Books in the news

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I don’t know if its because I’ve upped the number of hours I listen to NPR each week, but I’ve been hearing more and more news talks about books, so I thought I would share some of the more interesting (to me at least) blurbs.

1. The Phone Booth Library in Britain. Read the full article at

One of Britain’s few remaining traditional red phone booths has been recycled into one of the country’s smallest lending libraries – stocking 100 books. Villagers from Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset can use the library around the clock, selecting books, DVDs and CDs. Users simply stock it with a book they have read, swapping it for one they have not. Marco Werman speaks with local resident Janet Fisher about the unusual library.

This is such a cool idea! Its very creative and quaint. The phone booth currently holds 150 books, all supplied by people living in the neighborhood.

sustainable design, green design, recycled materials, phone box library, westbury sub mendip, public space, urban design

2. Goodbye Kirkus reviews: Full article at the New York Times

The book industry, beleaguered by a battery of dispiriting news about lackluster sales and online price wars, got another taste of the apocalypse on Thursday with the news that Kirkus Reviews, the venerable prepublication review journal, was closing.

Kirkus books is highly used by librarians and booksellers in regards of deciding what books to purchase. Their reviews were terse, direct and quite blunt. Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist (in addition to School Library Journal and Library Journal) make up the primary sources for librarian’s when picking and choosing what books to purchase, or what books to recommend to inquiring minds.

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