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Mend Those Bindings

Bella
Online
has HREF=\"http://www.bella-online.com/career/professions
/library_sciences/articles/art994807880126.htm\">This
Story in Book Mending, Information on tools and
technique for this essential task for librarians and
others who care for books.

It\'s a neat look at book repair, and and the
Mending materials it takes to make your sick books all
better.

\"During mine own education the assistant dean
asked what courses we would like to see offered
during the interim semester (these were mini, one
credit courses). The overwhelming response was,
\"book repair.\"
\"

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Religious books: Divine popularity

CNN has This Story on sales of religious books being up more than 4 percent.

They say it\'s not just Christian-oriented books that are selling so well, but any religious books tend to be doing well.

Does anyone keep circulation numbers on this type of book, are they up as well?

\"The more suspicious people are of their local church, then the more apt they are to just assemble their own books, to assemble their own spiritual life,\"

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New Invention Could Drastically Alter Publishing Industry

For Business2, John McCloskey writes...

\"A machine that may be the publishing equivalent of a car that runs on water. Working from a digital file, it can print, bind, and trim a book of any size in a matter of minutes. Having finished with one title, it can proceed to another and another, as long as the machine is kept supplied with ink, toner, and paper-the same regular copy paper you might buy at Staples. \"When I first saw it, I knew it would be as important as Gutenberg,\" says Epstein, who emerged as something of a digital prophet last year with the publication of a work of his own, Book Business: Past Present and Future. \"The whole world changes,\" he says, \"because of that machine.\" [more...]

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David & Goliath in Japan

Asahi has a Story on the record number of small book shops closing in Japan.


They say about1,300 bookstores closed last year and 6,400 have disappeared since 1995. Most big stores are not in much better shape, this is a result of a bubble in the book retailing business.


Bookstores also face tough competition from discount stores selling remaindered or almost-new books, from online bookstores, public libraries and ``manga cafes,\'\' where customers can browse among current manga comic.

I think we have now run this same story from the US, Ireland, England, and now Japan.

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The Perfect Book Machine

Here\'s A Nifty One from Business 2.0 on a cool machine that takes a digital file, from which it can print, bind, and trim a book of any size in a matter of minutes. It\'s about the size of an industrial photocopier, and uses regular paper.


Instant, cheap books!

\"Book binding has always been a black art,\" says Marsh. \"If you put those processes into automotive plants, the whole industry would die. They\'re dangerous, and they can\'t be replicated reliably. I mean, you got people sticking their hands under moving blades.\"

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Childrens Books, Especially Harry Potter, Miscast Women

From The Times (UK), Elizabeth Judge writes...

\"WOMEN characters in children’s storybooks fit 1940s stereotypes, being meek, gentle, ineffectual, rarely employed, and wholly dependent on their men, an American study has concluded.
The only feisty women with roles that extend beyond baking cakes or washing clothes are evil, usually witches, the researchers say.

One of the worst offenders was the Harry Potter series, in which two of the most admired female characters exhibit nurturing, humble, emotional traits. “Mrs Weasley and Harry’s mother are known for their feminine traits, where family and children come first,” said Claire Etaugh, from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, who led the research. “Only one of Harry’s friends, Hermione, is tomboyish, clever and smart and able to get the boys out of scrapes.” [more...]

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Discovery of Moldy Books Leads to Some Serious Weeding

Maybe everyone should go on a toxic mold seeking expedition. The discovery of some moldy books in the Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School Library in Pennsylvania, led the librarian to uncover the fact that much of their collection was outdated and needed to be discarded anyway. [more...] from The Mercury.

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Guinness Book of Records Sold

From The Dispatch Online (London, UK)...

\"The Guinness Book of Records, the benchmark reference of the world\'s feats and sporting facts, has been sold to a new owner for about R5 billion.\" Geez. I wonder if they\'ll change the name? [more...]

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An Animiated History of Books

The BBC has a cool new site called An Animated History of Books.


They start with cave paintings and go right on through today, and beyond. Comes complete with disembodied, floating, talking head of Shakespeare.

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Books-N-Stuff

Ryan Carter (not That Ryan) writes: \"USA Today article on the goings-on of YA books that deal with the same stuffs as do teens--violence and sexuality and stares, oh my! Mentions some good titles and their authors, touches on the importance of YA in public libraries, gets some blurbs from YA luminaries.

Also a \">ditty on the speedy disapparation of Tolkien books from library and bookstore shelves months before the movie opens.

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Pillars of the Earth Banned from School Libraries

This one comes by way of The Fairfax Journal. Ken Follet\'s book \"Pillars of the Earth\" has been banned from Fairfax libraries serving kids below the tenth grade because it contains \"graphic descriptions of sex and violence.\" Sounds kind of like the evening news or MTV to me.

