- 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.
- 2014 Nov 25
On Being White and In Children's Books
Roger Sutton discusses being white guy in the children's book field.
Reflections On 'Brown Girl Dreaming'
A writer on Jacqueline Woodson's "Brown Girl Dreaming."
Woodson Speaks About Her Win
A close look at Jacqueline Woodson.
The Strand's Stand
How one of New York's most iconic bookstores keeps going in the age of Amazon.
García Márquez Archive Heads to Texas
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of the late Nobel Prize-winning author, Gabriel García Márquez.
New Store Coming to Sag Harbor
The Long Island town's new bookstore, Harbor Books, is opening Wednesday, taking over the space previously occupied by BookHampton.
Fire Chief Suspended for Publishing Book
Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended for publishing and distributing a faith-based book to his subordinates.
HBO Airing Doc Based on 'Going Clear'
Oscar winner Alex Gibney is reportedly putting the finishing touches on an HBO film that tackles the Church of Scientology, based on Lawrence Wright's 'Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & The Prison of Belief.'
- 2014 Nov 24
Authors Sign Up to Raise B&N Sales
In an effort to increase holiday sales, which have fallen for the last two seasons, Barnes & Noble is hoping to lure customers into stores this Black Friday with something book lovers cannot download: signed copies.
'On the Road' Letter Up for Auction
Written by Jack Kerouac's friend and muse Neal Cassady, the Joan Anderson Letter, the inspiration for 'On the Road,' was believed lost after the poet Allen Ginsberg tried to get it published in 1968.
How Paperbacks Helped the U.S. Win WWII
A decade after the Nazis’ 1933 book burnings, the U.S. War Department and the publishing industry did the opposite, printing 120 million miniature, lightweight paperbacks for U.S. troops to carry in their pockets across Europe, North Africa and the Pacific.
'Mockingjay' Sets 2014 Box Office Record
The latest installment of the The Hunger Games drew the year’s biggest opening weekend, with an estimated $123 million in ticket sales.
Nightclubs for Literature?
The Eslite store in central Taipei is open 24 hours, and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime operations.
- 2014 Nov 21
Amazon Leases Space in NYC
Amazon has agreed to a 17-year lease on 470,000 square feet in an office building across the street from the Empire State Building.
R.A. Montgomery Dies at 78
Montgomery published the first Choose Your Own Adventure book in 1975, then spent decades working in the innovate fiction style.
Phil Klay's Subway Salon
On Thursday morning, Alexandra Alter from the 'New York Times' saw a man on the F train from Brooklyn to Manhattan reading Colum McCann’s National Book Award-winning novel, 'Let the Great World Spin.' She wasn’t the only one who noticed.
HBO to Adapt 'Long Gray Line'
'Sons Of Anarchy' executive producers Art and John Linson have secured rights to Pulitzer Price winner Rick Atkinson’s bestseller 'The Long Gray Line: The American Journey Of West Point’s Class Of 1966.'
Ex-Amazon Worker Plans Hunger Strike
A former Amazon product manager who says he was fired for voicing concerns about a software glitch is planning to starve himself in front of the CEO’s office to raise awareness about the treatment of Amazon employees.
- 2014 Nov 20
More Than Just a Place to Buy Books
Bryan David Griffith spent a year photographing more than 20 independent bookstores around the country for 'The Last Bookstores: America’s Resurgent Independents.'
Top 10 Words Invented By Writers
Some of them, true nonce words, never went further than their appearance in his plays, but others – like bump, hurry, critical, and road — are essential parts of our standard vocabulary today.
Mattel Sorry for 'Sexist' Barbie Book
Mattel and Random House found themselves at the center of an online firestorm this week when the Internet lampooned a book called 'Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer.'
'Psycho' Typewriter Up For Auction
The 1959 faded green Olympia that Joseph Stefano used to adapt Robert Bloch’s novel into the screenplay for 'Psycho' is going up for auction—and the bidding starts at $25,000.
Straughan to Take On 'Goldfinch'
Peter Straughan, the screenwriter who adapted John Le Carré’s 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' is set to adapt 'The Goldfinch,' Donna Tartt’s bestselling and Pulitzer-winning novel.
- 2014 Nov 19
A Reader's Guide to the NBA's
The National Book Awards will be presented tonight. Who do you think will win?
Colbert's Best Shots at Amazon
A history of the Stephen Colbert vs. Amazon war.
Can the Book World Create Its Art Basel?
If you happen to be in Miami this week and run into a crowd of thousands thronging varicolored tents, please be advised that Art Basel has not arrived two weeks early—it’s the Miami Book Fair International.
Iain Banks’s Culture lives on
'Strange Horizons' magazine has just published some unseen interviews with the late and much-missed author.
