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Dave Eggers to edit \'\'Best Non-Required Reading\'\' -- Houghton Mifflin hired the \'\'Staggering Genius\'\' to oversee the teen-focused anthology,
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.\"
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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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
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.
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.
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.
An Illinois school district has voted to reinstate \"Forever\" onto its library shelves. The popular novel by Judy Bloom was banned for its sexual content. The reinstatement comes at the dismay of some. One woman, who disagrees with the move, is quoted as saying, \"I think we\'ve given to our children Satan in a handbasket with a ribbon tied to it.\" No word on whether those opposed to the book intend to pursue its removal. More
A Children\'s book has made history in London, UK. The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, a children\'s fantasy book, went up against the mainstream adult market and emerged as the judges choice, winning both the \"Book of the Year Award\" and \"Children\'s Book of the Year Award\" at the same time. More from This London.
There is also another story Here.
MSNBC has a Story on two troubling aspects of modern book publishing. The first is that many contemporary writers are perpetually insecure about who is actually reading them. The second and more disturbing fact is that Oprah Winfrey can control the fate of so many copies of a book.
It\'s an interesting look at how things work in the industry.