NYT’s Editorial Observer Verlyn Klinkenborg is shocked and dismayed that his collection of paperback perfect bindings aren’t so perfect anymore in “Yellowing Paper, Stiffening Glue and the Sudden Demise of a Library”
The Book Industry Study Group released its study of the 2003-2004 used-book market: The Used-Book Sales: A Study of the Behavior, Structure, Size, and Growth of the U.S. Used-Book Market. Some of the results can be found at the ABA’s Bookselling this Week site. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you will find this: The study was based on analysis of sales data from the leading online booksellers and primary research with over 500 booksellers and over 2,000 consumers and students. Major data sources included Abebooks.com, Alibris.com, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Biblio.com, eBay, and Powell’s Books. Partners in the study were the American Booksellers Association, Bowker, Book Hunter Press, Monument Information Resource, and the National Association of College Stores. If you don’t see, what I don’t see, can we say that we really truly surprised?
Tonight’s TV – Book TV’s Afterwords David Vise a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Washington Post describes his new book The Google Story Sunday, March 5 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – worth watching if your home.
playtime – NPR’s All Things Considered, covered the theater companies marking Clifford Odet’s centennial, well worth a listen.
yummy – NPR’s On Point had Mark Kurlansky (author of Cod and Salt) on to talk about his new gourmand tome The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
goodies – Ireland’s National Library unveiled six sheets of notes by James Joyce. The collection of notes, which date from April to August 1923, are previously unknown documents sketching out early ideas for Finnegans Wake.
oh puhleese – some folks in Savannah are objecting to a cute little book about 2 male penguins raising a chick together and insisting it be unshelved from the children’s section. Don’t these people have REAL problems to worry about?
road trip – 10 Welsh authors pick books for a long trip, with a lot of surprising answers.
fighting back – Students in a Maryland county are protesting the district superintendent’s ban of the book “The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things.” (it’s from Dec, but i liked it.)
mitzvah – The Czech Republic has donated $111K to the Mose Hudson Tapia Public Library, Bayou La Batre, AL, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In presenting the check, the Czech ambassador said libraries in Prague were flooded in 2002 and they wanted to help others who faced
dystopia watch – our g’mnt is at it again folks – this time they are trying to ban public from all access to chemicals specifically those bought and used in chemistry sets, model rocketry and pyrotechnics. Small chemical companies are being unfairly targeted. As a fellow bookseller once said…”first they came after the chemicals, but I did not object because I did not use chemicals…”