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The McDonalds literary campaign.


In a stunning move the McDonald’s in the UK are giving out books with their Happy Meals, this campaign will last until early February. They will be handing out over 9 million copies of the Mudpuddle farm books and finger puppets to go along with them. Hopefully this campaign will take over and spread to the US, if any company can find a way to spark an interest in reading for kids it would be McDonald’s.
You can read more about this at The Huffington Post

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in News

 

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Will occupying libraries work out?


It is tragic to see all the libraries closing down this year, I understand with the times as they are and the library turn outs decreasing a few closures are necessary. We may not like to but every now and then they need to go.

What is heart breaking is when I well loved and actively used library has to bite the dust.

I just came across this great article. The Lincoln branch of the Detroit Library system is being closed down, despite a public outcry, not only is it well loved in the community it also serves as the only library for a local elementary school to use. The public were so outraged they tried to stage a sit in, it didn’t take long for police to arrive and load up all the protesters into a van to ship them off.

If protesting doesn’t pull it off, they also give us a painfully sweet letter from one of the local fifth grade students who have to rely on this library to do his school work and practice his reading

“Hey,                                                                                                                                                                    My name is Benny and please don’t shut down our library. It’s the best library ever. I go to Mason Elementary and I have to do my science project at home. But I can’t, because I don’t have a computer. So I have to do my project somewhere else. And that’s at the Lincoln branch.                                                                           Also I like to read books because my reading teacher said I had to pull my reading level up and I’m at a second grade reading level. And I’m in the fifth grade.                                                                                            Please don’t close the Lincoln branch.                                                                                                          Sincerely,                                                                                                                                             Benny”

I can only hope this library can be saved.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in News

 

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Conan Doyle’s estate authorized a new Holmes!



This is amazing, and I can’t believe I missed it. Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate has authorized a new novel. I haven’t gotten my hands on it, but I can’t wait to. This is just a sign that I have been out of the book business for too long if this one could have gotten by me. It is titled The House of Silk written by Anthony Horowitz. This may be the new number one on my Christmas list, or more accurately the number one thing I make sure to get my fiance for Christmas. I can’t leave it up to chance that we won’t have it in the house.

I guess we have the new movie to thank for this, and certainly NPR for letting me know.

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/19/143954262/the-enduring-popularity-of-sherlock-holmes

A study in Sherlock also looks promising. If you know anything about these books let me know.
I think the next book I will have to review is The Sherlockian by Graham Moore.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Fiction, News

 

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World Book Night


April 23rd is World Book Night, and they are looking for volunteers.
World Book Night is a non-profit organization trying to bring book giving to the next level. Last year they gave away something like a million free books across the UK, and they want to do it again. This is a great group and project that wants to spread reading to the masses as it were. If you’re a person who has been deeply touched by a book and wants to spread that joy to others please check out their website and fill out their volunteer application. Or of course you could just go rogue and go into society yourself in a madcap quest to fill the world with literature.
Their website is
http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in News

 

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Occupy Amazon!


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/bookstores-boycott-amazon_n_1137773.html?ref=fb&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009&src=sp&comm_ref=false

This here is an issue very near and dear to my heart. While working as a bookseller we had to deal with many people who would come in and make us research a title for them, and as soon as we got the information for them they’d tell us, “Oh I think I’ll just get it off Amazon.”

We even once had a child in the store who after getting a book recommendation from us, pulled out her kindle and bought it right then. She began to read her new title and was so enthralled with it, she managed to knock over a display of books, which threw many of our holiday picks to the floor. The girl failed to notice or help, and walked straight out the door.

All of this is fine, a bit irritating and just something to gripe about from time to time, we know we can’t compete price wise against Amazon, so we don’t try to. We’re not Amazon and don’t try to be them, and we know we can’t steal costumers from them, and that our businesses all in all don’t affect Amazon sales. So it seems rude of Amazon to try to steal business from the brick and mortars of the world.

I won’t go as far as to say “Boycott Amazon” I after all do have my Amazon account and I love the Amazon instant features for movies, all I can ask is if you go to a store, and decide to buy something while there, please buy it from that store.  Your local stores are always there and happy to help you find something, but they’re not libraries they still need to sell their merchandise. They don’t carry stock to be a physical browsing spot for amazon. I will say this if you do your shopping on amazon and are looking for say a good book, or the proper title of a book, you should go to a library and ask a librarian, they would be delighted to help you.

Edit:
I realize now when first writing this article I completely failed to mention the main reason that caused me to write it in the first place. I was reading an article from the Huffington Post  about boycotting and “occupying Amazon” which was centered around complaints about one of Amazon’s new promotions where if someone scans an item at a store and then buys it off Amazon that person will receive an additional five percent off the item purchased. This promotion has really set off the community of indie brick and mortar stores and at least one senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe. Outside of that promotion I really don’t have much of a problem with Amazon, they’re a serious competitor surely, but if someone isn’t willing to compete to be successful they should probably get out of the business.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in News

 

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