Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quirky Bookstore unveils a Literary Vending Machine

...a bookshop in Toronto by the name of Monkey’s Paw with the world’s first “antiquarian book randomiser”, essentially a literary vending machine that dispenses books like a lucky dip...For a very reasonable price of two Canadian dollars, “The Biblio-mat” will dispense an unusual second-hand book, personally selected for the machine from the stores eclectic collection of titles. Owner of the Monkey’s Paw bookshop, Stephen Fowler has noticed there’s a sentimental element to the Biblio-mat; ”They’ll get a book and feel as though it was physically selected for them."

More HERE.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top 10 Books Library-Goers Want Banned


A charming picture book, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a memoir, and a beloved children’s series—no genre was safe from complaints from offended readers in 2012. Captain Underpants, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Beloved were among the most “challenged” books last year, according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

The top 10 most controversial books, which the ALA released, was determined by the number of “formal, written complaints filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.” In total, 464 complaints were filed in 2012, up from 326 in 2011.