UNC lawyers appeal Quran book order

Lawyers for the University of North Carolina told an
appeals court Saturday that students wouId be deprived
of free-speech rights if the court banned discussions of
a book on the Muslim holy text, the Quran. The Family Policy
appealed and asked the 4th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals in Richmond to stop the book
discussions. The court was expected to rule before the
discussions begin Monday.

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While, Elizabeth Dole said the state
legislature should stay out of the debate over
UNC-Chapel Hill\'s summer reading assignment
involving the Quran. She doen\'t agree with the
university\'s decision to ask incoming freshmen to read
\"Approaching the Qur\'an: The Early Revelations.\" But
she also said she disagreed with the House budget
provision that blocks money to the reading program
unless it gives equal time to all known religions.


The Problem in Aisle One

Lee Hadden writes: \"Yesterday\'s Wall Street Journal (August 18, 2002) has an interesting
article on the book trade. Borders is now dividing books up into 1,000
subject divisions.
Hmmm. The same number of broad and fine divisions as the Dewey
Decimal System...
I wonder where they will place a book on vampires from flying saucers
in the Old West that is also a mystery novel and a bodice ripper?\"

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These readers are eager to pass the book

Here\'s Another Story on a virtual book club aimed at turning the whole world into a lending library.

Here\'s the idea: Take a book you\'ve read, register it at the BookCrossing site, slap a special identifying label inside the cover, and leave the book in a public place.

When someone finds it and logs on to the Web site using the book\'s BookCrossing ID number, you get notified by e-mail.


CNIB plans books overhaul Conversion

Gary D. Price, MLIS sent along Word From Canada on a $33-million program to digitize the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) library, book production and distribution processes likely will be copied by other libraries for the blind around the world.
Blind or visually impaired people can access books and other textual material in four ways: through Braille, recorded \"talking books,\" computer-generated synthetic voice and (for those with low vision) enlarged text.

By creating a database of electronic texts, the CNIB is now able to use the same digital file to create material in various formats.


Adult Snow White books displayed in children\'s section

Here\'s One that says Bookstore shoppers in Taipei who picked up newly released versions of Snow White and other children\'s classics hoping to read wholesome tales might have been a bit shocked.

The books were a Japanese author\'s kinky take on the stories, and in the X-rated version, Snow White does more than clean and cook for the seven dwarfs.


£15m medieval book goes online

Charles Davis writes \"Internet users can examine one of the UK\'s
most valuable medieval books by virtually
turning the pages and zooming in on details
after it was put online.
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Jailed Author Signs $$ Million Book Deal with MacMillan

Commit perjury. Obstruct justice. Go to jail. Write something. And a publisher will give you millions. Sounds like a fair punishment. Read More.


Making the pages speak

The Toronto Star is running A Story on Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
The entire full-time staff of the library consists of only 14 individuals. The rest of the duties are performed by more than 530 volunteers working in four shifts a day.
Thanks to Gary Price for this one.


The book marketeers

Here\'s A Story that asks, How do you sell books to people who never read? Someone found the answer, and They sell to people working at 30,000 offices, factories and schools, and 2 million more by mail order and the internet. They sell 14 million books a year, and each year they throw extraordinary parties with fairground rides and marching bands to celebrate their success.


Book makes Bible folksy

Here\'s An AP Story on a nifty new book that puts folksy touches on Biblical stories. \"The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language,\" by the Rev. Eugene H. Peterson that some see as useful for evangelism among people who know nothing about the Bible.
In his retelling of the Bible, when Jesus raises a young girl from the dead, he first has to work his way through neighbors bringing casseroles to the grieving family\'s home.



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