October 9, 2009

Bookish Discoveries October 9th

1. The Atlantic's Megan McArdle shares her thoughts on the FTC's decision on full blogger disclosure. I, like Megan, think it is ridiculous. But she's so much more articulate than I am.

2. According to the Bookseller, "independent booksellers have gained market share during the first half of the year, despite a reduction in the number of independent bookshops trading. Independents have gained ground despite increased discounting from competitors such as the supermarkets, Amazon, and chain booksellers, with strong value growth driven by higher average prices."
3. Obama wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. "Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said their choice could be seen as an early vote of confidence in Obama intended to build global support for his policies. They lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama's calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change." I am a complete Obama fan, but I am surprised since it seems a little premature. Here is another opinion on it. What do you think of the decision?

4. In another surprising decision, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to little-known Romanian author Herta Mueller. They honored Mueller, 56, for work that, "with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed." Before immigrating to Germany in 1987, Mueller received death threats in Romania after refusing to become an informant for its secret police when it was still a communist dictatorship. Several of her novels that have been translated into English — including The Passport, The Land of Green Plums and Traveling on One Leg— explore life in a dictatorship and as a member of a minority."

5. Production of a film based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Memories of My Melancholy Whores is being met with opposition from anti-prostitution groups in Mexico. They say that the movie will promote child prostitution.



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4 comments:

  1. I think a lot of people have a hard time with Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize because he hasn't done anything that is tangible as of yet. There is no way to measure what he has done thus far but I am hopeful.

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  2. That's wonderful that indie booksellers are gaining ground. It's nice to see diversity in book stores supported.

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  3. I think that Obama's Nobel may be a bit premature as well. It puts a LOT of pressure on him with such a high honor!! I too am a huge fan of him, so I truly hope that he can live up to it!! :)

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  4. I also think the new FTC regs are ridiculous. An ARC is income???? PLEASE!!! Not to mention the fact that with everything happening in the economy, the FTC decides to focus on this. *eyeroll*

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