Alberto Gonzales v. Google

Submitted by birdie on Sun, 01/22/2006 - 23:10

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.

Cost of books killing reading culture in Malwai

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/22/2006 - 19:13

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.

Much Ado over Google Book Search

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/22/2006 - 16:12

Dvorak Takes A Look at Google Book Search and likes what he sees. He says fuss over this book-search initiative is idiotic and naïve. 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.

US author's sales jump after Osama mentions book

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/22/2006 - 11:09

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's sales list before bin Laden mentioned it in an audiotape released on Thursday. By Friday, the book was No. 30 on the list.

A Hundred Books in Your Pocket

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/22/2006 - 06:07

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.