shark jumping • Secrets of the Alchemist Dar, by millionaire author Michael Stadther, will incorporate riddles leading to 100 gems hidden around the world.
milk n’cookies • Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas book claims the ALA’s first Geisel Award: which will be given annually to the author and illustrator of a beginning-reader book that demonstrates “great creativity and imagination.”
biblio-geek • Amazon’s Text Stats software calculates a variety of statistics for each book in the Search Inside program to find out how many big words there are and how long the sentences run.
bobs* • The Sunday Times has a long piece extracted from the soon to be published Twelve Books that Changed the World by Melvyn Bragg.
Principia Mathematica (1687) by Isaac Newton
Married Love (1918) by Marie Stopes
Magna Carta (1215) by members of the English ruling classes
Book of Rules of Association Football (1863) by a group of former English public-school men
On the Origin of Species (165%9) by Charles Darwin
On the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1789) by William Wilberforce in Parliament, immediately printed in several versions
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft
Experimental Researches in Electricity (three volumes, 1839, 1844, 1885) by Michael Faraday
Patent Specification for Arkwright’s Spinning Machine (1769) by Richard Arkwright
The King James Bible (1611) by William Tyndale and 54 scholars appointed by the king
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) by Adam Smith
The First Folio (1623) by William Shakespeare
*bobs will be Books about Books.