"Billy" is biggest selling book of year

Ananova Says says Pamela Stephenson's award-winning biography of husband Billy Connolly is the year's biggest selling book.Figures compiled by Nielsen BookScan show the book Billy shifted 517,811 copies in paperback since it was published in July.

Its nearest rival Nick Hornby's How To Be Good sold 477,522 copies in the year up to December 14.


'Today' Book Club Decision Raises a Row

The NYTimes Says when the producers of the "Today" show on NBC decided earlier this year to start a book club and recommend fiction to be discussed on the program, they sought to sidestep the contentious business of anointing new works. But inviting well-known authors to pick their favorites has not put an end to controversy in the close-knit and backbiting literary world.


A Fight to Preserve a Literary Legacy

Jen Young saw This NYTimes Story on Unesco\'s Ocampo project to create a literary and cultural center.
The collections Rare first editions of Jorge Luis Borges\'s first two collections of short stories, \"A Universal History of Infamy\" (1935) and \"The Garden of the Forking Paths\" (1941), were found for sale on the web.


Far from the madding big-box crowd

Gary Deane let us know about This Nice Story on Nicholas Hoare booksellers, up on T.O.
Marc Glassman, 23 years after opening his Pages bookstore on Queen St. West, is breaking sales records, despite the arrival of a Chapters store down the street. After a 7 per cent revenue dip the year Chapters moved in, Pages bounced back and last year recorded its best sales year ever and this year is looking better than last.


Cheeky entry wins prize for oddest title

Bob Cox sent over This One on an Australian book of cartoons, Living with Crazy Buttocks, that has won the 2002 Diagram prize for the oddest title of the year.
The runner-up was Without Regret: A Handbook for Owners of Canine Amputees, followed by Women and Integrated Part Management.

After the Orgy: Towards a Politics of Exhaustion; Melons for the Passionate Grower; and Six-Legged Sex: The Erotic Lives of Bugs were also shortlisted.


The Once and Future Bookseller

Jen Young pointed to The Chronicle of Higher Education where they are discussing the Varsity Group, owners of
They say after the bust, the company is coming back to campuses -- this time with a leaner staff and a business model that has already proved profitable in high schools.
This time, instead of competing with campus bookstores, Varsity hopes to replace them.


Barnes and Noble Buys Sterling Publishing

Gary Deane sent over Word On an interesting business move made by B&N. They say Barnes & Noble has bought its first publishing house, Sterling Publishing, a Manhattan-based specialist in how-to and crafts books. For publishers, who are the often wary partners of Barnes & Noble, the news was confirmation that its interest in publishing was increasing. But Sterling\'s niche — books on everything from cooking to gardening and chess — does not compete with the waves of trade books, usually new general-interest books, that dominate the lists of publishing houses.


Harry Potter Book Clues Sold For $45K

A wealthy American collector has paid $45K for cards containing clues to the next Harry Potter book. The clues have been handwritten on the cards by Rowling herself. Read More.


Kerouac novel to begin travels

Associated Press Says The original manuscript of Jack Kerouac's groundbreaking On the Road, acquired last year by Indiana Colts' owner Jim Irsay for nearly $2.5 million, has hit the road.
It's oddly configured manuscript -- Kerouac typed on onionskin paper, then taped the pages together, so that by the time he'd finished the thing was 119 feet 8 inches long.


Tim O\'Reilly on Piracy and Online Distribution

/. pointed the way to This One by Tim O\'Reilly on online file sharing. He offers a few thoughts as an author and publisher.
Lesson 1: Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy
Lesson 2: Piracy is progressive taxation
Lesson 3: Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.
Lesson 4: Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.
Lesson 5: File sharing networks don\'t threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.
Lesson 6: \"Free\" is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service
Lesson 7: There\'s more than one way to do it.



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