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Tom Tugend writes...
\"Hundreds of copies of the Koran have been removed from California schools because of an accompanying anti-Semitic commentary. School board officials in Los Angeles removed the translations of the Muslim holy book, after a history teacher noted the derogatory commentary in footnotes to the text. The books were donated to schools by a local Muslim foundation to promote religious understanding following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. After the teacher complained about the anti-Semitic passages, school principals were instructed to secure all copies in their offices pending a review. It is unclear how the books were distributed to school libraries without undergoing the customary content review.\" More
Cabot writes \"Demonstrators occupied their favourite chairs at the Indigo bookstore in downtown Montreal to protest against the decision to replace soft sofas with hard chairs.
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With signs like \"Save Our Sofas! Stand up for sitting down! Care about chairs!\", it\'s quite an interesting protest.
\"I don\'t know why they\'re doing this,\" a puzzled employee said. \"We have tons of chairs. We\'re not getting rid of our chairs.\"
Some teens in an affluent Chicago suburb are working to get "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and other books translated into Farsi and delivered to kids in Afghanistan. Dr. Seuss apparently doesn\'t translate very well. Read the story, which includes contact information for the program.
USAToday has An Interesting Story on the rather new practice of posting excerpts of new books online to help stoke sales. They say it\'s become normal practice to put a sample online, and it helps sell more books.
\"I would say both publishers and authors feel that putting a percentage of the book online for people to read and get a taste of it is a great promotion for the book and really helps sales,\" said Jessica Carter, an executive in charge of online promotions at the publisher Alfred A. Knopf in New York.\"
ABCNews has A Story, pointed out by Bob Cox, on series of suspense books where everybody already knows the outcome, Christian potboiler novels about the Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming , they\'ve sold more than 50 million copies.
\"The race is going to be between Desecration and Grisham for the top fiction hardcover [title] of 2001,\" says Daisy Maryles, executive editor of Publishers Weekly, which publishes its annual best seller list in March.\"
jen writes \"But will they have Cliff Notes?
Dave Eggers to edit \'\'Best Non-Required Reading\'\' -- Houghton Mifflin hired the \'\'Staggering Genius\'\' to oversee the teen-focused anthology,
Young people who buy books -- a demographic bright spot for publishers -- are about to get their very own best-of series: \'\'The Best American Non-Required Reading,\'\' featuring literary bad boy/po-mo geek Dave Eggers as the first guest editor. \'\'We were looking for somebody who could speak directly to that readership,\'\' says Janet Silver, editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin. Due in October, the new series, aimed at 15- to 20-year-olds, will carry fiction, reviews, humor, comics, and pop-culture profiles.\"
jen writes \"
\"For 50 years, books have been my steadiest companions. I have little doubt why God\'s
keeping me on this green Earth. It\'s to read. I have often thought, when I finish a particularly satisfying book, \"Thank God I lived long enough to read this.\" Thus, last fall, when President George W. Bush exhorted Americans to get on with their normal lives, I picked up a book.\"
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The New York Times is carrying an article on audiobook narrators. \"A spoken book. There can be tremendous pleasure in hearing a book, if the voice of the narrator is right. Those authors who don\'t narrate their own books have in a sense ceded to an actor the direct connection to the listener-reader that is part of the power of authorship, in much the same way a playwright does. But if the whisper or the rumble resonating from an audiobook has the right complexity of tones, it can be as satisfying as theater.\" More
The Reader\'s Robot, is a nifty site run by Kevin Kierans, Manager of Library and Support Services, over in B.C.
They say there is nothing magical about these databases. They are like friends talking about things they enjoyed (and why and when), and you deciding whether you would enjoy them too.
You can find a new book, and recommend one you like.
Spotted at The Stuff.
One of the biggest problems facing self-publishers and small publishers of ebooks and print-on-demand books is the perceived lack of quality control. Editors are expensive, but necessary.