Books

The latest chapter in book sales: 3.3% drop

USAToday has A Story on the drop in book sales last year.

They credit Rowling for a rise in childrens books sales of 10.1% between 1999 and 2000. Adult Hardcover sales dropped 12.9% and trade paperbacks declined 14.2%, while cheaper, rack-sized mass-market paperbacks fell 2.8%.

Pat Schroeder blames it on the uncertainty about the outcome of the presidential election.

More likely are the price increases by publishers and smaller discounts from booksellers, consumers spent more while buying fewer books, spending $14.14 billion last year, up from $13.24 billion in 1999. They say previous industry studies have warned of a limited number of people willing to spend $25 on a book.

Duh. Someone needs to go back to college and take an economics class.

Newt\'s Books

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Atlanta Journal- Constitution has An Article about the favorite
books of Newt Gingrich. If you have admirers of the Newt among your library
patrons, you may want to stock these titles:


His reading list includes the novels
\"Shogun\" by James Clavell, \"The Killer Angels\" by Michael Shaara and \"The
Unvanquished\" by Howard Fast. Nonfiction choices are \"Naturalist\" by Edward
O. Wilson and \"The Effective Executive\" by Peter Drucker.\"


They note:
\"it\'s safe to say that Al Gore\'s \"Earth in the Balance\" was not one of them\".

Skim It and Weep

Lee Hadden writes:\"There is an excellent article on the problem of aliteracy, a scourge of
people who can read, but won\'t. Read more about it in the Washington Post.
\"The No-Book Report: Skim It and Weep : More and More Americans Who Can
Read Are Choosing Not To. Can We Afford to Write Them Off?\" A survey shows
Americans are reading printed versions of magazines, newspapers and books
less and less. \"Does this really surprise anyone?Truly sad\"

The Full Story has several interesting interviews and examples, it\'s worth the read.

Literary life and death

Bob Cox sent along This Story that takes a very different look at \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" by Nicholson Baker.
I know, you\'re probably about sick of hearing about this book, but this story is very different. The author worries that this influential book will lead us to consider the concept of the life cycle of literature in unhelpful ways.

\"Rather than join Baker in mourning the long dead, we should draw attention to and drum up support for efforts to keep books alive, if only momentarily.\"

More on The Wind Done Gone

Salon has a lengthy Story on \"The Wind Done Gone\", the book that was ruled to infringe on \"Gone With the Wind\". The argument here boils down to if the book is a parody or an unauthorized, unlicensed (and therefore illegal) sequel. The judge ruled \"The Wind Done Gone\" is simultaneously not enough about \"Gone With the Wind\" and too much like it. The judge said the \"extensive copying\" in \"The Wind Done Gone\" \"usurps the original\'s right to create its own sequel.\"

In observance of May Day ...

Brian writes \"The Chicago Tribune has a Good Feature on \"the world\'s oldest socialist publisher,\" the 115-year-old Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co.
\"

The Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co. is 115 years old, the world\'s oldest socialist publisher, Franklin and Penelope Rosemont are now in charge.

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,\"

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