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.


Amazon Writes a Drama in Canada

The LATimes has A Story on how Canadian booksellers are annoyed with Jeff Bezos, and Amazon, but furious with their government, which they say is treating the billionaire entrepreneur like a native. They want a federal court to restore those once-sharp distinctions between what is local and foreign.

"It's an extraordinarily powerful weapon for breaking down national cultures," said Mel Hurtig, author of "The Vanishing Country: Is It Too Late to Save Canada?" "Canadians like Americans, but they don't want to become Americans."


More on Karyn

Last month I reported on Karyn Bosnak\'s upcoming book deal. Yesterday the New York Post printed independent confirmation that she has inked a contract with HarperCollins.


Nanoparticles save paper

Bob Cox sent over This One from Nature on calcium hydroxide grains just 200 millionths of a millimetre across that are helping preserve historical documents. The nanoparticles of what is commonly called slaked lime penetrate between paper's fibres. They combat the ravages of acids introduced when paper is made, without altering documents' apperance. The technique is cheap and green and could also be used on canvas.



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