Books

Facing the Music

This NY Magazine Article that says long ago authors, and the book industry, set the cultural agenda, made lots of money, and were the generational voice. For a long time, anybody with any creative ambition wanted to write the Great American Novel. But starting in the fifties, and then gaining incredible force in the sixties, rock-and-roll performers eclipsed authors as cultural stars. But now, the music industry is becoming, in size and profit margins and stature, the book business.

Books I\'d prefer not to Read

Salon has a Story by Tom Bissell, who says whether one chooses to admit it or not, every reader has a secret list of writers one is, for whatever reason, incapable of reading.
The story is a long look at reading, and how we choose our books, and how books are written.
Check it out, it\'s a great read!

National Bathroom Reading Week

Someone sent along This ABCNews Story on National Bathroom Reading Week. According to University of Arizona microbiologist Chuck Gerba, the average desktop is crawling with 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

Book Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2002 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards are:

FICTION AND POETRY
\"Lord of the Deep\" by Graham Salisbury

Honor Books:

\"Saffy\'s Angel\" by Hilary McKay
\"Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart\" by
Vera B. Williams

NONFICTION
\"This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie\" by Elizabeth Partridge

Honor Books:
\"Handel, Who Knew What He Liked\" by M.T. Anderson

\"Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People\" by Bonnie Christensen

PICTURE BOOK
\"Let\'s Get a Pup! Said Kate\" by Bob Graham

Honor Books:
\"I Stink!\" by Kate McMullan
\"Little Rat Sets Sail\" by Monika Bang-Campbell

Do books have a future?

Future Facing has This One by Simon Jones, who says books are space-hogging, clumsy and a pain to search through, and asks will there be a place for books in our fast, efficient society?

newspapers and magazines overtake books as UK\'s favourite read

Charles Davis sent over
This One that says research reveals that in only
23% do both partners read fiction, making the \'two novel household\'
rarer than the \'two car household\'. Fiction reading among those who read for pleasure is now
just 11 minutes a day, according to research released today by the
Orange Prize for Fiction. The research revealed that on average,
people spend 6 hours a week reading for pleasure which breaks down
to 11 minutes on fiction, 6 minutes a day on non-fiction, 2 minutes on
reference books, 17 minutes a day on newspapers, 5 minutes on
magazines and 7 minutes on online press and the internet. This
contrasts with time spent watching television (3.5 hours a day) and
spent listening to the radio (3 hours a day)

*. This means that nearly
half of the nation (40%)
read no books.

The value of reading

frank r. hewitt writes \"A contrarian take on \"One City, One Book\"
and similar programs to encourage reading, from
The New York Times \"

The Talk of the Book World Still Can\'t Sell

This One from The NYTimes says Sylvia Ann Hewlett\'s book \"Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children\" has generated the kind of publicity authors and publishers usually only dream of, but it\'s hardly selling at all.

Data from the research marketing firm Bookscan suggest \"Creating a Life\" has sold fewer than 8,000 copies. The book\'s publisher, Talk Miramax Books, puts the number closer to 10,000 but acknowledges that the book has sold far short of expectations.

How Revolutionary Was the Print Revolution?

The American Historical Association has an intersting story, How Revolutionary Was the Print Revolution? that looks at the the impact of print.

They say most professional historians have devoted relatively little attention to printing and the social and cultural changes it wrought.

You need to buy access to the entire article, but everyone can read a nice intro.

Free Books released in the wild!

Bill Drew writes \"I found this cool site for book lovers...
BookCrossing.com

...and thought you would appreciate it. The website encourages people to Read, Register, and then Release their books \"into the wild\" and then track where they go and the lives they touch. Great concept... share your books and follow their progress forever. Best of all, it\'s FREE.

Personal message from Bill Drew: I heard about this underground book movement on NPR Saturday moring, May 18, 2002. I released my first book the same day.

I signed up for this on Saturday. It is legitimate and very pro reading.\"

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