Parents to Debate Appropriate Books

\"Parents in Fairfax County (VA) will speak out at a town hall meeting next month on their right to decide what their children read at school, and the School Board is preparing for a hearing this week on its first book challenge.\" More


China mega-book gets new life

Charles Davis writes \"
The Full Story on

The world\'s largest
nonfiction work and its earliest
encyclopedia is going to be given a new
lease of life when it gets reprinted for
the first time in 600 years.

The Yongle encyclopedia (Yongle Dadian)
-- made up of 22,877 volumes in 11,095
books -- is being republished by the Beijing
Library Press, China\'s state-run Xinhua
news agency said.



Even More on Oprah

jen writes \"The Lesson of Oprah\'s Book Club ...
Liking an \"Oprah Book\" meant allying yourself with the most
obvious, least cool demographic in publishing: over 30, female, someone
who thinks \"Friends\" is a bit racy. Outwardly, we smirked and claimed we
wanted our books supported by Guggenheim Fellowships, thank you, not
commercials for Palmolive. Yet as the evidence mounted, it became harder
to ignore how Oprah vigorously promoted literary mainstays like Toni
Morrison and Ernest Gaines, and how demographic slam dunks like
Danielle Steel and Mary Higgins Clark were curiously absent from her list.

See Also: (Book Clubs\') Life After Oprah.


Bezos Bites Back

Aaron Tunn passed along an email from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who is responding to the Author\'s Guild.

He calls them a small, but vocal organization that from time to time has advocated charging public libraries
royalties on books they loan
out and says the used books business does not take
business away from the sale of new books.

Email is below:


Authors\' Guild Feuds With Over Used Books

If you buy books on you\'ve surely noticed the opportunity to purchase used books. Well, the Authors\' Guild does not like this, claiming it harms authors. It recently encouraged its memebers to delink Amazon on their websites.

The used book industry... is a different beast on the internet - this has the potential to undermine publishing economics,\" said Paul Aiken, executive director of the guild.

Wait, this is a bad thing?Read the full story. The Authors\' Guild won\'t be coming after libraries according to this statement on their site.


Where are the Books?

With all the discussion about people reading or not reading, I thought this one, by Bill Eichenberger would be an appropriate addition to the mix...

\"I entered the house of strangers last week and immediately felt uneasy. It took me a few minutes to identify the source of my anxiety: There wasn\'t a book in sight, upstairs or down, not even in the bathroom on a stand next to the commode. Not one volume, not even the Bible, was anywhere in sight. \"Who are these people?\'\' I wondered. I had no way of knowing. Their books, which would have given them away, couldn\'t tell me anything.\" More


Quit Whining and Read

Carol Marley sent over This Reading Today Story on Jodi Jill and her Quit Whining and Read campaign.

\"People who have always been readers don\'t understand how it feels not to have words,\" says author and literacy advocate Jodi Jill. \"People have to know that words are power.\"


Librarian\'s Book Club announces May - June Select

Troy Johnson writes \"The Librarian\'s Book Club has made their book slections for May - June.

The books are \"The Myth of the Paperless Office\" and \"Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age\".

The Librarian\'s Book Club welcomes anyone to join that is interested in reading books that relate to libraries and the library profession. Information on how to join the book club and more info on the current selections can be found at bibliofuture or Creighton Library \"


More On Harpo\'s Books

Closing the book on Oprah’s club asks Did Jonathan Franzen kill Oprah’s Book Club? and answers, well, maybe.

Why did Oprah end her book club? asks, Why did Oprah end her book club? and answers Winfrey\'s clout may have been diminishing.

Good Riddance to Oprah\'s Book Club, and Her Literary Amateurism says \"I wouldn\'t want her sticker on my book either.\" because \"Winfrey presumed where she should not have\" and some other bizarre reasons.


Curling Up with a Good Book Search Engine

SearchEngineWatch has a nice feature that compares AllReaders, , Book Forager, Book Lists and Bibliographies, Book Finder, and, book search engines they say offer really good suggestions based on personal, quirky factors.



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