Autodidact: self-taught



by V. L. Craven

The Bibliognost’s Handbook by Ben Schott
-01- Odd Book Titles: The Diagram Group’s “Oddest Book Title of the Year” prize has been contested [?] annually since 1978. The award is run by the British trade magazine The Bookseller, and is eagerly voted for by publishers and book sellers. Below are some winners:
2005: People Who Don’t Know They Are Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It by Gary Leon Hill.
2004: Bombproof Your House
2002: Living with Crazy Buttocks
1995: Reusing Old Graves
1993: American Bottom Archaeology
1986: Oral Sadism and the Begetarian Personality
1984: The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History and Its Role in the World Today
1978: Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Nude Mice.

Readerville September/October 2002 by MJ Rose
-01- There are 15,ooo novels published each year.
-02- Almost 40% of all hardcover books published are returned to the publisher.
-03- An avid reader buys on average 24 books a year.
-04- Only 500 novels of 15,ooo get serious review attention.

So Many Books by Gabriel Zaid
-01- …the truly cultures are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more.
-02- …maybe the measure of our reading should therefore be, not the number of books we’ve read, but the state in which they leave us.
-03- There are more than fifty million books in existence. Reading the list of just author and title would take 15 years.
-04- For every book published in the U.S. There are nine unpublished manuscripts.
-05- Maybe that is what life is: We stand up and say hello and then disappear.
-06- A reader who reads carefully, reflect, engages in lively conversation with other readers, remembers and rereads can become acquainted with a thousand books in a lifetime.
-07- If a person reads a book a day, he would be neglecting to read four thousand others, published the same day.

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