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Book at Center of Tattered Cover Fight Irrelevant to Police Case

"On behalf of his client, the lawyer representing the customer at the center of a landmark case involving Denver's Tattered Cover Book Store and its fight to protect the privacy of customer records recently authorized Tattered Cover's legal counsel to reveal the name of the book that had been sought by law enforcement officials for more than two years. The title, Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters by Kenneth G. Henshall, had nothing to do with the case involving a methamphetamine lab. Bookstore owner Joyce Meskis, who knew the name of the book, chose to fight in court to protect the privacy of her customers' records. "You cannot pick and choose your times [to protect purchase records]," Meskis told BTW. "[A bookstore's] role is to protect the privacy of the customer." (from Bookselling This Week)

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Spreading the Joy of Reading -- Get Caught Reading Month

"May is Get Caught Reading month, and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) have planned a major publicity blitz to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Public service advertisements running in MPA member publications representing millions of reader impressions, and reading events and celebrity posters displayed in schools, libraries, and bookstores throughout the country will all impart the message that "reading is one of life's true joys." (from Bookselling This Week)

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Moon landing notebook fetches $222,000

Jen Young noticed This CNN Story that says flight document carried to the surface of the moon during the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, and signed by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, fetched nearly a quarter of a million dollars after an all-day auction on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the Swann Galleries said.

Highlight of the auction was a "Data Card Book," essentially a navigational notebook that also bears smudges of moon dust that was the property of Aldrin. The 8 by 10.5 inches (20 by 27 cm) document containing 16 numbered pages on 11 loose leaves sold for $222,500 to a unnamed Pennsylvania dealer specializing in 19th-century art and autographs.

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Cookson\'s library reign expected to end soon

The Guardian Has More on the PLR popularity charts of writers most borrowed in public libraries.
They say Catherine Cookson's reign as queen of British fiction for five years after her death is due to end within the next two or three years. Leading children's writer, Jacqueline Wilson, is said to be "in the frame" to take the top position in the longer term. And, in an unprecedented development, five other children's authors have reached the top 12, demonstrating the vigour of their genre. They are RL Stine, black comedian of the Goosebumps series, Mick Inkpen, Janet and Allen Ahlberg, and Lucy Daniels, of the Animal Ark series.
JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the overall most borrowed book of all library titles, while Jamie Oliver's Return of the Naked Chef won the honour of being the most borrowed title in the cookery section.

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Looters ignore Saddam's books

"They took almost everything. The home of Tariq Aziz, Iraq's deputy premier, was one of the many of high-ranking ministers to suffer at the hands of the looting mobs in Baghdad yesterday."

"But what they left behind in his library was politically notable: the complete works of Saddam Hussein in Arabic, the mafia novels of Mario Puzo, author of the Godfather, and a book on geopolitics by Richard Nixon, former US president."

"The looters had driven tractors, pick-up trucks, trailers and even a large bus up to the sumptuous villa belonging to Aziz who, before the war, was regarded as the most famous man in Baghdad, apart from Saddam." (from The Herald)

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Random House and Online Publisher Agree on E-Book Deal

"An online publisher once sued by Random House Inc. for copyright infringement will be issuing electronic versions of books by Margaret Atwood, John Updike and other popular Random House writers."

"RosettaBooks, which in 2001 angered Random House by putting out digital versions of William Styron's "Sophie's Choice" and other titles without the publisher's consent, announced Wednesday it had agreed with Random House on the release of 51 e-books."

"We're bringing some terrific books and terrific authors into the electronic format," said Arthur Klebanoff, CEO of RosettaBooks." (from AP)

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Why are so many Americans turning to Christian books?

SomeOne writes "Maybe it's 9/11. Maybe it's fear over the war in Iraq. Or perhaps Christian books are getting better at answering the spiritual questions of readers.

Whatever the reason, a recent Barna Research Group report that half of all Americans read Christian books and one-third purchase them comes as little surprise to Ken Stephens.

BPnews.org Has The Story "

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What do celebrities read?

"Works by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway are among the most popular books with celebrities queried by a retired Maine librarian for her annual "Who Reads What?" list. But there are also a few surprise entries."

"Take Charles Schwab's pick, for example. The investment counselor calls "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay "a must-read not only for all investors -- but for all thinking people."

"So there's a good mix of the tried and true classics and ... a page turner," said Glenna Nowell, who has been compiling her lists since 1988." (from CNN)

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Vidal sues over damaged books

"US author Gore Vidal has sued five insurance firms, including Lloyd's of London, for refusing to pay him after water damage ruined first editions of his books worth $60,000 (£38,000)."

"Vidal's works were damaged in 1997 after a water heater burst in his home in the Hollywood Hills in California, his lawyer Baret Fink said."

"The incident led to flooding in the basement and a cupboard where the books had been stored." (from BBC News)

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Giving books up for Lent

"I need books. It’s not like drugs or drink or even fatty foods. I need books every day or my brain freezes up like a car in a Minnesota winter. So it is that I made a commitment to my local library, I will twelve-step my way out of book buying addiction with their help."

"The Des Plaines Public Library is an amazing edifice of brick and glass. The first thing that strikes you is how bright it is. Lots of warm natural light fills the whole space and the shelving is white so the whole place seems to sort of glow in the evening. The staff is friendly and helpful, which always makes you feel better about a library. They have a self check-out system too, no long lines." (from Bookslut)

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