- 2014 Dec 22
Readers Shun Celebrity Memoirs
Sales of autobiographies and memoirs are down compared with 2013, writes the 'Guardian.'
Books That Would Make Great Gifts
The 'New York Times' has nine titles that work equally well as conversation sparkers and thought-provoking gifts.
Wood's Picks for 2014
James Wood at the 'New Yorker' highlights his favorite books of the year.
Zoella's Fall From Grace
Teen fans feel betrayed by a YouTube star whose bestselling novel was revealed to be ghostwritten.
Maddow 'Insulted' Indie Booksellers
At the Huffington Post, Book Passage co-owner William Petrocelli weighs in on comments Rachel Maddow made in a segment about Sony's decision to cancel 'The Interview.'
- 2014 Dec 19
Martin Says He'll Screen 'The Interview'
'The Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, N.M., and announced he'd be happy to screen the North Korea-skewering comedy any time, no matter if it's actually any good or not.
Late Night's Most Passionate Book Nerd
In addition to everything else the 'Colbert Report' has accomplished since launching in 2005, it might have been TV’s most effective servant of books, says Boris Kachka at Vulture.
The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand
Wil S. Hylton talks to the author about her career, 'Unbroken,' and her struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Books for Obsessive Fans of 'Serial'
Business Insider has 11 true crime books with stories so gripping, it'll be hard to believe they're true.
Galante Fired for 'Wild Spending'
The Queens Public Library's board of trustees axed director Thomas Galante on Wednesday after reviewing his expense accounts.
- 2014 Dec 18
Apple Claiming Virtue
Vauhini Vara at the 'New Yorker' asks: Did Apple fix e-book prices for the greater good?
Thalia 'Off the Market'
Less than four weeks after Advent appointed the investment bank Macquarie to find a buyer for its German bookselling operation Thalia, the U.S. investor has reportedly taken the chain off the market because none of the interested parties was prepared to pay the asking price.
Strand Staffer Favorites of 2014
These are the 11 books Strand's booksellers loved most this year.
Amazon Workers in Germany Extend Strike
Amazon staff at German warehouses extended a strike on Wednesday in a long-running dispute over better pay and conditions, but the online retailer promised it would be able to deliver Christmas orders on time.
Amazon Rolls Out Prime Now
The online retailer announced Prime Now, which offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of daily essentials to Prime members through a mobile app. The service launches in Manhattan today, with plans to expand to additional cities in 2015
- 2014 Dec 17
Wal-Mart to Step Up Competition
The recent rumor that Wal-Mart could buy the beleaguered Nook division from Barnes & Noble is a clear indication that the retail chain intends to heat up its retail rivalry with Amazon.
Bookstore Manager's Textbook Scheme
A former bookstore manager at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa will plead guilty on Thursday to creating a fake book wholesaling company as part of a scheme to steal $302,177 from the school.
Celebs Donate Books
Stars like Jimmy Kimmel and Maggie Gyllenhaal are giving signed books, with a note about what the title meant to its famous former owner, to an online bookseller. Proceeds will go toward supporting literacy education.
The Genesis of Times New Roman
You might be surprised to learn that Times New Roman began as a challenge, when esteemed type designer Stanley Morison criticized London’s newspaper 'The Times' for being out-of-touch with modern typographical trends.
Amazon Hints at U.K. E-book Price Hike
In an email to self-published authors, Amazon has warned that e-book prices in the U.K. will rise come January following a change in VAT law.
- 2014 Dec 16
Google Wants to Launch Buy Buttons
Google has become the latest company to explore the launch of a “buy” button and other additional shopping features as it looks to beef up its e-commerce arsenal to fight off Amazon, the 'Wall Street Journal' reports.
First Look at the New Judy Blume Novel
The author has written a new novel, her first for adults in more than 15 years—'In the Unlikely Event,' due out in June from Knopf.
The Bookstore That Bewitched the Stars
The Rizzoli in New York City was no ordinary bookstore in its seventies heyday. Celebrities flocked to this glamorous and buzzy temple of literature and culture.
Ventura Sues HarperCollins
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura filed suit Monday against HarperCollins, publisher of the book that a federal jury in St. Paul said had defamed him.
Plenty of Time to Order Online
Amazon announced it has extended holiday shipping deadlines, allowing customers to order with free shipping by December 19, and receive items before the Christmas holiday.
- 2014 Dec 15
The Creation of Shakespeare
Shakespeare wasn't always a literary icon — or even the most popular writer of his era. Then how did he get so big?
Modiano's New Novel Coming to U.S.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Sunday that it will bring Nobel-prize winner Patrick Modiano‘s latest novel to the U.S. in late 2015.
Merriam-Webster Names Word of the Year
A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year.
Romance Authors Give Romance Recs
'USA Today' asked seven romance authors which romances will be warming up their holiday season.
Talking with the Editor of the 'NYTBR'
In celebration of her new book, 'By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review,' Buzzfeed asked Pamela Paul to answer the questions she’s usually asking some of the world’s most talented writers.
