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A similar service called Booktrack has already launched in Australia, and has changed the best seller lists. They point out Newspaper bestseller lists have long been a sore point, rife with charges of bias and skulduggery. No American newspapers have yet adopted its data for their bestseller lists, and, Bookscan currently only has 65 percent of national bookstores online, so its data still aren\'t complete.
Be sure to check out the discussion on Slashdot as well.
Someone passed over This BBC Story on some fancy new tags that contain a silicon chip which can carry a large amount of information and an antenna able to transmit that information to a reading device.
As well as combining a security tag and virtual barcode in one piece of technology, this makes it possible for a book to \"remember\" each transaction, from publisher to wholesaler, retailer to customer and (if the book is sold second-hand) beyond. Similarly, books borrowed from libraries could retain a record of every reader to have perused their pages.
They say the tags would give each book a unique serial number, as well as storing other details such as where it was shipped from and when.
\"It\'s like putting a licence plate on every book, and it means we\'d be able to track the movements of each and every title published.\"
Students at the Washington School in Kansas have sent their principal to the roof. Literally. As a reward for students meeting their reading goal in the school\'s reading challenge, the principal will spend the night on top of the school\'s roof, with nothing more than a tent and a few good books. \"Thursday marked the fourth consecutive year Ennis has done something - well, a little out of the ordinary - to reward his students for meeting the goal he has set for his \"Reading Challenge\" program encouraging Washington children to read more.\"Read more Here.
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Is it any wonder books are so expensive? And is there any question whose fault it is?
The publishers, of course, says the chairman of the country\'s biggest
bookstore chain, Barnes & Noble\'s Leonard Riggio, who calls the prices
publishers put on books \"abominations.\" \"
Here\'s A Story on how Amazon is encouraging people who bought books on Amazon to resell them.
You may recall the Authors Guild protested Amazon\'s recycling program by asking its 8,200 members to remove links to Amazon from their Web sites. The author of this story sold his first book in less than four hours.
I\'m not sure what to make of this.
The article, Do libraries need lie detectors? said \"Arming America\" is a lie, and now, thanks to the \"collapse of scholarship\", and poor collection development, people everywhere will be reading this bad book. She also says Librarians need to keep a sharp eye out for frauds, and should develop collection acordingly.
Genie Tyburski passed along Sometimes Articles Lie Too, from over at The Virtual Chase
by Milt Shook, as a follow up, that says The Independence Institute (The place that was responsible for that first article) is a conservative think tank, and is also pro-gun. He thinks this entire controversy was created by the NRA and its ilk, in an attempt to discredit a fine historical work.
Read them both, and make up your own mind.
Bob Cox alerted us to This Alternet Story on \"Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex\" says the media is responding to what can only be called the usual suspects -- a posse of moral conservatives and practitioners of discredited therapy who\'ve been wreaking havoc lately on scientific research and academic freedom.
The story is written by Debbie Nathan, who was on was on the committee the University of Minnesota Press asked to review \"Harmful to Minors\" suitability for publication.
She says:\"As someone who has written about sex abuse panics and who has spent the last few years raising a teenaged son and daughter, I was struck by how smart the book is. \"
Another Bob Cox story, this one from CNN says A historian in northern England says he has found a 370-year-old book proclaiming that women are better than men, a volume he calls an early voice for women\'s empowerment.
The book, called \"Woman\'s Worth,\" carries the subtitle \"A treatise proveinge by sundrie reasons that woemen do excell men.\"
Review committees at two Hillsborough County high schools decided Friday that books on serial killers should remain on school shelves, despite a parent\'s objection to their violent content.
Ender, The Duke of URL sent over This NYTimes story on book collecting that says collectors have their own vocabulary and it\'s sphere accessible to anyone with time and curiosity. They also say the average price of an antiquarian book rose 16 times and the five most expensive books rose 36 times.
\"Nicholas D. Lowry, the president of Swann Auction Galleries in New York, added: \"Our business has been booming since Sept. 11. Books are more nurturing than a stock portfolio. They provide an emotional anchor.\"