Books

English dictionary recognizes text messages

ZDNet Says the Concise
Oxford Dictionary has decided to include the shorthand
language in its revised edition published on Thursday.
Examples that have found a place in the dictionary
include BBLR (be back later) and
HAND (have a nice day). They are joined by
emoticons--representations of facial
expressions such as :) and :(.

Mend Those Bindings

Bella
Online
has This
Story
in Book Mending, Information on tools and
technique for this essential task for librarians and
others who care for books.
It\'s a neat look at book repair, and and the
Mending materials it takes to make your sick books all
better.

\"During mine own education the assistant dean
asked what courses we would like to see offered
during the interim semester (these were mini, one
credit courses). The overwhelming response was,
\"book repair.\" \"

Religious books: Divine popularity

CNN has This Story on sales of religious books being up more than 4 percent.
They say it\'s not just Christian-oriented books that are selling so well, but any religious books tend to be doing well.
Does anyone keep circulation numbers on this type of book, are they up as well?

\"The more suspicious people are of their local church, then the more apt they are to just assemble their own books, to assemble their own spiritual life,\"

New Invention Could Drastically Alter Publishing Industry

For Business2, John McCloskey writes...

\"A machine that may be the publishing equivalent of a car that runs on water. Working from a digital file, it can print, bind, and trim a book of any size in a matter of minutes. Having finished with one title, it can proceed to another and another, as long as the machine is kept supplied with ink, toner, and paper-the same regular copy paper you might buy at Staples. \"When I first saw it, I knew it would be as important as Gutenberg,\" says Epstein, who emerged as something of a digital prophet last year with the publication of a work of his own, Book Business: Past Present and Future. \"The whole world changes,\" he says, \"because of that machine.\" [more...]

David & Goliath in Japan

Asahi has a Story on the record number of small book shops closing in Japan.

They say about1,300 bookstores closed last year and 6,400 have disappeared since 1995. Most big stores are not in much better shape, this is a result of a bubble in the book retailing business.

Bookstores also face tough competition from discount stores selling remaindered or almost-new books, from online bookstores, public libraries and ``manga cafes,\'\' where customers can browse among current manga comic.

I think we have now run this same story from the US, Ireland, England, and now Japan.

The Perfect Book Machine

Here\'s A Nifty One from Business 2.0 on a cool machine that takes a digital file, from which it can print, bind, and trim a book of any size in a matter of minutes. It\'s about the size of an industrial photocopier, and uses regular paper.

Instant, cheap books!

\"Book binding has always been a black art,\" says Marsh. \"If you put those processes into automotive plants, the whole industry would die. They\'re dangerous, and they can\'t be replicated reliably. I mean, you got people sticking their hands under moving blades.\"

Childrens Books, Especially Harry Potter, Miscast Women

From The Times (UK), Elizabeth Judge writes...

\"WOMEN characters in children’s storybooks fit 1940s stereotypes, being meek, gentle, ineffectual, rarely employed, and wholly dependent on their men, an American study has concluded.
The only feisty women with roles that extend beyond baking cakes or washing clothes are evil, usually witches, the researchers say.

One of the worst offenders was the Harry Potter series, in which two of the most admired female characters exhibit nurturing, humble, emotional traits. “Mrs Weasley and Harry’s mother are known for their feminine traits, where family and children come first,” said Claire Etaugh, from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, who led the research. “Only one of Harry’s friends, Hermione, is tomboyish, clever and smart and able to get the boys out of scrapes.” [more...]

Discovery of Moldy Books Leads to Some Serious Weeding

Maybe everyone should go on a toxic mold seeking expedition. The discovery of some moldy books in the Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School Library in Pennsylvania, led the librarian to uncover the fact that much of their collection was outdated and needed to be discarded anyway. [more...] from The Mercury.

Guinness Book of Records Sold

From The Dispatch Online (London, UK)...

\"The Guinness Book of Records, the benchmark reference of the world\'s feats and sporting facts, has been sold to a new owner for about R5 billion.\" Geez. I wonder if they\'ll change the name? [more...]

An Animiated History of Books

The BBC has a cool new site called An Animated History of Books.

They start with cave paintings and go right on through today, and beyond. Comes complete with disembodied, floating, talking head of Shakespeare.

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