- 2014 Dec 12
The Henry Ford of Books
Exploring the contradictions of a one-man publishing conglomerate, Todd S. Purdum at 'Vanity Fair' learns how James Patterson’s childhood and advertising career made him the ultimate storyteller.
YouTubers and the Publishing Industry
'Vice' takes a look at the wave of YouTube stars landing major book deals.
Amazon vs. Wattpad
The retail colossus is aiming to recruit fan fiction writers with their own ambitions to sell, but Wattpad is winning users who want to share, says the 'Guardian.'
Aussie PM Causes Literary Uproar
The country's leader is in hot water over the the Prime Minister's Literary Award.
KU Launches in France & Brazil
Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is now live in France and Brazil, bringing to seven the number of countries where the service is available.
- 2014 Dec 11
How Amazon Became 'Santa's Sweatshop'
Why the Supreme Court’s decision that Amazon doesn’t have to compensate workers for the time it takes to search them is a "slap in the face to blue-collar Americans everywhere," according to the Daily Beast.
Galbraith Heading to Small Screen
'The Cuckoo's Calling' and 'The Silkworm' by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) are coming to BBC One— the crime novels are being adapted as a series, with filming expected to start in 2015.
Kerouac Estate Claims Lost Letter
Plans to auction the letter that inspired Jack Kerouac to turn 'On The Road' into a literary classic have been put on hold after Kerouac's estate laid claim to the 16,000-word missive from the author's friend and literary muse, Neal Cassady.
Judging Books by Their Covers
See Bookish's best book covers for 2014.
The Bestselling, Reclusive Authors
The BBC explores the infamous literary recluses whose work sells like hot cakes.
- 2014 Dec 10
Scant Clues to a Secret Identity
Elena Ferrante, author of the Naples novels, stays mysterious.
Lost Dylan Thomas Notebook Auctioned
A notebook which shows the early work of poet Dylan Thomas has been bought by Swansea University for £104,500.
The Unfinished Novels
New data from Kobo shows that, although 'The Goldfinch' was the 37th bestselling e-book of the year for the retailer, it was completed by just 44.4% of Kobo’s British readers.
'Gone Girl' Blue-Ray, with Kids' Book
Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced that the DVD and Blu-ray of David Fincher's 'Gone Girl,' out January 13, will include 'Amazing Amy Tattle Tale,' a collectible 36-page children's book.
Modiano Accepts Nobel
In his acceptance speech, Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature, says he is convinced the writers of the future "will safeguard the succession."
- 2014 Dec 09
Random House to Alter Dunham's Book
The publisher of Lena Dunham's book, 'Not That Kind of Girl,' will tweak a passage where Dunham describes how she was raped in college by a Republican named "Barry," an attorney for the man told the 'Hollywood Reporter' on Monday.
Gates's Favorite Books of 2014
In between running one of the world’s largest charitable agencies and acting as Microsoft’s technology advisor, Bill Gates manages to find a significant chunk of time to read books, both long and short.
Lessing's Library Heads to Zimbabwe
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, who died last year, spent her early years in Zimbabwe. She is still giving back to the country whose former white rulers banished her for speaking against racial discrimination.
2015 Page-to-Screen Guide
Eight titles you have to read before their film adaptations hit theaters next year.
The Year's Most Beautiful Art Books
Flavorwire has rounded up a collection of ten gorgeous books that cover subjects as diverse as tattoos, clothes, space, dogs, glamour, and fishermen.
- 2014 Dec 08
Rowling Plans Holiday Surprises
J.K. Rowling has revealed to fans that she is writing new material for her dedicated all-things-Hogwarts website, Pottermore.
NY Gives Amazon $5M, to Bring 500 Jobs
Amazon.com is getting $5 million in tax credits from New York state to bring 500 jobs to a property across the street from the Empire State Building.
The New 'In Cold Blood' Revisionism
Why it doesn’t matter if Capote’s classic wasn’t fully true, according to Salon.
Koons Lends a Hand for Book Design
Artist Jeff Koons designed the jacket for producer Brian Grazer’s upcoming book 'A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.'
PRH To Lay Off 286 Workers
Penguin Random House will lay off 286 workers from its Kirkwood warehouse and distribution facility starting at the end of January.
- 2014 Dec 05
From Hefty Histories to Chick Lit
What Salon's Laura Miller learned from reading two decades’ worth of 'New York Times' Notable Books lists.
Court Rules Against Prison Book Ban
The blanket ban on sending books to prisoners across England and Wales has been declared unlawful by the high court.
NYC Libraries to 'Check Out' Internet
New York City is expanding a program that allows local residents with a library card to take home broadband Internet hotspots—sometimes for up to a year.
Wieseltier Out at 'TNR'
'The New Republic' announced major changes Thursday afternoon, including the departure of Leon Wieseltier, a top lieutenant and the magazine's literary editor.
George Orwell's Jail Time Confirmed?
The author's willful arrest for drunkenness in order to experience prison while researching 'Down and Out in Paris and London' had been questioned, but unseen court records may reveal the truth.
- 2014 Dec 04
A Visit to 826 NYC
Kids talk books at 826 NYC.
On the Road
Nikki Kelly reports from her first book tour.
