phoenix04 writes "For National Library Week, April 18-24, Gale is offering free trials of many databases including specialized not-usually-offered-except-for-cost. Go to for details. I already use Times Digital Archive, which is _The Times of London_ - back to mid-1700s!!! Truly awesome times for librarians. End-users haven't a clue till we lead 'em. Of course, Gale benefits because of the registration process."

No-shows at the Great Ontario Book Break

Here's an opinion piece from the Globe and Mail about the benefit (or lack thereof) of author signings. The failed event, called "the Great Ontario Book Break", sponsored by a collective of Ontario book publishers was badly organized, a waste of money and in fact resulted in "hours of acute public humiliation" in the opinion of author Russell Smith.


Little Sisters equivalent in Littleton, Colorado

Fang-Face writes "Speaking of Little Sisters, here's a story about the U.S. equivalent in Littleton, Colorado. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today to throw out a Denver zoning law that prohibits situating a sex-themed business within five hundred feet of schools or day care centers. Z.J. Gifts opened Christal's in 1999 and went to federal court that same year, arguing that the bookstore not a sex shop because only a portion of its merchandise is adult in nature. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case last October because different appeals courts have disagreed on the issue.

(Why are such laws a bad thing? Because such laws have been unethically exploited. In North Charleston, South Carolina, which case the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear,
and by the City of New York.)"


Gay bookstore asks for funding as court fight against book seizures continues

Anonymous Patron writes "This Article Reports a Vancouver, BC, gay book store is asking the Canadian courts to fund its next case.
Mark Macdonald, spokesman for Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, said the store has spent more than $500,000 fighting against seizures deemed to be obscene. The store is now fighting seizures of a series of adult comics entitled The Meatmen. "The Meatmen comics are not obscene," Macdonald said. "They are gay male erotica and it has to do with (sadomasochistic) practices. They're certainly not for everybody's tastes and we've never insinuated that they are."


Northeastern Univ. Press to close

According to an Associated Press article, Northeastern UP will close in 2005. A spokesperson for Northeastern said the school can no longer afford to subsidize the publishing operation, which costs up to $450,000 per year.


Lexis-Nexis finds a new market niche: Prisons

Martin writes "Lexis-Nexis has begun installing kiosks in prisons and so far, everyone likes them. They save shelf space in cramped prison libraries, librarians no longer have to file updates in the books, and they make it easier for prisoners to find informtion. Prison oficials wanted to be sure that the kiosks were tamper-proof. The touch-screen monitors are covered in shatterproof glass inside a steel box bolted to a wall. "We've taken a crowbar to it. It doesn't shatter," said a company official.

AP Has The Story"


"Embracing and extending its way through the alphabet"

ChuckB writes "The Register has this story about how Microsoft is trying to have access to blocked in the Benelux countries because (get this) 'Lin---s' (the name under which Lindows is now forced to market its software; pronounced 'LinDash') 'bears an auditive resemblance to Windows.' Perhaps they're using some kind of fuzzy Soundex."


Amazon teams up with British Library for rare books

An Anonymous Patron writes "This Story Says has teamed up with the British Library so that information on rare, antiquarian and out of print books can be made available to buy online.

The British Library has added details of more than 2.55m books to the books catalogue, with 1.7m of these dated before the 1970 introduction of ISBN." One hopes the BL was richly remunerated.


Worries at Elsevier?

Richard Wray of The Guardian writes: But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon. Reed's highly lucrative scientific publishing empire, which has a tradition stretching back to 1580, is under threat from the growth of a new system of publishing on the internet known as open access. Full Story


Oxford UP lays off 35

Oxford University Press USA has laid off 35 employees as part of a reorganization. According to Publishers Weekly, the target was largely the print reference department, which the publisher is said to have "consolidated in favor of its expansive online efforts."

Publisher Laura Brown stated that OUP is "making significant investments in our higher education and professional publishing and our on-line activities, areas where we see exciting growth opportunities."

As part of the reorganization, Casper Grathwohl was named publisher, reference division, while Karen Day assumes the title of associate publisher, reference. Ms. Day previously held the publisher's position.



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