last Days. People who haven\'t read the
book and its sequels often haven\'t even heard of them, yet their success
provides new evidence that interest in the End Times is no fringe phenomenon.
Only about half of Left Behind readers are Evangelicals, which suggests
there is a broader audience of people who are having this conversation.\"

Another Day, Another Late Book Story

Salon has an AP Story on A book that was checked out of a library in Williamsport, Pa., 60 years ago that has made it back to the library\'s bookshelves.
The library held a contest to find the longest overdue book last week during its 95th anniversary celebration.

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