Rub a Dub Dub, Books for the Tub

Here\'s A Neat Wired Story on how Waterproof books, used mainly by skin divers and foul-weather hikers, are finding a new audience among people who simply enjoy a nice warm bath.

\"I think it contributes, but without the context of other books in his life, it would be an empty gesture,\" Johnson said. \"With kids, I think this is something that is only for the good. It won\'t make readers out of nonreaders, but it\'s one piece of the puzzle.\"


When the Going Gets Tough, Learn From a Book

Here's A Net One from over at The NYTimes.
They take a look at how several people have found recipes for success and wellsprings of life-altering change in unlikely literary sources.They cover several titles that helped people get through tough times.


Three new magazines enter the literary arena is running This Story on a batch of new magazines, three started in the past few months, one or two more within the past year, that are trying to guide readers through the barrage of titles, help them learn more about favorite authors and, along with some Web sites devoted to books, engage discussion.

"The prevailing opinion is that Americans are reading less and less, yet there are more and more publications about books out there," Hogan says. "It's a positive thing. I think readers are out there."


The Book Jacket That Has Caused a Furor in Switzerland

The Washington Post has This Story on a book blasted by Swiss officials, not for the content of the book but rather the jacket design, which has a swastika made of gold ingots spread over the red Swiss national flag.
The book is \"about insurance,\" said Eizenstat, speaking yesterday from his office at the Washington law firm Covington & Burling, where he is a partner. \"It\'s about looted art. It\'s about my efforts to get all communal religious property returned.\"


A Look At The Book Awards

Interested in Book Awards? The BBC Covers Them All.
They have a short description and a link to the awards site.


"Billy" is biggest selling book of year

Ananova Says says Pamela Stephenson's award-winning biography of husband Billy Connolly is the year's biggest selling book.Figures compiled by Nielsen BookScan show the book Billy shifted 517,811 copies in paperback since it was published in July.

Its nearest rival Nick Hornby's How To Be Good sold 477,522 copies in the year up to December 14.


'Today' Book Club Decision Raises a Row

The NYTimes Says when the producers of the "Today" show on NBC decided earlier this year to start a book club and recommend fiction to be discussed on the program, they sought to sidestep the contentious business of anointing new works. But inviting well-known authors to pick their favorites has not put an end to controversy in the close-knit and backbiting literary world.


A Fight to Preserve a Literary Legacy

Jen Young saw This NYTimes Story on Unesco\'s Ocampo project to create a literary and cultural center.
The collections Rare first editions of Jorge Luis Borges\'s first two collections of short stories, \"A Universal History of Infamy\" (1935) and \"The Garden of the Forking Paths\" (1941), were found for sale on the web.


Far from the madding big-box crowd

Gary Deane let us know about This Nice Story on Nicholas Hoare booksellers, up on T.O.
Marc Glassman, 23 years after opening his Pages bookstore on Queen St. West, is breaking sales records, despite the arrival of a Chapters store down the street. After a 7 per cent revenue dip the year Chapters moved in, Pages bounced back and last year recorded its best sales year ever and this year is looking better than last.


Cheeky entry wins prize for oddest title

Bob Cox sent over This One on an Australian book of cartoons, Living with Crazy Buttocks, that has won the 2002 Diagram prize for the oddest title of the year.
The runner-up was Without Regret: A Handbook for Owners of Canine Amputees, followed by Women and Integrated Part Management.

After the Orgy: Towards a Politics of Exhaustion; Melons for the Passionate Grower; and Six-Legged Sex: The Erotic Lives of Bugs were also shortlisted.



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