- 2013 Dec 18
WME, Silver Lake Closing Deal for IMG
Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor along with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners are finalizing a deal to acquire IMG Worldwide Inc., the sports and media entity that represents the likes of NFL star Peyton Manning and pop singer Taylor Swift, for more than $2 billion.
Author Asks for Book to be Pulled
The Anarchist Cookbook, which Karl Pierson read before his rampage at Arapahoe High School in Colorado last week, is the original how-to of homicide and mass murder — and sales are still raging, with distribution from the likes of Amazon and Barnes & Noble. “[The book] should go quietly and immediately out of print,” the author William Powell told NBC News.
Worker Killed at N.J. Amazon Warehouse
A man working at one of Amazon’s new warehouses was killed two weeks ago after being crushed by a piece of equipment, according to the Department of Labor.
Turkey Suspends Trial Over Erotic Novel
An Istanbul court on Tuesday suspended the trial of a Turkish publisher and a translator accused of corrupting public morals over a French book written more than a century ago.
Indie Reader's Best Indie Titles of 2013
The Indie Reader staff picks their favorite independent books of the year.
- 2013 Dec 17
A-Rod's Next Play: A Tell-All
Page Six reports that Alex Rodriguez is about to seal a multimillion dollar deal for a tell-all book about his legal battle with MLB, with which he plans to lift the lid on the “full dirt of Major League Baseball’s tactics” he claims have been used against him.
Romance writer Janet Dailey dies at 69
Romance writer Janet Dailey, whose books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide, has died at her southwest Missouri home.
Hugh Nissenson, Novelist, Dies at 80
Hugh Nissenson, an author who was praised for creating convincing alternative worlds in books that pursued questions of faith and pressed the boundaries of the novelistic form, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan.
How Potter Self Pubbed 'Peter Rabbit'
So you think self-publishing is a 21st-century phenomenon? Think again. On December 16, 1901, a 47-year-old writer and illustrator printed 250 copies of her first book, featuring a naughty rabbit.
My Long Road to Self Publishing
One writer talks about his own experiences in publishing and why he thinks crowdfunding is, at the very least, a viable alternative to the traditional models.
- 2013 Dec 16
Booksellers Wary About Holiday Sales
All across the country, booksellers have a Christmas wish: that the e-book thrill is gone.
Russo's Books to Close
Russo's Books in Bakersfield, Calif. is closing its store at The Marketplace. The store's final day will be January 31, although it will maintain an online presence and may open at a new site in the future.
Amazon's German Workers to Strike
Workers at Amazon.com's German operations were set to go on strike on Monday, in the middle of the crucial Christmas holiday season, in a dispute over pay that has been raging for months.
Nine hints from a bestselling novelist.
My Favorite Books of 2013
Book Beast's Lucas Wittmann picks his favorite books of 2013, including those by Jill Lepore, Adelle Waldman, and James Salter.
- 2013 Dec 13
The Kindle Numbers Bezos Must Care About
A recent analysis of survey data shows that maybe there are other Kindle-related figures that are just as critical to Amazon, if not more so than the sales of just the devices themselves.
Elmore Leonard Remembered by His Son
"Elmore was the coolest guy I knew," says the acclaimed crime writer's son, himself a writer of crime fiction.
Pub's Charity Accused of Seeking Profits
The Pearson Foundation, the charitable arm of one of the nation’s largest educational publishers, will pay $7.7 million to settle accusations that it repeatedly broke New York State law by assisting in for-profit ventures.
Our Greatest Political Novelist?
Kim Stanley Robinson is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living science-fiction writers. Is he also one of the most important political writers working in America today?
Ted Cruz Coloring Book Selling Fast
St. Louis publisher Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. is offering a coloring and activity book featuring the Texas tea party darling. Company founder Wayne Bell said the book is already in its third printing after just six days.
- 2013 Dec 12
The Best YA Novel of All Time
Two surveys ask YA readers about their favorite books and preferences for print or digital.
Are You Living in a YA Novel?
A tongue-in-cheek list of signs that you might be living in a YA novel.
