The NRA Take on Disarming libraries

Jud sent over
This Grassroots Alert from the NRA on all the troubles with \"Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture.\"
They say a movement may be building to have \"Arming America\" removed from the shelves of libraries around America. They also say If nothing else, perhaps Bellesiles’s work can be moved to the Fiction section of the library.


Some Best-Seller Old Reliables Have String of Unreliable Sales

Gary Deane points us to The NYTimes, where they say some of America\'s most popular authors are finding that being big isn\'t what it used to be.
Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark and Sue Grafton, usually among the most bankable of best-selling writers, sold far fewer copies of their books than expected this past year. The disappointing sales numbers, possibly the result of too many books from the same authors or the book-buying public\'s changing tastes, contributed to a dismal holiday season for book retailers, particularly chain stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders.

\"Too many authors are cranking out at least a book a year,\" the executive said. \"Readers can\'t keep up. It\'s the bottom-line pressure to be on schedule, to deliver at least a book a year. You have 10 percent of people saying, I can wait for the paperback or wait until I hear more about it. And then they may not buy.\"


Breaking into books

Bob Cox points us to This Christian Science Monitor Story on Independent publishing. They say it\'s persevering in an industry that\'s presented fewer and fewer opportunities for entry in recent decades, as consolidation and corporate ownership have reduced the number of publishers and bookstores. More than ever, small and midsized publishers are valued for the variety they bring readers and the outlet they provide for writers who can\'t get the attention of the industry giants.

\"A book is a book is a book, and contrary to what people were saying a few years ago, they\'re not going away anytime soon,\" says Stephen Hull, founder of Boston-based Justin, Charles & Co\"


The Librarian's Book Club for February

Troy Johnson writes:"The Librarian's Book Club has voted on the book to be read for February and the result was "The Age of Access" by Jeremy Rifkin. As always we welcome new members. As of January 14th we have 240 members from over five countries. The Book Club and how to join can be found Right Here!"


Steal This Book? A Publisher Is Making It Easy

The NYTimes Has A Story on the Open Publication License (
Prentice Hall is publishing a line of computer books with the license.Such practices make most publishers cringe and call their lawyers. But Prentice Hall, acknowledging the risk of lost sales, says the experiment is a worthwhile attempt to earn good will and gain readers among the growing ranks of programmers who work with open-source software like Linux and the Apache Web server.


First chapter in a presidential run: the memoir

SomeOne sent over A CSMonitor Story on the first chapter in a presidential run: the memoir.
In an attempt to show they too can be the next \"great communicator,\" presidential hopefuls are increasingly putting pen to paper and hitting the book circuit.

\"If a big part of running for president is getting the American public to see your character, then a book like this could have an impact.\"

...and here I thought it was just going on Fox News.


Scholars scour eBay

The Christian Science Monitor has a Neat Story that says whether they're studying poetry or the history of moviegoing, researchers now routinely check the online auction site for relevant items.
Academic sleuths once relied almost exclusively on the archives of major research libraries to track down facts and colorful details. Now, historians, literary critics, and museum archivists across the country incorporate a regular search of eBay into their research routine.


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.



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