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New Book Blasts Serious Authors

FoxNews has A Story on Reader\'s Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose, by B. R. Myers.
Myers is annoyed with these writers for taking themselves so seriously -- but his real gripe is with the critics who mock \"genre\" novels such as Westerns, romances and crime dramas while lavishing praise on \"literary\" authors.

From The Atlantic Story.

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Dog-Eat-Dog, Woman-Eat-Book: Literacy in the Age of Reality TV

Robin K. Blum, from over at InMyBook passed along an odd PW Newsline story that says Colorado author Jodi Jill has promised to eat - as in
chew, swallow and digest - a book in public, providing 50,000 people
visit her site and pledge to read a single book of their choosing. She
says she\'s already secured 9000 such promises via her eatabook.com,
a name that nearly single-handedly proves that the deregulation of
Internet domains is a bad idea. Many of those visitors are pushing for
Ms. Jill to eat War and Peace.

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Budding Bookworm Plows Through 1,600 Books

Having a 7-year-old devour over 1,600 books during summer reading would please any parent or teacher, and any librarian, children\'s or otherwise. After learning to read just last year, the little girl spends hours reading each day. Read More.

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End to Islamic Book Lawsuit Sought

James Nimmo sent over This FindLaw.com Story that says The University of North Carolina is asking a judge to in effect throw out a lawsuit that seeks to block the school from assigning students to read a book on Islam.
The motions filed in federal court Thursday seek to disqualify all five plaintiffs in the suit because they cannot prove they\'ll be injured by the required reading, or benefit if the requirement is lifted.

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Book World, a new library-cum-bookstore

Charles Davis writes \"Indulging in the habit of reading no longer need be a luxury in Dubai.
This is the slogan of Book World, a new library-cum-bookstore recently
opened in Satwa.
Book World offers about 20,000 books and provides a steady stream of new titles thanks to a innovative system of re-sale and purchase, which
involves readers and members of the library.
Story at
Gulf-News. \"

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Preparing A Book For Miniature Work

Always helpful Jen Young sent along This Fun One from About.com that shows how to do a miniature scene in a book.
If you can stomach carving the insides out of a book, it would make a nice place to hide some valuables as well.
Warning: graphic footage of book mutilation that might sicken most librarians.

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The Book Corner: Britain’s Print Industry

A Neat Story on how The British Council is celebrating the best of new British publication design in The Book Corner, a new touring exhibition that acknowledges the vitality, diversity and technical ingenuity of Britain’s print industry. Launched this April in Milan at the annual international furniture fair, the exhibition will premier in London next month.

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There\'s a Book for Every Dummy, er, Learner

The Ledger has A Short Story on all those \"For Dummies\" or \"Complete Idiot\'s Guides.\"

They are well-known to book buyers as quick-hit sources of information. Many are written by authors who have already produced books with less deprecating titles.

After the Sept. 11 tragedies, Olson says people turned to the guides for knowledge on the Middle East.

\"We get a lot of requests for them,\" says Averil Townsley, a reference librarian at the Lakeland Public Library.

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Cobain Diaries To Be Published

Get your flannel shirts out of those mothballs and rip up a pair of jeans; 1992 will be here soon again!

Come November you\'ll be able to relive the agony of grunge all over again reading Kurt Cobain\'s diaries. Replicas of his actual journal will be put out by Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Putnum.

My guess is that this book will circ pretty well.

Got angst? Read the full story from NME.com

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Books for Freedom Head to Afghanistan

SomeOne passed along
This USAToday Story on booksforfreedom.org, and how hard it\'s been getting the books over there.

\"The librarians were working there, but they weren\'t getting paid. They didn\'t have any heating,\" Street says. \"The only kind of books they had were, like, old 1962 Soviet Union encyclopedias.\"

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