- 2013 Jun 19
Amazon Dumps Minn. Affiliates
To avoid collecting online state sales tax.
52 Is Not Too Old
For a debut novel.
Adobe Books Closing
After 25 years.
Amazon Debuts Gifting Platform
Amazon Birthday Gift is the company’s Facebook-integrated social gifting product.
Book Rec Engine Gets $2M
San Francisco startup Parakweet has gotten $2 million from angel investors to help make BookVibe a going concession.
- 2013 Jun 18
New DRM Changes Words
German researchers have created a new DRM feature that changes the text and punctuation of an e-book ever so slightly.
Closing a Bookstore
25 things learned.
Follett Launches $50M VC Fund
College bookstore company Follett launched a $50 million venture capital fund to invest in “new technologies that have the potential to improve and even disrupt the way educational content is delivered and consumed.”
Vice Recreates Female Author Suicides
Salon: A shoot featuring a suicidal Virginia Woolf represents a new low for the perennial outrage-mongers.
Magzter Launches E-Book Store
Magzter, an online store front for digital magazines, is to launch an e-book store with a planned beta version rolling out in July.
- 2013 Jun 17
Reading Novels Helps Thinking
Says new study.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' Trailer
DiCaprio stars in the Jordan Belfort adaptation.
NE Mobile Book Fair's Story
Will the red ink recede in time for what one veteran employee calls Mobile Book Fair 2.0 to emerge in its full glory?
Gaiman Takes Social Media 'Sabbatical'
Author says he'll be back as he announces he is taking a six-month break from his online community of fans and friends.
RiverRun to Open New Location
The Portsmouth bookstore was recently saved from going out of business.
- 2013 Jun 14
Gaiman's Top 10 Mythical Characters
Including Loki and Penelope.
James Joyce's Last Collection
To be published.
Watch it here.
Grammar Police Continue Fight
Against apostrophe catastrophes.
Tom Hanks in Eggers Adaptation
Will star in A Hologram for the King.
- 2013 Jun 13
HC NZ & Pearson Australia Make Cuts
Jobs will be lost in New Zealand at book publishers HarperCollins and Pearson after the companies yesterday announced intentions to close some operations.
What NPR's Backseat Book Club Reads
A complete list.
First 'Diana' Trailer
Based on the book "Diana: Her Last Love" by Kate Snell.
Booksellers for the Post Office
The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) is asking Congress to do its part to facilitate the spread of literacy and
guarantee free speech by ensuring the U.S. Postal Service remains solvent and that special Media Mail rates stay in place.
Profit Surge at Book Depository
The Amazon-owned Book Depository made a pre-tax profit of more than £15m in 2012 after selling intellectual property to another Amazon group the same kind of inter-company arrangement that the online retailer has recently been heavily criticized for.
Sendak Google Doodle
Thoughts on Maurice Sendak and what he would have thought of the 'Google doodle' tribute.
- 2013 Jun 12
Lauren Graham Adapts Her Novel for TV
With Ellen DeGeneres producing.
Pullman on E-book Library Loans
The writer of His Dark Materials leads a new campaign to address 'underpayment' of writers for digital loans.
Flooring for Book Nerds
Love what you walk on.
Between Traditional and Self-Publishing?
Notting Hill Press offers 11 established authors chance to share their expertise while retaining control and royalties.
Kenn Nesbitt Children's Poet Laureate
Nesbitt, 51, is the author of numerous books of poetry for children, including The Tighty-Whitey Spider (2010), My Hippo Has the Hiccups (2009), and Revenge of the Lunch Ladies (2007).
- 2013 Jun 11
23 YA Summer Reads
A list of 23 YA books for summer reading.
39 Great Read-Alouds
A list of 39 books for reading aloud to children.
Bonneville to star in 'Paddington'?
Hugh Bonneville is in talks to play the lead in a film adaptation of the Paddington Bear books.
The Testing Heads to Screen
Paramount acquires Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing.
