Books

Superstores Hurting Literary Books

Is it possible that people are buying more \"Trash\" Than ever? According to this Story from The Worldly Investor they sure are, and it\'s all the big stores fault.

\"``The dramatic advent of superstores and online booksellers has made the book business more like the rest of consumer retailing: There is a smaller number of bigger winners than there used to be,\'\' said author Nicholas Lemann, chair of the guild\'s Midlist Study Group.\" -- Read More

USDA creates cookbook to help low-income families eat better

Here\'s an Article to help you save a few dollars.

\"The 75-page book also provides sample menus for a two-week period, a suggested grocery shopping list, and advice on reducing food costs.

\"If the recipes don\'t taste good, they won\'t be used regardless of whether they are nutritionally sound,\" said Shirley Watkins, the Agriculture Department\'s undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. \"These recipes passed all the tests with flying colors.\"  -- Read More

Tyrannosaurus Sue

CNN.com has an interesting Article about a man and some dinosaur bones.

\"Author Steve Fiffer has assembled these disparate pieces into a compelling account of a man and his first love. The man is Peter Larson, a maverick fossil collector. The love of his life is a bag of bones. A very large bag of very large bones. The relationship between Larson and the remarkable fossil he unearthed in 1990 is the core of Fiffer\'s book \"Tyrannosaurus Sue.\"  -- Read More

Mother-daughter book clubs

From Jessamyn\'s
sometime home Seattle
comes This Heart Warming
Story
of Mother-daughter book clubs.

\"In
private homes, libraries and bookstores around greater
Seattle, mother-daughter book clubs like Kingsgate\'s
meet to share a love of literature - and each other.\" -- Read More

Open Source Publishing: OpenMind

someone writes \"Here is an article for you to post... Very interested in your readers thoughts. \"

dbusiness.com has a rather interesting

article that presents OpenMind, a company that is using the open source model originated by software developers to the textbook publishing business.
Paul Elliot, founder of the company, which incorporated in April, told dbusiness.com, \"We\'re proposing to bring textbook content to the academic community in an open-source environment.\" -- Read More

Readers Retreat

The National
Post
is running a Story on a woman who, after her
book store
falied, started a
weekend retreat for readers. A canadian Author and a
few lucky people spend
a themed weekend together. -- Read More

Random House to License Disney Characters for Books

Mickey mouse and friends have a new publisher. Here is an article to tell you where they are now.

\"New York, May 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bertelsmann AG\'s Random House Inc. said it will publish books based on characters from Walt Disney Co., replacing a licensing agreement that the world\'s No. 2 media company has with Golden Books Family Entertainment Inc.

The agreement, which begins Jan. 1, gives Random House Children\'s Books the right to publish Disney-based books, including coloring and activity books and storybooks, in the U.S. and Canada. Random House is the world\'s largest publisher of general-interest consumer books in the English language.\"  -- Read More

Hope grows with children

USA TODAY.com has a very interesting Article about a book that has a child\'s view.


\"I\'ve started each book in some way knowing what it would be about. I\'d never given myself a chance to simply spend time with children. I regretted this because a lot of the things children have to say don\'t fit into any preplanned agenda. I\'ve had the dilemma over many years of talking to children who had many whimsical things to tell me and I\'d think, \'This isn\'t going to fit into Chapter 3.\'\"

So he decided, in his early 60s, to \"set aside a period of years that I could simply enjoy these kids and let them lead me where they wanted to lead me.\"  -- Read More

Future of Books

Ron Force writes:The Washington Post has a very interesting Article entitled \"The Last Book: The Future of WordsThe future of reading, writing, storytelling, the words we use and the very way we think just might be a crotchety old guy named Harvey Ross, the inventor of the Bookbuilder, a machine that produces bound books on demand from electronic files. Imagine a PAPER copy of ANY book EVER written in your library! -- Read More

Library to review books after porn ruling

The Union Tribune has a follow up Story on the Story from last week that a judge ruled 2 library books were pornography, not art.

\"\"It raises concerns, obviously,\" said Beverley Becker, associate director of the association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom. \"Material shouldn\'t be found illegal because one person finds it offensive.\" -- Read More

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