Pretty Little Clothing Line
The costume designer for ''Pretty Little Liars' to launch a clothing line for Aéropostale inspired by the series.
Pooh Competition Reaches Out To Writers
Disney UK is launching a storytelling competition that asks writers to create new Winnie-the-Pooh stories and characters.
Ludwig, 'Madeline', and Money
An article on Ludwig Bemelman and his money management woes.
A Look at the 'Symbolism Survey'
In 1963, an ambitious 16-year-old surveyed prominent authors.
Bloom and Durham Interview
Excerpts from interviews between Judy Bloom and Lena Dunham.
A Chat With Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola is still writing and illustrating books after all these years.
Bank Street to Relocate
Bank Street Bookstore will leave its current location.
Animated Anne Frank Film in Works
Ali Forman will write and direct an animated adaptation of Anne Frank's diary and life.
Catching Up With Ann M. Martin
An interview with Ann M. Martin.
Kinney On Books, Kids, and Greg Heffley
Jeff Kinney reflects on the Wimpy Kid Books.
'Banks' Director Talks About Film
An interview with Saving Mr. Banks director, John Lee Hancock.
Will Saving Mr. Banks Fly?
A big fan of Disney's Mary Poppins reflects on reading the book and anticipates the release of Saving Mr. Banks.
YA New Home For Political Novels?
An opinion piece about how YA might be a source for the new political novel.
Cooper on the Importance of Libraries
Susan Cooper discusses the importance of libraries for children.
Novels That Deserve More 'Best Of' Love
Bookriot rounds up some of the books that have fallen through the cracks this year.
Segel to Play D.F.W.
Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel are attached to star in Anonymous Content’s The End of the Tour. Segel will play David Foster Wallace, the author of Infinite Jest who committed suicide in 2008, while Eisenberg will play Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.
'The Inmate of a Gloomy Prison'
Yale acquired what is believed to be the earliest known prison memoir by an African-American, dated 1858.
Weinsteins Sue Warner over Hobbit Films
Bob and Harvey Weinstein escalated a legal dispute over their claim to a share in the proceeds from the new Hobbit films by Warner Bros. with a lawsuit filed in a New York state court on Tuesday.
Girl Drops Out Due to Book Allergy
An English student has been forced to drop out of college - because of a deadly allergy to books. Kirsty Ashman's severe allergies meant that grimy student hangouts and dusty lecture halls could be deadly.
- 2013 Dec 11
Literary Feuds of 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, The New Yorker offers its second-annual look at the scuffles, controversies, and feisty debates that have helped keep the literary world lively over the past year.
Interview with Cynthia Sherry
Sherry, who has been with Chicago Review Press for 24 years, started out in the accounting department, before working her way up to comptroller. Then in 1995 she moved over to the editorial side and has been the publisher for the past nine years.
What Do New Salinger Stories Reveal?
When three of JD Salinger's unpublished stories were leaked online, they raised explosive questions of piracy and privacy — and showed us new ways to read The Catcher in the Rye.
Tyson Denied U.K. Entry
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been forced to cancel promotional appearances for his new book Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography after being banned from entering the U.K.
A Picture Says it All...Or Does It?
Judging an author by their photo.
- 2013 Dec 10
YA Musts for Adults
An article lists 10 young adult novels that adults should read.
Stars of Science
A selection of best science picture books from 2013.
Favorite Children's Books of 2013
A selection of 13 favorite children's books that released in 2013.
Jim Kay to Illustrate Harry Potter
Jim Kay will illustrate new editions of all seven Harry Potter books.
Commissioner's Picture Book Inspiration
William J. Bratton, NYC's next police commissioner, was inspired by George J. Zaffo's Your Police.
Ridley Scott Options YA E-Original
Fae, an e-book original by Colet Abedi and Jasmine Abedi, is auctioned for film by Ridley Scott.
Nelson Discusses Mandela Tribute Cover
An interview with Kadir Nelson about the Nelson Mandela cover he created for the New Yorker.
Nancy Drew Author Auction Items
Items belonging to Mildred Wirt Benson are sold at auction.
