Troubled times spark love book craze Has A Story on the growing appreciation of family and relationships is being reflected in a new craze for books about love in Japan. They say compilations of letters exchanged by couples and family members are selling by the thousand.

``One reader handed out the book to guests on the third anniversary of her husband\'s death,\'\' Ota says. \'\'I guess leaving words of gratitude to a loved one can also be a way of leaving your mark here on Earth.\'\'


Comfy Couches Canned in Canadian Megabookstores

Gerry writes \"Reading today\'s NOW MAGAZINE it seems the honeymoon is over for Heather\'s comfy bookstores (Chapters & Indigo) up north. Might Borders and B&N follow a Canadian trend for once instead of preceding it? This might prompt Torontonians to return to their woefully underfunded libraries (hint to TPL -- lose a few branches, beef up the ones you have, get better hours, let \'em drink coffee!)

Full Story \"


UK Press Mad For Moore

There seems to be an interest in the books of Michael Moore around here, so here\'s two recent stories in UK papers about Stupid White Men...One from the BBCOne from the GuardianAnd, as a bonus, you get a BBC panel\'s discussion of the book.


Panelists reveal which one book they\'d save

The Question: Suppose all the books on Earth were being destroyed and you could help keep literature alive by memorizing one. Which book would you become?

The Answers:
Stephen King\'s The Stand, Kate Chopin\'s early feminist novel, The Awakening, The Wind In The Willows, amoung others.

Me? I\'m not smart enough to memorize an entire book, which book would you choose?


Truckers Listen to Audiobooks!

An article from the Washington Post tells of a nationwide network of audiobooks, and a teacher that records them. The company that is producing the audiobooks, Books In Motion has more than 1,3000 titles in over 300 truckstops.

A nationwide network lets truckers rent tapes or CDs in one state and return them in another. Taylor, a former radio announcer and faculty adviser for Valdosta State\'s student radio station, said some truckers rent 60 to 70 titles a week.

The article also states that audiobooks are a $2 billion plus business with over 166 companies. Here\'s the full story.
I was unable to locate pricing for the rentals at the Books In Motion website.See also the Audio Publishers Association website


Librarian Authors Award-winning E-book

After having her work rejected by a number of elite New York publishers, Winona State University librarian, Kathryn Sullivan decided to publish her book electronically. \"The Crystal Throne,\" a seemingly Harry Potteresque type tale, won an award Saturday in the best fantasy category at the Electronically Published Internet Connection convention in Seattle.\" More


One Book One City

A few stories on the one book one city thing.The LATimes on the Mayors announcement to read \"Fahrenheit 451\", that choice has gotten Mixed Reviews.

San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy isn\'t interested in trying it there, and \'Mass reading bees\' make Zoe Heller wary up in Canada, and They are trying in CT as well.

Maybe we could start \"one book one site\" here at LISNews? Any suggestions for a book we could all read?


100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900

Bill points us to The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900 from NPR.

The top 3 are, Jay Gatsby, Holden Caulfield, and Humbert Humbert, even The Cat in the Hat made the list.


Strict security for medieval book

Charles Davis writes \"A medieval prayer book worth several million
pound is set to return to Scotland for the first
time in 500 years.

Strict security measures are in place to
protect the historic book, which is being
brought from its home in Austria.

It will have pride of place in an exhibition at
Stirling Castle, which forms part of the Queen\'s
Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Full story at
The BBC \"


The Case of The Belly-Up Bookstore

Bob Cox sent along This Funny Washington Post story on the closing of DC\'s MysteryBooks.

\"I hiked up beyond Dupont Circle to the scene of the crime at 1715 Connecticut Ave NW. Not a pretty site. The funereal black awning seemed appropriate. \"Going Out of Business\" and price-reduction signs were plastered on the windows like bandages on a sucking chest wound. Inside, half-empty shelves stood like broken dreams and the wallpaper cried paisley tears. A jake behind the counter told me the owner was upstairs.\"



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