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.


Oldest GLBT bookstore in US closing

Rochelle Hartman writes \"Greenwich Village landmark, the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, will be closing its doors at the end of the month, citing an inability to compete with larger chains. The store opened in 1967. This article in The Advocate gives the sad scoop. \"
NYTimes Has A Story on this, and there\'s more stores closing in CA a GPO Store IN OH, Ojai, Sakatoon, And So On...


Judging Books By The Cover

Gerry noticed
This National Post Story on book covers.
They say there are two groups of people who read, The group that reads all the time wants the non-movie-tie-in cover. The other group consists of people who go to movies and then realize that the movie is based on a novel, and then they want the book.

\"When you read, you live with the characters, and their faces might not coincide with what\'s on the cover. Maybe there\'s a little bit of snobbishness in wanting the original, and most people aren\'t so picky, but our regular customers usually like to have the original covers.\"


70 percent of libraries limit access to controversial novella

Bob Cox sent over A JapanToday Story that says About 70% of major public libraries possessing award-winning writer Miri Yuu's debut novella have restricted the public's access to the work, according to a Kyodo News survey released Sunday.

In September, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court order to halt the publication of the novella "Ishi Ni Oyogu Sakana" (A Fish Swimming in Stone), which appeared in the September 1994 issue of the monthly magazine Shincho, on grounds of violating the privacy of a Korean resident in Japan on whom the novella was based.


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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