Scholary publishing struggling

Jen writes "You'll need a Chronicle sub. to read this online.
It's more difficult than ever for scholarly books to find a broad audience, four editors said on Thursday on a panel at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. They cited demands on readers' time and the decline of independent bookstores as factors in a growing crisis for academic publishers.


Want to Know the Plot of the Next Potter Book?

JK Rowling has offered a tantalizing glimpse into the next installment of her wizard saga.
The author of the world\'s most popular children\'s books has provided a teaser -- 93 random words on a card that is up for auction next month at Sotheby\'s in London. The sale is for Book Aid International, which provides books for developing countries.
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Do books know best?

The Christian Science Monitor asks Do books know best?, and they answer, not always.
This story takes a look at all those advice books out there, saying all this advice, however helpful, can be daunting to parents.

"Kids are pretty resilient," she says. "A little common sense goes a long way. No advice has ever destroyed a whole generation of kids."


Police recover historic Newton books

Don't worry, Russian police say they have recovered those two stolen first editions of the 1687 Isaac Newton book which first described his eponymous law on gravity and revolutionised science.
A gang from Saratov, on the Volga River south of Moscow, stole four antique books, including the copies of Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica on November 6.


Truth is another country

The Guardian Says Literature is created on both sides of the frontier that divides fact from fiction, and it is crossed by writers quite casually, and this is a border that should be defended.

"It may seem a grave limitation for any writer to leave the facts as facts, but self-limitation is a key to art. On this frontier we should stand."


US ruled out of Booker Prize

Jen Young noticed This BBC Story that says Booker Prize officials have decided against opening up the award to writers outside of Britain, the Commonwealth and Ireland. Booker administrator Martyn Goff confirmed that organisers were considering setting up a separate lifetime achievement award open to all nationalities, provided the work was published in English.


Aspects Of The Victorian Book

Library books not getting the respect they deserve from patrons

The Chesterton Tribune has A Story on the high number of damaged books being returned by patrons.
They say they get about a dozen books a week that have been banged up. The discussion prompted the Library Board to review an informal circulation policy that allows patrons who have damaged a book to keep it if they pay for it. About half the patrons who damage a book exercise this option.


Cargo Pocket Books

Lee Hadden writes: There is an interesting article in today\'s Wall Street Journal, Friday,
November 15, 2002, page W15, by Erich Eichman, \"Cargo Candidates\". Something called Armed Services Editions is
printing up 100,000 \"cargo pocket\" copies of books for American servicemen. So far the list
includes Shakespeare (\"Henry V\"), Sun Tzu (\"The Art of War\") and two recent
nonfiction books on military subjects.
The other says other books come to mind.
Read more about it in the newspaper, or online at required).


Latest Word: 'Klingons' in, 'Muggles' Not Quite

The NYTimes has One On the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. It contains 3,500 additions, like fashionista, arm candy, parallel universes, chat rooms, text messaging, snailmail, sticker shock and chick lit. They say A majority of references once came from Britain, but no longer, as America is the biggest and most productive influence on the language now.



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