Handler, Gaiman Compete in Book Giveaway
The National Book Foundation hosted the “Great Book Giveaway” in New York City this morning, featuring Daniel Handler (pen name Lemony Snicket) and Neil Gaiman, who competed to give away the most books in a half hour, including the 2014 National Book Awards finalist books.
- 2014 Nov 18
Le Guin: Amazon Has Too Much Control
Ursula K. Le Guin, who will receive the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year's National Book Award tomorrow night, tells Salon's Laura Miller that "dictatorship/censorship by the market or by government is equally dangerous, and crippling to any art."
The Habits of Highly Productive Writers
There are no tricks to make writing easier, just practices you can develop to get it done, from the 'Chronicle of Higher Education.'
Campaign Group Launches Holiday Boycott
Amazon Anonymous has raised £7,000 for a campaign urging people not to shop with Amazon this holiday season.
75 Reasons to Love Margaret Atwood
In honor of her 75th birthday, Book Riot has compiled 75 reasons why the writer is "awesome."
New Franzen Novel Coming in 2015
In September, Farrar, Straus & Giroux will release Jonathan Franzen’s fifth novel, 'Purity.'
- 2014 Nov 17
Why the Amazon, HBG Deal is Good
Vauhini Vara writes why the resolution will likely benefit publishers and writers, at the 'New Yorker.'
Digital Rights Management
"You don’t have to be an Internet pirate to think that certain publishers’ DRM provisions verge on the overzealous," says the 'Guardian.'
Love Letters to Libraries
Ten classic quotes about libraries, from Ray Bradbury to Virginia Woolf.
Poetry Returns to Seattle Buses
After a seven year break, poetry is back on the buses of Seattle and it has returned in grand style.
Book Deal for 'Community' Creator
The show's creator and executive producer, Dan Harmon, is writing a book of funny essays to be released by Doubleday in 2016.
- 2014 Nov 14
The Publishing War Is Over
But, says David Streitfeld at the 'New York Times,' the fear of Amazon isn't.
Universal Options Two Forman Novels
Universal Pictures has optioned the bestselling YA novels 'Just One Day' and its follow-up 'Just One Year,' both written by Gayle Forman, with a plan to combine both into a single feature love story.
The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
The Daily Beast interviews Maira Kalman.
Unbelievably Laughable Book Fails
Pulled together at Buzzfeed.
Jane Austen's Fashion History
Two hundred years of cover designs—in pictures.
- 2014 Nov 13
Amazon Testing Drone Delivery in U.K.
The retail giant is planning to test drones in Cambridge, England, as the battle to offer consumers same-day deliveries heats up.
Fiancee of Ebola Victim Has a Book Deal
The fiancee of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, Louise Troh, is writing a memoir. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for April 28, to be published jointly by The Weinstein Company and The Perseus Books Group.
Cranston Reads 'You Have to F—king Eat'
Hear four-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston read the sequel to Adam Mansbach's 'Go the F—K to Sleep.'
The Literary Genre Wars
Flavorwire asks: Should young-adult, science fiction, and fantasy novels be considered works of literature?
The Top 10 Books About Reading
Books about books, where literature is integral to life, are a genre in themselves. The 'Guardian' pulls together a list of the best.
- 2014 Nov 12
Flynn's Comic Book Story
Fans of Gillian Flynn’s dark view of a marriage in 'Gone Girl' may want to read 'Masks,' her first comic book story, to be published by Dark Horse Comics in February.
Franklin to Sue Over Unauthorized Bio
Aretha Franklin is threatening legal action over a new unauthorized biography, 'Respect,' by her former ghostwriter David Ritz — which makes claims about her sexual promiscuity on the 1950s gospel circuit.
Grimm Gets Gory Again in New Translation
"It is time for parents and publishers to stop dumbing down the tales for children," says the editor of a new uncut edition, out from Princeton University Press.
Watch Springsteen Talk 'Outlaw Pete'
On Monday, Bruce Springsteen sat down with Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' to promote his new book.
Lehrer to Write Book About Digital Life
Jonah Lehrer, the bestselling author whose career was derailed after he acknowledged fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, is collaborating on a book about virtual life. Portfolio plans to release the title in May.
- 2014 Nov 11
Children's Books and Death
A list of six children's books that deal outwardly with death.
Amazon's Best Children's Books
Amazon picks best children's books for 2014.
What's Next for YA?
An article contemplating future trends in YA.
An article about gender roles and "The Hunger Games."
'Room on the Broom' to Stage
Tall Stories theater company adapts Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s "Room On the Broom" for stage.
Pooh Illustration Up For Auction
E.H. Shepard's "Poohsticks" illustration is expected to sell big at auction.
'Paddington Bear' Promo
Paddington Bear statues are being placed around London in anticipation of the film.
