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Diane Writes:
\"Feb. 2001\'s Against the Grain has an
interesting article by Anthony W. Ferguson. He recommends that libarians
read Blown to bits by Phillip Evans and Thomas S. Wurster (Harvard
Business School Press, 2000) for the lessons offered.

\"They use the
near-collapse of Britannica as a case study in the perils of being the
established leader in any given sector of society.\"

Ferguson draws
parallels for libraries from the study and offers some solutions to our
digital dilemmas.

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Winners of Writers Guild Awards Announced

Kenneth Lonergan, author of the sibling-reunion tale \"You Can Count On Me,\" won a top honor from The Writers Guild of America. He won for best screenplay based on material written specifically for the screen. [more...] from The Nando Times...

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Happy Birthday Theodor Geisel!

The National Education Association (NEA) has designated today as \"Read Across America\" day.


There was a funny story on NPR this morning on the crazy things school principals are doing to get their kids to read. They are kissing Llamma\'s, snakes, and being duct taped to the wall, if the kids read enough books.

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Indie Book Sellers Are Back

Wired has an Audio Story that says Independent booksellers are regaining ground on the mega-retailers both in stores and online, with a stong and devoted following.

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Gutenberg Not The First

Could it be that Gutenberg was not the first to market with the printing press?


Paul Needham and Blaise Aguera y Arcas (library folks at Princeton University) think he may not have been the first.


It seems like more of a technicality to me, but Read The Full Story from National Geographic and decide for yourself.

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Short Story Dispensing Machines

Lee Hadden writes:

\"The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story of an entrepreneur
who has placed \"reading vending machines\" in the London Underground to sell
short stories to commuters. The stories are packaged like folded maps, and
can be read easily in a crowded subway car. The cost is one pound each
(about $1.50), and are designed so the average reader would spend about 40
minutes reading the story.

At the Baker Street Station, for example, are short stories about
Sherlock Holmes. Elementary, of course. Backers claim there is massive
potential in this market, and others claim it is the best new idea in
publishing since the paperback book. The backers of the new service want to
end the practice of commuters reading tabloids on the train.

Their website is: travelman.co.uk.


Wade Lambert. \"Publisher Puts Story Machine in London Tube.\" Wall
Street Journal. February 22, 2001, page B1, B4.

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Is Oprah\'s Book Club About More Than Feel Good Hype?

Alfred Kazin, writing in The Los Angeles Times, called Oprah\'s Book Club the \"carpet bombing of the American mind.\" Some critics disagree...
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Help needed from Librarians to complete book project

Godfrey Oswald writes \"Dear Librarians

I am near the final completion of a major project, to update the
Info Connect List of LIS Records 1999.


This is a factual reference book (first published in 1997), of the
major records on libraries, information science and librarianship,
akin to the \"Guinness Book of Records\".


It includes such records as, the oldest university library in the
world,the most expensive library in the world, the largest public
library in Europe, the 100 largest and important libraries in the
world, the first CD-ROM database.


The new edition is to be called \"The Book of Library Records\"
and is to be made available in book printed and electronic version.


I am seeking information on any new entries to add to the new edition.


Here is how you can help me....

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PUBLIB Best Books of 2000

PUBLIB has posted the PUBLIB Best Books of 2000 (Favorite books read, but not necessarily written, in 2000).

All the titles were contributed by PUBLIB members.

A few titles include, Paco Underhill Why We Buy , Anne Elizabeth Simon The Real Science Behind the X-Files , and Miles Harvey The Island of Lost Maps .

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Book Publishing Quickies

I have accumulated more than a few Book / Publishing Industry related stories, so here they are...

Scholastic creates new online lesson plan the folks that bring you Harry Potter has a new web site that includes lesson plans and Web-page builders for teachers as well as education information for parents.


Conflicted Copy Rights is a three-part series on how royalty fees and payments for copyrighted works are established.


The Right to Read is an interesting look at the future, one version of the future.

A few more follow...

