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Archive for December, 2007

Fri, December 21st, 2007
Holiday Reading
Posted by: Keir Graff

If you’ve been thinking that I haven’t been posting as much as usual lately, you’re right. A combination of new initiatives (watch for a new newsletter, Booklist Online REaD ALERT, in early January) and sleep deprivation (I’ve been talking to my younger son about this) have taken a toll on my blogging. I’m hoping this […]


Fri, December 21st, 2007
Enjoy that time on the couch!
Posted by: Keir Graff

As the new year approaches, it’s a good time for stock-taking. And with the holidays upon us, it’s a good time for thinking melancholy thoughts. So here you go: There’s no reason to think that reading and writing are about to become extinct, but some sociologists speculate that reading books for pleasure will one day be […]


Wed, December 19th, 2007
Write Your Own Headline
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Department of I Am Shocked, Shocked (“Lynne Spears’ Book Delayed Indefinitely,” Associated Press): NEW YORK (AP) – Lynne Spears’ book about parenting has been delayed indefinitely, her publisher said Wednesday. Lindsey Nobles, a spokeswoman for Christian book publisher Thomas Nelson Inc., said Wednesday that the memoir by the mother of Britney Spears was […]


Wed, December 19th, 2007
In Case You’ve Forgotten What You Can Find inside the Library
Posted by: Keir Graff

I like books, and I like libraries–and I think parking garages definitely need a makeover–but this still didn’t work for me. A little theme park-y, maybe?   It’s the parking garage for the Kansas City Public Library, as photographed by Jonathan Moreau. (Spotted by Ben Segedin, Booklist’s Production Director.)


Mon, December 17th, 2007
Philosophical Self-Help with Trivial Stocking Stuffers
Posted by: Keir Graff

We had the Booklist holiday party this afternoon, about which I will report only two things: 1) Bill Ott mixes a mean cup of nog 2) I was the recipient of the Don Chatham Spilled Drink Award About #2, let me just say that it was nothing to do with the egg nog–it was a previous event. […]


Fri, December 14th, 2007
There’s an Amazon Reference Here, Too
Posted by: Keir Graff

Before there was Radiohead, there was Jeff Kinney (“Crossover Dreams: Turning Free Web Work Into Real Book Sales,” by Motoko Rich, New York Times): That a book derived from free online content has sold so well may allay some fears that giving something away means nobody will want to pay for it. It also encourages […]


Fri, December 14th, 2007
(Offer Not Valid in France)
Posted by: Keir Graff

More news about Amazon. The French have found a distinctly un-American way of protecting small bookstores (“Amazon Ordered to End Free Delivery on Books in France,” by Peter Sayer, IDG News Service): Amazon.com may not offer free delivery on books in France, the high court in Versailles has ruled. The action, brought in January 2004 […]


Fri, December 14th, 2007
£1.95 Million Includes Free Two-Day Shipping
Posted by: Keir Graff

So, if you’re curious about where that handwritten J. K. Rowling book ended up, now the truth can be told: it’s on Amazon. Naturally.  


Thu, December 13th, 2007
Book Group Buzz
Posted by: Keir Graff

  Just one post today–to let you know about the launch of Booklist Online’s second blog, Book Group Buzz. We had some interesting conversations at the old Booklist Book Club, but what people kept telling us was that what they really wanted were resources to help them with their in-person (I disdain the digirati’s use […]


Wed, December 12th, 2007
Ethics by the Numbers
Posted by: Keir Graff

44% of book reviewers enjoy a glass of wine while reading; of those, 78% prefer red wine to white; of the red-wine drinkers, only 8% declare malbec to be their first choice 92% of book reviewers have fallen asleep in the act (of reading) 3% of book reviewers have never had the thought that they […]





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