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Books and the GST

Aaron Tunn sent along a story that looks at the collpase of book sales in OZ.
This One Says The latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics showed book sales collapsed by 19 per cent to just over 104 million books in the year following the introduction of the tax on July 1, 2000.

At the same time, the average publishing business cut staff by 15 per cent, while profit margins tumbled 41 per cent.
Australian Publishers Association chief executive Susan Bridge said 2000-01 had been a particularly terrible year, with sales hit by the triple blows of the GST, the Sydney Olympics and the low dollar.

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A dark twist in the tale of a book fanatic\'s historic collection

Jon Noble sent along
This Odd Story The late Alexander MacDonald. They say books were the one enduring obsession that helped define his life, he managed to create a private collection which, at its peak, consisted of close to two million titles.

It\'s the biggest private book collection in Australia.
Taken as a whole, they are a map of the country\'s popular reading tastes since the 1940s.

MacDonald\'s family, however, are less than enthralled by this grand, unwieldy inheritance. The collection, they say, is \"jinxed\".

The roll call of misadventures is startling. MacDonald was felled by his passion in 1997, dying at 84 of a strangulated hernia, the result of a lifetime of picking up boxes of old books.

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Literary Rights to \'Roots\' Sold Cheap to Florida Investor

The widow of the late Alex Haley has been forced to sell the literary rights to Roots for a measley $10,000. The buyer is an investor from FLorida who purchases \"unusual\" assets. \"Investor, John Palumbo, said the short-term financial reward is not a motive because the annual royalties amount to a few thousand dollars a year. A spurt of interest in Haley\'s work in the future could result in additional payoff for him. \'Regardless of what comes out of it, it will make a good conversation piece,\' he said.\"
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Book Ban Battle Grows Over Kid Sex Books

The book banning brouhaha in Conroe, Texas is gaining steam as some 200 community members filed into the courthouse to witness the debate over two sex books aimed at kids. Those speaking out against the books want them removed completely from the library. The county judge says he\'s received hundreds, possibly thousands of comments that seem to indicate that the community is evenly split over the issue. Read More.

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Can the book you read lead to love?

Here\'s An Interesting One that says More than half the population believes you can judge a person by the books they read. Both men and women share the belief, but men are more convinced by the idea than women. They say We all know the saying that men think of sex every seven seconds, which may explain why the under 34 year old male is particularly interested in the girls reading Sex and the City by Candace Bushnall

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UMd. reading about gay student riles conservatives

James Nimmo sent over This Washington Times Story that says family advocacy groups object to University of Maryland freshmen being asked to read a play about a homosexual college student, and are monitoring a Texas library\'s decision to remove from its shelves a book they say promotes homosexuality and abortion.

Always remember, if you don\'t like it, that means it\'s no good for anyone.

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Love of books helps kids succeed in school, and life

This Nice Piece says only about half of children ages 3 to 5 have a book read to them
by an adult each day and that\'s just one reason why 40 percent of youngsters
entering kindergarten are not prepared.

\"Children who are read to frequently are nearly twice as likely as
other children to show three or more skills associated with emerging literacy.\"

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Tiny-Book Publisher Is Losing Her Vision

The LATimes is Reporting Barbara Raheb, who produced 530 miniature titles in 27 years, is suffering from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness for people older than 60. Those with the malady find that the central portion of their field of vision is covered by a gray blob.
They say she is the nation\'s biggest little-book publisher. Her leather-bound volumes have thumbnail-size pages with lines of printed type so small that they can be covered by a shirt thread.

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Audacious raid on Dickens museum

The BBC Says Thieves have escaped with three first editions of Charles Dickens\' A Christmas Carol, worth up to £30,000 each, in a daylight raid on a London museum. They were taken from a locked cabinet using glasscutters as visitors looked around the Dickens House Museum during opening hours on Thursday, 15 August.

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Dictionary speaks volumes for Scots

The BBC Is Reporting The final volume of a unique dictionary of the Scots language has been published.
The Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) was originally proposed in 1919 by Sir William Craigie, a Scottish member of the team which produced the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

The work, which has been supported by Scottish universities and charitable foundations and is published by Oxford University Press, aims to define and preserve Lowland Scots, which many people speak.

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