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August 8, 2006

Dangerous Books 4

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The conservative weekly Human Events has a new spin on the “most important books” list. The magzine rounded up some “conservative scholars and public policy leaders” to compile a list of the “Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries.” The list is more than a year old, but it was resurrected from […]

August 7, 2006

On the HarperCollins Island 0

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Last week, HarperCollins unveiled its new online strategy, which centers on Amazon-like “Browse Inside” functionality, while also pushing new ways of promoting books and authors online. The New York Times wrote up the new initiative. “Browse Inside” allows visitors to “flip through” books on HarperCollins’ Web site, using an interface similar to the Amazon Online […]

August 4, 2006

The 2006 Lettre Ulysses Award Longlist 0

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There are tons of literary awards out there, but last year I discovered one that caught my interest because of its international and journalistic focus. The Lettre Ulysses Award celebrates book-length reporting, and does not limit its scope to any single language or geographic area. The result is that a richly varied list of books […]

August 3, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: August 2006 1

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Sometimes, I’m forced to read a book. That’s right. Utterly forced. Even as I try to open my mind to more and more books, I get pigeonholed into reading something specific, a “required read” that – because of it’s non-organic nature – feels more like a high school book report project. As long time readers […]

August 3, 2006

Quick Programming Note 0

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I’m not sure how many of you used the “Book News by RSS” feature that lived at the bottom of the middle column. It was slowing down the site so I moved it to its own page. Enjoy. Also, I plan to make some changes around here sometime in the near future as I think […]

August 2, 2006

Handselling: A Curious Alchemy 2

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There’s a charming story about the power of independent bookstores in the Seatle PI. Book sales can have a curious alchemy. They have been spurred by all sorts of things, such as happenings in the news or mentions on Oprah, but seldom in the history of bookdom has one title ridden to new readership all […]

July 31, 2006

You’ve got to spend money to make money 0

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What happens when people with a lot of money want to get their hands on a book that they think will make them more money, but that book is out of print and hard to find? That book gets very expensive. A BusinessWeek article profiles Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful […]

July 31, 2006

Serendipitous 0

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I thoroughly enjoyed Pinky’s recollection of meeting Rupert Pole, Anais Nin’s husband and caretaker, while canvassing door to door in Los Angeles 16 years ago.

July 31, 2006

No More Books in School 1

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Several schools will be getting rid of books. It’s not as bad as it sounds though. Pearson a company that publishes educational materials (and owns Penguin, incidentally) has been promoting a plan to replace textbooks with digital materials. The company was able to convince California to try it out, disclosing “on Monday with its half-year […]

July 31, 2006

Brick Lane sparks a dispute 0

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A row (as they say over there) has erupted over the filming of a movie based on Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane, spurring protests and threats of a book burning. The anger has arisen from the portrayal of Bangladeshis in the book. So far a number of notable authors have come out in support of […]