Narrative on selecting a book cover

A recent article in The Chronicle gives an interesting account of the process involved in selecting book cover art. Stephanie A. Shields (who is a Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University) tells the story of how she searched for and chose an image for the cover of Speaking from the Heart: Gender and the Social Meaning of Emotion -- with guidance from editors and publishers, of course.


Oprah Winfrey's Book Club to Return

Millions of Oprah fans will be happy, AP Reports the talk-show host will announce her long-awaited pick on her show next Wednesday, nearly four months after revealing that she was bringing back her club and focusing on "classic" authors such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway.

Fans will have plenty of time to read her comeback choice; the follow-up program will not air until the fall.

Winfrey had tentatively planned to name her club Traveling With the Classics. But a spokeswoman said it will be called, as it had been before, Oprah's Book Club. Winfrey is expected to make from three to five choices a year. The books likely will be written by both living and dead authors.


Harry Potter's Pirates

writes "CBSNews Has One that says the publishing industry loses about seven billion dollars a year thanks to pirate book sellers. They say the ease of publishing in the digital age has allowed pirating to spread like a bad rash across the book hungry third world to countries like Nigerian, the Ukraine, and several countries in the Far East. J.K. Rowling must be starving to death."


For Sale: Short Stories for the Long Ride Home

" is in the grand tradition that a small, friendly 27-year-old woman named Adrian Brune set up shop about two months ago to sell her wares at Times Square. Her "shop" is a very common one for subway commerce, consisting of a small cardboard box, behind which she sits with her back against the wall. But what differentiates Ms. Brune from her competitors are her unique handmade products, advertised in a hand-lettered sign on the sides of the box."

"Writer w/ good short stories for sale: $2 each," it says, adding in parentheses, "Masters from Columbia; bad economy."

"In other words, Ms. Brune is a player in what the writer Terry Southern once called the "quality lit game," but instead of trying to sell her work through publishers, she has decided to go right to the reading public. This would be a brave decision, if it were one she made herself. In actual fact, she says, it was made for her by the publishers." (from The New York Times)


In Gold Ink on a Chip, the World's Tiniest Book

"To the naked eye, it looks like a fleck of tile decorated with the Greek letters alpha and omega. But when it is magnified by a factor of 600, its true nature becomes evident — the world's most portable copy of the New Testament. According to the latest version of Guinness Book of World Records, the five-millimeter-square tablet is the smallest reproduction yet of a printed book."

"It was created in 2001 by two scientists in the field of object recognition, Pawan Sinha and Pamela R. Lipson, both 36 years old and husband and wife, who call it a tool for archiving and authentication. Mr. Sinha is an assistant professor of visual neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ms. Lipson is a founder of Imagen Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that develops image analysis software." (from The New York Times)


City Lights Bookstore celebrates 50th anniversary

SomeOne writes "City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, a haven for the Beats and the literature-loving successors, celebrates its 50th anniversary. "What we choose are not the bestsellers bu the books that we think should be the bestsellers," says Nancy J. Peters, co-owner with Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Here's The Story



The Lord of the Rings Will Be Adapted as a Musical

"The stunning success of the feature film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has prompted London stage producers Kevin Wallace and Saul Zaentz to bring the epic fantasy to the stage as a musical. The two are developing an £8 million production; Shaun McKenna is writing the book and lyrics, while Stephen Keeling pens the music. "Our objective is to create an inclusive piece of theater to satisfy theatergoers and Tolkien fans alike," Wallace said. "It’s wonderful material which gives us the chance to pull out all the stops." The Lord of the Rings is scheduled to make its musical debut in 2005 to coincide with the title’s 50th anniversary." (from Library Journal)


AOL to hang onto books

AOL Time Warner Inc. has decided to not sell its book publishing division after months of seeking a buyer, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.
After months of seeking a buyer, AOL had attracted just one bid for its publishing unit, which includes Warner Books and Little, Brown.

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The Observer - Worst Book nominations

Bob Cox writes "Users of the Observer website are an absurdly literary lot, leaping at the chance to nominate their least favourite books. The discussion has been extremely illuminating.Here's The List
The Brontë sisters are apparently responsible for the two worst novels in the English language: Emily raises more hackles with Wuthering Heights than any other book, and Jane Eyre is almost equally unpopular.



The Road to Wellness, Paved With 1,900 Pages

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The NYTimes says growing interest in health and wellness, along with the increasing willingness of patients to take part in their own health care, has prompted the publication of hefty medical guides from leading health care institutions and organizations in recent years.
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