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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.  


Mon, October 22nd, 2007
Coming Soon: The Pretty-Good-Seller List
Posted by: Keir Graff

Clark Hoyt, the New York Times‘ public editor, offers an interesting look at how his paper’s best-seller lists are compiled (“Books for the Ages, if Not for the Best-Seller List“). Even if you feel that there is probably too much attention paid to best-seller lists and starred reviews (as I do), it’s worth reading the article to understand […]


Thu, September 27th, 2007
From the Department of Philosophical Inquiry
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the Los Angeles Times, Josh Getlin asks a number of people whether more is less (“N.Y. Times creates more bestsellers“): NEW YORK — It has been criticized for being ingrown and unscientific, a weekly work of fiction that — for all its seeming authoritativeness — is shrouded in mystery. So when the New York […]


Fri, September 7th, 2007
Men Aren’t Pulling Their Weight
Posted by: Keir Graff

On NPR (“Why Women Read More Than Men“), Eric Weiner explains why Hemingway is Chick Lit: When it comes to fiction, the gender gap is at its widest. Men account for only 20 percent of the fiction market, according to surveys conducted in the U.S., Canada and Britain. By this measure, “chick-lit” would have to […]


Fri, August 24th, 2007
B&N Sells O.J.
Posted by: Keir Graff

I did say I wouldn’t write about O.J. any more. But I plan to continue writing about lying. How to resolve this? He’s got a point.


Sun, August 19th, 2007
Curtain Call
Posted by: Kaite

Wait, wait! I have one more thing! I’m not trying to have the last word. Frank had all the best last words (and I’m jealous, Frank. YOU got to see Keir). But I just read this intriguing little biblio-tidbit while in the car to Joplin, MO today. It’s from Service and Style: How the American […]


Fri, August 17th, 2007
What They Teach Us
Posted by: Neal

In my readers’ advisory (RA) class, I often include an assignment that asks students to visit any book store they wish and look around. What I hope they will see are examples of RA in action – in a different setting than their library. The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, N.C. offers some great RA moments […]


Wed, August 8th, 2007
Well, sometimes we think we can
Posted by: Neal

There must be something in the water. Like Katie, I have been thinking about book jackets, prompted by the work of Joyce Saricks. Joyce is Booklist’s readers’ advisory (RA) columnist (see At Leisure with Joyce Saricks). She recently wrote a column on book jackets which outlines how useful jacket art and text can be when […]


Wed, August 8th, 2007
A Blog Built for Two (or more)
Posted by: Kaite

Scootch OVER, Frank! I want a turn. Frank, you amaze me. I cannot fathom how you are able to keep up with all the breaking news in the book biz. And provide pithy commentary. You get my brain buzzing about reading and writing. Now I have something to mull over in staff meetings. I appear to […]


Fri, July 27th, 2007
B&N, Borders Slash Soft Seating
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the Baltimore Sun (“Hard facts oust soft chairs at bookstores“), Rob Hiaasen (any relation to Carl?) reports that bookstores are coming to the conclusion that creating a library-like environment doesn’t necessarily translate to better sales: At the Barnes & Noble at the Power Plant in the Inner Harbor, the comfy chair that once sat […]





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