Culturomics and the Google Book Project

Culturomics and the Google Book Project - Technology Review: "Now the Google Book project triggered a new area of investigation. This program has scanned the contents of some 5 million books from 40 university libraries around the world. That's about 4 per cent of all the books ever published.
Last year, the Google books team and a few others published the first study of this database. These guys examined the occurrence of n-grams, sequences of a certain number of words, this number denoted by n. They concluded that their approach can produce unique insights into fields such as the evolution of grammar, the adoption of technology, the pursuit of fame, censorship and historical epidemiology. They even coined a word to describe this new area of science that spans the humanities and social sciences--culturomics."

Pope's Mexico trip clouded by Legion victim's book
The Associated Press
"The importance of this book is that it documents the irrefutable evidence and proof that the Vatican has been lying about Maciel," said Bernardo Barranco, an expert from the Religious Studies Center of Mexico and author of the prologue of the new text ...

New book compiles Romney quotes; due out in May
Wall Street Journal
AP NEW YORK — A new book about Mitt Romney promises a direct take on the GOP's leading presidential contender. Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Wednesday that it's publishing "Mitt Romney In His Own Words" in ...

World history books finding popularity
Kansas City Star
Conventionally, world history has been less popular than Japanese history among students, who are often put off by books that are full of katakana words, require memorizing a lot of details and cover long periods. But among people in their 30s to 50s, ...

Titanic a magnet for kids, fine line for educators
Seattle Post Intelligencer
LEANNE ITALIE, AP This image provided by Viking Children's Books shows the cover of "Titanic Sinks!" by Barry Denenberg. Denenberg struggled with how to depict the horror in his new book"Titanic Sinks!" The sepia-tone hardcover, written as a mock ...

Banned-book caravan enters Tucson ethnic studies controversy
Los Angeles Times
The small but substantial collection of books by Mexican American, Chicano and other minority authors was banished from Tucson classrooms after the board's January vote. "We wanted to hand these love letters in the form of books to these students," ...

Los Angeles Times

Pope's Mexico Visit Clouded by Allegation that Vatican Knew of Abuse In Mexico
Fox News
While details of the abuse were made public years ago in Mexico and the Spanish-speaking world, the authors aim for a larger international audience, saying they will post key documents on the Internet as part of the book release Saturday.

'Illegal Procedure:' Book excerpt details Maurice Clarett's struggles leading ...
Yahoo! Sports
By Josh Luchs Mar 20, 5:51 pm EDT This is an excerpt from Josh Luchs' new book“Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean on the Dirty Business of College Football.” Luchs was a sports agent from 1990-2008 before being suspended by the NFL Players ...

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'Hunger Games' pits book gore vs. movie gore
Chicago Tribune
Individually and as a three-book series, "The Hunger Games" is idea-driven. And like the best speculative fiction, it poses complex questions about how one might live in frightening circumstances. Necessarily, the book contains numerous episodes of ...

Better World Books to Provide $30K in Grants to Literacy Non-Profits
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Social Business Pioneer to Fund Programs Addressing Community-Focused Projects Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 21, 2012 Better World Books, the socially responsible online bookseller, today announces LEAP Grants for Non-Profits, an initiative designed to ...

How to Publish an Ebook, Step by Step
By Christopher Null, PCWorld Want to publish a book? You can either kill a bunch of trees, or get with the 2010s and publish it as an ebook. If you haven't noticed already, ebooks are no longer a niche market. As of June 2011, ebook reader adoption had ...

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Bestselling book's financial promises don't add up
CBS News
In the aftermath of the housing crash, the book seemed to throw a lifeline to consumers whose financial security was suddenly under threat and who were desperate for help on how to preserve their standard of living. As usual with financial experts who ...

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Children's author wins Astrid Lindgren prize
Hindustan Times
Dutch children's author Guus Kuijer on Tuesday won the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, named after the Swedish creator of Pippi Longstocking, said the fund that awards the prize. “Kuijer combines serious subject matter and razor-sharp realism with ...

Hindustan Times

New book 'Coney Detroit' tells the story of Michigan's tastiest culinary export
By Ashley C. Woods | Wayne State University PressKatherine Yung and Joe Grimm are the authors of a new book on Coney Island culture in Michigan, "Coney Detroit." Coney dogs may be the humblest of lunchtime meals.

From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change
New York Times (blog)
Since Slack, who started out as a comedian, founded the Harry Potter Alliance, he has motivated Potterphiles to send five cargo planes with $123000 worth of relief supplies to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, donate more than 88000 books across the ...

New York Times (blog)

ebrary Announces New Strategic Approach to E-book Acquisition
MarketWatch (press release)
“Several converging factors have made strategic e-book acquisition possible: The number ofbooks published electronically is at an all-time high; there are now a number of different acquisition models, and solid usage data is available since e-books ...

'Fifty Shades of Grey': Kinky romance is a hit
Kansas City Star
The dark romance became such a hit that the British author reworked it into three books, which were picked up by a small Australian-based publisher last year. It's sold more than 250000 copies and has become largely popular as an e-book, ...

Russian court rejects call to ban Hindu holy book
Chicago Tribune
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court rejected a call from prosecutors on Wednesday to ban one of Hinduism's holiest books, avoiding a diplomatic tussle days before President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to India. Indian lawmakers had criticized the case ...

Ebooks VAT should be slashed to zero in 2012 budget, say publishers
The Guardian
Publishers are calling on the government to "urgently" reduce the 20% value added tax rate currently applied to ebooks in the UK, as the digital books market experiences "exponential" growth. Ahead of this afternoon's budget statement, the Publishers ...

