Archive for February, 2012

Shanghai to back brick-&-mortar bookstores

February 29, 2012

Lifeline thrown to city’s bookstores
By ZHANG KUN
China Daily Hong Kong
29 Feb 2012

SHANGHAI — The city is offering 5 million yuan ($ 793,800) to support book retailers who find themselves in harsh competition against their online counterparts, the municipal government announced on Tuesday. Besides the major branches of State-owned…read more…

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Art of Writing in Isolation

February 28, 2012

Art of writing in isolation

The Straits Times
28 Feb 2012

anand giridharadas Cambridge, Massachusetts – Like many writers, Jonathan Franzen (below) is a serious believer in isolation. He has declared it “doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction”. He has…read more…

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“Rahui” by Chris Szekely

February 28, 2012

Turnbull’s chief librarian gives a taste of his own medicine
Jody O’callaghan
The Dominion Post
28 Feb 2012

never IF ANYONE knows which kinds of books fly off the shelves, it is librarian Chris Szekely – one of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards finalists announced today. The Alexander Turnbull Library chief librarian is among six Wellingtonians…read more…

Retailers and the Internet

February 28, 2012

Clicks and bricks
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The Indian Express
27 Feb 2012

“WE TEND to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run,” observed Roy Amara, an American futurologist. This is certainly proving true of retailers and their attitude to the internet. After a…read more…

Toronto’s Library Union Asks for ‘no board’

February 26, 2012

Library union asks for ‘no board,’ says talks at impasse
ELIZABETH CHURCH
The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition)
25 Feb 2012

Toronto’s public libraries are one step closer to a possible labour disruption, with the union declaring talks at an “impasse” and asking the province’s Ministry of Labour for a no board report. The move, made Friday morning, means more than 2,300…read more…

Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt

February 26, 2012

Champion of the unpopular and the unfashionable
REVIEWED BY JANICE KULYK KEEFER
The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition)
25 Feb 2012

Part autobiography, part cascade of ideas, part critique of the way we live/learn/earn now, Thinking the Twentieth Century packs a tremendous punch. If Tony Judt’s formidable intelligence, erudition (he earned his doctorate in social history at 24)…read more…

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Washington Post Earnings Down

February 26, 2012

Washington Post fourth-quarter earnings down 22 per cent as Kaplan reins in enrolment

The Prince George Citizen
25 Feb 2012

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post Co. on Friday reported a 22 per cent drop in fourth-quarter net income. The media and education company reported net income of $61.7 million or $8.03 per share for the October to December period, down from earnings of…read more…

“Capital” by John Lancaster

February 26, 2012

The hunt for the Great British Novel

Review
25 Feb 2012

by John Lanchester 651pp, Faber, £17.99 Capital – a big name for a big, fat London novel – arrives in the bookshops with a fair wind behind it, looking like the book John Lanchester was born to write. Lanchester is probably still best known as a…read more…

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February 25, 2012

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A History of the World in 100 Objects

February 25, 2012

A treasure in itself

Your Weekend
25 Feb 2012

A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS by Neil Macgregor Allen Lane, $45 Reviewed by Michael Vance The BBC Radio series from which this book is derived won a huge audience around the world. Radio New Zealand contrived to play the programme at 5.10am…read more…