Submitted by Blake on February 9, 2002 - 11:56pm
USAToday has An Interesting Story on the rather new practice of posting excerpts of new books online to help stoke sales. They say it\'s become normal practice to put a sample online, and it helps sell more books.
\"I would say both publishers and authors feel that putting a percentage of the book online for people to read and get a taste of it is a great promotion for the book and really helps sales,\" said Jessica Carter, an executive in charge of online promotions at the publisher Alfred A. Knopf in New York.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 9, 2002 - 4:11pm
ABCNews has A Story, pointed out by Bob Cox, on series of suspense books where everybody already knows the outcome, Christian potboiler novels about the Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming , they\'ve sold more than 50 million copies.
\"The race is going to be between Desecration and Grisham for the top fiction hardcover [title] of 2001,\" says Daisy Maryles, executive editor of Publishers Weekly, which publishes its annual best seller list in March.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2002 - 9:42am
jen writes \"But will they have Cliff Notes?
Dave Eggers to edit \'\'Best Non-Required Reading\'\' -- Houghton Mifflin hired the \'\'Staggering Genius\'\' to oversee the teen-focused anthology,
Young people who buy books -- a demographic bright spot for publishers -- are about to get their very own best-of series: \'\'The Best American Non-Required Reading,\'\' featuring literary bad boy/po-mo geek Dave Eggers as the first guest editor. \'\'We were looking for somebody who could speak directly to that readership,\'\' says Janet Silver, editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin. Due in October, the new series, aimed at 15- to 20-year-olds, will carry fiction, reviews, humor, comics, and pop-culture profiles.\"
Submitted by Blake on February 4, 2002 - 1:49pm
jen writes \"
\"For 50 years, books have been my steadiest companions. I have little doubt why God\'s
keeping me on this green Earth. It\'s to read. I have often thought, when I finish a particularly satisfying book, \"Thank God I lived long enough to read this.\" Thus, last fall, when President George W. Bush exhorted Americans to get on with their normal lives, I picked up a book.\"
Full Story \"
Submitted by Ieleen on January 31, 2002 - 3:20pm
The New York Times is carrying an article on audiobook narrators. \"A spoken book. There can be tremendous pleasure in hearing a book, if the voice of the narrator is right. Those authors who don\'t narrate their own books have in a sense ceded to an actor the direct connection to the listener-reader that is part of the power of authorship, in much the same way a playwright does. But if the whisper or the rumble resonating from an audiobook has the right complexity of tones, it can be as satisfying as theater.\" More
Submitted by Blake on January 30, 2002 - 7:55pm
The Reader\'s Robot, is a nifty site run by Kevin Kierans, Manager of Library and Support Services, over in B.C.
They say there is nothing magical about these databases. They are like friends talking about things they enjoyed (and why and when), and you deciding whether you would enjoy them too.
You can find a new book, and recommend one you like.
Spotted at The Stuff.
Submitted by Blake on January 30, 2002 - 9:39am
WritersWeekly.com has This Story by Cathi Stevenson, on how to promote ebooks and print-on-demand books.
One of the biggest problems facing self-publishers and small publishers of ebooks and print-on-demand books is the perceived lack of quality control. Editors are expensive, but necessary.
Submitted by Blake on January 25, 2002 - 10:12am
Lee Hadden writes: \" Yesterday\'s Wall Street Journal had an article by Susan Hauser, \"Out
of Print? Not Walter Powell: Some Say the Bookseller\'s Ghost Still
Circulates in the Stacks of the Store He Founded\" January 24, 2002, page
A16, that discusses the haunting of the Portland, Oregon, bookstore. This
is the world\'s largest independent new and used bookstore, and the founder,
Walter Powell, died in 1985.
\"A few marriages have been celebrated in the stacks, and at least one
loyal customer lies dead there, though well out of reach. His ashes are
interred, at his request, in the stylized pillar that graces the northwest
entrance to the store... On the four sides of the base of the pillar is
written in Latin the philosophy that drives Powell\'s: coeme librum, lege
librum, carpe librum, vende librum (Buy the book, read the book, enjoy the
book, sell the book).\"
Ghosts in the library or bookstore are a frequent topic of discussion
in hotel bars late at night at library conventions. I also tell my
non-library friends that we pre-dated the \"slasher\" movies. We have
\"Cutter\" stories. What\'s your Cutter number? Boo.