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'Hunger Games': From Book To Movie
WAPT Jackson
I loved the book so much. I didn't have any desire to rework (it) in any major way." However, Ross said certain aspects of "The Hunger Games" just don't translate cinematically. Those who have read the books, told from 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen's ...

Book Festival Gets Underway
WINA AM 1070
The Virginia Festival of the Book kicks off Wednesday and will last until Sunday. Some Culpeper County residents want Sheriff Scott Jenkins removed from office. Virginia is the #1 state in which to make a living. The unfinished Landmark Hotel on the ...

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Book features recipes inspired by 60s-era show
Daily News - Galveston County
Authors Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin, longtime fans of the show, traced every dish and restaurant mentioned since “Mad Men” debuted in 2007, in some cases getting the actual recipes from the real restaurants the fictional characters visited, ...

Daily News - Galveston County

The Postcard as Literary Magazine and Unbound Art Book
Huffington Post
So today I was thrilled to discover HOOT, a new literary "magazine" that is right up my alley. Each "issue" is a postcard. With one poem. And art. It's a brand-new monthly magazine whose first issue was published in October of 2011.

Complaint about book in Rochester schools will have to be refiled
By Matthew Stolle Rochester school district officials say the parent or parents who lodged the original complaint against the book "And Tango Makes Three" have been notified that they must resubmit their challenge if they want to pursue the goal of ...

Self-Lacerating Israeli Authors
FrontPage Magazine
According to Israel's literary icon, a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities “would be a wild bet, likely to disfigure our future in ways I dare not even imagine. No, I can imagine it, but my hand refuses to write it.” One should begin to suspect that ...

FrontPage Magazine

For Titanic Anniversary, the Books Go On and On -
For Titanic Anniversary, the Books Go On and On. By JOHN WILLIAMS. “How to Survive the Titanic”. In her book “How to Survive the Titanic,” an elegant account of the infamy that hounded J. Bruce Ismay, the chairman of the company that ...

Google To Sell E-Books In France | paidContent
By Laura Hazard Owen
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will reportedly start selling e-books in France. Google is launching an e-book section of its French Google Play site, The Bookseller reports, citing a Livres Hebdo article. eBookNewser points to a similar report from ...

Mulholland Books Editor John Schoenfelder Takes Senior Veep ...
John Schoenfelder is leaving Mulholland Books to be senior vice president for producer Scott Rudin. Schoenfelder spent 2.5 years at Mulholland, and the same amount of time at the St. Martin's Press imprint Thomas Dunne. His choices as an ...

Ebook talks continue; ALA meets with distributors | TeleRead: News ...
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At last week's Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Philadelphia, March 13–17, ALA pushed ahead with its goal of enabling library access to ebooks to everyone in America's communities. ... I am an author who has written a book entitled 'THE PAIN OF LOVE.'This bookis available on line ..." KEBANEILWE GAREBATHO on "UK publishers and libraries in talks overe-book lending - Posted on March 21, 2012. "Authors and publishers are, in many ways, no different than the ...
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Hubbard ban: Scientology books officially extremist in Russia (again ...
Moscow court bans Hubbard's Scientology works as extremist. A Russian court has found that some Scientology literature distributed in Russia is illegal. The writings by the father of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, have been ruled extremist and ...
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Business-Minded Jessica Alba Announces Book Plans | Celebrity ...
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The how-to book shows others how to lead a more healthy and non-toxic life as she tries to do with her own family, as Miss Alba explained to People magazine, "I'm not extreme. This book is for people who are in the middle but want to create ...
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New Book on the African Fashion World · Global Voices
By Abdoulaye Bah
New book from Global Voices co-founder Rebecca MacKinnon. Consent of the Networked bookcover In Consent of the Networked, internet policy specialist Rebecca MacKinnon argues that the purpose of technology is to serve humanity, not ...
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LA Review of Books debuts on KCRW - LA Observed
Tom Lutz, the founder and editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, is a new contributor during "All Things Considered" at KCRW. He debuted Monday, talking with interviewer Lisa Napoli. Lutz tells me the site is planning a big relaunch next month. Today the review is considering the John D'Agata and Jim Fingal book, "The Lifespan of a ... It's true that both author and fact-checker are occupying and performing extreme positions, which might be what leads us to this conflagration.
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One Book, One Philadelphia « CBS Philly
By amyparmenter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This year marked the 10th anniversary of One Book, One Philadelphia and it was special. More than 2500 books went to schools and non-profits and programming announcements were made in three languages: ...
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Pope Mexico Trip: Legionaries Of Christ Sex Abuse Victim Jose ...
By The Huffington Post News Editors
While details of the abuse were made public years ago in Mexico and the Spanish-speaking world, the authors aim for a larger international audience, saying they will post key documents on the Internet as part of the book release Saturday.
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The Morgan Book Project: Illuminated Manuscripts by Children's ...
By Elizabeth Bird
This year the good people of The Morgan did me the honor of asking me to be a judge in something called “The Morgan Book Project”. I didn't initially know what that was but I was aware that it involved kids making their own books in some ...
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Interview with Nicoli Nattrass, author of “The AIDS Conspiracy ...
By Columbia University Press
Why did you write the book? I was concerned about the way that AIDS conspiracy theories had been promoted at the highest levels in South Africa, and continue to resonate today. The book is the product of my exploration of how these ideas ...
Columbia University Press

Literary spat gets physical, sends nerd to hospital - msnNOW
When was the last time a literary argument led to a fistfight? ... when two Ann Arbor men scrapped after a conversation about "books and authors" turned ugly. -

Antitrust Lawsuit, Fifty Shades of Grey, and More ... - Poets & Writers
and author and Author's Guild president Scott Turow writing that the agency model ... Barnesand Noble is expanding an initiative it began in the fall of offering a ...

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