Amazon Won't Shelve 'Boylovers' Book

Marian sent over Some News On Amazon from over at Forbes that says they are refusing to take down a book being criticized as encouraging child molestation.
David L. Riegel's book, Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers, is causing more than a few troubles for Amazon, as the United States Justice Foundation, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and others are trying to get Amazon to drop the book. says pulling the book would be an abridgment of free speech, protected under the First Amendment.

"We believe that providing open access to written speech, no matter how controversial or ugly, is one of the most important things we do. And we will continue to make controversial works available in the U.S. and every where else, except where they are specifically prohibited by law."


Beyond Words has a Look At Some interesting books that are art objects in themselves.
The book as art may take on sculptural forms, looking nothing like a conventional book, having no covers, or covers made of metal, glass, clay or fabric. Pages may be cut apart or come tumbling out, telling a story or constructing a narrative with images and words, or sometimes without words at all. These books may incorporate painting, photography or letterpress printing. Existing books may be altered or deconstructed and in the transformation take on new meaning.

"I think the appeal of books is universal," Austin says. "In this highly technical world, having a tangible item to make or communicate through broadens who we are as people. A lot of people who take our classes are Web designers, and there seems to be a draw to this tangible object."


This Book club isn\'t trendy or timid

Bob Cox sent over This Story on what sounds like an interesting book club down in FL. They say in this book club, when talk turns to books, or anything else for that matter, stand back. The group began with about 14 members. Death and illness have thinned its ranks, but seven or eight still attend. All are older than 70; some are in their 80s.


Focus on the Family Exposes ALA\'s \'Banned Books\' Lie

An organization called \'Focus on the Family\' is saying that the ALA\'s celebration of banned books is all a big lie. \"The ALA has irresponsibly perpetrated the ‘banned’ books lie for too long,” said Tom Minnery, vice president of public policy for Focus on the Family. “Nothing is ‘banned,’ but every year this organization attempts to intimidate and silence any parent, teacher or librarian who expresses concern about the age-appropriateness of sexually explicit or violent material for schoolchildren.\" Read More.


The Book Trade, Canadian-Style

Gary Deane shows us This Story on Heather Reisman. She owns The Chapters superstore chain, Coles, SmithBooks, Indigo\'s, both chains\' e-commerce ventures, and a growing slice of the college bookstore business. They say she operates the closest thing to an unregulated monopoly in Canada\'s private sector; no other sizable developed country has let ownership of bookselling become so concentrated. The whole enterprise is losing money


Booker Prize panel pleads \"smaller books, please!\"

A new article from the Guardian newspaper says that the judges for this year\'s Booker Prize are asking publishers to send them smaller, funnier books for consideration. I\'m interested particularly in the class distinctions they make:

In a radical departure from convention - \"the beginning of a new era\", according to their chairwoman, Lisa Jardine - they vowed to cast their net wider to more plebeian literary forms, and even into the lower depths of genre and \"popular fiction\".

Heaven forfend!

This is another tidbit I found in Publisher\'s Lunch. I like it more every time I read it.


Commissioners Pull Second Library Book from Shelves

There\'s still more brewing in Montgomery county over the removal of some books from the library\'s shelves. The commissioners have decided to remove the second controversial title after some 200 residents attended a meeting and voiced their opinions about \"It\'s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health.\" According to one source, \"About 30 people spoke during the meeting and by far the vast majority were in favor of more control over the content of children\'s books and how they get on the shelves in public libraries.\" Read More.


Booksellers make lousy money--and book chains want to keep it that way.

This One takes a look at the lack of unionized workers at Borders Bookstores. If the labor drive is successful, the Uptown, MN, store will become the only unionized Borders in the country.

"We believe our employees are intelligent individuals," Roman says. "Obviously they have a right to explore whether they think a union is in their best interest. By that same token we have a right to express that we don't think a union is the best path to meeting employee needs."


Suggestions For A Diversity Of Provocation

Here's A Provactive One from down in NC, where The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser recently told the National Press Club in Washington that the university would continue to pick “provocative” books for its infamous Summer Reading Program.
The author says they need to compile a reading list provocative to those in the "left-leaning academic community", books like, First Principles: The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas, and Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right.


Books and the GST

Aaron Tunn sent along a story that looks at the collpase of book sales in OZ.
This One Says The latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics showed book sales collapsed by 19 per cent to just over 104 million books in the year following the introduction of the tax on July 1, 2000.

At the same time, the average publishing business cut staff by 15 per cent, while profit margins tumbled 41 per cent.
Australian Publishers Association chief executive Susan Bridge said 2000-01 had been a particularly terrible year, with sales hit by the triple blows of the GST, the Sydney Olympics and the low dollar.



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