The Curse of Pooh Has A Story that says Pooh has made everyone close to him miserable. Just ask Disney, which is locked in a billion-dollar battle over his rights.
Stephen Slesinger Inc., accuses Disney of cheating it out of royalties for nearly two decades. Her lawyers want Stephen Slesinger Inc.'s contract with Disney voided so they can shop Pooh around to competing entertainment companies.
They say success as a children's writer had made A.A. Milne bitter.


In a Digital World, Encyclopedias Strive for Relevance

Dan writes: \"Education Week has a story on encyclopedias. They say traditional encyclopedia publishers put their door-to-door sales forces out to pasture, and then struggled with a variety of challenges in creating digital products. They faced a brand-new competitor—Encarta—whose encyclopedia exists in digital form only and is produced and backed by the powerful Microsoft Corp.
But now while printed encyclopedias are rarely sold one volume a week at the supermarket anymore, they have made a bit of a comeback, especially in sales to schools and libraries.\"


Knopf ceases publishing Arming America

Fred D. writes \"Anyone who\'s planning on picking up a copy of the much-discussed \"Arming America\" might want to hurry -- Knopf announced they\'re ceasing publication of it. Story in Yahoo! News (link courtesy of WSJ Opinion Journal\'s Best of The Web). \"

Critics said Bellesiles\' failure to cite sources for crucial data \"does move into the realm of \'falsification.\'\" It also suggested he omitted other researchers\' data that contradicted his arguments.


Oldest GLBT bookstore in US closing

Rochelle Hartman writes \"Greenwich Village landmark, the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, will be closing its doors at the end of the month, citing an inability to compete with larger chains. The store opened in 1967. This article in The Advocate gives the sad scoop. \"
NYTimes Has A Story on this, and there\'s more stores closing in CA a GPO Store IN OH, Ojai, Sakatoon, And So On...


Judging Books By The Cover

Gerry noticed
This National Post Story on book covers.
They say there are two groups of people who read, The group that reads all the time wants the non-movie-tie-in cover. The other group consists of people who go to movies and then realize that the movie is based on a novel, and then they want the book.

\"When you read, you live with the characters, and their faces might not coincide with what\'s on the cover. Maybe there\'s a little bit of snobbishness in wanting the original, and most people aren\'t so picky, but our regular customers usually like to have the original covers.\"


70 percent of libraries limit access to controversial novella

Bob Cox sent over A JapanToday Story that says About 70% of major public libraries possessing award-winning writer Miri Yuu's debut novella have restricted the public's access to the work, according to a Kyodo News survey released Sunday.

In September, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court order to halt the publication of the novella "Ishi Ni Oyogu Sakana" (A Fish Swimming in Stone), which appeared in the September 1994 issue of the monthly magazine Shincho, on grounds of violating the privacy of a Korean resident in Japan on whom the novella was based.


The Year\'s Worst Publishing Ideas

Robin K. Blum, from over at In My Book sent over This Fun One on the book industry blank zone. In this blank zone, publicists and editors sit at their desks and stare off into space and gradually bestir themselves to write jacket copy or arrive at publishing or editorial decisions that make sense at the time — many things make sense in the blank zone.
They share eight moments when the bizarre and/or the depressingly inane struck the publishing world in 2002, including The Year\'s Worst Book Title, The Year\'s Least Enchanting Idea For A Cookbook, and The Absolutely Worst Publishing Decision Of The Recent Past


Nicholson Baker discusses new book

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"PBS\'s Mcneil Newshour interviewed two men obsessed with books - Nicholson Baker and Abelardo Morell.
You can listen to the interview and read it on their website,


Baker said:
\"A book from the outside is just a block of nothing. It\'s just a big heavy thing. The only reason that they have this strange power is that we know that there\'s a long linear experience in there. \"


Author\'s suit claims copyright has expired on Peter Pan

Bob Cox sent over This One from over at SFGate on Canadian author Emily Somma, who has filed suit in San Francisco claiming the characters in \"Peter Pan,\" including Tinker Bell, Wendy and Captain Hook, are now in the public domain and no longer protected by a copyright awarded in 1929.


Tolkien scholar shares thoughts on \'Two Towers\'

A funny little story from Chicago Tribune that takes a look at The Tolkien Society.They interview Mike Foster, the 55-year-old scholar and Beatles fan about Tolkien minutia, metaphor and the second film \"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.\"His wife is a librarian, and he says:

\"An English professor and a librarian is a marriage made in heaven. When I endorsed the book as fully as I did, she tried it and liked it quite a bit.\"



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