Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2000 - 1:29pm
The Chicago Tribune has another Story on the increaing popularity of Audio Books. Audio Books have become the fastest-growing segment of the book industry.
Are they being offered in your library?
Are they being Used?
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2000 - 6:46pm
Omaha.com has an interesting Series of articles from a columnist on the battle between the small book stores and Barnes & Noble and Borders. She took some heat for her columns, they are a good read.
\"\"\"You are the killer of businesses,\" one man wrote. People like me are on the increase, he said. \"They are the people who take advantage of the hospitality the businesses offer, complain when they can\'t get more, read and wear out a book, then walk out without purchasing anything.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 30, 2000 - 12:49pm
The Chicago Tribune has this article on the flourishing of audio books.
\"...audio books, like electronic books, are redefining cultural attitudes toward reading. They are even becoming the first medium for some titles, whether because they\'re controversial or aimed at a special audience more likely to \"read\" a book in that form than curled up in an armchair with a bound title.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 29, 2000 - 1:48pm
Memorial Day is considered the official start of the summer season. Here are two articles on summer reading for kids;
One from the Post Gazette and another from the Oklahoman.
Submitted by Blake on May 28, 2000 - 11:29am
In a strange blending of art and promotion, a special
edition of a forthcoming book by a controversial
Newfoundland author will contain pieces of his own
National Post up in Canada, has
Submitted by Blake on May 26, 2000 - 10:03am
Is it possible that people are buying more \"Trash\" Than ever? According to this Story from The Worldly Investor they sure are, and it\'s all the big stores fault.
\"``The dramatic advent of superstores and online booksellers has made the book business more like the rest of consumer retailing: There is a smaller number of bigger winners than there used to be,\'\' said author Nicholas Lemann, chair of the guild\'s Midlist Study Group.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 18, 2000 - 8:12pm
Here\'s an Article to help you save a few dollars.
\"The 75-page book also provides sample menus for a two-week period, a suggested grocery shopping list, and advice on reducing food costs.
\"If the recipes don\'t taste good, they won\'t be used regardless of whether they are nutritionally sound,\" said Shirley Watkins, the Agriculture Department\'s undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. \"These recipes passed all the tests with flying colors.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 18, 2000 - 8:00pm
CNN.com has an interesting Article about a man and some dinosaur bones.
\"Author Steve Fiffer has assembled these disparate pieces into a compelling account of a man and his first love. The man is Peter Larson, a maverick fossil collector. The love of his life is a bag of bones. A very large bag of very large bones. The relationship between Larson and the remarkable fossil he unearthed in 1990 is the core of Fiffer\'s book \"Tyrannosaurus Sue.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 13, 2000 - 3:29pm
ml98/book13_20000513.html\">This Heart Warming
Story of Mother-daughter book clubs.
private homes, libraries and bookstores around greater
Seattle, mother-daughter book clubs like Kingsgate\'s
meet to share a love of literature - and each other.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 11, 2000 - 6:47pm
someone writes \"Here is an article for you to post... Very interested in your readers thoughts. \"
dbusiness.com has a rather interesting
article that presents OpenMind, a company that is using the open source model originated by software developers to the textbook publishing business.
Paul Elliot, founder of the company, which incorporated in April, told dbusiness.com, \"We\'re proposing to bring textbook content to the academic community in an open-source environment.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 10, 2000 - 9:30pm
Post is running a
506/276823\">Story on a woman who, after her
falied, started a
weekend retreat for readers. A canadian Author and a
few lucky people spend
a themed weekend together.
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 9, 2000 - 3:07pm
Mickey mouse and friends have a new publisher. Here is an article to tell you where they are now.
\"New York, May 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bertelsmann AG\'s Random House Inc. said it will publish books based on characters from Walt Disney Co., replacing a licensing agreement that the world\'s No. 2 media company has with Golden Books Family Entertainment Inc.
The agreement, which begins Jan. 1, gives Random House Children\'s Books the right to publish Disney-based books, including coloring and activity books and storybooks, in the U.S. and Canada. Random House is the world\'s largest publisher of general-interest consumer books in the English language.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on May 3, 2000 - 2:50pm
USA TODAY.com has a very interesting Article about a book that has a child\'s view.
