Germans to create book in 12 hours

Jen Young noticed This One from over at CNN on a team of Forty German authors who are hoping to set a new world record by conceiving, writing and printing a book in 12 hours.
Stiftung Lesen, a foundation that promotes reading, will give the team of writers a topic at 7.45 a.m. on World Book Day, April 23. They aim to have the finished book on shop shelves in 10 German cities by the evening of that day.
Stiftung Lesen has a German Web site.


Brutal trade of rare books

An Interesting Article from Australia, on the rare book market, an antiquities market that, for some, has become more attractive than Wall Street.
Book brokers say they are always on guard against thieves and have to rustle through rare-book bins in competition with private buyers as some investors increasingly see rare books as a haven from sliding stock and bond markets.

"For collectors, books are nothing like paintings, Most buyers of fine art like to say how much they paid and display the painting. Reading is a private affair. Being secretive about the price and what's in your collection is part of the book game."


The Open Source Book

The Open Source Book project will be developing the book using open source tools such as LaTex and CVS. LaTex allows authors to concentrate on the content of the book, rather than the typesetting. Authors can use basic text editors for the book, rather than complex word processors. However, more complex word processors are available for LaTex.
The project aims to bring the case for open source together into a compelling and easy to read exposition. Such a book is needed to communicate with the decision makers - such as politicians, heads of departments, CIO's and CEO's. The Open Source Book Project intends to take the expertise of the open source community to write a book putting the case for open source, and explaining how to manage the migration to open source.


In a wide wired world people still want books

Here's A Neat Little Portlan Tribune Article on Phil Wikelund, owner of Great Northwest Books, a small shop with sales approaching $1 million.
For more than 25 years, he has been tracking down literary heirlooms and appraising rare book collections around the country. Before starting a Web Site seven years ago, about 80 percent of Wikelund’s sales were to walk-in customers. Now, they only account for about 20 percent of sales; the rest comes from Internet and catalog orders.
The current stressed economic climate, to some extent, is working to Wikelund’s advantage because many more cash-strapped people are unloading books to get grocery money.


Books worth millions of riyals trashed each year

Arab News takes a Look At a familiar sight at the end of every semester: Students destroying books and throwing them in the trash, including religious books containing verses from the Qur’an.
They say in addition to financial losses worth millions of riyals, the practice is a sign of the indifference with which many students view education.

“Destroying books must mean that there is a problem in the home or school,” argued a parent. “Students should feel that a book is a good friend and not their enemy.”


Valentine's Day Guide to Smutty Books

"Remember trading romance novels in middle school? If your friends were good friends, they would bookmark the good sex scenes so you could skip to them directly. Forget all of the "plot" points – pillaging pirates, unsatisfied virgins, a frigid intellectual – and get to the "throbbing member" and "heaving breasts".

"Well, we've done all of the hard work for you and bring you our Valentine's Day Romance Extravaganza. Especially on a holiday like this you want to skip through the plot and get right to the action. Jen dutifully scanned an array of romances, most available from for a penny, and bookmarks the sex scenes for you. We even outline what kind of scene it includes so you can better find the book that will suit your needs. (from Bookslut)


A splendid collection of books

A neat Article From Toledo, OH, where The Toledo Museum of Art has a new display, "Splendid Pages: the Molly and Walter Bareiss Collection of Modern Illustrated Books."
It’s a show of books - or pages from books - like you’ve never seen. Pages and prints by Picasso, Bonnard, Chagall, and Baselitz, Jasper Johns, Braque, Anselm Keifer, and Kiki Smith, hanging on the walls, open under glass, unfolded, bound, unbound, boundless.


The History of Children\'s Books

Bob Cox spotted a Great Look at The History of Children\'s Books, from over at The Atlantic Monthly, written in January, 1888.
The author, C. M. Hewins, covers childrens books from Puer ad Mensam, written in the 1400\'s on through the 1800\'s.

\"With fairy-tales and hero-legends rewritten and simplified for children, with history told in story-form, there is only one danger,—that young readers will be satisfied with abridgments, and know nothing in later years of great originals.\"


Kinsey\'s revolution has A Story on Alfred Kinsey, and his \"Sexual Behavior in the Human Female,\" on the 50th anniversary of the book.
The Indiana University and others in Bloomington are throwing a yearlong party, which includes a keynote address by feminist publisher and author Gloria Steinem.
The real impact of Dr. Kinsey, a professor of zoology, not a physician, was that he was part of a movement to bring women\'s sexuality out in the open, and on par with men\'s, experts say, though they also say that his methodology was flawed.

\"He (Kinsey) wanted acceptance of the variability of human sexuality, rather than the imposition of strict and rigid limits on what was morally or legally acceptable,\" said Bancroft. \"He was, however, never in favor of any sexual behavior which could be harmful to others.\"


U.S. publisher slams Oxford bookshop\'s Israel boycott

Charles Davis sent in This One on an Oxford bookshop which is boycotting Israeli publishers.
The Crossing Press in Berkley, California, describes this as behaving in a
\"totalitarian\" way equivalent to burning books.
Jo-Ann Deck, publisher for describes
the ban on Israeli publishers recently issued by the Inner Bookshop in Oxford as
a \"terrible tragedy\" that damages the notion of free speech.
But Anthony Cheke, co-owner of the Inner Bookshop, says that despite the
barrage of criticism and \"spate of hate-mail\" he has received since the boycott
began, he and his staff have no plans to back down.



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