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot to Film
Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will star in a film adaptation of the Roald Dahl book.
YA Authors Connect with Young Writers
Authors Erin Bowman, Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas,and Kat Zhang running workshops for budding writers.
Kids' Books Poke Fun at NSA
A tongue-in-cheek look at NSA surveillance through children's books.
Seattle Library Does Books on Bikes
A small group of Seattle Public Library (SPL) staff will be pedaling—and peddling—books on the pavement this summer, thanks to the new Books on Bikes pilot program.
Self-Pub E-books Reach 20% of Market
Self-published titles accounted for over a fifth of crime, science fiction, romance and humor e-books sold in the U.K. in 2012.
Self-Pub Company Probe
The closure of 2 Moon Press has sparked a probe.
Bookstore Saved by Community
Dog-Eared Pages Used Books in northeast Phoenix gets to keep living the dream a little longer because of customers and help from start-up Scott’s Marketplace.
Cleveland's New Indie
Guide to Kulchur is a "bookstore-cum-zine-making-paradise-cum-hangout."
Google Happy Birthday to Sendak
Google wishes the late Maurice Sendak a happy 85th birthday with an animated doodle.
Martha 'Speaks' Lawsuit
The author of the Martha Speaks series is suing PBS affiliate WBGH.
Questioning Common Core
An opinion piece on the Common Core State Standards tests.
- 2013 Jun 10
Indie Prairie Lights Thrives
Despite age of e-books.
Sendak's Google Doodle
Today would've been his 85th birthday.
Iain Banks Tributes
Authors including Neil Gaiman, Irvine Welsh, John O'Farrell and Ian Rankin remember much-loved writer, who has died aged 59.
Scarlett Johansson Sues Publisher
She is seeking compensation and damages from a French publishing company after her name was used in the book ‘The First Thing We Look At,’
224-Word Short Story
On a stamp.
- 2013 Jun 07
Bookstore Saved by Customer
One day, Danya Simkus walked into Mr. B’s Bookery in the business complex off Highway 104, and found her favorite bookstore was going out of business.
God and Sci-Fi
The Guardian: Science might have no place for divine intervention, but SF has always lived by its own beliefs.
Tegan & Sara Book Recommendations
Including By Blood and Leaving the Atocha Station.
Jonah Lehrer Writes Again
Simon & Schuster: "We believe in second chances."
Bible Tops 50 Shades
A new translation of the Bible has topped the bestseller list in Norway, one of Europe’s least religious countries.
- 2013 Jun 06
Amazon Recruiting Indie Bookstores
And hiring Kindle sales reps.
Gendered Covers Failing
"The elements of a great story have no gender – so why do we market books to young readers as if girls and boys want different things from fiction?"
Library Breaks Book Domino Record
2,131 books, 27 volunteers, 112 slices of pizza.
DFW's Widow's Memoir
Bough Down, Karen Green's collection of poems and collages of her grief after her husband's suicide, is being hailed as a classic.
Amazon Resurrects Kindle DX
"It’s almost comically oversized compared to the more popular and current e-reader models, which include the Kobo Aura HD and Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, and the technology within is now almost three years old."
- 2013 Jun 05
British Booksellers Challenge Amazon
Booksellers Association calls for government action after France pledges €9m of funding to help its booksellers.
If You Want to Be a Writer...
...Have sex with someone who works in publishing, says Joyce Carol Oates.
Correcting the Cost of E-books
"With e-books, so many of the costs of publishing are eliminated, and publishers need to adjust prices accordingly."
'Emperor of All Maladies' Documentary
Ken Burns and Siddhartha Mukherjee will bring the book to PBS in 2015.
'Much Ado About Nothing' Reviews
The Shakespeare/Joss Whedon adaptation scores are in.
- 2013 Jun 04
France's culture minister has attacked Amazon for deliberately undercutting traditional rivals to create a "quasi-monopoly", in the latest assault by the socialist government on internet companies.