\"I\'ve started each book in some way knowing what it would be about. I\'d never given myself a chance to simply spend time with children. I regretted this because a lot of the things children have to say don\'t fit into any preplanned agenda. I\'ve had the dilemma over many years of talking to children who had many whimsical things to tell me and I\'d think, \'This isn\'t going to fit into Chapter 3.\'\"
So he decided, in his early 60s, to \"set aside a period of years that I could simply enjoy these kids and let them lead me where they wanted to lead me.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 25, 2000 - 1:43pm
Ron Force writes:
The Washington Post has a very interesting Article entitled \"The Last Book: The Future of WordsThe future of reading, writing, storytelling, the words we use and the very way we think just might be a crotchety old guy named Harvey Ross, the inventor of the Bookbuilder, a machine that produces bound books on demand from electronic files. Imagine a PAPER copy of ANY book EVER written in your library!
Submitted by Blake on April 24, 2000 - 3:26pm
The Union Tribune has a follow up Story on the Story from last week that a judge ruled 2 library books were pornography, not art.
\"\"It raises concerns, obviously,\" said Beverley Becker, associate director of the association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom. \"Material shouldn\'t be found illegal because one person finds it offensive.\"
Submitted by Steven on April 21, 2000 - 9:33am
Ellen Freilich, a writer for Reuters
has written this
article for National Poetry Month.
\"April is National Poetry Month, a perfect excuse, if one is needed, to put aside prose and visit
some verse. To help young people observe the occasion, publishers offer an intriguing variety of new
and classic poetry books.\".
Submitted by Blake on April 20, 2000 - 6:00pm
Frank Ryan writes:
The quote below is part of the introduction to a recently published book
entitled \"Mastering Information Management\" from the Financial Times. It is
a great opening to a \"milestone\" book ...
Putting the I in IT by Thomas H. Davenport
\"Imagine a world obsessed with plumbing. In this bizarre place, hundreds of
magazines and books, and even a few television channels, cover the plumbing
industry, celebrating the latest advances in valves, fixtures and pipes.
Cocktail party conversation is dominated by the issue of whether one brand
of sink drains faster than another. Plumbing equipment magnates are on the
cover of business and even general interest publications, and become the
world\'s richest citizens. Companies pay millions, billions, trillions to
connect all their plumbing devices and to ensure that pipes reach every
desktop, every home office, even every car.
Submitted by Blake on April 19, 2000 - 5:11pm
The Union Tribune ,in San Diego, is Reporting Judge William Kennedy, at the conclusion of a one-day, nonjury trial, ruled that the photographs depicting naked young girls in provocative poses constituted child pornography.
Bruce Johnson, the arts, music and recreation supervisor at the library, said police at times have requested to see the slips to determine who is viewing books of this genre, but the library has always refused to share the information.
\"It\'s a private transaction,\" he said.
Submitted by Blake on April 19, 2000 - 11:23am
Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes:
It may be a still be a great time to be a publisher or a librarian, despite all the problems, it seems.
Jason Epstein has a fascinating article that parallels the recent \'Great Time to Be a Librarian\' thread on PubLib (see digests 1233 to 1236 at http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/PubLib/
Epstein\'s article is on the future of the book publishing business and it is titled \'The Rattle of Pebbles.\'It can be found in the New York Review of Books; Volume XLVII, Number 7; Cover Date: April 27, 2000. It is on also the web at:
\"Twenty years ago when my children and their friends came of age I advised them to shun the publishing business. Today I would offer young people, the opposite advice. The transformation that awaits them foreshadows cultural ramifications that can hardly be imagined but that promise a lifetime of creative adventure...\"
Submitted by Blake on April 17, 2000 - 11:53am
A Story from the Binghamton Press has good things to say about book clubs.
\"This week is Turn Off TV Week. Reading is something where everyone can use their life experiences and enjoy an alternative to television,\" said Melanie Battoe, library director at the Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich. Battoe started a book review group at the library Friday with a noon brown-bag discussion of Memoirs of a Geisha . This fall, she plans a monthly mystery book group.