Lessons From 'The Boxcar Children'
An author discusses the lessons her family has learned from reading "The Boxcar Children."
Louisa May Alcott Still Resonates
A column about the reasons why Louisa May Alcott's work is still loved by readers.
Almond on Writing
An interview with David Almond.
A Columnist Airs Grievances
Daphne Lee expresses frustrations with the Malaysian children's publishing scene.
Satoshi Kitamura on Comics
Satoshi Kitamura discusses his love of comics.
Boynton's Platinum 'Chickens'
Sandra Boynton's album "Philadelphia Chickens" goes platinum.
'Stuart Little' Movie Discovery
The movie "Stuart Little" leads to the discovery of Róbert Berény's "A Sleeping Lady."
Whaley's Top Ten
John Corey Whaley shares his favorite coming of age books.
YA Book Prize Shortlist
The inaugural YA Book Prize shortlist is announced.
Pippi Longstocking Debate
Edits to scenes in "Pippi Longstocking" television series cause controversy.
Mid-East Conflict Through YA
Kerry Drewery calls for more YA books set in the Middle East.
Zoe Sugg's debut YA novel "Girl Online" smashes records in the U.K.
Meet a Record-Breaking Blogger
Zoe Sugg, the 24-year-old YouTube and blogging sensation who goes by the online name Zoella, has achieved record sales with her first novel 'Girl Online.'
The Overlooked Books of 2014
Slate Book Review critics suggest 27 great books you never heard about—but should have.
Unpublished Chandler Work Discovered
An unpublished comic opera by Raymond Chandler has been found almost 100 years since it was first registered.
British Government Proposes 'Google Tax'
The U.K. has called for a new 25% tax on local profits of international companies, including tech giants like Google and Amazon.
Why 'Wild' Works
Vulture talked to author Cheryl Strayed about what made her memoir succeed.
- 2014 Dec 03
Bezos: Books Are Too Expensive
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks books should be cheaper, he told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget on stage at this year's Ignition conference.
Authors in Their Own Fiction
Mental Floss has seven examples of fictional characters literally meeting their makers.
$300k In Donations to Ferguson Library
More than 10,000 people have demonstrated their support for the community in donations to the public library, adding up to over $300,000.
Bugs Aren't Just For Boys
A school girl in California has managed to convince a publisher to change a title after she wrote to complain about a book on insects that was branded "for boys."
2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Revealed
A record 3.3 million votes were cast in the 6th annual awards.
- 2014 Dec 02
NYT's 100 Notable Books of 2014
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of the 'New York Times Book Review.'
Moody's Lowers Amazon's Outlook
On Monday, Moody's Investors Service lowered its outlook for Amazon, after the online retailer indicated it is planning a notes offering.
Ten gifts for readers, at the Millions.
'In Cold Blood' Case Files to Go Public
The son of a Kansas law enforcement officer who helped investigate the 1959 killings that inspired Truman Capote's book can publish his father's field notes that he says substantially contradict Capote's account.
Looking for a Book? Ask a Penguin
This week, Penguin Random House unveiled the Penguin Hotline for anyone trying to find the perfect books for the folks on their gift list.
Debating Sendak's Estate
Maurice Sendak's longtime caretaker, and executor of his estate, defends her decisions to withdraw more than 10,000 original artworks Sendak had lent over decades to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.
- 2014 Dec 01
DFW's Importance of Being Earnest
David Foster Wallace was exceptional in so many ways—and the root of his distinction might be his sense of Americanness, says Adam Kirsch at Salon.
The Pain of the Watermelon Joke
In an opinion piece at the 'New York Times,' 'Brown Girl Dreaming' author and National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson responded to comments made by emcee Daniel Handler at the NBA ceremony.
Novelist Kent Haruf Dies at 71
Haruf was the author of several quiet, moving novels that take place in the fictional town of Holt, Colo. His 1999 novel 'Plainsong' was a finalist for the National Book Award.
From Fan Fiction to Six Figures
Anna Todd, author of the Wattpad series After, picked up by Simon & Schuster, talks to CBC Radio.
Group Launches 'Amazon Free' Guide
In the U.K., independent booksellers and WH Smith feature on an “alternative” shopping guide for Christmas created by campaign group Amazon Anonymous.
- 2014 Nov 26
Shop on Amazon, Underground
Amazon is the first advertiser to use the New York City transit system digital kiosks as pop-up stores to drive sales of holiday gifts.
Shakespeare 'First Folio' Found
A rare and valuable William Shakespeare 'First Folio,' the collection of plays credited with being the reason his literary legacy survived, has been discovered in a provincial town in France.
Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors
Books by these writers — ranked in order of influence by the 'Hollywood Reporter' — are source material for more than 300 movie and TV projects and have helped rake in billions in box office and revenue.
What to Read Over Thanksgiving
It’s the time of year when you might want to disappear into a book – and especially one about families even more dysfunctional than your own.
Ferguson Library Stays Open
In the tumultuous aftermath of the announcement Monday evening of a Grand Jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in August, many public services in the area have shut down. But not the Ferguson Municipal Library.