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Books in the News

I must admit, ever since I bought a notebook computer a few years ago to replace an aging desktop, I find myself watching less television at night and spend more time surfing the web from my couch.  This is especially true regarding watching the news.  I never watch the news anymore now that I have my notebook on my lap.  If I want to catch up on the events of the day I will go through a rotation of sites from various newspapers, television stations, magazines and cable channels.

That brings me to my post tonight, while surfing around at CNN's web site I stumbled across two articles relating to books and/or libraries.  I found it kind of strange for such a big network site to have such stories as a focus this evening.  I guess it was a sign for me to write tonight.

Bob Greene wrote an interesting piece on "book jackets" and their possible demise thanks to e-books.  I never really though of book jackets as art, but Greene raises many good points.  At one point, cover art was huge for albums, but with the rise of the compact disc (and now online sales of music) cover art is really a "dying art".  I am sure if I were to ask most of the teens I know what "cover art" is they would have no clue what I am talking about.  Greene also makes a good point about taking a glance at what other people are reading around you (looking at the book jackets of books) and thinking about picking up the same book.  We really can not tell what other people are reading on their e-readers (if you can.......you might be just a little too creepy).  I plan to write a post about e-readers in the near future......and to be honest, book jackets was not one of the topics I had even thought about.  Do you have any books you hold onto just because of the book jacket?  Have you ever picked up a book and read it just because the jacket caught your eye?

The other story is about an overdue library book fine George Washington owes to the New York Public Library.  It is a humorous article regarding two books our first President of the United States checked out back in 1789.  Interesting that the fine back in those days was "2 pence a day" and now it has grown to a whopping fifteen cents a day.  It just goes to show you, no matter who you are, the Library Cops will find you.



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  1. I love the anonymity of the Kindle.....I can be reading trash and, when asked, just respond: "Oooh, just a little Hemmingway."

    Mary Stewart

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  2. Good point Mary, I just started reading a true-crime novel (I try to read one or two a year). I always wonder if people think I'm sort of weird for enjoying that genre. With a Kindle it would be no worries.

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