Books

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Elementary School Library in Pennsylvania, led the librarian to uncover the fact that much of their collection was outdated and needed to be discarded anyway.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.

Books-N-Stuff

Ryan Carter (not That Ryan) writes: \"USA Today article on the goings-on of YA books that deal with the same stuffs as do teens--violence and sexuality and stares, oh my! Mentions some good titles and their authors, touches on the importance of YA in public libraries, gets some blurbs from YA luminaries.
Also a ditty on the speedy disapparation of Tolkien books from library and bookstore shelves months before the movie opens.

Pillars of the Earth Banned from School Libraries

This one comes by way of The Fairfax Journal. Ken Follet\'s book \"Pillars of the Earth\" has been banned from Fairfax libraries serving kids below the tenth grade because it contains \"graphic descriptions of sex and violence.\" Sounds kind of like the evening news or MTV to me.

When A Book Meets A Book

Cooler than wheresgeorge.com, memepool pointed me to bookcrossing.com.
The \"3 Rs\" of BookCrossing.com, Read a good book, Register it, then Release it for someone else to read. tregoweth does it again!

\"You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? BookCrossing.com gives you a simple way to share your books with the world, and follow their paths forever more.\"

Effort to Collect Data on Book Sales Is a Step Closer

Bookscan, a unit of VNU of the Netherlands that tracks the music industry\'s retail sales, has finally turned a corner in it\'s 4 year effort to build a better best sellers list. They are trying to build a list that is based on sales information collected at the cash registers of bookstores nationwide. They have reached an agreement to pay the Borders Group for sales data from its Borders and Waldenbooks stores, they already had Barnes & Noble, Costco Wholesale, and Target.
Bookscan will most likely challenge established best-seller lists which are basically bought and manipulated. Now we should actually know what books are the true Best Sellers!
Full Story from The NYTimes

Alibris Joins Partners to Offer Better Service, More Selection of Rare Books

Rare and hard-to-find book supplier Alibris has joined forces with Baker & Taylor, R.R. Bowker and Coutts Library Services to provide better access to libraries, consumers and other organizations. [more...] from The Daily Review.

The rape of Narnia?

I got this off the Library Underground mailing list ...

According to an article by Andrew Greeley, HarperCollins plans to "purge the Christian content" from C.S. Lewis\' The Chronicles of Narnia in an effort to make the series more palatable to "secularists."

The situation\'s not as bad as Greeley makes it out to be. As the New York Times article cited by Greeley indicates, the original Chronicles aren\'t being censored of their religious content. Rather, it\'s a marketing campaign for the re-issued books, as well as spinoff merchandise (including new books by unidentified authors), which will be void of Christian themes.

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