Submitted by Matt on September 4, 2001 - 1:18pm
This story from the International Herald Tribune: Bulgari payed novelist Fay Weldon for use of the Bulgari name in her new novel The Bulgari Connection. While Bulgari had originally ordered a special printing of the book, it has been picked up by Grove/Atlantic. The book was written in around 6 months and is about 200 pages short.
Both publishers and marketers are enthusiastic about the possibilities if this particular experiment takes off. What\'s next? Harry Potter and the [Insert Product with the Biggest Ad Budget Here]?
Submitted by Jill on August 31, 2001 - 1:32pm
MIKE HENDRICKS from the Kansas City Star reports that \"KC loves this idea\" of the city reading the same book at the same time.
\"My phone has been ringing off the hook from Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network members asking if and how we will be participating in this project,\" wrote Susan Burton, executive director of that group of 76 area library systems.
Submitted by Blake on August 31, 2001 - 9:08am
Someone writes \"the USAToday is running a Story story on Mark Twain\'s unpublished \"blindfold novelette\" entitled \"A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage\". The summer issue of The Atlantic Monthly ran it, and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library launched a writing contest to finish the mystery that drew 730 entries from as far as Japan and Australia. The winners will be announced Oct. 13.
Submitted by Matt on August 30, 2001 - 11:12am
The Toronto Star reports that Toronto\'s librarian\'s are planning to follow Chicago\'s lead.
The first idea Toronto borrowed from Chicago was the cows.
Although the program could begin as soon as next year, the mayor has yet to embrace the program and no book has been chosen.
Credit for the original idea goes to the Washington Center for the Book. See also...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 30, 2001 - 11:04am
The Aurura, (CO) Public School System is avoiding the controversy over Lois Lowry\'s \"The Giver,\" altogether. According to a spokesperson for the school district, \"That book is not included in any curriculum within the district,\" Lynch said. \"As far as I know, it\'s not even in any media centers.\" more... from The Aurora Sentinel.
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2001 - 6:05pm
Jill passed along This SFWeekly Story on the San Francisco Center for the Book, a nonprofit gallery/schoolhouse/studio in Potrero Hill. The center supports the book arts -- that is, letterpress printing, typography, bookbinding, ya know, stuff that librarians just looooove
\"Most people simply read books, but I like to smell them. New books are the best: Slightly sweet and enticingly chemical, they reek of glue and ink and other mysterious binding fluids.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2001 - 1:23pm
jen writes \"It\'s the novelist-as-celebrity.There\'s a new group of magazines with a new target audience. Readers. Book readers. Basically, the magazines try to avoid the sleepy, antiquarian end of literature while still extolling bookstores, book fairs, book stars and, of course, books. This is book culture as pop culture.\" -- Too bad they don\'t also extol public libraries. And who knew that Keith Richards had a mahogany-trimmed library? \"
Full Story from SLToday.com
\"We treat authors and books as another part of the entertainment industry -- just the way Spin or Rolling Stone or even Golf Digest cover their respective fields.\"
Submitted by Blake on August 24, 2001 - 4:47pm
Slate has Another Story on BookScan the sales-tracking system that can currently find the exact number of copies sold at about 50 percent of U.S. bookstores.
Current Best Seller lists aren\'t really lists of the best selling books, so it\'ll be interesting to see how much the lists change when we really know what people are buying. They say publishers are already hyperventilating with fear.
See Also: The Fact and Fiction of Best Sellers Lists. by Dennis Loy Johnson.
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 2:45pm
Charles Davis writes \"From
A first edition of Charles Darwin\'s Origin of the Species
stolen from a library at least 88 years ago has been
The book, published in 1859, could be worth around
£15,000. It was taken back to Boston Public Library by Julie
Geissler, who was left it by her great aunt Hester Hastings.
Submitted by Brian on August 3, 2001 - 3:47pm
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 12:39pm
Junk e-mail goddess strikes again...
\"From the Associated Press (Northern Ireland)- A prized first edition of Jonathan Swift\'s \"Gulliver\'s Travels\" was returned Thursday to Armagh Public Library nearly two years after armed robbers stole the 273-year-old volume.\" more... from Excite News.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 2, 2001 - 9:48am
From the junk e-mail goddess...
