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June 2010 - Editor's Blog

Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!

  • Are you planning on attending the American Library Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (starting today and running through Tuesday, June 29)? If so, please stop by the SB&F booth (#4214) to say “Hello!”. It is always a pleasure to meet our subscribers face-to-face and we’d love to hear what you think about the new SB&F Online. Or if you are not a subscriber the conference is a good place to become one! We are offering discounted subscription rates and a free gift (a set of SB&F Prize winning science books and a handy canvas carrying bag) with every new subscription. Plus enter to win a FREE Apple iPad at the booth! Swipe your card at our booth and register...      Read more...
    Published 24 Jun 2010 8:29 AM by Heather Malcomson
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  • With the goal of encouraging book clubs everywhere to choose a nonfiction science book to read and discuss, SB&F has launched its first four book club suggestions with accompanying reading guides. Many popular science books written today have gripping narratives, stranger than fiction storylines, and interesting insights in to current scientific issues. These characteristics make for great discussions of the book. No need to have in-depth knowledge of the subject at hand. Popular science books are written for the general public and are meant to give a broad, but fascinating, look at the world around us. From tales of adventure and discovery around the world to the complexities of the human...      Read more...
    Published 17 Jun 2010 10:29 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • As editor of SB&F I am always on the lookout for new, interesting and unique science books to share with our readers. I’d like to say that I am pretty successful at uncovering little known science books, having them reviewed, and publishing those reviews as quickly as possible. But once and awhile I miss one. Or nearly miss one, as is the case with a book that was recently brought to my attention (thanks to my friends at Science magazine’s Books et al column!). This gem of a little book is called You Can Count on Monsters: The First 100 Numbers and Their Characters by Richard Evan Schwartz. The book was published in February of this year by the science and technology publishers...      Read more...
    Published 10 Jun 2010 6:51 AM by Heather Malcomson
  • For 44 days the government has been scrambling to clean up and abate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as the public stands by waiting, hoping for a solution. The numbers are bleak: 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day are pouring into the gulf. Assuming a rate of 19,000 barrels a day, about 35 million gallons of oil have been spilled to date (from the National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group). Researchers now believe that the oil will reach not only the Gulf Coast beaches, but East Coast beaches as far north as Cape Hatteras, NC as well. News of the oil spill is abundant online, on TV, in newspapers. But if you are really interested in the science behind the spill check out Science...      Read more...
    Published 4 Jun 2010 7:14 AM by Heather Malcomson