Aspects Of The Victorian Book

Library books not getting the respect they deserve from patrons

The Chesterton Tribune has A Story on the high number of damaged books being returned by patrons.
They say they get about a dozen books a week that have been banged up. The discussion prompted the Library Board to review an informal circulation policy that allows patrons who have damaged a book to keep it if they pay for it. About half the patrons who damage a book exercise this option.


Cargo Pocket Books

Lee Hadden writes: There is an interesting article in today\'s Wall Street Journal, Friday,
November 15, 2002, page W15, by Erich Eichman, \"Cargo Candidates\". Something called Armed Services Editions is
printing up 100,000 \"cargo pocket\" copies of books for American servicemen. So far the list
includes Shakespeare (\"Henry V\"), Sun Tzu (\"The Art of War\") and two recent
nonfiction books on military subjects.
The other says other books come to mind.
Read more about it in the newspaper, or online at required).


Latest Word: 'Klingons' in, 'Muggles' Not Quite

The NYTimes has One On the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. It contains 3,500 additions, like fashionista, arm candy, parallel universes, chat rooms, text messaging, snailmail, sticker shock and chick lit. They say A majority of references once came from Britain, but no longer, as America is the biggest and most productive influence on the language now.


Amazon Writes a Drama in Canada

The LATimes has A Story on how Canadian booksellers are annoyed with Jeff Bezos, and Amazon, but furious with their government, which they say is treating the billionaire entrepreneur like a native. They want a federal court to restore those once-sharp distinctions between what is local and foreign.

"It's an extraordinarily powerful weapon for breaking down national cultures," said Mel Hurtig, author of "The Vanishing Country: Is It Too Late to Save Canada?" "Canadians like Americans, but they don't want to become Americans."


More on Karyn

Last month I reported on Karyn Bosnak\'s upcoming book deal. Yesterday the New York Post printed independent confirmation that she has inked a contract with HarperCollins.


Nanoparticles save paper

Bob Cox sent over This One from Nature on calcium hydroxide grains just 200 millionths of a millimetre across that are helping preserve historical documents. The nanoparticles of what is commonly called slaked lime penetrate between paper's fibres. They combat the ravages of acids introduced when paper is made, without altering documents' apperance. The technique is cheap and green and could also be used on canvas.


U.S. Dealer buys Winnipeg Sci-Fi collection

Liz wonders: Did I win a calendar?

The CBC reports that a valuable collection of science fiction books held at the University of Winnipeg has found a buyer.
\"New Yorker L.W. Currey bought the 37,000-piece collection for $140,000.
The university received the collection in 1996, after the sudden death of Winnipeg native Robert Stimpson, who spent his life acquiring science fiction books and magazines. Stimpson\'s collection included first editions of Frank Herbert\'s Dune, Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, and first issues of Astounding and other popular pulp magazines from the 1930s and 1940s. The entire collection dates back to the 1920s.\"

One interesting tidbit. A major reason for the university\'s decision to sell the books is that the $140,000 collection would have cost $500,000 to catalog.


Chapter pulled from Mitnick book reports that convicted cracker Kevin Mitnick\'s book, The Art of Deception, is missing a chapter. Between the time review copies were sent out and the book\'s release, Wiley and Sons removed Mitnick\'s background chapter, in which "he expressed a good deal of anger at the people who helped to capture him and who profited from his story." 2600 says that Wiley had received a letter from the lawyer for one of those people, which the publisher maintains was not the reason for the excision.


\'Demanding\' book wins French prize

The BBC Says France\'s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, has been won by Pascal Quignard with a book that has been described by critics as a \"demanding\" read.
Les Ombres Errantes (Wandering Shadows) is a collection of personal reflections, musings and historical memories written in a disjointed form.



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