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This Week's Book News, In Brief

Not for the squeamish: This is how a germaphobe sees library books.



A sequel to Catcher in the Rye is about to be published in Europe, and it wasn't written by J.D. Salinger.



An ugly cover, a minimally challenging message, and a one-note enemy. According to Vicki Kunkel, these are three of The 8 Primal Factors that Create Blockbuster Success.


The London Free Press recently ran an interesting piece about their city's used booksellers. Not the normal, everyday, used bookstore booksellers, but the city's traveling used booksellers.


Does the big G have a plan B? For several weeks, Book Square has been wondering, 'If Google's controversial settlement with the Author's Guild is rejected by the judge, what happens next?'
(Related: Google plans to scan every book in existence for on-line sale. Here's how.)


Publishers Weekly posted a long list of ways in which the publishing industry is being transformed by the recession. Among the many vertical wrist-slitters are slipping hardcover sales, library budget cuts, and the decline of brick & mortar stores' share of the market. Among the slightly less depressing, horizontal wrist-slitters are the phasing out of print catalogues, a de-emphasis on in-person sales conferences, and reduced travel and attendance at trade shows.
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