Troubled Minds in YA Fiction
Meg Wolitzer questions why teenage girls are often drawn toward books about mental instability.
Your Brain on Harry Potter
Neuroscience study shows what happens to the brain when engaged with reading.
'Peregrine' Cast Picks
Ella Purnell and Asa Butterfield to star in "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children."
'Hunger Game' Heads to Stage
"The Hunger Games" will become a stage show in London.
New 'Mockingjay' Clip
Latest "Mockingjay Clip" debuts.
'The Walled City' Heads to Screen
Ivanhoe Pictures acquires Ryan Graudin's "The Walled City."
New Emberley Collection
A new Ed Emberley monograph releases from Ammo in December.
'Crash Course' Comes to PBS
The Vlogbrothers to bring "Crash Course" to PBS.
Screen Time at the Library
A mother writes about how her son loves the library for the wrong reasons.
Retrial for Driver Who Killed Librarians
The driver who plowed into Kate McClelland and Kathleen Krasniewicz's cab to have retrial.
Museum v. Sendak Estate
The Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia is suing the Maurice Sendak estate over rare books.
Asimov Heading to Small Screen
The Wrap reports that HBO and Warner Bros. TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy that will be written and produced by 'Interstellar' writer Jonathan Nolan.
The Science of Getting Lost in a Book
For the first time, bookish neurologists have looked into what causes people to get lost in a book, and they’ve used Harry Potter as research.
Sendak Estate Hit with Lawsuit
The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia has sued the estate of Maurice Sendak, who died in 2012, claiming that the estate is withholding a collection of rare books that Sendak promised to the library in his will.
Isabel Allende Wins Medal of Freedom
The author is among 19 people to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest non-military honor.
Writers on the Books that Shaped Them
Nine authors share the books they're inspired and comforted by, at Mashable.
- 2014 Nov 10
A Setback for Amazon Publishing
Ed Park is leaving his Little A imprint to join Penguin Press as an executive editor, a departure that reflects the challenges Amazon faces in a publishing ecosystem that largely views the online retailer as a rapacious competitor.
The 'Fifty Shades' Effect
The success of EL James’s erotic trilogy has led to a surge in the number of middle-aged women producing e-books, says the 'Guardian.'
Rise of the Cubicles
Hachette is first major U.S. publishing house to abandon private offices.
NYPL Searches for Reno Inspiration
After scrapping its original renovation plan, which had sparked fierce public opposition, the New York Public Library says it is doing things differently.
Amazon Reveals Its Best Books of 2014
Selected and ranked by Amazon editors.
- 2014 Nov 07
Chatting with Cory Doctorow
The novelist talks with Salon's Laura Miller about Amazon, the totalitarian perils of copyright law, and how the Internet is changing art.
Forgotten Steinbeck Story Published
"With Your Wings" was written for an Orson Welles radio broadcast in 1944, but then disappeared.
Thinking About the Genre Debate
"The debate goes round and round, magnetic and circular—a lovers’ quarrel among literati," writes Joshua Rothman at the 'New Yorker.'
Lemony Snicket Heads to Netflix
The streaming company has acquired rights to the bestselling series of books A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, with plans to adapt them as a live-action series.
17 Writers on the Importance of Reading
Pulled together at Buzzfeed.
- 2014 Nov 06
How Did Amazon Become Enemy Number One?
Keith Gessen reports for 'Vanity Fair.'
P&P to Open Satellite Locations
In a move to expand its retail operation and cultural offerings, Politics and Prose Bookstore will open five satellite locations in Busboys and Poets restaurants around the Washington area.
'The Giving Tree' at 50
Ruth Margalit looks back on Shel Silverstein’s classic, at the 'New Yorker.'
Author of Bin Laden Book Files Suit
A former Navy SEAL who wrote a book describing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden sued his former lawyers Wednesday for malpractice, saying they gave him bad advice that tarnished his reputation and caused him to surrender much of the book's income to the government.
Jury Orders B&N To Pay $1.3M
A New York federal jury has awarded Adrea LLC $1.3 million for Barnes & Nobles's infringement of two e-book technology patents.
- 2014 Nov 05
Assessing Amazon Publishing
Amid a boycott and bicoastal culture clash, Amazon has created a new model of publishing. Where does that leave authors? 'Seattle Weekly' tackles the question.
Enhanced 'Mockingbird' E-book Out
Oprah Winfrey and Tom Brokaw are among the featured commentators for an "enhanced" e-book of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' released Tuesday by HarperCollins.
Time Running Out for Posman Books
Employees and customers anticipate the December 31 closure of the Grand Central store.
Dictionaries in a Digital World
A lexicographer at Merriam-Webster writes about how going electronic changed dictionaries.