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Book Price Fixing, Ancient Bibles and (Good Grief) Charlie Brown

Quebec Takes a Step Forward in Price Fixing Plan

The go ahead has been given to allow for a planned law, after the holidays, to impose a price fixing system on new books, restricting discounts of more than ten percent. While the measure is unclear on how it will treat international online retailers, it is being supported in hopes to  “protect Québec’s identity and culture” and that books were not to be “treated like any other commodity.”

Ancient Bibles to go Live Online

A landmark digitization project is underway to bring ancient texts, including the first printed Bible from from the Gutenberg press online, in a partnership between the Bodleian and Vatican libraries.  The hope of the three year, two million euro project is  “that through digitizing and making openly accessible some of the most significant books in our collections we will increase their potential for research and broader understanding of these ancient texts.”

Conservative Plans for Charlie Brown

Regnery, a publishing house home to the works of Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump, has just bought the rights to the iconic comic characters of Peanuts.
The socially awkward and uncomfortable Charlie Brown, along with his comrades will be used to “teach children about what makes America strong”.

Nelson Mandela:  Mourning a Loss, Celebrating a Life

This Thursday, December 5th, Nelson Mandela passed away in his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95.  To honour his memory, we end with a quote from his autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom:

I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.

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