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Someone passed along Adrian Johns\' Ten Things You Didn\'t Know about Your Books.
Like, Who invented printing? Typography wanted to be a science as well as an art. In the eighteenth century, \"lascivious\" or \"obscene\" books were among the most profitable of all.
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Cathi Stevenson is going to be offering nonprofit, or \"good cause,\" Canadian organizations such as schools, churches and sports teams a viable way to raise money through print-on-demand books. Once the concept catches on she will offer her services to organizations in the United States.
The story is a little light on the deails, but it seems like something with applications in the library world.
This may or may not be the company, I\'m not sure.
\"Whatever the factors—rent spikes, chain domination, reading-allergic citizenry, publishers\' high price tags—it was hard for a bookstore lover not to notice all the closings in 2001. \"
They say Snicket\'s \"Series of Unfortunate Events\" and Rowling\'s \"Harry Potter\" are becoming a tag-team of sorts as children go back and forth, reading and rereading the series. Both are accomplishing what few others could since Dr. Seuss - they\'re making reading cool.
The Library of Congress has recently signed a five-year,
multi-million dollar contract, with a Pittsburgh, PA preservation company, to remove the acid from one million books. The project is focusing on books dealing with the United States. More
They say there\'s only so much time. And there are so many great books. And every year more books are published, some of which will be great. Reluctantly, the reader begins to acknowledge the appalling necessity of choosing to read certain good things and not other good things.
jen writes \"My favorite quote: Joining this pantheon is the likes of Nancy Luce, the \'Chicken Poet\' of Martha\'s Vineyard, who devoted herself to her hens and free range verse. She sold fowl
poetry at her front gate, where Victorian tourists could also purchase eggs, each inscribed with the particular mother-hen\'s name and date the egg had been laid.
In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers by Nick Page
Nick Page has done signal service by reading through mounds of undeserving crap deserving memorialization for their awfulness. The book is an amusing read and Page maintains a good sense of humor in his dog-work. He chooses to describe and cite selectively, rather than undertake the unappealing job of straight anthologizing. This is a humorous guide through the sewers of English and American literature, with the odd non-anglophone tossed in for multiculturalism. \"
\"In less than two months, 12-year-old Christopher Williams plans to read 30 books. By September, he\'s expected to read 120 books. What\'s he trying to prove? Is he looking to set a record? Does he want to become a scholastic jock?
Actually, Christopher loves to read. And that passion has led him to become one of the first two youths in the state of Connecticut to serve on the Nutmeg Children\'s Book Award selection committee. The selection committee\'s job is to narrow the initial list of 120 books to 10. The committee chair said she feels that \'it\'s a great thing to include kids\' opinions, rather than having a bunch of adults sitting around deciding what kids should read.\'\" More
For The Guardian, Donald MacLeod writes...
\"An acclaimed biography of Hitler and an account of the medieval English \"empire\" shared the first British Academy book prize, announced yesterday.
The judges said both Ian Kershaw\'s second volume on the Nazi leader, Hitler: 1936-1945, Nemesis, and The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343, by Rees Davies, fully deserved the prize as works of impeccable scholarship which were accessible to the general public.\" More