- 2014 Mar 07
Can Bestseller Lists Be Bought?
Every author wants a bestselling book -- and those who can pay for the services of ResultSource Inc. just might get one. The company describes itself as "a boutique marketing firm that works with today’s thought leaders to build bestsellers," which it has.
Scholastic Closes on $250M HQ Buy
Scholastic has closed on its purchase of its U.S. headquarters at 555 Broadway for $255 million, according to public records filed with the city today. The publisher purchased the 325,000-square-foot property from South Carolina-based landlord ISE America.
How to Be a Good Bad American Girl
Anna Holmes on Scout Finch, Harriet M. Welsch, and "enlightened, audacious girlhood," in the "New Yorker."
The Ten Year Itch
Re-reading books after a decade.
Inside 57th Street's Rizzoli Bookstore
News broke in January that the beloved and historic Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street in New York would eventually be demolished, sparking a preservation campaign in an attempt to save the building. The wrecking ball isn't coming anytime soon, but just in case, Racked sent their photographer to the shop to capture its architectural beauty before it's wiped away.
- 2014 Mar 06
Books as Lifesavers
Thirty-seven writers share the books that saved their lives.
Banned in Bangalore
Wendy Doniger, whose book "The Hindus: An Alternative History" was recalled and pulped by Penguin India, pens an op-ed in the "New York Times."
First Editions at Leonard Estate Sale
An estate sale at the Detroit home of Elmore Leonard, who died in August, includes first edition and signed books.
Amazon's War On The House Of Otto
Michael Otto’s family has been as omnipresent in German postwar retail as Wal-Mart, Sears and Target have in the U.S. So what does this 70-year-old patriarch of this $18 billion clan most want to talk about? A factory in Bangladesh.
Stop Blaming Iowa
The MFA vs. NYC debate is a phony one, from Salon.
- 2014 Mar 05
Who Has the Best Brand in Publishing?
To understand which authors are worth investing in, publishers need a better measure of an author’s value—"Forbes" breaks it down to reveal the author with the strongest brand.
'How We Die' Author Dies at 83
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, a surgeon and author who drew on more than 35 years in medicine and a childhood buffeted by illness in writing “How We Die,” an award-winning book that sought to dispel the notion of death with dignity and fueled a national conversation about end-of-life decisions, died on Monday at his home in Hamden, Conn.
Another Pub Recalls Doniger's Book
Within weeks of Penguin controversially recalling Wendy Doniger's book, "The Hindus: An Alternative History," another publisher, Aleph, pulled out the American author's previous work, "On Hinduism," on Tuesday. Bookshops across Bangalore received calls from representatives of Aleph Book Company, promoted by Rupa Publications, seeking return of all copies of the book.
Le Carré on the Inspiration for Smiley
The author has shed new light on the man who inspired the spymaster George Smiley, and defended himself against claims that he "hurt" his former mentor.
Do Artists Owe Critics?
Philip Roth, Lena Dunham, and Adelle Waldman’s wrestling with "isms."
- 2014 Mar 04
Dunham Heads to Riverdale
Lena Dunham, the star and creator of HBO's hit series "Girls" will be penning a new, four-part Archie Comics story slated to hit newsstands and comic shops in 2015.
Literary Pet Peeves
A list of irritating errors, phrases and words that all serve to put one reader off a book, compiled at the "Guardian."
Kureishi Slams Creative Writing Courses
Hanif Kureishi, the novelist and playwright, has launched a withering attack on creative writing courses, calling them a "waste of time" despite the fact that he teaches one.
Supreme Court Accepts Amazon Case
The U.S. Supreme Court will use a case involving workers at Amazon warehouses to consider whether companies must pay employees for time spent undergoing security searches.
Post-Oscar Jump for '12 Years a Slave'
The 19th-century memoir by ex-slave Solomon Northup jumped from #326 on Amazon before Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony to #19 on Monday afternoon.
- 2014 Mar 03
Amazon Buried My Novel
Those search algorithms are for sale, says Stephan Eirik Clark in Salon.
N.C. Board Votes Against Ban
A North Carolina school board voted 3-2 on Thursday to keep Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits” in the curriculum after the mother of a sophomore at Watauga High read the book assigned to her son and asked teachers to ban it.
