If you buy books on Amazon.com you\'ve surely noticed the opportunity to purchase used books. Well, the Authors\' Guild does not like this, claiming it harms authors. It recently encouraged its memebers to delink Amazon on their websites.
The used book industry... is a different beast on the internet - this has the potential to undermine publishing economics,\" said Paul Aiken, executive director of the guild.
With all the discussion about people reading or not reading, I thought this one, by Bill Eichenberger would be an appropriate addition to the mix...
\"I entered the house of strangers last week and immediately felt uneasy. It took me a few minutes to identify the source of my anxiety: There wasn\'t a book in sight, upstairs or down, not even in the bathroom on a stand next to the commode. Not one volume, not even the Bible, was anywhere in sight. \"Who are these people?\'\' I wondered. I had no way of knowing. Their books, which would have given them away, couldn\'t tell me anything.\" More
\"People who have always been readers don\'t understand how it feels not to have words,\" says author and literacy advocate Jodi Jill. \"People have to know that words are power.\"
Troy Johnson writes \"The Librarian\'s Book Club has made their book slections for May - June.
The books are \"The Myth of the Paperless Office\" and \"Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age\".
The Librarian\'s Book Club welcomes anyone to join that is interested in reading books that relate to libraries and the library profession. Information on how to join the book club and more info on the current selections can be found at bibliofuture or Creighton Library \"
Closing the book on Oprah’s club asks Did Jonathan Franzen kill Oprah’s Book Club? and answers, well, maybe.
Why did Oprah end her book club? asks, Why did Oprah end her book club? and answers Winfrey\'s clout may have been diminishing.
Good Riddance to Oprah\'s Book Club, and Her Literary Amateurism says \"I wouldn\'t want her sticker on my book either.\" because \"Winfrey presumed where she should not have\" and some other bizarre reasons.
SearchEngineWatch has a nice feature that compares AllReaders, , Book Forager, Book Lists and Bibliographies, Book Finder, and isbn.nu, book search engines they say offer really good suggestions based on personal, quirky factors.
Lee Hadden writes: \" The Atlanta Constitution-Journal has an editorial about the reading
habits of Americans, and how they are reading light fiction.
\"Lit lite: More than half of the adults in this country read no more than
10 books a year, reports Philadelphia columnist Karen Heller - and pap
seems to be the most popular prose.\" By KAREN HELLER
According to virtually every survey available, the numbers are dismal.
Americans borrow, though don\'t necessarily read, seven library books
annually, the American Library Association reports.
Adults spend 91 hours a year reading books, according to the U.S. Census
Bureau, down 10 percent from 1995. They devote more than 17 times as many
hours to watching TV. Yes, 17 times.
Almost 60 percent of all Americans read 10 or fewer books a year,
according to a 1999 Gallup poll.
There is also the problem with what many Americans are reading: self-help
mumbo jumbo written by P.T. Barnums in Teva sandals.\"
Read more about it and take the online poll \"What type of book do you relax with?\".
The Orlando Sentinel is one place running this Nice AP Story on Glenna Nowell, a retired small-town librarian who started polling politicians, athletes, authors and actors in 1988 for an annual list of celebrities\' favorite reading materials. The list was released in advance of National Library Week, April 14-20.
Lee Hadden writes: \"Today\'s Wall Street Journal (April 10, 2002), has a front page article
about selling books to wholesalers such as Costco and Sam\'s Club. The
article, \"Selling Literature Like Dog Food Gives Club Buyer Real Bite:
Pennie Ianniciello Picks Books for Costco Wholesale, Where Stacks Go Fast\"
by Matthew Rose. For some runs of popular books, the wholesale chains are
an important sources of sales, not quite rivaling Barnes and Noble or
Amazon, but getting up there in sales volume.
Read more about it in today\'s paper, or if you have a subscription,online.\"
A somewhat related Story on the Authors Guild, who is urging members to remove links on their Web sites to Amazon because they offer used editions of current books.
\"Amazon\'s practice does damage to the publishing industry, decreasing royalty payments to authors and profits to publishers,\" the Guild said in a statement Tuesday.
A flurry of stories on O\'s decision to cut back on her book picks, The Lesson of Oprah\'s Book Club, Chat queen Oprah shelves her TV book club, NBC\'s \'Today\' show to host new book club, Oprah Will Curtail \'Book Club\' Picks, and Authors Weep and lastly, O, No Oprah Ditches Book Club. Plus one more on Author Chris Bohjalian getting picked, and one on her Being Used.
Read\'m and Weep.