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.


The Once and Future Bookseller

Jen Young pointed to The Chronicle of Higher Education where they are discussing the Varsity Group, owners of
They say after the bust, the company is coming back to campuses -- this time with a leaner staff and a business model that has already proved profitable in high schools.
This time, instead of competing with campus bookstores, Varsity hopes to replace them.


Barnes and Noble Buys Sterling Publishing

Gary Deane sent over Word On an interesting business move made by B&N. They say Barnes & Noble has bought its first publishing house, Sterling Publishing, a Manhattan-based specialist in how-to and crafts books. For publishers, who are the often wary partners of Barnes & Noble, the news was confirmation that its interest in publishing was increasing. But Sterling\'s niche — books on everything from cooking to gardening and chess — does not compete with the waves of trade books, usually new general-interest books, that dominate the lists of publishing houses.


Harry Potter Book Clues Sold For $45K

A wealthy American collector has paid $45K for cards containing clues to the next Harry Potter book. The clues have been handwritten on the cards by Rowling herself. Read More.


Kerouac novel to begin travels

Associated Press Says The original manuscript of Jack Kerouac's groundbreaking On the Road, acquired last year by Indiana Colts' owner Jim Irsay for nearly $2.5 million, has hit the road.
It's oddly configured manuscript -- Kerouac typed on onionskin paper, then taped the pages together, so that by the time he'd finished the thing was 119 feet 8 inches long.


Tim O\'Reilly on Piracy and Online Distribution

/. pointed the way to This One by Tim O\'Reilly on online file sharing. He offers a few thoughts as an author and publisher.
Lesson 1: Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy
Lesson 2: Piracy is progressive taxation
Lesson 3: Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.
Lesson 4: Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.
Lesson 5: File sharing networks don\'t threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.
Lesson 6: \"Free\" is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service
Lesson 7: There\'s more than one way to do it.



Steve Fesenmaier writes "Revolting Librarians Redux has an ISBN and a catalog page now. It's some of the best news I've had all year. Yes, I know it's expensive, I'm sorry about that. Please have your library order eleventeen copies immeidately.-

Check It Out Here."


Bibles offered in Ohio public school until parent complains

The Dayton Daily News Says a parent’s complaint led a southeast Ohio district to stop an in-school offer of free Bibles from Gideons International, which stocks Bibles in hotel and motel rooms.

‘‘This is an issue courts have dealt with many, many times,’’ Link said. ‘‘The root of this religion-in-schools issue is that courts are not anti-religion. They’re pro-parent.’’


News Flash -- Books are Expensive!

Gerry writes \"Some of them aren\'t that good, either, but I will reserve judgement....

Anybody who selects knows it gets harder every year to tell the wheat from the chaff. More and more titles, less and less money. Imagine how an individual feels.

The responses to this Salon article point out that \"library as an option\" (you don\'t have to own every book you read) is hardly mentioned.

Sidebar: can anyone explain to me why so many hardcover university press books cost 3-4 times as much as paperbacks released at the same time? I can hardbind paperbacks for $8 apiece, sillies!

Here\'s The Full Story

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Forgotten Pippi Longstocking work unearthed.

Charles Davis writes "Here's a story from
Yahoo News on feisty freckle-faced heroine Pippi
Longstocking. Fans have received an unexpected Christmas present with
the discovery of a forgotten story by the late Astrid Lindgren, the
author's publisher says.
The story, called "Pippi Longstocking Celebrates Christmas" was
discovered by a member of staff at Sweden's Royal Library who
was going through old pictures and correspondence of the author,
who died in January this year aged 94. "



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