Book Reviews

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 NewScientist.com.

\"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 @ Amazon.com

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

\"Mike Daisey worked for Amazon.com during two of its tumultuous early years. Now, his Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) has expired, allowing him to tell the real story of Amazon.com -- 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 @ Amazon.com, 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 CNN.com hadn\'t told me it was a controversy I would have missed
it completely...

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

Why Paper Persists

steven bell writes \"The New Yorker has an essay/book review by Malcolm Gladwell called \"The Social Life of Paper\". It is essentially a review of the book \"The Myth of the Paperless Office,\" but it includes some great observations on why it is so unlikely that we will ever completely rid ourselves of the need for paper. It is just weaved too tightly into the fabric of our daily lives. An excerpt:
Paper enables a certain kind of thinking. Picture, for instance, the top of your desk. Chances are that you have a keyboard and a computer screen off to one side, and a clear space roughly eighteen inches square in front of your chair. What covers the rest of the desktop is probably piles—piles of papers, journals, magazines, binders, postcards, videotapes, and all the other artifacts of the knowledge economy. The piles look like a mess, but they aren\'t. When a group at Apple Computer studied piling behavior several years ago, they found that even the most disorderly piles usually make perfect sense to the piler, and that office workers could hold forth in great detail about the precise history and meaning of their piles.
The story is found Here \"

New Book <i>China Dawn</i> Reviewed

A new book written by David Sheff discusses the role that the Internet will play in China\'s future.

How does the Internet play into this equation? Well, judging from Sheff\'s description, it has managed to create a lot of wealth for a relatively small number of people. A lot of deals are getting cut in China, but it\'s hard to see how Web design firms and matchmaking services are going to address the needs of the billion or so people who aren\'t yet online.

Read the review on Salon.com.

Some of our volumes are missing

Charles Davis writes \"If you have not had your fill of Nicholson Baker and \"Double Fold\"
here is a related article from The Independent. \"

\"We never de-accessioned anything where we didn\'t retain the content, We were concerned to retain the content of those newspapers. Holding on to the content was key. With printed materials, people do want them preserved as an artefact as well. But we have all sorts of issues on storage. We have very pressing considerations to keep all this material but our storage is running out.\"

Library revolutionary?

Charles Davis passed along this Review of Nicholson Baker and \"Double Fold\" from \"The Observer.

\"Reading this book is a little like being cast in one of Baker\'s novels: your mind is suddenly flooded with the kind of information that it usually filters out and the experience is, surprisingly, thrilling. His triumph is to make small acts of conservation look like great strikes for civilisation and, as such, seems to have tapped into a curiously contemporary urge.\"

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