The Return of Lowly Worm
Richard Scarry's son, Huck Scarry has written a new Lowly Worm story based on his father's unfinished material.
Latino Children's Literature Stand-Outs
A discussion about children's books by Latino authors that may have slipped through the cracks.
Best of 2013
A selection of best books of the year picks.
Adults Reading Middle-Grade Books?
An article suggests that adult readers are turning to middle-grade books.
Big Surprise: Adults Read YA
An article points out that many readers of young adult fiction are adults.
How Much Do Self-Pubbed Authors Make?
In short, not much. According to data from a new survey from Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest, the median income range for self-published authors is under $5,000 and nearly 20% of self-published authors report deriving no income from their writing.
Authors Speak Out on Surveillance
More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter.
'USA Today' Picks Its Top 10
USA Today's Jocelyn McClurg and Bob Minzesheimer select the 10 books they loved reading this year.
An Interview with John Rechy
In November, Grove Press published a 50th-anniversary edition of John Rechy’s City of Night, a landmark novel about a young hustler who travels the country plying his trade. Slate's June Thomas spoke with 82-year-old Rechy about his writing career and the world’s endless fascination with hustling.
When Salinger Spoke
Lost in all the controversy around J.D. Salinger this year was the few times he chose to take a public stance as in this 1959 letter against life imprisonment without parole.
Color a Senator!
Senator Ted Cruz is the subject of a coloring book.
- 2013 Dec 09
King Sends Shivers Through Twitter
Novelist Stephen King says he "can't think of a thing to say" but nonetheless acquired 170,000 Twitter followers in just three days.
Cohen to Write Ephron Bio
The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen will write a biography of the late writer Nora Ephron, Page Six reported on Sunday. Cohen, friends with Ephron since the 1970s when she first began dating Carl Bernstein, reportedly asked Ephron’s family if he could write the biography. Cohen was the first speaker at Ephron’s funeral, at her request.
Video: YA Books Growing Fast
With sales up 24%, the fastest-growing market for publishers are young adult books. Long given less attention by big publishers, these books are suddenly bigger than ever, as young adult literature has become more popular among adults.
Disruptions at Your Door
Like it or not, e-commerce is changing the way the world shops. It is also changing expectations. Two-day delivery was great then, but this is now. Bezos is not the only one who says technology will continue to reshape the old-school delivery business just as it has reshaped so much else.
A Year in Reading: 2013
Intended as an antidote for all the "Best of 2013" lists, The Milloins asks dozens of readers, writers, and thinkers to tell us about the best book they read all year regardless of publication date.
- 2013 Dec 06
Birds Will Attack Delivery Drones
Birds are going to hate the Amazon delivery drones. Unseen to us, the skies are checkered with fiercely defended bird territories. Open-country raptors—hawks, eagles, kites, harriers, etc.—don’t take kindly to interlopers on their hunting grounds.
Harry Potter's New Look
New, fully-illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling's novels will see artist Jim Kay reimagining the entire Potter universe.
New Bookstore for Plattsburgh
Lake City Books, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., will offer new and gently read titles.
Picture Book Presides with Bratton
If there was an unexpected star at the news conference on Thursday announcing that William J. Bratton would be New York City’s next police commissioner, it was a faded yellow copy of Your Police, a children’s picture book published in 1956, that Bratton tenderly held in his hands.
21 Signs You're in a Book Relationship
There’s loving books…and then there’s being in love with books.
- 2013 Dec 05
Meet the Amazon Drone Squad Team
Amazon’s drone delivery dream might be a mere flight of fancy — vaporware for a good PR press blitz. But fruitful or not, the company still has an entire team (albeit a small one) working on the project.
What Obama's Reading List Says
A reading list offers a rare window into the presidential mind, a peek at what a commander in chief may be thinking about beyond the prosaic and repetitive briefings that dominate his days. The books on the White House night stand provide relief, escape or inspiration. At times they can influence a president’s approach to the crises and challenges he confronts.
