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CNIB plans books overhaul Conversion

Gary D. Price, MLIS sent along Word From Canada on a $33-million program to digitize the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) library, book production and distribution processes likely will be copied by other libraries for the blind around the world.
Blind or visually impaired people can access books and other textual material in four ways: through Braille, recorded \"talking books,\" computer-generated synthetic voice and (for those with low vision) enlarged text.

By creating a database of electronic texts, the CNIB is now able to use the same digital file to create material in various formats.

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Adult Snow White books displayed in children\'s section

Here\'s One that says Bookstore shoppers in Taipei who picked up newly released versions of Snow White and other children\'s classics hoping to read wholesome tales might have been a bit shocked.

The books were a Japanese author\'s kinky take on the stories, and in the X-rated version, Snow White does more than clean and cook for the seven dwarfs.

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£15m medieval book goes online

Charles Davis writes \"Internet users can examine one of the UK\'s
most valuable medieval books by virtually
turning the pages and zooming in on details
after it was put online.
Story at
The BBC

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Jailed Author Signs $$ Million Book Deal with MacMillan

Commit perjury. Obstruct justice. Go to jail. Write something. And a publisher will give you millions. Sounds like a fair punishment. Read More.

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Making the pages speak

The Toronto Star is running A Story on Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
The entire full-time staff of the library consists of only 14 individuals. The rest of the duties are performed by more than 530 volunteers working in four shifts a day.
Thanks to Gary Price for this one.

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The book marketeers

Here\'s A Story that asks, How do you sell books to people who never read? Someone found the answer, and They sell to people working at 30,000 offices, factories and schools, and 2 million more by mail order and the internet. They sell 14 million books a year, and each year they throw extraordinary parties with fairground rides and marching bands to celebrate their success.

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Book makes Bible folksy

Here\'s An AP Story on a nifty new book that puts folksy touches on Biblical stories. \"The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language,\" by the Rev. Eugene H. Peterson that some see as useful for evangelism among people who know nothing about the Bible.
In his retelling of the Bible, when Jesus raises a young girl from the dead, he first has to work his way through neighbors bringing casseroles to the grieving family\'s home.

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Moral dilemma, good writing make book bestseller

CNN\'s running A Story on Ann Packer, author of The Dive From Clausen\'s Pier, the book \"Good Morning, America\" chose last month as its first selection for their new book club. It shot straight to The New York Times best-seller list.

\"This was never supposed to happen to this book,\" Packer says in the about-to-be-remodeled living room of her modest ranch-style home. \"It was never supposed to happen to me.\"

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Old book browsing\'s end nigh as market shifts to cyberspace

SMH.com.au is Reporting the success of online selling may soon see the second-hand book lover struggling to locate a suburban seller. Not because they are going out of business, but because they are going online.

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Book Biz Takes on Amazon.ca

The Canadian Booksellers Association and Canada\'s largest book retailer, Indigo Books & Music, are trying to shut down Amazon.com\'s new Canadian operation, Amazon.ca.

Stories at
Wired, The Globe and Mail, and, of course, The CBC

Bezos said, with no offices or employees in Canada, the federal rules don\'t apply to Amazon.ca – which Bezos said is a U.S. business. \"Not only is what we\'re doing within the structure of the rules, it\'s also completely within the spirit of the rules.\"

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