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RE: Reply to David Prosser

Joe, I really don't have to point out that that I was in no way 
suggesting that (a) children reading is a bad thing, (b) Newton 
is a publisher lacking in accomplishments or (c) we should 
seriously boycott Bloomsbury, do I?


-----Original Message-----
[mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Joseph J. Esposito
Sent: 09 March 2006 23:07
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: Reply to David Prosser

David Prosser wrote:

"Finally, I wonder if I was the only person who, after reading 
Newton's ill-informed and (in my view) wrong-headed piece, felt a 
greater desire to boycott Bloomsbury than Google?"

Nigel Newton is the publisher of Harry Potter and is probably the 
single individual on the planet who has done the most to bring 
books into the lives of children.  I was disappointed in his 
column (which I would characterize as right-headed but 
ill-informed), but let's not be stinting about his 
accomplishments.  There are other parents on this list besides me 
who had the extraordinary experience of waiting outside a 
bookshop at midnight, the streets thick with kids dressed as 
witches and warlocks, waiting to buy a book.  A book!  Not a 
movie, not an iPod, but a book!

Joe Esposito