See: powells.com or WSJ.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on January 23, 2002 - 12:49pm
An Illinois school district has voted to reinstate \"Forever\" onto its library shelves. The popular novel by Judy Bloom was banned for its sexual content. The reinstatement comes at the dismay of some. One woman, who disagrees with the move, is quoted as saying, \"I think we\'ve given to our children Satan in a handbasket with a ribbon tied to it.\" No word on whether those opposed to the book intend to pursue its removal. More
Submitted by Ieleen on January 23, 2002 - 12:38pm
A Children\'s book has made history in London, UK. The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, a children\'s fantasy book, went up against the mainstream adult market and emerged as the judges choice, winning both the \"Book of the Year Award\" and \"Children\'s Book of the Year Award\" at the same time. More from This London.
There is also another story Here.
Submitted by Blake on January 23, 2002 - 12:19am
MSNBC has a Story on two troubling aspects of modern book publishing. The first is that many contemporary writers are perpetually insecure about who is actually reading them.
The second and more disturbing fact is that Oprah Winfrey can control the fate of so many copies of a book.
It\'s an interesting look at how things work in the industry.
Submitted by Ieleen on January 21, 2002 - 3:13pm
\"The job of children\'s book reviewer is a cross between therapist and librarian. One of the myriad uses for books is to offer a mirror to life, helping children understand the world around them.\" More
Submitted by Ryan on January 21, 2002 - 12:00pm
Via the Malaysian National News Agency:
Over 1.5 million articles on forestry are now available to foresters and forest researchers at a lower cost, thanks to the on-line Interlibrary-loan (E-Loan) programme introduced by the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Institutions (APAFRI).
The programme, APAFRI Treelink Information Service (ATIS), is part of the APAFRI-TREELINK project sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The agreement for the CND$3.5 million project was signed by APAFRI and CIDA through the latter\'s executing agency, Salasan-Treelink in October 1998.
APAFRI\'s Executive Secretary, Dr.K Baskaran said the on-line service was made possible by the linking of libraries from four of its members -- the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Kasetsart University of Thailand, Universiti Putera Malaysia, and Forest Research Institute of Malaysia . . .
. . . Dr Baskaran said the objective of the four-year APAFRI-TREELINK project was to increase the ability of APAFRI member institutions to contribute to the renewal of Asian forests through the conservation and domestication of indigenous forest resources . . .
Submitted by Blake on January 20, 2002 - 2:08pm
Submitted by Blake on January 20, 2002 - 1:45pm
Metafilter pointed the way to This Globe & Mail Story on the worst sex scenes of all time in Canadian literature.
Definitions and criteria: Bad sex, meant bad writing, not the author\'s choice of partners, positions or fetishes. As for technique, it was literary, not physical prowess that they graded. The task was to ferret out pretentious, clichéd, implausible and boring descriptions of sexual intimacy.
Submitted by Blake on January 17, 2002 - 9:11am
Classic Novels In 5 Minutes A Day, brings you the Classic Novels, delivered in daily five minute installments to your e-mail. They have several novels running concurrently, and you can Vote for the next novel.
Submitted by Blake on January 16, 2002 - 12:25pm
The projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is a traveling exhibition of artist\' book works, zines, and independent publications. Traveling by way of a vintage Airstream, the BOOKMOBILE aims to make its way to community centers, schools, festivals, artist run centers, libraries, prisons, and remote regions where independent publications are hard to come by.
Spotted at Mefi
Submitted by Blake on January 15, 2002 - 7:39pm
eCommerce Times has a Business Oriented Story that says Wall Street seems to be looking for Net booksellers to have an exterior safety net, such as additional product categories or offline partners, and they may have little margin for error to remain in business.
\"Overall online retail sales still represent 1 percent or less of all retail sales in the U.S., so there\'s still a lot of growth opportunity, but we\'re certainly seeing a flattening of the curve for books because it\'s one of the most mature online industries.\"
Submitted by Blake on January 15, 2002 - 1:18pm
Bob Cox passed along This NYTimes Story on whether so much low- price competition may have squeezed the market for high-quality illustrated art books out of the national chains and back to the more esoteric world of museum shops and boutiques, a serious challenge to the established publishers that had come to depend on a mass market.
\"Without the chains you can only be so successful, even for high-end books,\" said Sharon Gallagher, founder of D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, which distributes other publishers\' illustrated books and a few of its own. \"But they may not be the best place to sell some very high- end art book any more.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on January 15, 2002 - 11:32am
CBS News President Andrew Heyward said he refuses to read
former news correspondent, Bernard Goldberg\'s best-selling book \"\"BIAS: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News.\" According to Heyward, \"I\'ve heard everything in there a thousand times after working with him for 20 years.\" Goldberg first came under fire when he publicly exposed the the television news media in an article he published in the Wall Street Journal. More