Category: Opinion

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award name change should put the ALA on Robert Doyle’s Banned & Challenged Book List

Laura_Ingalls_Wilder_cropped_sepia2Having read the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder three times and having read the decision and accompanying documents by the American Library Association’s division, Association for Library Services to Children, to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, I have come to several preliminary conclusions. Continue reading “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award name change should put the ALA on Robert Doyle’s Banned & Challenged Book List”

Laura Ingalls Wilder & Upstate New York

The decision by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to change the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award has stirred up a lot of controversy. On the positive side, it has brought attention again to the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Continue reading “Laura Ingalls Wilder & Upstate New York”

The Slow Painful Death of Book Stores

She was a young and thin, a wraith, and she handed me the book she wanted to buy and said, “ I have to buy this because I sat down to read it and was sobbing within three minutes.” And she opened the book and showed me the tears that had fallen on one of Keats’ poems. How sweet that was. Another young woman, her belly and breasts straining at the leash of her blouse comes in with a young man. They browse awhile and she hands me a small early 19th century Bible and asks, “How much is it?”

I know she hasn’t been in a used and antiquarian book shop before because if she had she would have known that the price is always marked inside the cover in pencil. Continue reading “The Slow Painful Death of Book Stores”

How to buy books on the internet

If you only look at a book’s price and a bookseller’s rating when you purchase a book from the internet, you might be unpleasantly surprised. Let’s examine how booksellers are rated. Most sites rate dealers based solely on their fulfillment rating. In general to be a five star dealer, you simply have to fill 95% of the orders you receive. There are many worthwhile dealers who don’t have five stars. Continue reading “How to buy books on the internet”