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South African Teachers want anti-apartheid book banned, and Quickly Change their minds.

\"The Wind Done Gone\" had its\' day in court, and Won. The judge said it borrows too liberally from \"Gone With the Wind\" and infringes on copyright.

Five good books you\'ve probably never read

The Economist has a really Neat Story that compares the bestseller lists from Israel and the US.

Bookstores Drop Suit Against Chains

Yahoo is reporting The
independent bookstores have
dropped their antitrust lawsuit against book giants
Barnes &Noble and Borders in exchange for $4.7
million.

Both sides claim they won.

``Fizzle. Fizzle. Fizzle,\'\' said Stephanie Oda,
who publishes
Subtext, a Connecticut newsletter covering the
bookselling
industry. ``Business is not fair. This is a capitalistic
system.\'\'

E-Ink: Re-Inking the Culture of the Book

D.T. Max writes, in The Last Book, \"If computers finally replace trusted hardcovers and paperbacks, will our culture ever be the same?\" [more...] from The Utne Reader.

Popular Author of Kids\' Books Teaches Science Without Fiction

The stars of Seymour Simon\'s newest book include cockroaches, buzzards and rats, all presented with the kind of high-quality photography and heavy paper once reserved for art books.

\"Animals Nobody Loves\" (Seastar Pub Co; ISBN: 1587170795, April 2001) and hundreds of other Seymour Simon books are pioneers in the genre of reality children\'s literature.

And publishers, now aware of the youth market for attractive nonfiction books, are giving real science the respect -- and publications the budgets -- once invested only in storybooks. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.

Book Quickies

The Exorcist Banned on Good Friday in the Australian state of Victoria.


News.com Story On the continuing expansion of Amazon.com\'s electronic book section.


SfGate Story on The war between independent book dealers and chain stores in San Fransisco. A lawsuit brought by American Booksellers Association and 27 independently owned bookstores from around the US, accuses Barnes & Noble and Borders, of arranging deals with publishers and distributors independent stores can\'t get, which lead to the expansion of the big stores, and the death of the independents.


The Standard.com has This Story sent in by Lee Hadden, on sci-fi author Harlan Ellison. He is fighting the online copyright battle in some strange and angry ways.

Fonts- The Mood Enhancers

BookTech
Magazine
has an Interesting Story on Fonts, or
typeface.

I know, you\'re thinking, So? Well, according to this story,
there is alot of thought put into what font is used for
what. They even say typeface begins as a work of art!

\"The ideal typeface for a book is like the perfect
narrator for a film: It draws the audience in and helps
set the tone and style. \"Every typeface has a
personality,\" says Lisa Clark, a book designer\"

A Look At Publishing

E-Rights for E-Writers is a story on the Supreme Court judges hearing a case that could set a legal standard for copyright in the electronic age.


Bob Cox sent along This Story that says the route to literary success is to be young and gifted but most of all be gorgeous! They accuse literary agents of touting talent to publishers like a \' beauty pageant\'


And The Chicago Times Says Margaret Mitchell\'s estate has filed suit in Atlanta to block publication of a novel that tells the late writer\'s \"Gone With the Wind\" story from the perspective of a former slave who is an illegitimate half-sister of Mitchell\'s heroine, Scarlett O\'Hara.


And, last but not least, A Librarian to help pick Newbery award -- Read More

Guinness Book of Records Business Is Put Up for Sale

[This one] comes by way of BookWire

\"The self-appointed arbiter of truth on trivia from the world\'s hairiest man to its largest rabbit was put up for sale yesterday. The drinks giant Diageo, which owns The Guinness Book of Records, has brought in a merchant bank to seek a buyer after executives decided the 45-year-old publication was no longer a core interest.

It was founded to solve a bizarre dispute between top staff at the Guinness brewery over high-speed game birds. The sale will be the first time the book and the famous brewer have not had the same owner. The encyclopaedic annual has enjoyed remarkable success since it first appeared in 1955 by selling 90 million copies - a figure beaten only by the Bible, the Koran and Mao Zedong\'s Little Red Book.\" [more...]

Cliff Notes in The Library

Lee Hadden writes:
\"Bob Levey, a popular columnist in Washington DC, has an account of finding that the local public library has copies of Cliff\'s Notes in their collection.
Read more about it at The Washington Post\"

The library did say they buy three to four times as many \"real books\" as CliffsNotes and they are \"not as popular as the books themselves. They\'re not widely used.\"

Books, Books Everywhere the Books

More than a few book stories clogging up my favorites here

The E-Book Revolution? from over at BookWire calls the the eBook industry\'s hype a bit off base.

The NYTimes has This Story on a campaign by more than 1,200 independent bookstores called BookSense.

Meanwhile, in Australia, Retailers told to move as books giant sets up shop, if you can\'t beat\'m, move.

In CA a federal court judge in Northern California dismissed a group of Independent Bookstores claim to damages yesterday in an antitrust suit against Barnes & Noble and the Borders Group. Full Story -- Read More

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