From Bestseller to Bust
The credit crunch and the internet are making writing as a career harder than it has been for a generation. Robert McCrum talks to award-winning authors who are struggling to make ends meet, in the "Guardian."
My Life as a Writer
An interview with Philip Roth in the "New York Times."
Flipboard a Win for Publishers
Among new apps, Flipboard drives the most traffic for publishers, according to data released by Mobile publishing startup Onswipe.
- 2014 Feb 28
Agonizing Stages of Waiting for a Book
Book series are a wonderful thing, but the wait time between installments can be agonizing. Here are the nine painful stages of waiting for the next book in a series to come out.
10 Best Fictional Evil Children
Ahead of the "Game of Thrones" return, the "Guardian" picked the beastliest brats.
Living Wage Petition Handed to Amazon
Demonstrators will descend on Amazon’s headquarters in London later today to hand in a petition signed by over 55,000 people demanding the company pay its workers the Living Wage.
Which Books Will Never Be on Your Shelf?
The missing pieces of a reading life can sometimes reveal more about literary taste than the books we choose to display.
Liked That as a Kid? Read This.
22 books you should read now, based on your childhood favorites. Recapture all of that youthful wonder.
- 2014 Feb 27
In the wake of the revelation that the man behind the @GSElevator tweets, who scored a hefty book deal, never worked for Goldman Sachs, comes an editorial from the "New York Times" about the ethical standards of Twitter in book publishing.
Raymond Carver, By the Drink
It’s hard to believe it has been 38 years since the publication of Raymond Carver’s monumental first short story collection, "Will You Please Be Quiet Please?" To celebrate the anniversary the folks at Black Balloon Publishing have come up with a clever idea; to track the drinks within Carver’s stories.
No Novels for Young Men
A generation ago, there was no shortage of novels that spoke to young male readers about their lives and experiences. Have publishers turned their backs on young men?
Harriet the Unlikable
Behind the lasting appeal of the "abnormal, ill-adjusted and egocentric" 11-year-old, Harriet the Spy, from Salon's Laura Miller.
BEA Bloggers Conference Cranks Up
News about this year's bigger BEA Bloggers Conference, which will take place on May 29, from BEA show director Steve Rosato.
Signed 'Mein Kampf' Up for Auction
Copies of Adolf Hitler's manifesto signed by the Nazi leader will go under the hammer in Los Angeles on Thursday. The rare autographed copies of the two-volume work steeped in antisemitism are inscribed as Christmas gifts to Josef Bauer, an officer in the German SS during World War II and a participant in Hitler's failed Munich coup in 1923.
N.C. Board Considering Book Ban
The Watauga County School Board is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss a proposed ban on "The House of the Spirits," written in 1982 by Chilean author Isabel Allende, which contains rape and execution scenes.
- 2014 Feb 26
DIY Author Touts Traditional Publishing
Successful British author Kerry Wilkinson, who launched his career through self-publishing, touts the perks of traditional publishing, saying it 'adds legitimacy.'
Stieg Larsson: Dead Crime Solver.
Death isn't stopping Stieg Larsson from sleuthing. The deceased bestseller left behind a trove of documents about the murder of Swedish PM Olof Palme, naming, in them, the man he suspects of the crime.
Self-Publishing Hits Academia
Forget the MFA. A university in the U.K. is now offering a masters in self-publishing.
French Publishers Bare It All in Protest
Some French publishers and booksellers are taking it all off to show their support for a censored children's book that aims to destigmatize nudity.
Is Great TV the Same As a Great Novel?
Adam Kirsch in the New York Times's Bookends column questions the comparison of our current crop of quality television to great literature.
- 2014 Feb 25
14 Female Characters Who Need Spin-Offs
Somebody, anybody, give these characters more page time with spin-off novels.
It's a Wrap on 'Fifty Shades'
Universal Studios confirmed that "Fifty Shades of Grey" has wrapped its principal photography in chilly Vancouver. The author of the kinky best-selling series, E L James, tweeted from the production's wrap party on Friday, standing with a drink next to director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
11 Apps to Help You Finish Your Novel
Technology isn't entirely counterproductive to the creation of quality writing. Here are a boatload of apps that can help writers stay organized, expand their vocabularies, and use their time more wisely.
