1. Two-thirds of Britons have not set foot in a library in the past year - Telegraph
But 77.9 percent of five- to ten-year-old's have visited in the past year. Apparently they are going by themselves?
2. Perhaps the answer to the vacant libraries in the U.K. are combining them with pubs? - BBC News
I could get used to that. Books and beer? Why isn't this everywhere already?
3. Lisbeth Salander's IKEA shopping list - Apartment Therapy
I haven't read the 2nd book in the Millennium Trilogy, but I will be looking for this bit of "consumerist poetry" when I do.
4. New book on Alexander the Great's childhood gets banned in British Columbia, Canada for a racy cover - The Guardian
It's the backside of a naked man on a horse. Scandalous.
5. Google's early start on its book search has secured itself as a monopoly on the digital library - The Chronicle for Higher Education
No matter what happens with the book settlement, Google Books should be adequately available to scholars, the journal says.
6. Beijing International Book Fair: E-Publishing boosts China's booming book market - Publishing Perspectives
The book fair, which runs August 30 through September 3, is attracting an increasingly global audience with sales of e-books way up. In fact, Shanda Literature Group- the country's largest digital publisher- now has their own e-reader, the Bambook.
7. Keith Richards, Jay-Z to give talks at NY Public Library this fall - Yahoo! News
Toni Morrison will be there, too, but that doesn't garner quite the same number of clicks I suppose.