Books

Standing up for sofas

Cabot writes \"Demonstrators occupied their favourite chairs at the Indigo bookstore in downtown Montreal to protest against the decision to replace soft sofas with hard chairs.

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With signs like \"Save Our Sofas! Stand up for sitting down! Care about chairs!\", it\'s quite an interesting protest.

\"I don\'t know why they\'re doing this,\" a puzzled employee said. \"We have tons of chairs. We\'re not getting rid of our chairs.\"

Pages for Peace

Some teens in an affluent Chicago suburb are working to get "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and other books translated into Farsi and delivered to kids in Afghanistan. Dr. Seuss apparently doesn\'t translate very well. Read the story, which includes contact information for the program.

Authors, publishers say book \'em — online

USAToday has An Interesting Story on the rather new practice of posting excerpts of new books online to help stoke sales. They say it\'s become normal practice to put a sample online, and it helps sell more books.

\"I would say both publishers and authors feel that putting a percentage of the book online for people to read and get a taste of it is a great promotion for the book and really helps sales,\" said Jessica Carter, an executive in charge of online promotions at the publisher Alfred A. Knopf in New York.\"

Apocalyptic Science Fiction Series Becomes Smash Hit

ABCNews has A Story, pointed out by Bob Cox, on series of suspense books where everybody already knows the outcome, Christian potboiler novels about the Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming , they\'ve sold more than 50 million copies.

\"The race is going to be between Desecration and Grisham for the top fiction hardcover [title] of 2001,\" says Daisy Maryles, executive editor of Publishers Weekly, which publishes its annual best seller list in March.\"

Best American non-required reading series

jen writes \"But will they have Cliff Notes?

Dave Eggers to edit \'\'Best Non-Required Reading\'\' -- Houghton Mifflin hired the \'\'Staggering Genius\'\' to oversee the teen-focused anthology,
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Young people who buy books -- a demographic bright spot for publishers -- are about to get their very own best-of series: \'\'The Best American Non-Required Reading,\'\' featuring literary bad boy/po-mo geek Dave Eggers as the first guest editor. \'\'We were looking for somebody who could speak directly to that readership,\'\' says Janet Silver, editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin. Due in October, the new series, aimed at 15- to 20-year-olds, will carry fiction, reviews, humor, comics, and pop-culture profiles.\"

Bibliotherapy

jen writes \"
\"For 50 years, books have been my steadiest companions. I have little doubt why God\'s
keeping me on this green Earth. It\'s to read. I have often thought, when I finish a particularly satisfying book, \"Thank God I lived long enough to read this.\" Thus, last fall, when President George W. Bush exhorted Americans to get on with their normal lives, I picked up a book.\"

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Celebrating Audiobook Narrators

The New York Times is carrying an article on audiobook narrators. \"A spoken book. There can be tremendous pleasure in hearing a book, if the voice of the narrator is right. Those authors who don\'t narrate their own books have in a sense ceded to an actor the direct connection to the listener-reader that is part of the power of authorship, in much the same way a playwright does. But if the whisper or the rumble resonating from an audiobook has the right complexity of tones, it can be as satisfying as theater.\" More

Reviews that reveal the appeal

The Reader\'s Robot, is a nifty site run by Kevin Kierans, Manager of Library and Support Services, over in B.C.

They say there is nothing magical about these databases. They are like friends talking about things they enjoyed (and why and when), and you deciding whether you would enjoy them too.

You can find a new book, and recommend one you like.

Spotted at The Stuff.

Marketing Electronic and POD Books

WritersWeekly.com has This Story by Cathi Stevenson, on how to promote ebooks and print-on-demand books.

One of the biggest problems facing self-publishers and small publishers of ebooks and print-on-demand books is the perceived lack of quality control. Editors are expensive, but necessary.

Powells Bookstore

Lee Hadden writes: \" Yesterday\'s Wall Street Journal had an article by Susan Hauser, \"Out
of Print? Not Walter Powell: Some Say the Bookseller\'s Ghost Still
Circulates in the Stacks of the Store He Founded\" January 24, 2002, page
A16, that discusses the haunting of the Portland, Oregon, bookstore. This
is the world\'s largest independent new and used bookstore, and the founder,
Walter Powell, died in 1985.
\"A few marriages have been celebrated in the stacks, and at least one
loyal customer lies dead there, though well out of reach. His ashes are
interred, at his request, in the stylized pillar that graces the northwest
entrance to the store... On the four sides of the base of the pillar is
written in Latin the philosophy that drives Powell\'s: coeme librum, lege
librum, carpe librum, vende librum (Buy the book, read the book, enjoy the
book, sell the book).\"
Ghosts in the library or bookstore are a frequent topic of discussion
in hotel bars late at night at library conventions. I also tell my
non-library friends that we pre-dated the \"slasher\" movies. We have
\"Cutter\" stories. What\'s your Cutter number? Boo.

See: powells.com or WSJ.\"

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