Books could help Welsh town to turn over a new leaf

Charles Davis points to This Guardian Story that
says In a bold experiment, to see if tourists can be
lured into an obscure south Wales town to buy books,
at least eight bookshops will open simultaneously in
Blaenavon in June.

"It'll work!" insisted butcher Wayne Lewis,
waving his cleaver. "I'm already wondering what we can
do to get them in here. Buy one book, get one sausage


Why are English books made so badly?

Metafilter pointed the way to This Slate
on the troubles with British books.

It\'s because American publishers sew their
bindings, and the cheapskate British publishers don\'t,\"
he says. \"They glue them. All glue dries, eventually.
When it dries, the book falls apart. That\'s why you sew
books.\" The tea-colored pages, meanwhile, are
explained by British publishers\' unwillingness to use
slightly more expensive acid-free paper.


Teachers Pore Through Stacks of Possibilities

"There were classics like "Goodnight Moon" and "The Berenstain Bears," trendy series like "Goosebumps" and "The X-Files," and lesser-known gems, including "Mia Alone" and "Adventure on Thunder Island." But the New York City public school teachers who attended the Project Cicero book drive over the weekend at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan were grateful for whatever they could get."

"Like most other teachers, Ms. Cowan had no classroom library to speak of when she began teaching fifth grade last year. "You need the books that will grab them, the ones that will get them to read," she said."

"Hundreds of teachers browsed the piles of books stacked high in boxes and on tables, eager to find anything to add to their classrooms. Project Cicero collects books from students at about 50 schools, most of them private, to donate to the city's poorest schools." (from The New York Times)


Unseen Picasso prints found in book

Bob Cox sent over This BBC Story on
an art book bought for $80 (£52) that has been found to
contain four original Picasso works.
The new owner intends to take the volume to
Christie's in Beverly Hills for auction, where he thinks
they can make £25,000 (£16,000).
Mr Floyd hopes to make $25,000 at auction, and he
plans to donate 10% of the cash to the Friends of the
Tustin Library.


Men are from Mars, women are reading?

"According to a British poll conducted for World Book Day, teenaged girls spend more than twice as much of their time reading for pleasure as boys do—4.5 hours a week compared with 2.3 hours for boys. Instead of reading, boys spend an average of 11 hours a week watching television and nine hours playing video games. The discrepancy in reading habits can be seen academically, with girls scoring higher in both primary and secondary schools." (from Book Magazine)


IMDB for Books?

"The Internet Book List (IBList) is a hobby project started by Patrik Roos in early 2003. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible database of books, since Patrik considers the Book to be humanity's greatest creation."

Not that impressive...yet


Books2Eat - The International Edible Book Festival

Charles Davis writes "The latest Library Juice has a link to Books2Eat 2003 This year's festival is on Tuesday April 1st.
Assume this is not an April Fool !

Books and Juice, 2 great tastes that taste great together.


Guidebook author hits oddity bonanza in Minnesota

Just in case you're on the desk, and someone asks, "where can I find a sandpaper museum?" or "Where's the world's largest otter?"Here's One on "Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places," the latest in a series of offbeat travel books by Chicagoan Jerry Pohlen.
Who buys these books?

"Weirdos," Pohlen said. "People looking for something a little different. There are so many guidebooks for hiking, biking and bed-and-breakfast places. But these are the places I enjoy visiting when I travel."


Where the textbook dollar goes.

Troy Johnson writes "There was a story previously about students passing up textbooks because of cost. At the website of the National Association of College Stores there is an interesting graphic that depicts where each dollar spent on a textbook is going. The addres for the PDF graphic is HERE."


Canada's regional reading gap

News From Canada where a new poll on the country's reading habits shows that 15 per cent of Canadians aged 18 or older haven't read a book in the last six months, including one in four Atlantic Canadians and one in five Quebecers.
Most Canadians (56 per cent) have read between one and 10 books in the last six months, and nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) have read between 11 and 50 books.

The most avid readers hail from British Columbia, where the percentage of people who have read 11 books or more in the last six months (40 per cent) far outnumber those who haven't touched a book (seven per cent).



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