Book marginalia

  • From today’s NYT headlines e-mail: “Publishers are issuing new paperbacks in a bigger size for baby boomers who are finding it harder and harder to read small type.” Story here. (If prompted for user name and password, head over to BugMeNot).
  • Google’s blog announces it has temporarily suspended scanning any in-copyright books into Google Print.
  • Why does this happen? A week ago, nothing I picked up to read seemed to grab me. In the last couple days, I’ve borrowed the Hugo-winning Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and my library “holds” came in on Charlie Stross’s new book, Accelerando, and a Ray Bradbury biography. This, of course, just as I was getting pulled in by 102 Minutes, a book that’s been in the TBR pile for about three months. At least the short-range weather forecast is conducive to guilt-free reading (once I move my carcass away from this computer)!

  • There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

    Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451

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