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A New Copyright Lawsuit May Result in the Prosecution of Educators & Students Who Share Digital Materials


by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest textbook publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first […]

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Books,Crime,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,K-12 | Read More »

Review: Granholm & Mulhern’s Important New Book “A Governor’s Story” – Can The Country Learn from Michigan’s Experience?


A Governor’s Story – The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future is an important contribution to the conversation and debate that is occurring right now over our economic path forward as a country. The question is, will the rest of the country learn from Michigan’s experience?

September 20th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Books,Featured,Michigan politics | Read More »

Library of Michigan Selects Ann Arbor Author Laura Kasischke’s Book For Michigan Notable Book Program


Every year, the Michigan Department of Education’s Library of Michigan and its Michigan Notable Books program choose 20 of the most notable books published in the year. According to the Notable Books web site, “The selections are reflective of Michigan’s diverse ethnic, historical, literary, and cultural experience.” The program is supported by sponsors such as Wayne […]

April 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Books,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture (Books): The Oxymoronic Book Club Culture: A Society Populated by Socially-Stunted Introverts


What is culture? I guess you could define it as high-brow, artsy stuff, but the sociologist in me thinks of this concept more as it applies to society—a cohesive unit in which the members work together for their own individual benefit or to benefit the society as a whole. In this way, “book club culture” […]

March 11th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Books,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture (Books): E-Mail Newsletters & The Fall of Borders


 There was a brief period when I chose to believe that the cheapest way to buy a book was to go in a Borders bookstore and pay for one with a coupon, an outrageously good deal of a coupon that seemed to appear in my inbox in a slightly different form every day: 30 percent […]

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in Books,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Culture Vulture (Books): Industry Experts Predict Borders Will Go Belly Up


When I was a graduate student, I shopped at Borders. The original Borders. To get a job there selling books, you had to take a test and strut your literary stuff. Couldn’t remember who wrote The Old Man and the Sea? Well, then, you could just go and get a job at Pizza Bob’s. It […]

February 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Books,Econ,The Culture Vulture | Read More »

The Politics of Reading: WFB, Jr.

Yes. Those initials stand for William F. Buckley, Jr. Bill to his wife Pat. Pup to his son Christopher. I recently read a book about William F. Buckley, Jr. Well, it was the book Losing Mum and Pup, a memoir by Christopher Buckley. The memoir was funny, touching and made me stop and remember that […]

September 23rd, 2009 | Posted in Books,City Council,Politics | Read More »

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