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When A Book Meets A Book

Cooler than wheresgeorge.com, memepool pointed me to bookcrossing.com.

The \"3 Rs\" of BookCrossing.com, Read a good book, Register it, then Release it for someone else to read. tregoweth does it again!

\"You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? BookCrossing.com gives you a simple way to share your books with the world, and follow their paths forever more.\"

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Effort to Collect Data on Book Sales Is a Step Closer

Bookscan, a unit of VNU of the Netherlands that tracks the music industry\'s retail sales, has finally turned a corner in it\'s 4 year effort to build a better best sellers list. They are trying to build a list that is based on sales information collected at the cash registers of bookstores nationwide. They have reached an agreement to pay the Borders Group for sales data from its Borders and Waldenbooks stores, they already had Barnes & Noble, Costco Wholesale, and Target.
Bookscan will most likely challenge established best-seller lists which are basically bought and manipulated. Now we should actually know what books are the true Best Sellers!

Full Story from The NYTimes

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Alibris Joins Partners to Offer Better Service, More Selection of Rare Books

Rare and hard-to-find book supplier Alibris has joined forces with Baker & Taylor, R.R. Bowker and Coutts Library Services to provide better access to libraries, consumers and other organizations. [more...] from The Daily Review.

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The rape of Narnia?

I got this off the Library Underground mailing list ...

According to an article by Andrew Greeley, HarperCollins plans to "purge the Christian content" from C.S. Lewis\' The Chronicles of Narnia in an effort to make the series more palatable to "secularists."

The situation\'s not as bad as Greeley makes it out to be. As the New York Times article cited by Greeley indicates, the original Chronicles aren\'t being censored of their religious content. Rather, it\'s a marketing campaign for the re-issued books, as well as spinoff merchandise (including new books by unidentified authors), which will be void of Christian themes.

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Letter to the Editor: Great Books Have a Place in Our Libraries

Judy Groner sent this one to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times after reading about a library coming under fire for putting up a display of Christian books. LISNews previously posted that story here. LISNews also posted another related story here.

Following Groner\'s letter is another letter to the editor, written by Bill Walker of Miami, which refers to the First Amendment. There\'s a link there which will take you to a sarcastic article by Jan Glidewell (he\'s the guy whom Blake said looks a bit like Santa Claus). It\'s not library specific, but we all like sarcasm, don\'t we?

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Words on the Side

BrillsContent has a Story by Harold Bloom on the curious history of what we scrawl in the margins of books.

\"We read in order to live, even if in dark passages we read in order to survive. It may be that Jackson is right. Moses said to Joshua: \"Would to God that all the Lord\'s people were prophets!\" Perhaps it would be good if all readers violated the Marginalia Taboo.\"

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The latest chapter in book sales: 3.3% drop

USAToday has A Story on the drop in book sales last year.


They credit Rowling for a rise in childrens books sales of 10.1% between 1999 and 2000. Adult Hardcover sales dropped 12.9% and trade paperbacks declined 14.2%, while cheaper, rack-sized mass-market paperbacks fell 2.8%.


Pat Schroeder blames it on the uncertainty about the outcome of the presidential election.


More likely are the price increases by publishers and smaller discounts from booksellers, consumers spent more while buying fewer books, spending $14.14 billion last year, up from $13.24 billion in 1999. They say previous industry studies have warned of a limited number of people willing to spend $25 on a book.


Duh. Someone needs to go back to college and take an economics class.

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Newt\'s Books

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Atlanta Journal- Constitution has An Article about the favorite
books of Newt Gingrich. If you have admirers of the Newt among your library
patrons, you may want to stock these titles:


His reading list includes the novels
\"Shogun\" by James Clavell, \"The Killer Angels\" by Michael Shaara and \"The
Unvanquished\" by Howard Fast. Nonfiction choices are \"Naturalist\" by Edward
O. Wilson and \"The Effective Executive\" by Peter Drucker.\"


They note:

\"it\'s safe to say that Al Gore\'s \"Earth in the Balance\" was not one of them\".

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Skim It and Weep

Lee Hadden writes:\"There is an excellent article on the problem of aliteracy, a scourge of
people who can read, but won\'t. Read more about it in the Washington Post.
\"The No-Book Report: Skim It and Weep : More and More Americans Who Can
Read Are Choosing Not To. Can We Afford to Write Them Off?\" A survey shows
Americans are reading printed versions of magazines, newspapers and books
less and less.
\" David also commented\" \"Does this really surprise anyone?Truly sad\"

The Full Story has several interesting interviews and examples, it\'s worth the read.

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