Book Reviews

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.\"


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 \"



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