News Roundup, August 21, 2009

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Here’s the news!!

Is there really a “Book Of Secrets”? In a recent radio interview Barack Obama neither confirmed nor denied there is a real book full of government secrets such as Area 51 (as featured in the movie “National Treasure 2”). Either way our President doesn’t want anybody snooping around saying, “And I don’t want you messing with my Resolute desk, you know, with all the gizmos and gadgets”. (Yahoo)

Internet giant, Google, is trying to gain the rights to millions of digital books. It’s currently be opposed by pretty much everyone including Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo!, as well as a bunch of non profits and library associations. (New York Times)

Will Layman at NPR wrote a fantastic article about 3 of his favorite books about music. Check it out here (NPR)

Big props to all the kids that competed in the Scholastic “Read For The World Record Challenge”. Over 32 million books read since May 1st! (Scholastic)

The current Top 5 Hardcover Fiction Books (NYC Times)

BAD MOON RISING, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC, by Richard Russo
THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson
INHERENT VICE, by Thomas Pynchon

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