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Kinsey\'s revolution

IndyStar.com has A Story on Alfred Kinsey, and his \"Sexual Behavior in the Human Female,\" on the 50th anniversary of the book.
The Indiana University and others in Bloomington are throwing a yearlong party, which includes a keynote address by feminist publisher and author Gloria Steinem.
The real impact of Dr. Kinsey, a professor of zoology, not a physician, was that he was part of a movement to bring women\'s sexuality out in the open, and on par with men\'s, experts say, though they also say that his methodology was flawed.

\"He (Kinsey) wanted acceptance of the variability of human sexuality, rather than the imposition of strict and rigid limits on what was morally or legally acceptable,\" said Bancroft. \"He was, however, never in favor of any sexual behavior which could be harmful to others.\"

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U.S. publisher slams Oxford bookshop\'s Israel boycott

Charles Davis sent in This One on an Oxford bookshop which is boycotting Israeli publishers.
The Crossing Press in Berkley, California, describes this as behaving in a
\"totalitarian\" way equivalent to burning books.
Jo-Ann Deck, publisher for describes
the ban on Israeli publishers recently issued by the Inner Bookshop in Oxford as
a \"terrible tragedy\" that damages the notion of free speech.
But Anthony Cheke, co-owner of the Inner Bookshop, says that despite the
barrage of criticism and \"spate of hate-mail\" he has received since the boycott
began, he and his staff have no plans to back down.

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Plot Twist for a Gay Bookstore: The Last Chapter Actually Isn\'t

\"The Oscar Wilde Bookshop in Greenwich Village, the oldest gay and lesbian bookstore in the country and one of two left in the city, has been sold and will not have to close, the new owner said yesterday.\"

\"The bookstore had been scheduled to close last month after its owner, Larry Lingle, said that it was losing money and that he could no longer afford to keep it open.\"

\"But news of the closing brought an outpouring of support from local and out-of-town gays and lesbians, store employees said. About two weeks ago, Deacon Maccubbin, the owner of Lambda Rising Bookstores in Washington, reached an agreement to buy the store and keep it open.\" (from The New York Times)

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Altered Books

\"While growing up we learned that writing in or damaging a book was a no-no. But now, crafters are embracing the current trend of \"altered books,\" which transforms unwanted books into artists\' canvases.\"

\"Existing books are being altered through use of glue, decorative materials and rubber stamps or being cut, torn or inserted with new pages. The book\'s title, chapter headings, words or sentences can help inspire the art. A sentence or even a few words on a page can be isolated on a page, and the rest can be covered with a collage and paint. Sometimes whole chunks of pages are removed to make room for the stuff added to the altered pages.\"

\"The Rubber Stamp Plantation hosts an altered-book workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday. Attendees pay $20 for the use of books and materials. Attendees consider the books they create a means of self-expression, a piece of art or a conversation piece.\"

\"Pat Banning, of Bookends in Kailua, feels quite differently. \"I\'m horrified and appalled. ... As far as I\'m concerned, I just couldn\'t do it,\" she said. \"People who do this type of art have no sense of a book being an important property. Books are cultural icons.\" (from The Star Bulletin)

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Issue 10 of Bookslut is out

Issue 10 of Bookslut is out filled with feature articles, book reviews, and columns about the written word. If you haven\'t had the opportunity to read this online publication, you are in for a treat. Enjoy!!

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Books that aren\'t for burning

The Age Takes A Peek Into the life and times of John Baxter.
Baxter says, yes, he really does hate them - \"they\'re like mausoleums\".

Baxter is at his most scathing when talking about libraries and librarians and the things they do to books. \"Collectors abominate lending libraries,\" he writes. \"They are graveyards of good books. Everything a librarian does to prepare a book for lending disqualifies it as collectable. Stamps are slammed on the title page, label pockets gummed to the rear pastedown, dust wrappers discarded, covers vulcanised in plastic - or, in those days, a toffee-brown buckram tough enough to withstand acid. Restoring a library book to collectable condition is like trying to return a Kentucky Fried Chicken to the state of health where it can lay an egg.\"

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Who\'s Minding the Store?

Business 2.0 has A Story on the world of \"category management,\" a bizarre and controversial place in which the nation\'s biggest boook retailers ask one supplier in a category to figure out how best to stock their shelves.
They say category management is now standard practice at nearly every U.S. supermarket, convenience store, mass merchant, and drug chain. And its use is growing because it works -- at least from a dollars-and-cents standpoint. According to a recent survey by retail consultancy Cannondale Associates, retailers attribute 14 percent sales growth to category management; manufacturers report an 8 percent jump. Both say such collaboration is the key to maximum efficiency.

Thoughts on applying this to libraries?

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\'Book Stumpers\' and the Search for Lost Memories

Bob Cox sent over This One from NPR\'s Weekend Edition on Book Stumpers from Loganberry Books, a small store in Cleveland.
Book Stumpers acts as a sort of clearinghouse for shreds of information about old books. Participants pay a $2 fee to have their information posted. Logan also tries to find new or used copies of the books if the customers want to buy a piece of their childhoods. And if things work out, she deducts the fee from the sales price.

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Turning Old Books into Gold

Gary Deane submitted This Macleans.ca Story on Abebooks of Victoria which bills itself as \"the world\'s largest marketplace for second-hand, rare and out-of-print books.\"
They say Abebooks has built itself into a world power by turning the Internet into a global book bazaar. Some one million customers have used Abebooks, annually spending $75 million to $100 million. Computers have yet to kill the printed word, but they\'ve profoundly changed how those words are sold.

There are things computers can\'t replicate: the purr of a bookstore cat, the heft of a volume, the thrill of an unexpected find, the whiff of mildew and age, as though the books themselves are breathing. John West isn\'t one to blame Abebooks for the disappearance of such shops. \"They\'re not a cause,\" he says, \"they\'re a symptom, I suppose, of the way people like to shop these days.\" The method of sale may change, he says, \"but books are here forever.\"

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MO Teacher Draws Fire for Racial Lesson

Here\'s A Findlaw Story James Nimmo sent over on a seventh-grade teacher who used \"Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word\" by Randall Kennedy in class.
Jennings School District Superintendent Terry Stewart said Schumacher had good intentions but bad judgment when she used the book.
On Feb. 25, the book was featured in a similar classroom situation in an episode \"Boston Public.\" Following that, it was the subject of a senior English class at a high school in Silver Spring, Md., in which both the book and the TV show occasioned a lively discussion that was covered by The Washington Post.

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