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Bulgari Jewelers Sponsors Novel

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]?

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Kansas City - We\'re all going to read a book

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.
Full Story

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125 years later, Twain fans end a story

Someone writes \"the USAToday is running a Story story on Mark Twain\'s unpublished \"blindfold novelette\" entitled \"A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage\".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.
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First Seattle, Now the World (Toronto to Read One Book)

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...

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The Giver Won\'t be Found in These Public Schools

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.

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Making books with the obsessed

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.\"

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Fan mags for bookworms

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.\"

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More On BookScan

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.

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Rare library book finally returned after 88 years

Charles Davis writes \"From
Ananova Story
Originally from
Boston.com


A first edition of Charles Darwin\'s Origin of the Species
stolen from a library at least 88 years ago has been
returned.
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.
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Two Mockingbirds with one stone

To Kill a Mockingbird is Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley\'s favorite book, and the Chicago Public Library is trying to get everyone in the city to read it.

In other Mockingbird news, the book has been pulled off the freshman reading list at a high school in Oklahoma. The principal sez, "We didn\'t want to put any kids in an uncomfortable situation."

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Armed Robbers Steal Book - Library Gets It Back 2 Years Later

Junk e-mail goddess strikes again...

\"Someone writes...

\"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.

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Rare Darwin Book Returned to Boston Public Library

From the junk e-mail goddess...

Someone writes...

\"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

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National Book Festival Announced for September

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.

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An ATM for books

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

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Traditional publishing\'s latest horror story

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 \"

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The Average Reader Doesn\'t Care About Quality

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.

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20 Minutes of Reading a Day is a Great Place to Start

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...]

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What We Have Is a Deteriorating Habit of Book Reading

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.

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State Issues 2,700 Title Book List for Student Reading

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.\"
[more...]

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English dictionary recognizes text messages

HREF=\"http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/bursts/0,740
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 :(.

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