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Book prices are not in crisis

Monday, Oct 01, 2007 at 4:19pm

Current book pricing in Canada is actually a huge good news story for readers.

The exchange rate is raising a lot of hackles, and booksellers are at least as angry as book buyers. Not only are we taking flak from customers because prices are not dropping fast enough, we’re enduring revenue deflation as prices do fall.

And they are falling. Long term, the news on pricing is actually wonderful for Canadian readers and, by extension, for the literate culture we like to think we’re promulgating here in Canada.

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It is Banned Books Week in the United States

Saturday, Sep 29, 2007 at 3:37pm

Penguins, Toni Morrison and Harry Potter most challenged books of 2006

Topping the list was And Tango Makes Three, a tale of two male penguins parenting an egg from a mixed-sex penguin. Toni Morrison's novels Beloved and The Bluest Eye also made the list, but the most challenged books of the 21st century remain J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels

Categories: Discussions, Publishing News, Book Lists

In the spirit of self defence, a bookseller expounds on pricing.

Friday, Sep 28, 2007 at 10:58am

Kent Pollard, McNally Robinson bookseller in Saskatoon, provides the hidden story behind the news.

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Death of the Dragon

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2007 at 1:09pm

James Oliver Rigny Jr. better known to his legion of fans as Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time fantasy series, passed away on September 16th due to complications from a rare blood disease. He was 58.

Categories: Discussions, Authors, SciFi & Fantasy

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The Glass is 3/4 Full

Monday, Aug 27, 2007 at 4:44pm

Last week, there were many wagging tongues around the AP/Ipsos poll on American reading habits. There is, however, a thoughtful response to all of it at The Written Nerd. Rightfully pointed out, among other things, is that reading levels have actually gone up south of the border, and that how you frame a statistic has drastic consequences for the way in which it is understood.

Via: Pinky's Paperhaus.

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