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MSNBC has a Story on two troubling aspects of modern book publishing. The first is that many contemporary writers are perpetually insecure about who is actually reading them. The second and more disturbing fact is that Oprah Winfrey can control the fate of so many copies of a book.
It\'s an interesting look at how things work in the industry.
Via the Malaysian National News Agency:
Over 1.5 million articles on forestry are now available to foresters and forest researchers at a lower cost, thanks to the on-line Interlibrary-loan (E-Loan) programme introduced by the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Institutions (APAFRI).
The programme, APAFRI Treelink Information Service (ATIS), is part of the APAFRI-TREELINK project sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The agreement for the CND$3.5 million project was signed by APAFRI and CIDA through the latter\'s executing agency, Salasan-Treelink in October 1998.
APAFRI\'s Executive Secretary, Dr.K Baskaran said the on-line service was made possible by the linking of libraries from four of its members -- the University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Kasetsart University of Thailand, Universiti Putera Malaysia, and Forest Research Institute of Malaysia . . .
. . . Dr Baskaran said the objective of the four-year APAFRI-TREELINK project was to increase the ability of APAFRI member institutions to contribute to the renewal of Asian forests through the conservation and domestication of indigenous forest resources . . .
Exploring The Catcher in the Rye is a site that covers just about anything you could want to know about the book.
It includes A Catcher in the Rye Album, which is a collection of images of scenes, places, and other stuff from the book.
Definitions and criteria: Bad sex, meant bad writing, not the author\'s choice of partners, positions or fetishes. As for technique, it was literary, not physical prowess that they graded. The task was to ferret out pretentious, clichéd, implausible and boring descriptions of sexual intimacy.
The projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project is a traveling exhibition of artist\' book works, zines, and independent publications. Traveling by way of a vintage Airstream, the BOOKMOBILE aims to make its way to community centers, schools, festivals, artist run centers, libraries, prisons, and remote regions where independent publications are hard to come by.
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eCommerce Times has a Business Oriented Story that says Wall Street seems to be looking for Net booksellers to have an exterior safety net, such as additional product categories or offline partners, and they may have little margin for error to remain in business.
\"Overall online retail sales still represent 1 percent or less of all retail sales in the U.S., so there\'s still a lot of growth opportunity, but we\'re certainly seeing a flattening of the curve for books because it\'s one of the most mature online industries.\"
Bob Cox passed along This NYTimes Story on whether so much low- price competition may have squeezed the market for high-quality illustrated art books out of the national chains and back to the more esoteric world of museum shops and boutiques, a serious challenge to the established publishers that had come to depend on a mass market.
\"Without the chains you can only be so successful, even for high-end books,\" said Sharon Gallagher, founder of D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, which distributes other publishers\' illustrated books and a few of its own. \"But they may not be the best place to sell some very high- end art book any more.\"
CBS News President Andrew Heyward said he refuses to read
former news correspondent, Bernard Goldberg\'s best-selling book \"\"BIAS: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News.\" According to Heyward, \"I\'ve heard everything in there a thousand times after working with him for 20 years.\" Goldberg first came under fire when he publicly exposed the the television news media in an article he published in the Wall Street Journal. More