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Nancy Pearl, the librarian of 'Book Lust,' signs a deal with Amazon

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By Josh Armstrong

(Read caption) 'Book Lust' librarian Nancy Pearl has signed a deal with Amazon, and some in the literary world are calling it a betrayal.

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It’s a move that has some betrayed bibliophiles asking, “Et tu, Nancy?”

Yes, rockstar librarian Nancy Pearl, of “Book Lust” fame, has signed a deal with Amazon. Earlier this month, the online behemoth bookseller announcedBook Lust Rediscoveries,” a series of Pearl’s favorite, out-of-print books that will be published and made available for sale via Amazon.com. Each of the books is personally selected by Pearl and will include an introduction, discussion questions, and list of recommended readings from her. The first two books to be published in the series are “A Gay and Melancholy Sound,” by Merle Miller, and “After Life,” by Rhian Ellis.

“I’m thrilled that Book Lust Rediscoveries makes it possible to republish many of my all-time favorite novels, all of which have long been out of print,” Nancy Pearl said in a statement with Amazon. “Helping these wonderful books find new readers is, for me, a joy and a delight. I was blown away by Amazon Publishing’s enthusiasm for the project and the extent to which they really understood what I wanted to do.”

Pearl is among the most respected bibliophiles in the literary world, known for her fresh and fearless commentary on the role of literature, literacy, and libraries in American society. A frequent commentator on NPR, Pearl is the inventor of the successful “One book, One City,” literacy campaign and has won numerous awards for promoting books and reading. Heck, the woman even has a bobblehead named after her.

So, asks Paul Oliver of Melville House Books, “What is she doing partnering with a predatory company like Amazon?”

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