UF professor Twitchell admits he plagiarized in several of his books

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:00

A University of Florida English professor has admitted to plagiarizing in several of his books, triggering an internal ethics inquiry and potentially jeopardizing his reputation in academia and beyond. Potentially??!! I'm no legal/English language/academic expert, but I'd say plagiarizing several of your books would no doubt jeopardize your reputation in academia and beyond...

Scanning world's every book means turning many, many pages

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 12:55

The Associated Press looks into a dimly lit back room on the second level of the University of Michigan library's book-shelving department, Courtney Mitchel helped a giant desktop machine digest a rare, centuries-old Bible.
Many libraries began digitizing books a decade ago to preserve them. Funding from Google allows the 28 libraries it's working with to cut their digitizing costs because they don't have to pay for scanning the books Google wants to include in Book Search.

That Book Costs How Much?

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 12:54

College students and their families are rightly outraged about the bankrupting costs of textbooks that have nearly tripled since the 1980s, mainly because of marginally useful CD-ROMs and other supplements. A bill pending in Congress would require publishers to sell “unbundled” versions of the books — minus the pricey add-ons. Even more important, it would require publishers to reveal book prices in marketing material so that professors could choose less-expensive titles.

Publisher sues Mass. prisons chief over book ban

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 04/25/2008 - 10:30

A publisher that distributes books on the legal rights of prisoners sued the chief of the state's prison system Wednesday, claiming he is banning its publications in Massachusetts prisons.

Prison Legal News, a nonprofit publisher, alleges that Department of Correction Commissioner Harold Clarke and other prison officials refuse to add it to a list of approved vendors who can send books to prisoners.

New Novel Due Out About a First Lady Whom We May...or May Not...Know

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 14:08
There's going to be a new book out shortly before election day, and the presumed protagonist is one of the people who will be leaving the White House a few months after that. The book, "American Wife" is by Curtis Sittenfeld , the author of “Prep”. It is essentially an imagining of the life, from childhood through the White House, of Laura Bush. Sittenfeld has changed many but not all of the details; the First Lady for example is known as Alice Blackwell (changed), and her husband's Presidency has been become an unpopular one (unchanged).