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The Year\'s Worst Publishing Ideas

Robin K. Blum, from over at In My Book sent over This Fun One on the book industry blank zone. In this blank zone, publicists and editors sit at their desks and stare off into space and gradually bestir themselves to write jacket copy or arrive at publishing or editorial decisions that make sense at the time — many things make sense in the blank zone.
They share eight moments when the bizarre and/or the depressingly inane struck the publishing world in 2002, including The Year\'s Worst Book Title, The Year\'s Least Enchanting Idea For A Cookbook, and The Absolutely Worst Publishing Decision Of The Recent Past

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Nicholson Baker discusses new book

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"PBS\'s Mcneil Newshour interviewed two men obsessed with books - Nicholson Baker and Abelardo Morell.
You can listen to the interview and read it on their website,

Here.\"

Baker said:
\"A book from the outside is just a block of nothing. It\'s just a big heavy thing. The only reason that they have this strange power is that we know that there\'s a long linear experience in there. \"

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Author\'s suit claims copyright has expired on Peter Pan

Bob Cox sent over This One from over at SFGate on Canadian author Emily Somma, who has filed suit in San Francisco claiming the characters in \"Peter Pan,\" including Tinker Bell, Wendy and Captain Hook, are now in the public domain and no longer protected by a copyright awarded in 1929.

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Tolkien scholar shares thoughts on \'Two Towers\'

A funny little story from Chicago Tribune that takes a look at The Tolkien Society.They interview Mike Foster, the 55-year-old scholar and Beatles fan about Tolkien minutia, metaphor and the second film \"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.\"His wife is a librarian, and he says:

\"An English professor and a librarian is a marriage made in heaven. When I endorsed the book as fully as I did, she tried it and liked it quite a bit.\"

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Kids Find Sex Pictures In Barney Book

Charley Hivey sent over A Funny One that says two children hoping to sing along with Barney the Dinosaur opened a book entitled "Sing-Along Songs Barney" -- only to find a photo of a man and woman in a naked embrace, with the words "Wilder Sex."

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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.\"

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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.

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Three new magazines enter the literary arena

NewsDay.com 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."

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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.\"

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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.

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