Literary Rights to \'Roots\' Sold Cheap to Florida Investor

The widow of the late Alex Haley has been forced to sell the literary rights to Roots for a measley $10,000. The buyer is an investor from FLorida who purchases \"unusual\" assets. \"Investor, John Palumbo, said the short-term financial reward is not a motive because the annual royalties amount to a few thousand dollars a year. A spurt of interest in Haley\'s work in the future could result in additional payoff for him. \'Regardless of what comes out of it, it will make a good conversation piece,\' he said.\"
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Book Ban Battle Grows Over Kid Sex Books

The book banning brouhaha in Conroe, Texas is gaining steam as some 200 community members filed into the courthouse to witness the debate over two sex books aimed at kids. Those speaking out against the books want them removed completely from the library. The county judge says he\'s received hundreds, possibly thousands of comments that seem to indicate that the community is evenly split over the issue. Read More.


Can the book you read lead to love?

Here\'s An Interesting One that says More than half the population believes you can judge a person by the books they read. Both men and women share the belief, but men are more convinced by the idea than women. They say We all know the saying that men think of sex every seven seconds, which may explain why the under 34 year old male is particularly interested in the girls reading Sex and the City by Candace Bushnall


UMd. reading about gay student riles conservatives

James Nimmo sent over This Washington Times Story that says family advocacy groups object to University of Maryland freshmen being asked to read a play about a homosexual college student, and are monitoring a Texas library\'s decision to remove from its shelves a book they say promotes homosexuality and abortion.

Always remember, if you don\'t like it, that means it\'s no good for anyone.


Love of books helps kids succeed in school, and life

This Nice Piece says only about half of children ages 3 to 5 have a book read to them
by an adult each day and that\'s just one reason why 40 percent of youngsters
entering kindergarten are not prepared.

\"Children who are read to frequently are nearly twice as likely as
other children to show three or more skills associated with emerging literacy.\"


Tiny-Book Publisher Is Losing Her Vision

The LATimes is Reporting Barbara Raheb, who produced 530 miniature titles in 27 years, is suffering from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness for people older than 60. Those with the malady find that the central portion of their field of vision is covered by a gray blob.
They say she is the nation\'s biggest little-book publisher. Her leather-bound volumes have thumbnail-size pages with lines of printed type so small that they can be covered by a shirt thread.


Audacious raid on Dickens museum

The BBC Says Thieves have escaped with three first editions of Charles Dickens\' A Christmas Carol, worth up to £30,000 each, in a daylight raid on a London museum. They were taken from a locked cabinet using glasscutters as visitors looked around the Dickens House Museum during opening hours on Thursday, 15 August.


Dictionary speaks volumes for Scots

The BBC Is Reporting The final volume of a unique dictionary of the Scots language has been published.
The Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) was originally proposed in 1919 by Sir William Craigie, a Scottish member of the team which produced the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

The work, which has been supported by Scottish universities and charitable foundations and is published by Oxford University Press, aims to define and preserve Lowland Scots, which many people speak.


Georgia School Board Requires Balance of Evolution and Bible

Jen Young was kind enough to point out This NYTimes Story that says Georgia\'s second-largest school district adopted a policy last night that requires teachers to give a \"balanced education\" about the origin of life, giving equal weight to evolution and biblical interpretations.
The district, Cobb County, had already come under attack this summer for attaching disclaimers to all science textbooks, saying that evolution \"is a theory, not a fact,\" and should be \"approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.\"

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Prices of Books: Book prices put off avid UEA readers

Here\'s One from Reading
is considered an indulgence in the emirates. The high
price of books dissuades many residents from making
a habit of reading, and it is often the cost factor which
discourages parents from urging their children to read
more. Still, importers and retailers claim the price of
books has come down considerably in the past four
They say the importance attached to reading in
Islam is such that the very first verse of the Holy Quran
revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was about
reading, but, many people say they are dissuaded by
the high cost of books.



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