He had one of the bleakest worldviews ever committed to paper, was racist – and could be a terrible writer. So why is HP Lovecraft more popular than ever?
Best Personal Library
Is yours better than these award-winners?
How Timbuktu's Manuscripts Were Saved
When Islamist rebels set fire to two libraries in Timbuktu earlier this year, many of the texts had already been removed from the buildings and were at that very moment being smuggled out of the city, under the rebels' noses.
Agee's Early Draft
Of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
- 2013 Jun 03
"The E-book Case Is Bizarre"
Says Apple CEO Tim Cook.
'The Fault in Our Stars' Success
Reasons why, from John Green himself.
McCall Smith Buys Scottish Islands
The author has bought a chain of uninhabited Scottish islands he discovered while sailing with his wife.
Amazon Leases 12-Storey Office
Online Demand for Rare Books Grows
Prices of the rarest books are rising as the Internet drives the trade off dusty shelves and into the digital age.
- 2013 May 31
10 Books That Will Send Kids Exploring
Books to plan field trips around.
Grading Apple's Digital Textbook Tech
Shortly after his world history students began a pilot program testing a digital textbook for the iPad, Ken Halla noticed something different: His students were actually reading their textbooks.
Amazon Expands U.K. Office
Amazon's U.K.-based operations, which is accused of paying almost no tax in recent years, is set to expand into a new office and increase its employee count in the coming quarters.
Frank O'Connor Short Story Award
David Constantine and Deborah Levy join shortlist alongside Joyce Carol Oates and Peter Stamm.
'The Book That Made Me'
Waterstones launches project that asks readers to share how a book has affected them.
- 2013 May 30
5-Year-Old Reads 875 Books in A Year
Sophia Moss, from Lake Charles, Louisiana reads a book nearly every day and has finished reading most books in the kindergarten and first grade section.
NY's Best Lesser-Known Bookstores
Including Book Thug Nation and Bluestockings.
Smaller Bookstores Still Growing
"We're figuring it out," says Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association. "Stores are reinventing themselves and responding to change. And we're fighting back."
Amazon's Login Service
Amazon launched a new service called ‘Login with Amazon’ today that lets its 200 million active customers sign-in to apps, games and websites created by third-party developers using their existing account details.
Astoria's Only Indie
Astoria Bookshop will offer a full line of titles and sell e-books online — as well as host readings, children’s story hours and book groups.
- 2013 May 29
Welsh Publisher to Focus on Kids
Firefly Press is the first Welsh publisher devoted to children's books.
What 'New Yorker' Staffers are Reading
Including Anna Karenina.
Connecting With Sophie Blackall
A piece on Sophie Blackall, The Mighty Lalouche, and missed connections.
Life Changing Books
Authors discuss the books that changed their lives.
Kipling Letter Admits Plagiarism
A letter written by Rudyard Kipling where he admits to plagiarizing some of his best known works, including parts of the Jungle Book, is set to be sold.
In Korea's financially-squeezed book industry, publishers competed to publish Murakami's newest book.
Kindle Dates in China
After more than a year of speculation and delays, Amazon Kindle e-readers and tablets will reportedly be available for sale in China on June 7.
Penguin's Book Truck
The Penguin Truck, a traveling bookstore on wheels that resembles the food trucks now dotting street corners, just debuted in New York City. But the truck is coming to Chicago in late June for the annual American Library Association conference from June 27 through July 2.
The Decline of School Newspapers
A look at the waning tradition of school newspapers.
Virginia Woolf Was Anorexic
Writer's descendant recognizes symptoms from her own life and says the condition runs in families.
Spelling Champs Then and Now
A piece that catches up with past Spelling Bee champions.
'Miss Peregrine's Home' Sequel
An excerpt from Ransom Riggs's Hollow City.
U.K. Authors Fight Malnutrition
Philip Pullman, Julia Donaldson, and other authors team to battle world malnutrition.
Guardian Fiction Longlist
The longlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize has been announced.