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Woman's book mistaken for sexy novel

Woman's book mistaken for sexy novel

A Florida woman says her new book based on her work as a dropout-prevention teacher is regularly mistaken for a racy bestseller.

Susanne Jacoby Hale's recently released her first literary work, "Shades of Gray," the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

Unfortunately, her book's title is very similar to "Fifty Shades of Grey," a sexy novel with a sadomasochistic storyline by E.L. James.

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There will be scrolls

Cartoon in the current issue of the New Yorker.

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The Internet will be a fad with little value

The Internet will be a fad
He thought the Internet had no future. Merely a fad. A passing fancy.
We were reminded of scientist Clifford Stoll yesterday when we posted a photo from when the Internet first came to NPR. MPR News reporter Curtis Gilbert recently stumbled upon a gem from the MPR archives, a 1995 interview with Stoll by MPR host Paula Schroeder. Stoll was promoting his book Silicon Snake Oil (at the same time he also published a Newsweek article titled, "The Internet? Bah!")

"STOLL: I'd say it's not that important. I think it's grossly oversold and within two or three years people will shrug and say, '"Uh yep, it was a fad of the early 90's and now, oh yeah, it still exists but hey, I've got a life to lead and work to do. I don't have time to waste online." Or, "I'll collect my email, I'll read it, why should I bother prowling around the Worldwide Web or reading the Usenet" simply because there's so little of value there."

How Did You Celebrate National Library Workers Day?

Did you know yesterday was National Library Works Day? I celebrated by going to work in a library. A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette had the best suggestion: You're Welcome," Saying... Library workers should celebrate National Library Workers Day by passive aggressively muttering "You're welcome!" after refilling the stapler...

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Bookshelves Are For What, Again?

Bookshelves Are For What, Again?

Good question. Cartoon about discussion of bookshelves in the future.

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Daily Dispatches from the Internet's Worst Book Reviewers

Daily Dispatches from the Internet's Worst Reviewers
LeastHelpful.com collects the worst book reviews the internet has to offer!
[Via Mefi]

How to Save Books A new model for publishers

A new model for publishers

First: Pricing is set too low, margins get squeezed.
Second: Piracy runs rampant.
Third: A la carte sales whittle down revenues.

Congress should join the other countries that have major book industries in passing a Fixed Book Price Agreement, in which booksellers and publishers agree on what price books may be sold nationally--i.e., no $25 books selling for $10 at Costco. In France and other nations, studies have shown that FBPAs protect independent stores, increase the diversity and quality of titles sold, and support more authors.

Librarians of America Just About Destroyed Wild Salsa on Saturday Night

<a href="http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/cityofate/2012/01/the_librarians_of_america_just.php">Librarians of America Just About Destroyed Wild Salsa on Saturday Night</a> As Scott mentioned, the conference organizers had actually suggested Wild Salsa, and the librarians apparently listened. A bartender mentioned that it was the busiest the restaurant's ever been, and a manager told they had to call in reinforcements, including staff from other links in the DRG Concepts chain, which owns Wild Salsa.

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