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    And, the Number One Reason to Read Books Is...

    Mon Jun 7,12:17 PM ET Reuters

    LONDON (Reuters) - In a bid to lure men in Britain away from TV soccer games and into book shops, publisher Penguin Books will send out a sexy model to offer 1,000-pound ($1,837) prizes to males spotted reading a selected title.


    The publicity ploy, launched Monday, aims to boost sales among men, who on average buy fewer books than women.

    "It's to sex up the book industry, which probably needs it, but also to address the more serious issue that reading has fallen off the radar of younger men," said Neil Griffiths, author of Penguin-published "Betrayal in Naples."

    Penguin's so-called Good Booking Girl will canvass the streets this month for men older than 16 years reading versions of Nick Hornby's "31 Songs" that bear a special cover sticker.

    A different title will be chosen each month.

    At the same time, Penguin, a unit of Pearson Plc, released results of a poll in which 85 percent of women said a man could increase his chances of getting a date by talking about a favorite book.

    By contrast, more than half the men polled said they believed that flattering a woman would suffice to impress her.

    An accompanying Good Booking chart of 40 books recommends such lad-friendly Penguin titles as Anthony Burgess' violence-filled "A Clockwork Orange," Raymond Chandler's noir thriller "The Big Sleep" and Jack Kerouac's beat odyssey "On the Road."
    Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
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  • #2
    Will Penguin honor books bought from second-hand bookstores and book sales?

    All my books are bought used, except the ones that were given to me.


    _______
    Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
    -Albert Einstein
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Geeky Nerd
      Will Penguin honor books bought from second-hand bookstores and book sales?

      All my books are bought used, except the ones that were given to me.
      I'm sure they will, but in that case, the Good Booking Girl will be used, or will have been given to someone.

      JS
      Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
      Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


      "Never pet a burning dog."

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      • #4
        Janos... do you go to some news site specifically for news of this type? I sense a theme in your posts...
        “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Overseer
          Janos... do you go to some news site specifically for news of this type? I sense a theme in your posts...
          Yes I do. Yahoo news.

          The theme is based on what I think you guys want to read. I read nearly all of them.

          JS
          Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
          Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


          "Never pet a burning dog."

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          • #6
            ::expected to hear "The 'Girls Doing Interesting Things' News Service"::
            “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”

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            • #7
              Re: And, the Number One Reason to Read Books Is...

              Originally posted by Janos
              And, the Number One Reason to Read Books Is...
              the centerfolds??
              Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
              (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Overseer
                ::expected to hear "The 'Girls Doing Interesting Things' News Service"::
                Just trying to keep you off balance!

                JS
                Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                "Never pet a burning dog."

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                • #9
                  Re: Re: And, the Number One Reason to Read Books Is...

                  Originally posted by hogdriver
                  the centerfolds??
                  It is about reading books, not just looking at the pictures, Hogdriver!

                  JS
                  Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                  Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                  "Never pet a burning dog."

                  RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
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                  http://www.sca.org
                  http://www.scv.org/
                  http://www.scouting.org/

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                  • #10
                    Re: Re: Re: And, the Number One Reason to Read Books Is...

                    Originally posted by Janos
                    It is about reading books, not just looking at the pictures, Hogdriver!

                    JS
                    Does reading their tattoos count??
                    Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
                    (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Re: Re: Re: And, the Number One Reason to Read Books Is...

                      Originally posted by hogdriver
                      Does reading their tattoos count??
                      Your vision must be pretty darned good

                      JS
                      Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                      Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                      "Never pet a burning dog."

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                      • #12
                        So, what does this Good Booking Girl look like?
                        Stay Alert, Stay Alive!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jim H. Moreno
                          So, what does this Good Booking Girl look like?
                          Oh come on Jim, you mean you passed up an opportunity to post one of your pictures?

                          EG: "Does she look like this?" - cue one gorgeous babe picture courtesy of Mr Moreno.

                          I'm disappointed!

                          Dr. S.
                          Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
                            Oh come on Jim, you mean you passed up an opportunity to post one of your pictures?

                            EG: "Does she look like this?" - cue one gorgeous babe picture courtesy of Mr Moreno.

                            I'm disapointed!

                            Dr. S.
                            I'll cover for him (of course, that means MY perfect girl, instead of his).

                            JS
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                            Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                            Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                            "Never pet a burning dog."

                            RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
                            http://www.mormon.org
                            http://www.sca.org
                            http://www.scv.org/
                            http://www.scouting.org/

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