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Locus Magazine Tidbits

Finally got around to reading the first issue (August 2004) of my Locus magazine subscription, which, btw, is a magazine any sf fan would find incredibly enjoyable. Here are some news snippets from the issue:

  • Reading at Risk: A survey from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that Americans are not reading as much as they used to. Less than 50% of the population reads literature – a decline of 20 million readers in the last 20 years. However, a corresponding increse in population means that the total number of litertaure readers remain at 96 million. In short: Same number of people reading but a smaller percentage of the population. The report slices the data in lots of different ways.
  • ISBN Redux: Beginning January 1, 2007, a new 13-digit ISBN number goes into effect. This will mean that already-existing ISBN numbers get a 978 prefix (then 979 when 978 runs dry). The end result is a doubling of the number of available ISBNs.
  • Half Price Penguins: Half price Books has purchased 100,000 books from UK publisher Penguin. Included in the sale are rare, early editions of classic Penguin titles. The sale was deemed a ‘cultural crime” by the Penguin Collector’s Society. [Another reason to visit your local HPB. That and the upcoming 20% off sale Sep. 16-19! As if we I need another reason to visit HPB ;)]
  • The Most Popular Fairy Tale: is “Cinderella” according to a survey of 1,200 children waiting in line to see Shrek 2 and conducted by cinema chain UCI. Second place goes to “Sleeping Beauty“. Rounding out the top five are “Hansel and Gretel“, “Rapunzel“, “Little Red Riding Hood“.
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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