Malibu Bookstore Up for Sale
Nine years after first opening their Malibu location, the owners of Diesel, A Bookstore, have put their Malibu Country Mart location up for sale, citing financial constraints and a need to focus on a growing number of independent shops outside of Malibu.
Public to Vote on Costa Award
Six short stories are being put anonymously to a public vote to decide the winner of the Costa short story prize 2013, which will be awarded next January.
Canadian Booksellers Pick Top Kids Books
Quill & Quire contacted independent booksellers across Canada to find out which Canadian kids’ books were most popular in 2013.
- 2013 Dec 04
Iconic S.F. Store Closer to Being Saved
Marcus Books, one of the country's oldest African American-run bookstores, may be able to stay indefinitely in its San Francisco location under a new agreement that the owners have reached with the couple who purchased the bookstore property earlier this year.
New Indie Store for Durham
Letters, a new bookshop opening in downtown Durham, N.C., will be selling mostly used and rare books, and some selections of new titles.
21 Best Lines of 2013
From some of the year’s most enjoyable books.
How I Write: James McBride
The newly crowned National Book Award winner for Fiction tells The Daily Beast about his pad in New York City, being able to write anywhere, and rewriting everything—even his emails.
Waterstone's response to the Amazon drone announcement.
- 2013 Dec 03
Farewell, André the Giant
D.D. Guttenplan pays tribute to his former boss, André Schiffrin, who died on December 1.
Amazon's Drone Strike
Why the company announced its aerial assault and why cities are likely to be the last place to see copters making deliveries
Ft. Collins's Indie Bookstores
Shops in the Colorado town are both thriving and dying in the digital revolution.
Australian Kindle Store
Amazon has been prising open the wallets of Australian consumers for years – but what will its local push on Kindle mean for readers, writers and publishers?
What Happens When You're a Book Nerd
Being the Designated Book Nerd in your family or social circle is an important job. And it brings with it–especially at the holidays, filled with parties and gatherings–a certain set of expected experiences.
- 2013 Dec 02
Video and full transcript of Jeff Bezos's appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday, where the Amazon CEO unveiled plans for a drone delivery system.
HarperCollins, Beyond E-Books
The New York-based publishing house, whose roots date back to 1817, was the only one of the Big Five publishers to offer some of its backlist titles — and perhaps more importantly, some of its prestige — to startups at launch, helping to kickstart the fledging Netflix-like e-book subscription market.
Jonathan Franzen, Elizabeth Gilbert and many more writers on how they deal with their doubts -- and benefit from them.
Out of Print, Not Out of Mind
Even as the universe of printed matter continues to shrivel, the book — or at least some of its best-known features — is showing remarkable staying power online. The idea is apparently embedded so deeply in the collective unconsciousness that no one can bear to leave it behind.
'It took 14 years for My Writing to Pay'
Crime writer Ian Rankin, 53, who has sold more than 20 million books, opens up on his personal finances.
- 2013 Nov 27
Psalm Nets $14M at Auction
A 1640 book of psalms translated from Hebrew sold for a record breaking $14.16 million at auction on Tuesday. Known as the Bay Psalm Book, it is the first book published in English in what is now the U.S. There are only 10 other known copies. The buyer was David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of the private equity firm the Carlyle Group, who says he plans to loan the book out to museums.
Fitzgerald's 22 Essential Books
In 1936 — perhaps the darkest year of his life — F. Scott Fitzgerald was convalescing in a hotel in Asheville, N.C., when he offered his nurse a list of 22 books he thought were essential reading. The list is written in the nurse’s hand.
Tips and Tricks for NaNoWriMo
Agents at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency took to Twitter to ask authors for writing advice in honor of National Novel Writing Month.
Irish Book Awards Honor Doyle, O'Toole
Authors Roddy Doyle and Fintan O'Toole were among the winners at last night's Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013. The eighth annual awards also honored novelist John Banville with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by actress Sinéad Cusack.
'Catching Fire' : Book vs. Movie
Not that the critically and commercially adored Catching Fire needs any more gold stars, but let us add one more: It is a remarkably faithful adaptation of the book.