School libraries try to keep up with changing times, but budgets don't always allow for new books

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 15:39

For public school librarians, it's a no-brainer to toss a book that's full of outdated, often politically incorrect information. But replacing those books can be difficult when publishing costs keep going up and budgets keep getting smaller.

As Books Fill Dumps, Publishers Target Return Policy

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 15:38 Takes A Look At Robert Miller and his vowed to revolutionary idea to target the practice that allows booksellers to send unsold copies back to publishers for credit. ``In this age of global warming it's insane to be shipping books back and forth across the country for no good reason,'' said Margo Baldwin, president of Chelsea Green Publishing Co. of White River Junction, Vermont.

Beating the Cost to the Environment of Textbooks

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 12:46

The textbook dilemma...apart from the escalating costs of these extraordinarily heavy and hefty tools for college students, Chegg, a company that rents textbooks out also claims that "Textbooks largely contribute to the 40% of paper products found in landfills which convert into hazardous methane as they degrade." They are working with Ecolibris and Plant a Tree USA to help the environment.

Charles Ardai: Hard Case Shows a Soft Spot for Pulp

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 20:52

On Fresh Air: Edgar Award-winning author Charles Ardai is founder of Hard Case Crime, a pulp-fiction publishing group that reprints classic crime stories and publishes new pulp. All Hard Case novels come out in mass-market paperback editions, much like the classic crime novels from the '40s, '50s and '60s, with cover art inspired by images from the genre's heyday.

Under the pseudonym Richard Aleas — an anagram of his own name — Ardai writes crime fiction, too. His novels Little Girl Lost and Songs of Innocence detail the exploits of private investigator John Blake.

Age is no barrier for books

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 13:27

The stories are frank and earthy, dealing with ageing, sex, obsession, passion and disappointment.

"Older women are the most wonderful supporters of fiction, go to festivals, buy books, go to clubs and talk about the books among themselves," she says. "I thought there is a market there already and if I can write a book which they will tell each other [about], it was going to be quite a good idea. And there was simply the [attraction of] unexplored territory."

Books that traumatized you as a child

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 13:10

Peter Hartlaub thinks the books that we were exposed to as children were even more scary than some of the movies. Beatrix Potter is based in a world where rabbits constantly live in fear of getting eaten. And we won't even get into the screwed up universe of the Grimm Fairy Tales, which is basically like a "Saw" movie without Donnie Wahlberg...