Google has now been taken to court in California by Alberto Gonzales, the US Attorney-General. The lawsuit describes any privacy concerns as illusory, arguing that it does not want to see any additional information that would identify the person who entered the search.The site's lawyer said: Google's acceding to the request would suggest that it is willing to reveal information about those who use its services. This is not a perception that Google can accept.
Another Look At "A Million Little Pieces"Meghan Daum says this may well be the first successful writer to show us just how far publishers are willing to go to feed our culture's urge to gawk at human suffering.And, even if Oprah's Book Club doesn't draw the line between fact and fiction, the book clubs in the living rooms (and basements) of America do.
Guy Montag writes "What bloggers are covering the ALA midwinter conference in San Antonio?
Chistopher answers "So the question of Webcoverage 2006 is out there. If you are blogging, or otherwise covering ALA midwinter 2006, please respond in this thread."
Here's One All The Way From Malawi Librarian Professor Joseph Uta has said the high cost of books has contributed to the death of the reading culture in the country.
Uta noted this over the weekend after opening the Anglia Book Distributors Mzuzu University Branch.
He said it was imperative that a way be found to ensure that books were affordable in the country.
Dvorak Takes A Look at Google Book Search and likes what he sees. He says fuss over this book-search initiative is idiotic and naÃ¯ve. It's not as if Google is printing books, or that any of these books are readable as complete editions on Google: They are not. With many of the books, whole sections are removed and unavailable. You can thumb through a few hard-to-read pages, but that's it.
That sure champions the cause of libraries and librarians. Lets make librarians more of a fringe group than they already are. Rather than a shushing Nancy Pearl, lets all become Abbie Hoffman.
An unexpected endorsement from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has resulted in a huge jump in sales for a book by a critic of U.S. foreign policy.
William Blum's "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" was ranked 209,000 on Amazon.com's sales list before bin Laden mentioned it in an audiotape released on Thursday. By Friday, the book was No. 30 on the Amazon.com list.
Wall Street Journal writer Terry Teachout Says The e-book will transform reading -- and writing. Terry says the phenomenal success of the iPod strongly suggests that many, perhaps most, consumers are ready to start buying digital books on the Web and storing and reading them electronically. It goes without saying that the economic impact of the e-book on publishers and booksellers will be dramatic.
Even more interesting, it will change how we read and write.