@GSElevator Tattletale Exposed
There is a good reason Goldman Sachs has been unable to uncover its Twitter-happy employee who sold a book for a six-figure sum: He doesn’t work at the firm. And he never did.
Polare Bookstore in Bankruptcy
After receiving an extension for payment, the Dutch chain bookstore Polare was officially declared bankrupt, announced the curator, Kees van de Meent Monday afternoon. The stores will remain open for now.
- 2014 Feb 24
Cuckoo Calls Again
J.K. Rowling has mapped out a series of up to seven crime novels featuring the character of private investigator Cormoran Strike, in a repeat of the approach taken in her popular Harry Potter books.
Amtrak to Give Writers a Free Ride
Amtrak has begun offering "writers’ residencies" to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing.
Jobs Axed as Digital Shop Collapses
Dozens of jobs have been axed after a digital book retailer collapsed into administration. A total of 24 of the 50 staff at U.K.-based Computer Bookshops have lost their jobs after administrators from Grant Thornton were called in.
Review Byline Tally Shows Gender Gap
In its annual count of male and female bylines in book reviews, magazines and literary journals, VIDA, a women’s literary organization, revealed that in 2013, the publications still largely favored men over women.
At 90, She's Still Running the Store
Socorro Ramos and her 150-store book chain in the Philippines, profiled by Mitch Albom.
- 2014 Feb 21
The Book Industry is So Scared of Amazon
That no one will talk on the record...except for these people.
Booksellers Bare All in Protest
A group of French booksellers and publishers took off their clothes Wednesday to protest conservative politician Jean-François Copé's call to censor a children's book from 2011 called "Everybody Gets Naked."
Agent Ali Gunn Dies
Literary agent Ali Gunn has died suddenly while in Switzerland. Gunn, who was in her 40's, is understood to have been found dead yesterday morning after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
Great Literary Husbands
The men who supported genius.
Indies Fall Below 1,000 in U.K.
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000 for the first time since records began. According to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, 67 indies closed in 2013 and 26 opened, leaving the overall number of indies on the high street at 987, down from 1,028 in February 2013.
- 2014 Feb 20
Are You Reading Too Much YA?
Signs you are reading too many YA books.
Remembering Favorite Books
A writer reflects on her favorite childhood books.
YA Books That Should Be Movies
Fifteen YA books that ought to be adapted to film.
Twelve Fantasy Finales
A list of 12 YA fantasy finales.
Picture Books as Color Wheels
Classic picture books imagined as color wheels.
One Hat Two Hat Red Hat Blue Hat
Dr. Seuss's hat collection is on tour.
Revealing Carroll Letter to be Auctioned
A letter written by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), reveals how much he hated fame.
'The Borribles' Are Back
Michael de Larrabeiti's The Borribles series to be reissued through Tor.
George Clooney Loved Being Mr. Fox
A clip of George Clooney providing the voice for Mr. Fox in 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'
Self publisher Lulu expands Lulu Jr. with a program for kids to write and illustrate their own books.
R-Rated Films as Picture Books
A Pixar artist recreates classic R-rated movie scenes in a children's book.
Nine-Year-Old Reader Wows
A nine-year-old girl reads 364 books in seven months.
Pullman's Tweets 'Fly'
Philip Pullman is telling a story through Twitter about a fly named Jeffrey.
L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists
Rainbow Rowell, Jonathan Stroud, and Joyce Sidman are among the L.A. Times Book Prize finalists.
Luminous Times for Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press is enjoying steady success with a Newbery win for 'Flora & Ulysses' plus ALA wins for seven other titles.
French Picture Book Causes Stir
Jean-François Copé objects to nudity in the French children's book, 'Tous à poil.'
Checking In on Toy Fair 2014
Toy trends on display at Toy Fair 2014.
Common Core Draws Critics from Left
Liberal critics are voicing concerns over the Common Core.
A Wikipedia Print Edition?
It would run to over a million pages, featuring more than four million articles by 20 million volunteers: a "record-breaking" new project to turn Wikipedia into 1,000 books has just launched on Indiegogo.
Pullman's Latest Literary Endeavor
Instead of indulging in mindless 140 character twitterings and arguments with trolls, author Philip Pullman is currently devoting his Twitter timeline to telling the story of a housefly called Jeffrey.
