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.


Plot Twist for a Gay Bookstore: The Last Chapter Actually Isn\'t

\"The Oscar Wilde Bookshop in Greenwich Village, the oldest gay and lesbian bookstore in the country and one of two left in the city, has been sold and will not have to close, the new owner said yesterday.\"

\"The bookstore had been scheduled to close last month after its owner, Larry Lingle, said that it was losing money and that he could no longer afford to keep it open.\"

\"But news of the closing brought an outpouring of support from local and out-of-town gays and lesbians, store employees said. About two weeks ago, Deacon Maccubbin, the owner of Lambda Rising Bookstores in Washington, reached an agreement to buy the store and keep it open.\" (from The New York Times)


Altered Books

\"While growing up we learned that writing in or damaging a book was a no-no. But now, crafters are embracing the current trend of \"altered books,\" which transforms unwanted books into artists\' canvases.\"

\"Existing books are being altered through use of glue, decorative materials and rubber stamps or being cut, torn or inserted with new pages. The book\'s title, chapter headings, words or sentences can help inspire the art. A sentence or even a few words on a page can be isolated on a page, and the rest can be covered with a collage and paint. Sometimes whole chunks of pages are removed to make room for the stuff added to the altered pages.\"

\"The Rubber Stamp Plantation hosts an altered-book workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday. Attendees pay $20 for the use of books and materials. Attendees consider the books they create a means of self-expression, a piece of art or a conversation piece.\"

\"Pat Banning, of Bookends in Kailua, feels quite differently. \"I\'m horrified and appalled. ... As far as I\'m concerned, I just couldn\'t do it,\" she said. \"People who do this type of art have no sense of a book being an important property. Books are cultural icons.\" (from The Star Bulletin)


Issue 10 of Bookslut is out

Issue 10 of Bookslut is out filled with feature articles, book reviews, and columns about the written word. If you haven\'t had the opportunity to read this online publication, you are in for a treat. Enjoy!!



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