Book Buyers are Buying but not at Bookstores

Steve Fesenmaier points us to The NYTimes and an article on the book business, "the spinster aunt of the entertainment industry."
They say it's enjoying a rare star turn this summer, thanks to three record-setting blockbusters: a new Harry Potter novel; the memoir of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Oprah Winfrey's new Book Club choice, "East of Eden," by John Steinbeck.


New words find place in updated Webster's

CNN Is One Place To Read An AP Article on The 11th edition of The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, available in bookstores Tuesday, includes 10,000 new words and more than 100,000 new meanings and revisions among its 225,000 definitions.
Some of the new words have been a longtime getting the widespread assimilation that merits a move from the unabridged dictionary to the Collegiate. The citation file on the Yiddish exclamation "oy," for example, dates back to the immigrant waves of the 1890s. Others have zoomed into the language with the speed of the Internet.
Pop culture still remains a vibrant source of new words, with such additions as "headbanger" (defined as both a hard rock musician and a fan), "dead presidents" (paper currency), "McJob" (low paying and deadend work), and "Frankenfood" (genetically engineered food).


What I read over summer vacation

Buffalo Bill writes "Holly Auer, reporter for the Buffalo News says sell your jet ski, leave your tangled-up badminton net in the garage and toss the filthy old Slip 'n Slide in the trash. There's a much better hot-weather sport out there for athletes and loungers alike - summer reading.
But it's so much more than a sport - it's a movement, and perhaps for some, a seasonal addiction. While smutty Jackie Collins paperbacks remain fabulous seasonal diversions, true summer reading far transcends the stereotypically mind-numbing beach read genre.


Leon Uris, 78, Dies; Wrote Sweeping Novels Like `Exodus'

"Leon Uris, the high school dropout who became a brand-name novelist with his best-selling "Exodus," the 1958 historical pageant about the founding of modern Israel, died on Saturday at his home on Shelter Island, N.Y. He was 78."

"The cause was renal failure, his former wife, the photographer Jill Uris, said yesterday."

"Mr. Uris's fiction, about a dozen novels, was painstakingly researched and compulsively readable, and it mattered little to millions of fans that some critics found it wanting in characterization or literary grace. Preparing to write "Exodus," for example, he read nearly 300 books, underwent a physical-training program in preparation for about 12,000 miles of travel within Israel and interviewed more than 1,200 people." (from The New York Times)


Harry Potter and The Meaning of Life

Gary Deane spotted Harry Potter and The Meaning of Life that examines what's behind this Potter-mania.
The author says since it began, Potter-mania has represented a cultural infantilism, that only grows as the years go by. It is about what we expect from our kids, our books, our value system and ourselves. Whatever happens in The Order of the Phoenix, the story of our obsession with Harry Potter is unlikely to have a happy ending.


Book publishers ride wave of conservative readersh

John Grubb writes "From the Washington Times:

"The publishing world has gotten the message: Conservatives are a large and powerful audience with enough muscle to send an author to the top of the best-seller lists."

"In voting and book-buying, almost half the adult American public has a point of view considered conservative on some or most issues," said publisher Steve Ross, who calls conservatives "an underserved readership."

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Hitler\'s second book finally coming out in English

Steve Fesenmaier writes "I hope this book will not be read by all the neo-fascists in the world, but it may. Hitler's most famous film, TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, is an icon for many racists in this country and abroad.

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Illinois bishops condemn Left Behind books

This story from a couple weeks ago seems to have fallen through the LISNews cracks: Bishops warn Catholics about "Left Behind" books.

"The books are actually anti-Catholic," says an associate director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois.

"Instead of being critical of what we\'re doing, [the bishops] should face the fact that, for once, there\'s a best-selling series of books that doesn\'t shock their sense of moral values, doesn\'t use profanity and doesn\'t denigrate Jesus Christ," says Left Behind co-author Tim LaHaye.

"Don\'t make me come down there!" says God. (Okay, that one\'s not in the article. A little Day-After-Father\'s-Day humor.)


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.



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