Books

Merriam-Webster defines paid site

CNET Says Merriam-Webster has launched a subscription service that provides online access to the unabridged version of Webster\'s Third New International Dictionary.

The unabridged version offers more than 470,000 word entries compared with the Collegiate version, which has less than half that number of definitions.

The paid version also provides specialized searches of definitions, etymologies, rhymes, authors and quotations, word games, a monthly newsletter, as well as access to The Merriam-Webster Atlas. The company, which is offering a 14-day free trial, will charge $29.95 annually or $4.95 monthly.

CBC Radio Announces Canada Reads

Laura writes \"
CANADA READS is a new project of CBC Radio that will choose one book for the
nation to read together.

During the week of April 15th on CBC Radio, host Mary Walsh will lead five
panelists on a competitive quest. They are former prime minister Kim Campbell,
actor Megan Follows, musician Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies and writers
Leon Rooke and Nalo Hopkinson. Each will defend their choice of one work of
Canadian fiction as the title all Canadians should read. Day by day they will
vote a book off the list until only one remains. The winning title will be
unveiled on April 23rd, Canada Book Day. That will be the book CANADA READS. -- Read More

The art of the book

Bob Cox sent along This Neat Story on Marianne Haycook and Andrew Binder who just won the fifth annual $2,000 Florida Artists\' Book Prize, awarded by Broward Public Library\'s Bienes Center for the Literary Arts and the Florida Center for the Book.

\"Anything you can flip from one page to next page, fascinates me,\" he says. \"Once you start putting something together in a collection or a series, people start thinking about the images differently. I call it gentle manipulation because they get to choose not to look at it if they don\'t want to.\"

Best characters in fiction

Book magazine\'s March-April issue features one of those lists we all love to hate: The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900. Only the Top 10 are listed on the mag\'s website. Three of the top ten are from Joyce. The Cat in the Hat comes in at number 39. The panelists don\'t appear to read sci-fi much.

Other than that, I\'m liking Book the more I read it, especially the light-n-short, People-esque pieces, like a profile of The Book Thing in Baltimore, a look at architect and designer Michael Graves\' personal library, and a fluff interview with Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler. There\'s also a longer article (greatly truncated on the Web) about the small-press, underground hit Evasion, which only 2 libraries are listed in WorldCat as holding.

Oh, yeah, you got your reviews, too.

Captain Underpants given a literary wedgie in Page, N.D.

“Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants,” was yanked from a School library after a parent complained “They did not believe it reflected the moral values of the district\" and took her case to the school boards of the Hope-Page Cooperative School District.

“I didn’t care for the language. I didn’t care for the innuendos. … I didn’t care for the way it went against the school administration and the teachers. I didn’t care for the destructiveness in the teachers’ workroom,”

Full Story, you have to register to read it.

More on Nuremberg Chronicle Find

This Beeb Story gives some more details on the 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle found in a farmhouse in Maine.
Barrie Pribyl, a rare book dealer based in Camden, Maine, uncovered the book after a client settling his parents\' estate put some of their book collection up for sale.

500-year-old Nuremburg Chronicles Found in Maine Farmhouse

From CNN News...

\"Barrie Pribyl knew she had something special when she took the old book out of the farmhouse and loaded it into her car with the hundreds of others. What the book dealer didn\'t know right away was that she had the \"Nuremberg Chronicle,\" a 500-year-old history of the world considered a milestone in the history of printing. More

Horror fans set to stake £1 million on Dracula man

Charles Davis writes \"Story from
Ananova.

The original manuscript of classic horror novel Dracula is
expected to fetch up to £1.1 million when it goes up for sale
in New York.

The typewritten original version of Irish novelist Bram
Stoker\'s work is to be sold at Christie\'s in New York next
month.

The manuscript of the definitive vampire novel was only
discovered in 1984 and has never been sold before.
\"

Napster-like service for books

jen writes \"CNN Storyon Bookshare, based in Palo Alto, California, is building an online library of books scanned into audio and Braille formats for the exclusive use of the blind and people with reading problems such as dyslexia.

The target audience, about 5 million people nationwide, qualifies Bookshare for a copyright exemption created in 1996 to encourage greater distribution of literature to the blind and reading-impaired. \"

We ran a story on them before, but this story gives some more info.

To boldly read as no-one has read before

A couple of great links found thanks to a little blog called The Future of the Book [with help from Marylaine Block\'s Neat New Stuff].
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant to develop a 3-D digital library of rare books and manuscripts, in this story.
Meanwhile, scientists at Leeds University in the UK are working on a device which will be enable you to read a book without opening it, using the Star-Trek-esque \"terahertz waves\" which produce a readable image when passed through a book. More on this from Ananova.

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