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A battle in which the pen has become the sword

SomeOne over at the USGS sent along This Story from The Times on an attack on one of Germany\'s leading literary critics. A writer has taken revenge on a prominent book reviewer
by writing a novel where the reviewer is portrayed as a corrupt stereotype
in an anti-Semitic manner. They go so far as to say Germany just now is in the grip of a tremendous literary row in which it is impossible not to take sides.


Harriet the Online Book Reviewer

Wired has This One on Harriet Klausner, and a legion of book enthusiasts, freelance writers, doctors, lawyers and other professionals have volunteered their opinions and advice online @ Amazon and other sites. They don\'t move as many books as Oprah, but they do have some pull.

\"I like to hit the largest audience I possibly can and Amazon is the largest site,\" said Klausner, Amazon\'s most prolific reviewer. \"The online experience has more readers to get reviews and it\'s more accessible.\"


Never judge even an ancient book by its cover

Times Online has an Opinion Piece on book reviewing being the hardest kind of journalism.

He says he used to think the judgment of contemporary critics and posterity combine to create a classic until attending a lecture on The Iliad.


Book Reviews Find Homes on Web

Wired has This One on online book reviews.

They are all over, and they cover far more than what the print media focuses on: bestsellers and literary fiction books.
Someone has written over 3,000 online reviews @ Amazon and ranks as Amazon\'s No. 1 reviewer.


Newspaper book sections are shrinking. Does anyone care?

US News has a story that says since advertising dollars took a dive more than a year ago, newspapers across the country have scaled back book sections. Some have cut their Sunday book reviews by 25 percent to 50 percent since 2000.

\"The old book section was flabby and not well edited,\" says Mercury-News Editor David Yarnold. \"We took a lemon and made lemonade.\"


New Scientist Reviews Oxford Reference Online

Here\'s A Fun Review of Oxford Reference Online from

\"CAN you hear it? That\'s the sound of another nail being driven into the coffin of reference libraries. They put the lid on when they invented the Internet. Oxford Reference Online--a searchable resource of about a hundred of Oxford\'s reference works on a single website--is just the latest nail to be hammered home.\"


21 Dog Years: Doing Time @

From the web site of Mike Daisey, actor, author, playwright, and ex-employee of

\"Mike Daisey worked for during two of its tumultuous early years. Now, his Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) has expired, allowing him to tell the real story of -- how he learned to slavishly love idealistic mouthbreathers, sixty-hour weeks, and the cult of personality that is Jeff Bezos. His new Off-Broadway show and book, 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @, chronicle these adventures.\"

\"Boy meets dot-com, boy falls for dot-com, boy flees dot-com in horror. So goes one of the most perversely hilarious love stories you will ever read, one that blends tech culture, hero worship, cat litter, Albanian economics, venture capitalism, and free bagels into a surreal cocktail of delusion.\" More


Woman Jailed for Overdue Library Books Released after Paying Fines

The Pennsylvania woman who was jailed for not returning library books has been released. She has agreed to pay the fines and court costs. More


CNN: \"Career vs. baby book sparks controversy.\"

Books spark controversies ?-)
If hadn\'t told me it was a controversy I would have missed
it completely...

vs. baby book sparks controversy.
\" -CNN

Search: \"Creating a Life.\" Hewlett
  Google\'s got gobs of current
news article\'s about the book.

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The First Rule of Book Club

The Morning News is back, and has This One on the \"One City, One Book\" thing.

He has some fun things to say about the idea in NY, the \"book club will flop bigger than Stephen King’s Carrie on Broadway, only without the lasting camp value or the duets about menstruation.\"



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