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November 14, 2005

What’s it like to own the Penguin Complete Collection? 0

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So who are the lucky people who own the The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection, which costs nearly $8,000, weighs 700 pounds and is available exclusively through Amazon.com? Well, a New York Times article estimates that there’s only about two dozen people who have purchased the mammoth set. According to the article, one of them […]

November 14, 2005

Amazon customer tagging 0

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No, Amazon isn’t tagging its customers, but apparently, customers are beginning to tag Amazon. (For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, “tagging” is basically adding pieces of meta-data, descriptive keywords for example, to an object (in Amazon’s case, books and electronics). Right now there are a lot of sites that let their audience […]

November 14, 2005

What people are reading 0

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There were a few readers among the sleepyheads on the train this morning. I have to say, I’m impressed with my fellow readers this morning for the caliber of the books they were reading. Here’s what I spotted: Black Boy by Richard Wright (I read this book in high school. Still one of my favorites.) […]

November 13, 2005

Breaking up isn’t hard to do 0

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Most fiction is about people breaking up, right? So why not collect a bunch of fiction together and call it what it is. Two years ago Philadelphia based writer Meredith Broussard decided to do just this. She put together an anthology of stories about relationships gone wrong: 26 of them – arranged alphabetically – by […]

November 12, 2005

The big bestseller database 0

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I think I may have mentioned the USA Today bestseller list before. It’s fun because it ranks the top 150 books, not just the top 20 like most lists, and I also like it because it doesn’t separate books by category, so you can see how those self-help books stack up against those mystery novels. […]

November 10, 2005

The Book Scanner 0

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In the midst of all the controversy surrounding digitizing the world’s books did you ever stop to wonder how all these books are getting scanned? It turns out it’s just regular folks making a few bucks an hour sidled up to some high-tech scanning machines. The job doesn’t sound half bad, actually. Here’s a profile […]

November 10, 2005

The challenges of digital magazine editions 0

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An article in the Wall Street Journal talks up some of the drawbacks of the 8 DVD-ROM Complete New Yorker set: Web-savvy users accustomed to navigating easily through online content find The Complete New Yorker a bit of an anachronism. Each page of content is literally a picture of a magazine page. Readers can’t copy […]

November 9, 2005

Even childrens books are going smoke-free 0

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The Using Books blog points to a Kansas City childrens’ book store, Reading Reptile, that is taking HarperCollins to task for allegedly doctoring the photo of Clement Hurd, illustrator of the childrens’ classic Goodnight Moon, on a recent edition of the book. It seems that Hurd was once pictured holding a barely visable cigarette and […]

November 8, 2005

Awash in awards 0

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Joseph Epstein (Fabulous Small Jews, Snobbery) takes a look at the glut of awards, literary and otherwise in a Wall Street Journal piece: “All this prize-giving has made the field of culture rather like one of those progressive preschools where, on graduation day, even the most hopeless child is given a prize for not actually […]

November 7, 2005

Abebooks buys Bookfinder.com 0

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Abebooks, the Canada-based book listing service has acquired Bookfinder.com, a search engine that compares prices of books from a variety of sources including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells and hundreds of other smaller stores. They also list books from Abebooks site. Bookfinder.com founder Anirvan, in his blog post announcing the sale, said We will remain […]