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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.
Full Story. \"
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
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Yahoo! UK \"
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.\"