Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I Don't Think This is What PublisherDude* Means When He Says Our Books Should Be Bullet-proof

A candidate for State Superintendent of Schools has proposed giving used textbooks to students to use as shields in case of a school shooting:

"People might think it's kind of weird, crazy," said Republican Bill Crozier of Union City, Oklahoma, a teacher and former Air Force security officer.

You don't say.

Crozier and a group of aides produced a 10-minute video Tuesday in which they shoot math, language and telephone books with a variety of weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9mm pistol. The rifle bullet penetrated two books, including a calculus textbook, but the pistol bullet was stopped by a single book.

Might think it's kind of weird? I mean, granted it addresses the problem of what to do with outdated textbooks, and may provide those living in the culture of fear with some illusion of "doing something," but I kevlar dustjackets are not a standard publishing specification for textbooks.

Memo to PublisherDude*: When you said you wanted our books to be bulletproof, this isn't what you meant, right? 'Cause if so, I need to talk with the printers, pronto.

* My boss

via Bookninja

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