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No phony birthday parties for \'Catcher in the Rye\'

The Buffalo News has a little article about the \"Catcher in the Rye\"turning 50!

NEW YORK - This year marks the 50th anniversary of J.D. Salinger\'s \"The Catcher in the Rye.\" But don\'t expect to hear that from his publisher.\"


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Britannica Does Britney

Wired has a Story on britannica.com and the \"spicy\" content designed to appeal to the young-and-bookish set.

\"Interestingly, we seem to be attracting more single people in their 20s than in the past,\" said Jocelyn Turpin, executive producer at Britannica.com. \"The shift is partially the result of the more grownup features we\'ve developed.\"

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Bjork, yes; Britney, no

Brian writes \"The Chicago Tribune has a Meaty Article about the New Grove II. It\'s refreshing that the online version of NG2 isn\'t even mentioned until halfway through. The 29-volume set puts more emphasis on popular and world music than the old edition; it doesn\'t mention Britney Spears, but Icelandic song goddess Bjork is covered. \"We had quite a lively internal debate about whether to include the Spice Girls,\" an editor says.

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Questioning the Newberry List

E.J. Graff Has Written an interesting look at The Newberry\'s on Salon.
he says the Newbery medal treated as nearly infallible, the Newbery medalists as the \"boring\" books, the same books that stayed on display at the library because no one checked them out. No one who reads for pleasure and challenge and joy would willingly subject themselves to such demeaningly tedious books.

\"Far too many parents, crazy with anxiety about raising their children right, hand off their judgment to experts ranging from Dr. Spock to Dr. Brazelton, from Parenting magazine to the Newbery medal.\"

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Books in Retrogression

I love this quote from Arts & Letters Daily about the book publishing industry.
\"Once upon a time, the major American publishing houses could be counted on to bring controversial new ideas, trenchant political criticism, and works of enduring literary merit to the reading public. No longer. Instead, we get a steady stream of diet books, celebrity biographies, quasi-spiritual self-help manuals, formulaic technothrillers, Jacqueline Susann knock-offs, and warmed-over tabloid journalism about the scandal of the moment.\"

One may or may not easily argue the accuracy of such a statement, depending on reading tastes and also given the fact that a trip to the library or to the closest bookstore, whether it be physical or virtual, will yield quality literature aplenty for someone. The saga continues at The American Prospect

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Publishers of Texts With Errors Pay Up

The Houston Chronicle has a Story in which said Sarah Wahl, head librarian for the Goose Creek Independent School District says the publishers of those 12 textbooks that are full of errors should receive stiffer fines in an effort to curtail mistakes. A recent legislative change allowed the State Board of Education to levy fines totaling $80,500 against nine textbook publishers last year for failing to correct errors.

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Laura Bush, first lady of literacy

Salon.com has an Interview with Stanley Crouch, who read his stuff at the big presidential Inauguration in D.C.

\"Look, I\'m fairly sure [Laura Bush] is going to be doing things connected to literacy, making books available, teaching kids how to read -- literature is one thing, but reading is another, and those of us currently paying our rent as writers would probably be better off anyway if there were more focus on literacy rather than on celebrating professional authors.\"

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Is nothing sacred?

Salon has a rather Interesting Story on Peggy Kamuf, a professor at the University of Southern California, insists that teaching kids to read initiates them into the patriarchal construct of the family unit and society at large, and learning to read is brutal and painful rite of passage.

She says learning to read is violent.

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ALA Award Winners

Richard Peck, author of \"A Year Down Yonder,\" and David Small, illustrator of \"So You Want To Be President?\" are the 2001 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children\'s literature.

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Why books make thieves of us all

The Guardian has an Interesting Story on how folks in the UK love to steal books. While most folks wouldn\'t \"misappropriate my neighbour\'s ox or ass\", they seem to have no problem taking books from the library, or a books store.

\"As students we walked out of libraries with books up our jumpers, not with larcenous intent, but because check-out was such a hassle. The libraries turned a blind eye. Most of the books came back. We trusted one another. But, sometimes, one forgot.\"

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