Submitted by Ieleen on November 15, 2001 - 11:53am
The New York Times is reporting that the Dead Sea Scrolls are ready for publication. The announcement is supposed to be made today at the New York Public Library. According to the article, they don\'t prove, or negate, the existence of Christ. They do, however, provide insight into Jewish history. More
Submitted by Blake on November 14, 2001 - 5:38pm
Publishers\' Page Of Shame.
This is a collaborative list of new books purchased by Libraries in the United States that have fallen apart almost immediately upon release into circulation. It is my intent to collect data from as many libraries as are willing to create something tangible to show the publishing industry. Paying between $20-$30 for a book that is poorly manufactured is unacceptable and borders on fraud.
They say publishers and others in the book industry ARE checking it and it is having an impact.
Submitted by Ieleen on November 14, 2001 - 11:00am
For The Mercury News, someone writes...
\"Of all the gifts I will buy this holiday season, none will be as rewarding as the gift of reading: a book for an underprivileged child. I\'ll never meet the kid who receives it. I won\'t be there when he turns the first page. And someone else will see him smile. But I know this much: I\'ll be smiling anyway. When you give a book to Gift of Reading, it doesn\'t just go under the Christmas tree with the toys. They go to reading programs at libraries, schools, homeless shelters and other social service agencies. These groups distribute the books to children. They also teach parents, some of whom barely can read themselves, how to read to their children. When you give the gift of reading, you also are helping to end the cycle of illiteracy.\" More
Submitted by Blake on November 13, 2001 - 11:44am
Charlotte.com is running This AP Story on Simon & Schuster killing a deal between RosettaBooks, a start-up e-book publisher, and iBooks.
They sued Rosetta for copyright infringement for gaining electronic rights and offering versions of Kurt Vonnegut\'s \"Slaughterhouse-Five\" and seven other works the publisher had issued in paper form.
\"It hurts the authors and it hurts the reading public\'s opportunity to enjoy these books,\" Klebanoff said.
Submitted by Ieleen on November 13, 2001 - 11:01am
Here\'s another article listing web sites for hard-to-find books. Some of the links are familiar, but there are a couple that I hadn\'t heard of before. More from The International Herald Tribune.
Submitted by Blake on November 13, 2001 - 10:02am
This Findlaw Story, sent in By James Nimmo, says Alabama is maintaining its distinction as the only state where biology textbooks include a sticker warning students that evolution is a \"controversial theory\" they should question.
The statement says in part that evolution is \"a controversial theory. ... Instructional material associated with controversy should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.\"
Submitted by Blake on November 9, 2001 - 9:07am
jen writes \"Just how big a deal is \'\'The Lord of the Rings\'\' in New Zealand, where
native-son director Peter Jackson shot the three movies back-to-back? In
September, the government created a cabinet-level position to help the
tiny country piggyback on the films\' presumed success to lure more
tourists and filmmakers. The first \'\'Minister of Lord of the Rings\'\' -- as the
Kiwi press has dubbed him -- is Pete Hodgson, 51, who also serves as
minister of energy and of science, research, and technology.
Full EW Week Story \"
Submitted by Blake on November 8, 2001 - 1:30pm
jen writes \"Months before the recent attacks on the United States, Hameeda Qadafi\'s students at Pershing Elementary School in University City wrote and illustrated a book about peace and how to make the world better.
Last week, representatives of Scholastic, a children\'s book publishing company, said that the book had been picked from 2,000 entries nationwide to win a national contest. The company has published 50,000 copies of the book, which will be sold at school book fairs and in bookstores.
Full Story over at SLToday.\"
Submitted by Blake on November 6, 2001 - 10:06am
This Story is on the new program down south called \"South Carolina Reads\", similiar to all the other \"read the same book things\" you\'ve seen in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Mississippi and Oklahoma and the cities of Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Boise, Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., and Buffalo, N.Y.
So far they just have a list in mind for SC, what makes a good book for this type of thing?
, “It has to be more than a good book; it has to be a good discussion. It has to be a book that is character-driven, not plot-driven. And a character has to be making a difficult decision or going through a difficult time.”
Submitted by Ieleen on November 5, 2001 - 3:54pm
In an opinion piece for The Daily Californian, Rebecca Meyer writes...
\"Don\'t read this. Don\'t eat another bite. Put down your mental spoon and pick up something that will feed your mind. You have to consider carefully whose prose you ingest, because in a literate society, you are what you read. Critical thinking is overrated. The real obstacle to becoming an informed, responsible global citizen is not a lack of skepticism but a lack of exposure.\" more
Submitted by Ryan on November 4, 2001 - 6:55pm
From Publishers Weekly:
Costco is hardly the most likely account for Yale University Press. But since September 11, that\'s exactly what the discounter has become, ordering the house\'s Taliban by Ahmed Rashid in numbers that have helped send the book as high as number two on the New York Times paperback bestseller list.
