- A translation of Douglas Wilson’s book, Five Cities That Ruled The World was burned in Indonesia under the stated reason that he called Muhammed a pirate and a murderer. As I’ve noticed by checking my copy (and Douglas Wilson has pointed this out too), the book actually says “marauder”. I presume the translation has not lost this distinction between “murderer” and “marauder”. But who are book burners to care for nuances?
- Fans of Mark Twain would like to know that Librivox has released an free audiobook of Essays on Paul Borget
- If you don’t think there is a streak of insanity in Bible publishers nowadays, check out EXHIBIT A and EXHIBIT B.
- This article has some interesting things to say about the future of independent book stores. I think that any business, though, which gets the notion that they “no longer think they have to compete on price” for their customers, is on very shaky ground. Loyalty without regard to price may work in some limited situations (where people aren’t concerned about finances, in extreme niche markets, etc.), but it’s a really bad strategy and is not sustainable in a moderately good economy, let alone a poorly performing economy. I do not want the demise of independent bookstores. However, I also don’t want them operating on illusions and forgetting who they serve, either.
Local Interest (Windsor/Essex County)
- This seems like a reasonable summer job in Windsor!
- Dr. Dobbs has an article on what makes bad programmers different?