Books

Finish Sam\'s Book

Speaking of Buffalo, the Buffalo & Erie County Library is running a Mark Twain Writing Competition
"A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage,".Cash prizes of $5,000 for first place,
$3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place will be awarded in the international
competition. It\'s easy, just finish the book and win! Read the First 2 Chapters and see what you can do......

Community Reading

Someone writes \"A very interesting program in Rochester, NY where the whole community read the same book: \"A Lesson Before Dying\" by Ernest Gaines.

Full Story \"

They say we tried it here in Buffalo last year, though I somehow must\'ve missed it. Great quote from the story:
\"encouraging everyone in a
community to read the same
book conjures up a social
phenomenon displaced long
ago by America\'s
TV-obsessed culture: a collective literary experience\"
Neat book, neat idea, anything to get people to turn off the TV for a second is a good idea.

Roget\'s Thesaurus Wronged

There\'s a neat Audio Interview [You need Real Player] with author Simon Winchester over on NPR.

\"...who voices his frustration with the misuse of Roget\'s Thesaurus. Roget apparently never intended his book to be used for finding synonyms at all -- its creation was merely a game to pass the time. Winchester is author of the bestselling book, The Professor and the Madman. His article on Roget will appear in Atlantic magazine\".

I\'m pretty sure it\'s in the issue I have at home, so I think the article is already out.

Follow Ups On The Wind Done Gone

CNN is just one place you can Read About \"The Wind Done Gone\" appearing for sale on eBay. It must\'ve been pulled, I searched and found 0 results.


The Chicago Tribune has a Story on comments by the author, Alice Randall.

She says that the book is a parody of Margaret Mitchell\'s famous 1936 novel \"Gone With the Wind\" and not, as a federal judge ruled, a sequel.

\"I would never write a sequel to `Gone With the Wind.\' I\'m not a romance novelist. I didn\'t seek to exploit her characters but explode them,\"

Books and More Books in the News

South African Teachers want anti-apartheid book banned, and Quickly Change their minds.

\"The Wind Done Gone\" had its\' day in court, and Won. The judge said it borrows too liberally from \"Gone With the Wind\" and infringes on copyright.

Five good books you\'ve probably never read

The Economist has a really Neat Story that compares the bestseller lists from Israel and the US.

Bookstores Drop Suit Against Chains

Yahoo is reporting The
independent bookstores have
dropped their antitrust lawsuit against book giants
Barnes &Noble and Borders in exchange for $4.7
million.

Both sides claim they won.

``Fizzle. Fizzle. Fizzle,\'\' said Stephanie Oda,
who publishes
Subtext, a Connecticut newsletter covering the
bookselling
industry. ``Business is not fair. This is a capitalistic
system.\'\'

E-Ink: Re-Inking the Culture of the Book

D.T. Max writes, in The Last Book, \"If computers finally replace trusted hardcovers and paperbacks, will our culture ever be the same?\" [more...] from The Utne Reader.

Popular Author of Kids\' Books Teaches Science Without Fiction

The stars of Seymour Simon\'s newest book include cockroaches, buzzards and rats, all presented with the kind of high-quality photography and heavy paper once reserved for art books.

\"Animals Nobody Loves\" (Seastar Pub Co; ISBN: 1587170795, April 2001) and hundreds of other Seymour Simon books are pioneers in the genre of reality children\'s literature.

And publishers, now aware of the youth market for attractive nonfiction books, are giving real science the respect -- and publications the budgets -- once invested only in storybooks. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.

Book Quickies

The Exorcist Banned on Good Friday in the Australian state of Victoria.


News.com Story On the continuing expansion of Amazon.com\'s electronic book section.


SfGate Story on The war between independent book dealers and chain stores in San Fransisco. A lawsuit brought by American Booksellers Association and 27 independently owned bookstores from around the US, accuses Barnes & Noble and Borders, of arranging deals with publishers and distributors independent stores can\'t get, which lead to the expansion of the big stores, and the death of the independents.


The Standard.com has This Story sent in by Lee Hadden, on sci-fi author Harlan Ellison. He is fighting the online copyright battle in some strange and angry ways.

Fonts- The Mood Enhancers

BookTech
Magazine
has an Interesting Story on Fonts, or
typeface.

I know, you\'re thinking, So? Well, according to this story,
there is alot of thought put into what font is used for
what. They even say typeface begins as a work of art!

\"The ideal typeface for a book is like the perfect
narrator for a film: It draws the audience in and helps
set the tone and style. \"Every typeface has a
personality,\" says Lisa Clark, a book designer\"

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