After a decade of trying to move into the trade, university presses now find the trade moving to them. Authors like Princeton\'s Bruce Lawrence (Shattering the Myth) have made nearly 80 media appearances since the terrorist attacks, while Rutgers UP director Marlie Wasserman found packs of editors at Frankfurt clamoring for her attention.
\"Sometimes we labor in the vineyards producing books with good information while everyone else is doing celebrity bios. It\'s a real morale boost to know that people are still interested in what we do,\" said Wasserman.
More (registration required).
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2001 - 5:31pm
The NYTimes Reports that more independants are signing up for BookScan.
This is the company that will be rewriting the bestsellers list soon, to show us what is really selling best. Under the new agreement, Bookscan will pay an undisclosed amount to the American Booksellers Association.
Remember when Soundscan started and everyone said \"Who the heck is Garth Brooks\"?
Could libraries gang up and do this for circ stats?
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2001 - 9:30am
Val writes \"Chicago became one big book-club when the city initiated it\'s \"One book, one Chicago\" program, with Harper Lee\'s classic _To Kill a Mockingbird_ as the centerpiece.
The _Chicago Sun-Times_ brought together 6 artists and intellectuals to give their takes on the book. They reveal how the events of Sept. 11th have colored their reading and thinking about the novel.
Full Story \"
After a light dinner and some wine, the discussion began. What follows is an edited transcript of the conversation.
Submitted by Blake on October 31, 2001 - 9:08am
Jen passed along This one on Missouri librarians that want the whole state to read the same book. The project is called \'Read MOre\" and the book is \"Farewell to Manzanar\" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston.
Submitted by Blake on October 26, 2001 - 2:37pm
Lee Hadden writes: \"Annanova has a story where an Early English comic verse is offered to the British archives in lieu of inheritance taxes.
Widow Edyth\" was written by Walter Smith, a servant in the house of Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) in 1525, and part of the action of the story takes place at More\'s home in Chelsea. It has ribald humor that compares to
Chaucer\'s \"The Wife of Bath,\" and is one of the rarest of early English tomes. Almost all the characters in the book, with the exception of the Widow Edyth, can be identified as real people who lived in Tudor England,
and gives insights into \"the social manners and mores (sic) of the period.\"
Sir Thomas More was executed by King Henry VIII in 1535, and subsequently beatified in 1886, and canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint by Pope Pius XI in 1935.
Read more about it.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 26, 2001 - 10:52am
Lee Hadden writes: \"Georgia\'s Center for the Book will release today a list of the 25
books that every Georgian should read. These are either books by Georgian
authors, or set in Georgia. Culled for 1,500 entries and over 200 titles
(an interesting bibliography in itself!), these books are promoted in
colleges, schools and public libraries around the state. Similar programs
in other states were very successful in promoting reading, especially among
adults. Read more about it at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Submitted by Ieleen on October 22, 2001 - 7:41pm
Classic novels are making a difference in the lives of some troubled kids in a Santa Barbara detention center. According to the article, \"the Great Book Club began with one book, one member, and one librarian. Many juvenile offenders who used to \"flash gang signs, swear or just stare at the ceiling in their cells, now while away their evenings with Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and Jack London.\" more... from Santa Barbara News Press.
Submitted by Blake on October 16, 2001 - 12:06pm
Bob Cox sent along Another Story on the lawsuit that never seems to die, over \"The Wind Done Gone\".
A court in Atlanta sent a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against the publisher of \"The Wind Done Gone\" back to a lower court yesterday but expressed doubts about its eventual success.
\"We reject the district court\'s conclusion that SunTrust has established its likelihood of success on the merits,\" the court said in its opinion.
Submitted by Blake on October 16, 2001 - 9:21am
The Advocate has This Story sent in by Cavan McCarthy on bookstores all over the United States reporting that works on terrorism, religion and the Middle East are flying off the shelves.
They also say when it first happened, Bible sales increased 10 or 15 percent.
Submitted by Blake on October 16, 2001 - 9:15am
Sarah Hepworth writes \"Hundreds of novels published end up in recycling bins, where they are destined to be shredded, according to The Times newspaper.
Full BBC Story \"
They say it\'s the publishers fault, publishing too many books that no one wants to read.
\"That\'s a terrific amount of wastage. It\'s a crying shame,\" Brian Oldfield from Paper Hub told The Times.