National Punch Day

birthdays •
1878 –
Upton Sinclair, American writer and politician (d. 1968)
1884 – Maxwell Perkins American editor (d1947)
1948 –
George R. R. Martin, American writer

cookies • The Washington Center for the Book will honor Ursula K. Le Guin with the Maxine Cushing Gray Fellowship for Writers, for her distinguished body of work. 2006 Washington State Book Award ceremony is 18 October 2006 at the Seattle Public Library.

well worth reading • Karen Turner has a marvelous essay “an Ode to the Secondhand Book.”

UE digital dilemma • The EU wants to digitalise and online the vast volumes of cultural works in member state libraries to make them accessible to all, but unless the issue of copyright and intellectual property rights are solved, the European Digital Library may consist only of books and journals published before the 1920s.

blog of note • an interesting debate is going at copyranter blog about the incredibly bad advertising done by book publishers. via NPR. “The Book Publishing Industry is dying. And it ain’t a quietly-in-its-sleep death. It’s a getting-hacked-to-pieces-by-machetes death . . .”

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