\"A rare first-edition copy of Charles Darwin\'s seminal work on natural selection has been returned to the Boston Public Library after disappearing at least eight decades ago.
An 1859 copy of Darwin\'s \"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection\" was returned last week after a woman found the book while cleaning out a relative\'s home, Roberta Zonghi, the library\'s keeper of rare books, said on Wednesday. The library received the book in the 1860s as a gift, Zonghi said. The library noted that the book was missing in 1933, but it could have vanished a decade earlier.\" more...
The folks at ABCNews have this one
Submitted by Ieleen on July 31, 2001 - 10:09am
Someone from the Associated Press writes...
\"The first National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be held Sept. 8, first lady Laura Bush said Monday. The event, whose hosts will include Mrs. Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, will be modeled after similar events she sponsored as first lady in Texas. \'I believe that every American should have the sense of adventure and satisfaction that comes from reading a good book -- and, I might add, a good newspaper article,\' she said.\" more... from NewsFlash.
Here\'s still more from CNN.
Submitted by Blake on July 27, 2001 - 4:37pm
I\'m not sure if it has an application in the library world, but, the \'ATM for books\' is eight feet long, 38 inches wide, it can produce a book in 12 minutes, and costs $82,000. The MTI PerfectBook-080 machine could change book stores as we know them. Instead of allowing books to go out of print, you can store them as digital files and publish them \"on demand\" in bookstores, while customers wait, using self-contained book printers.
Does something like this have a place in a library?
Digital Mass Has The Story
Submitted by Blake on July 25, 2001 - 5:02pm
Cliff writes \"This is an interesting article especially because it suggests some interesting ideas on how this technology will or could be used. It\'s too bad publishers find this a threat rather than think of it as a business opportunity, but perhaps that\'s the bias of this article\'s writer. This kind of tech will make trees more endangered than ever, as books can join the ranks of \"throwaway\" status if this technology becomes widespread. One can imagine some publishers priting very cheap copies of books, meant to be thrown away (trashy novels, for example?)
Full Story from Digital Mass \"
Submitted by Ieleen on July 19, 2001 - 12:40pm
Newspapers are dissing book reviews. Reasons cited are \"the average reader really doesn\'t care about quality.\" I wonder, according to whom? One editor says \"book review sections only appeal to a small, elite, older readership.\" Ya don\'t say... The article also goes on to say that \"newspaper editors don\'t read books.\" Now, that doesn\'t surprise me. [more...] from Salon.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:55am
From The Ames, (NV) Tribune, Marlys Barker writes...
\"Reading and the local library were so much a part of my childhood that I can\'t imagine what my childhood would have been if I hadn\'t enjoyed reading or been able to read.\" [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:35am
Juan P. Dayang, President of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. and governor of the National Book Development Board, recently posed a challenge to the Filipano nation to increase a love of reading. With well over a 97% literacy rate, a high percentage of those people just don\'t want to read.
\"Sadly, we say that we have today a deteriorating habit of book reading which has resulted in lesser quality of education ... The relevance of books and, of course, readership, could not perhaps be equated with anything else in the making of civilized societies. Books are the fundamental tools of man in acquiring new and wider experiences to enrich his existence.\" [more...] from Manila Bulletin.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 2:59pm
For The San Francisco Chronicle, Nannette Asimov writes...
\"Once upon a time, a dozen years ago, California\'s leading educators declared that students would do well to read certain books. A list was prepared, but it languished and was soon forgotten. Then along came education standards -- new levels of excellence that students were supposed to meet -- and new money for school libraries, $158.5 million per year. Today, a new list of 2,700 books recommended by state educators appears on the Web, searchable by title, author, awards garnered and even cultural specificity. Click on the title, and a summary appears. The result is an easy-to-use guide for school librarians, teachers, parents and students looking for good books.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2001 - 7:29pm
7,2784618,00.html\">ZDNet Says the Concise
Oxford Dictionary has decided to include the shorthand
language in its revised edition published on Thursday.
Examples that have found a place in the dictionary
include BBLR (be back later) and
HAND (have a nice day). They are joined by
emoticons--representations of facial
expressions such as :) and :(.