Digital Lending Is Here!

For me, books are like crack. I will seriously consider buying less food if there is a new title out that I want to read.  And having a Kindle makes it all too easy to have instant gratification. At first I thought I was safe. After all, Kindle allows you to “sample” any book you…

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Don’t Mess With the New Oxford American Dictionary

In the cut-throat world of lexicography… Wait… what? When you think of industries laying traps for potential predatory and purloining practices, it’s unlikely you would assume the people who compile dictionaries are on the lookout for thieves. But they are. Just like any form of plagiarism, taking an idea that is not your own and…

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Amazon Gets All Publish-y and Stuff

In its continual attempts to become the Wal-Mart of the literary world (there’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one), Amazon, the strapping, young Fabio, has gone on a Quest for Fair Maidens: the trembling, nubile, romance writer. This week, Amazon announced that it will be launching its own line of romance novels, called “Montlake Publishing.” Sounds…

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Rolling in the Big Bucks! (Just Kidding) A Snapshot of Academic Salaries

Over the past several months, there has been much talk about how teachers make a heck of a lot of money. I read and listened to several of these reports as I waited for the water to boil for my ramen noodles. This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education released data showing the average salaries…

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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

This past Saturday, the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced.  Among the finalists are  Johnathan Franzen for Freedom  and Siddhartha Mukharjee for The Emperor of All Maladies. Along with the Pulitzer Prize (2010 winner, Tinkers by Paul Harding) and the Man Booker Prize (2010 winner, The Finkler Question by Harold Jacobson), the NBCC…

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