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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.
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\"
E-Rights for E-Writers is a story on the Supreme Court judges hearing a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.
Bob Cox sent along This Story that says the route to literary success is to be young and gifted but most of all be gorgeous! They accuse literary agents of touting talent to publishers like a \' beauty pageant\'
And The Chicago Times Says Margaret Mitchell\'s estate has filed suit in Atlanta to block publication of a novel that tells the late writer\'s \"Gone With the Wind\" story from the perspective of a former slave who is an illegitimate half-sister of Mitchell\'s heroine, Scarlett O\'Hara.
\"The self-appointed arbiter of truth on trivia from the world\'s hairiest man to its largest rabbit was put up for sale yesterday. The drinks giant Diageo, which owns The Guinness Book of Records, has brought in a merchant bank to seek a buyer after executives decided the 45-year-old publication was no longer a core interest.
It was founded to solve a bizarre dispute between top staff at the Guinness brewery over high-speed game birds. The sale will be the first time the book and the famous brewer have not had the same owner. The encyclopaedic annual has enjoyed remarkable success since it first appeared in 1955 by selling 90 million copies - a figure beaten only by the Bible, the Koran and Mao Zedong\'s Little Red Book.\" [more...]
Lee Hadden writes:
\"Bob Levey, a popular columnist in Washington DC, has an account of finding that the local public library has copies of Cliff\'s Notes in their collection.
Read more about it at The Washington Post\"
The library did say they buy three to four times as many \"real books\" as CliffsNotes and they are \"not as popular as the books themselves. They\'re not widely used.\"
More than a few book stories clogging up my favorites here
Meanwhile, in Australia, Retailers told to move as books giant sets up shop, if you can\'t beat\'m, move.
In CA a federal court judge in Northern California dismissed a group of Independent Bookstores claim to damages yesterday in an antitrust suit against Barnes & Noble and the Borders Group. Full Story -- Read More
His name is Artemis Fowl, and this 12-year-old kids\' book character has already made a mint — and literary history — for his creator, Irish author Eoin Colfer. [more...]
I know someone who will not like This Story from The Gaurdian on small bookshops in Britain. The author says the reason so many of them are closing is they can\'t provide the service big stores can, and they deserve to go out of business. Independent book retailers in Britain has fallen from 1,894 to 1,699 since 1995.
He says \"The amazing fact is not that 10% have closed, but that 90% have stayed open.\"
\"Used bookstores, like cockfights, tend to attract a rather motley crowd of gawkers and hucksters, those seeking to broaden their own horizons by latching onto the matted feathers of someone else\'s life experience.\"
Diane Writes:\"Feb. 2001\'s Against the Grain has an
interesting article by Anthony W. Ferguson. He recommends that libarians
read Blown to bits by Phillip Evans and Thomas S. Wurster (Harvard
Business School Press, 2000) for the lessons offered.
\"They use the
near-collapse of Britannica as a case study in the perils of being the
established leader in any given sector of society.\"
parallels for libraries from the study and offers some solutions to our