Children’s book publishers tend to have their books tested to ensure that all the ingredients (paper, board, glues, lamination, inks etc.) are safe, and free of heavy metals. If they are book-plus products (i.e. a book with a toy, charm or whatever packaged together with it) testing will certainly take place. This only makes sense: you don’t want your customers getting sick when they chew on your product.

But now things are getting dicey. Ink, Bits, & Pixels tells us of the girl who was forbidden to read on the bus in case she put her eye out. The bus driver refused to drive while the child was reading for fear other kids would get up and read over her shoulder, or that when they drove over a bump the corner of the book would jab a reader in the eye. Obviously we’ve all been taking reckless risks reading in the subway.

I used to think the only way you’d get compensation for an industrial injury while working for a publisher was to have a bookcase fall on you. Not such a joke — apparently about 15,000 kids are injured each year in the USA by falling furniture. I can’t find statistics on injuries inflicted by those sharp corners though.

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