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Monday, January 28, 2008

Latest Word on Books

We're back! My wife and I drove to Louisville, Kentucky, and back over the weekend to attend the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. This is an excellent get-together for over 500 folks from independent bookstores all over the United States. We attended many seminars that brought us up to date on customers service, technology, and what's happening in the industry. We were able to attend four different sessions with bookseller reps from many different major publisers to hear and see what they are releasing onto the marketplace within the next three months.

I was very pleased to see how many young adult and childrens books could easily qualify as books for gifted and reluctant readers. I will be reviewing many of these (we got advanced copies) and will be posting them here on this blog.

I should also mention that my review activities have been greatly slowed because I am busy reading and judging general fiction books in a major national book award competition. That will continue through March. This promises to be a very exciting year in the book industry and what is available to readers.

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