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jen writes \"It\'s the novelist-as-celebrity.There\'s a new group of magazines with a new target audience. Readers. Book readers. Basically, the magazines try to avoid the sleepy, antiquarian end of literature while still extolling bookstores, book fairs, book stars and, of course, books. This is book culture as pop culture.\" -- Too bad they don\'t also extol public libraries. And who knew that Keith Richards had a mahogany-trimmed library? \"
\"We treat authors and books as another part of the entertainment industry -- just the way Spin or Rolling Stone or even Golf Digest cover their respective fields.\"
Slate has Another Story on BookScan the sales-tracking system that can currently find the exact number of copies sold at about 50 percent of U.S. bookstores.
Current Best Seller lists aren\'t really lists of the best selling books, so it\'ll be interesting to see how much the lists change when we really know what people are buying. They say publishers are already hyperventilating with fear.
See Also: The Fact and Fiction of Best Sellers Lists. by Dennis Loy Johnson.
A first edition of Charles Darwin\'s Origin of the Species
stolen from a library at least 88 years ago has been
The book, published in 1859, could be worth around
£15,000. It was taken back to Boston Public Library by Julie
Geissler, who was left it by her great aunt Hester Hastings.
To Kill a Mockingbird is Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley\'s favorite book, and the Chicago Public Library is trying to get everyone in the city to read it.
In other Mockingbird news, the book has been pulled off the freshman reading list at a high school in Oklahoma. The principal sez, "We didn\'t want to put any kids in an uncomfortable situation."
Junk e-mail goddess strikes again...
\"From the Associated Press (Northern Ireland)- A prized first edition of Jonathan Swift\'s \"Gulliver\'s Travels\" was returned Thursday to Armagh Public Library nearly two years after armed robbers stole the 273-year-old volume.\" more... from Excite News.
From the junk e-mail goddess...
\"A rare first-edition copy of Charles Darwin\'s seminal work on natural selection has been returned to the Boston Public Library after disappearing at least eight decades ago.
An 1859 copy of Darwin\'s \"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection\" was returned last week after a woman found the book while cleaning out a relative\'s home, Roberta Zonghi, the library\'s keeper of rare books, said on Wednesday. The library received the book in the 1860s as a gift, Zonghi said. The library noted that the book was missing in 1933, but it could have vanished a decade earlier.\" more...
The folks at ABCNews have this one
Someone from the Associated Press writes...
\"The first National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, will be held Sept. 8, first lady Laura Bush said Monday. The event, whose hosts will include Mrs. Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, will be modeled after similar events she sponsored as first lady in Texas. \'I believe that every American should have the sense of adventure and satisfaction that comes from reading a good book -- and, I might add, a good newspaper article,\' she said.\" more... from NewsFlash.
Here\'s still more from CNN.
I\'m not sure if it has an application in the library world, but, the \'ATM for books\' is eight feet long, 38 inches wide, it can produce a book in 12 minutes, and costs $82,000. The MTI PerfectBook-080 machine could change book stores as we know them. Instead of allowing books to go out of print, you can store them as digital files and publish them \"on demand\" in bookstores, while customers wait, using self-contained book printers.
Does something like this have a place in a library?
Cliff writes \"This is an interesting article especially because it suggests some interesting ideas on how this technology will or could be used. It\'s too bad publishers find this a threat rather than think of it as a business opportunity, but perhaps that\'s the bias of this article\'s writer. This kind of tech will make trees more endangered than ever, as books can join the ranks of \"throwaway\" status if this technology becomes widespread. One can imagine some publishers priting very cheap copies of books, meant to be thrown away (trashy novels, for example?)
Newspapers are dissing book reviews. Reasons cited are \"the average reader really doesn\'t care about quality.\" I wonder, according to whom? One editor says \"book review sections only appeal to a small, elite, older readership.\" Ya don\'t say... The article also goes on to say that \"newspaper editors don\'t read books.\" Now, that doesn\'t surprise me. [more...] from Salon.