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National Book Count - January 10-16, 2011

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Edited: Jan 22, 2011, 1:02am Top

I was happily surprised to stubble across the news articles in the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire Magazine about the first ever National Book Count organized by the National Campaign for Reading. While this first book count only captures approximately 3/4 of the book markets and library systems serving 11.2 million Canadians for a seven day period, I thought the results were quite impressive, and, dare I add, down right interesting, with statistics of 1,110,568 book sales and 1,604,378 books checked out from 22 urban center libraries across Canada.

Statistics usually bore me as being only useful as a great cure for insomnia but I found this information quite fascinating and wanted to share it with everyone else.... just in case you hadn't seen it already.

ETA: My favorite quote from the Globe and Mail article: "Organizers figure more Canadians picked out a book last week than watched hockey on TV."

Jan 22, 2011, 2:48pm Top

Well, I am glad to contribute heavily to those numbers! Its nice to see that people are still reading isn't it?

I kind of have to add (because I am weird and Canadian/Amercian spelling is a pet peeve)... you spelled centre wrong (said it a very small voice). Sorry to be rude and point out insignificant stuff. I will go back to studying now...

Edited: Jan 22, 2011, 5:44pm Top

Thanks for that Lori! Like #2 I am only to happy to contribute to that number. We do get the Globe and Mail - and I will have to go read the article.

I have zero interest in hockey..... call me non Canadian;)

Jan 22, 2011, 6:39pm Top

Hi Danielle - no offense taken! I had to go back and re-read my post to see what I had written. I have a nasty habit of flipping between Canadian/American spellings for a number of words... a systemic problem when part of my 'young and impressionable' (spoken with a hint of sarcasm) educational years were spend in an American education system.

Jan 22, 2011, 6:40pm Top

Ah! That was from Wednesday's page - which I have in my recycling box! :) It is really interesting to read the differences in books taken out from the 3 libraries across the country. It does vary some. Interesting stuff!

Jan 22, 2011, 6:42pm Top

Lori, I had a very British teacher in Grade 6 who pounded Canadian spelling into us - so I understand both you and Danielle! Now to read your link from Quill and Quire! Thanks again!

Jan 22, 2011, 9:13pm Top

I don't know why but am weird about Canadian/American spelling. I have been known to pull out a Sharpie and 'fix things. I know (hangs head in shame). I am obviously not so weird about proper grammar as I just noticed that I wrote "its" and not "it's" in my prior post. Oops... perhaps I should learn to practice what I preach :)

I hate hockey too. Sadly, I was dragged (yes, dragged) to the Hockey Hall of Fame and I loathed every minute. I sometimes wonder if I should give up my citizenship and move away. But I am somewhat confident that there are a large number of us non-lovers out there. Perhaps we need a support group?!?

Jan 23, 2011, 7:49pm Top

I mark psychology exams. I cannot tell you how many 'u's I have added in to 'behaviour'. *sigh*

Jan 26, 2011, 6:40pm Top

I encourage my students to use Canadian spelling -- even if they are studying from abroad. What drives me crazy is "musta" -- instead of "must have" and the use of "internet" spelling in formal writing. ie: 4U or U2

Jan 26, 2011, 7:08pm Top

I am always tempted to return even emails with chatspeak in them. 'Sorry, having trouble translating, try again?'

Jan 26, 2011, 7:18pm Top

My husband is a prof and he gets out his big ol' red marker and correct it all. He hates it as much as I do. "L8R" in a formal essay? Really?

I am currently reading a book by a British author & published by a British company. All the spelling is British but they keep saying 'licensed'. Is it not 'licenced'? I would assume the Canadian spelling would follow the British. It's really bugging me!

Jan 26, 2011, 9:14pm Top

I try to order the 'Canadian' textbook versions for my psyc classes when I teach.. they include more Canadian content, but almost always use the US spelling *sigh*

Edited: Jan 26, 2011, 10:24pm Top

Love this discussion! I will try to keep my postings with proper Canadian spellings.

11 - Danielle - depending on how you British book is using the term, "Licence" is the noun and "License" is the verb, same in both Canada and the UK - and true to form, LT spell checker is informing me that "Licence" is an incorrect spelling (underlined with that annoying red squiggly line).


Jan 26, 2011, 10:51pm Top

>13 lkernagh:
LT doesn't have a spell checker; it must be your browser's spell checker.

Jan 27, 2011, 12:09am Top

See, I learn something new everyday!

Edited: Jan 27, 2011, 10:49am Top

A major pet peeve for me: spell checker's American spelling default. Everytime a start a new word document, I have to reset the dictionary to Canadian English. I'm a Canadian writting documents for Canadians. Why can't they design a word processor program that allows me to change the default setting to my country's dictionary? Would that really be so hard?

>8 Bcteagirl:
That's why so many of your students are spelling 'behaviour' without a 'u'; they're forgetting to change the spell checker's setting to 'Canadian English' before they start writing.

Edited: Jan 27, 2011, 12:31pm Top

13 - I didn't know that! We DO learn new things every day. I guess the book is wrong because they are referring to a marriage licence.

I suppose I can understand why it's done but it really bugs me to buy a Canadian book that is published here and authored by a Canadian but with US spelling. Why are we so weird about letting people know that we are Canada and we are different?

And yes, a spell checker that actually acknowledges that there are differences would be nice. I don't even bother to change it. I just add all my words to the dictionary and delete the yucky ones. "Behavior" is not a word in my world so I simple erased its existence.

(getting back off my little band wagon... it gets crowded up here sometimes!)

Jan 27, 2011, 12:07pm Top

You can set the default spell checker to Canadian English in Word. I set mine years ago and can't remember how I did it, but poke around and you should be able to figure it out.

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