Signs You've Been Reading too Much YA
"Every so often, I’ll realize that I haven’t had an adult book in my reading history in a while, and I’ll notice it because my thought patterns start to get weird."
Harper Lee Settles Museum Suit
"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book.
From Cookbooks to Rare Books
Nach Waxman, owner of Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York City, announced that he’ll be transitioning from working for the store nearly full-time to focusing on selling the out-of-print books that have long been a kind of “off the menu” specialty at the store.
- 2014 Feb 19
Ellis and Kanye Teaming Up on Film
Bret Easton Ellis, author of "American Psycho" and screenwriter of the recent Lindsay Lohan movie "The Canyons," has revealed he's written a script for rapper Kanye West.
Writer Mavis Gallant Dies
Mavis Gallant, one of Canada’s most distinguished literary figures, died in Paris early on Tuesday. She was 91. A celebrated short-story writer in the "New Yorker," she published two novels and nearly 10 volumes of short fiction, winning the Governor-General’s Award for her 1981 "Home Truths."
The Author Sends Her Regrets
J.K. Rowling and other writers with second thoughts.
What's Become of the Literary Bad Boy?
James Parker and Rivka Galchen discuss, for Bookends in the "New York Times."
Blue Frog Jumps at Opportunity
Disappointed by a lack of bookstores in the area and eager to fill that void, Coleman and Vedro this month opened Blue Frog Books in Michigan's Genoa Township.
- 2014 Feb 18
Bye Bridget Jones, Hello Bad Girls
Meet the new literary anti-heroines, who are more interested in drink, drugs and sex than finding the perfect man.
First Look at 'Unbroken'
Universal has released a first look, Olympics trailer at Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," the story of Louis Zamperini and his journey from Olympian to World War II prisoner of war, based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book.
Coolest Places to Read a Book
Whether it's your vacation book, a travel guide or your handy map, take a time out with your reading material and enjoy your surroundings at one of these eight awesome spots.
How to (Not) Lie With Statistics
A response to the Author Earnings report released last week.
Authors to Penguin: Pulp Our Books, Too
Two writers said yesterday they have asked publisher Penguin to pulp their books and return the copyright, in protest at what they see as its failure to defend free speech. Penguin ignited the row last week with its decision to withdraw a 2009 book on Hinduism in India, to settle a court battle with activists who took offense at the American author’s depiction of the religion.
- 2014 Feb 14
Penguin Defends Pulping Book
On Friday, Penguin blamed India's "intolerant" laws for its decision to pull and pulp a book on Hinduism in the country that sparked a furious free speech row.
How Romance Writers Fell in Love
In honor of Valentine's Day, "USA Today" asked romance authors to fill in the blanks: I fell in love with ____ in ____. You might be surprised by some of their answers.
Howey's Report Jibes with DBW Findings
Hugh Howey unveiled his Author Earnings report this week to significant buzz. But the data doesn’t contradict what Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest have discovered about the publishing landscape today.
Allende's Scorn Draws Fire
Isabel Allende, better known for magical realism, has angered the crime fiction community after admitting that Ripper, her first foray into mysteries, was written as "a joke" - and that she is "not a fan" of the genre.
Reward Posted in Publishing Burglary
Naperville police on Thursday appealed to the public for help in solving a burglary early last month at Sourcebooks. Naperville Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrests and convictions of the burglar or burglars who stole property from the publisher.
- 2014 Feb 13
Howey's Author Earnings
Author Hugh Howey's interpretation of sales ranking data of top selling digital genre titles, which claims that “indie authors are outselling the Big Five."
Lush Trademarks Line After Amazon Boss
Handmade cosmetics company Lush is trying to force Amazon to clean up its image by making a series of new bathroom products named after Christopher North, the U.K. boss of the online retail group.
Slam Poet Maggie Estep Dies
Estep, a novelist and spoken-word poet who helped popularize slam poetry on MTV, HBO and PBS in the 1990s, died on Wednesday in Albany. She was 50.
Seduce Like a Writer
How seven famous scribes wooed (just in time for Valentine's Day).
French Way of Cancer Treatment
Anya Schiffrin on the final days of her father, writer and editor Andre Schiffrin, as he battled pancreatic cancer.