- 2015 Aug 28
Rare Joyce Letters Sold at Auction
Two “extremely rare” handwritten letters by James Joyce, in which the Irish author laments the problems in finding a printer for 'Ulysses' in the U.K., have been sold for almost 10 times their guide price.
- 2015 Aug 27
Pratchett Was Working on Discworld Books
Terry Pratchett was working on several new Discworld novels right up to his death in March, it has been revealed, as his 41st and final novel in the comic fantasy series is published.
$10M Set Aside in Fifty Shades Suit
Amanda Hayward has been ordered by a Fort Worth judge to set aside $10 million for Jennifer Pedroza, who says she was defrauded out of her share of the royalties for the steamy bestselling novel.
- 2015 Aug 26
Book Covers of the Summer
Slate asks, why do so many of this year’s book covers have the same design style?
Self-Publishing is Good for All
'Wired' talks to self-published author Shannon Mayer about why the real beneficiary of the DIY book boom is the publishing industry itself.
- 2015 Aug 25
Duke Students Reject 'Fun Home'
Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic novel was selected as a summer reading book for the Duke Class of 2019. But some students declined to read it because of its sexual themes and use of nudity.
- 2015 Aug 21
Hiking Memoirs Don't Go the Distance
Why are the three most famous accounts of hiking three of the world’s most famous long-distance trails written by people who did not hike the whole distance?
Do We Need the Lost Fitzgerald Story?
Writers of this stature often leave a sizable amount of unpublished work—usually for a good reason.
- 2015 Aug 19
Custom Books for Haiti School
Students in a college French class have helped fill the empty shelves of an underprivileged Haiti school by writing and illustrating 90 custom books.
The 'NYT' Portrayal of Amazon
The paper's public editor, Margaret Sullivan, writes about the recent takedown of Amazon's workplace in a 'New York Times' feature.
- 2015 Aug 18
'Drinkable Book' Filters Dirty Water
A new invention promises to make dirty drinking water potable by filtering it through the pages of a book.
UA Press Staffers Rehired
University of Akron President Scott Scarborough announced that the two staff members of the University of Akron Press will be rehired, two weeks after they and 159 other university employees were laid off.
Setting the Price for Your Novel
Careful pricing is one of the keys to success, writes the Huffington Post.
- 2015 Aug 17
'NYT' Goes Inside Amazon
The article that all of publishing is talking about: the 'New York Times' feature on the workplace environment at the online retail giant.
100 of the Best Novels in English
After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English, at the 'Guardian.'
- 2015 Aug 14
Volumes of Murakami
Haruki Murakami's advice column has become an eight-volume book.
'Dune,' Climate Fiction Pioneer
The ecological lessons of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, which turns 50 this year, were ahead of its time.
- 2015 Aug 13
Author Mark Haddon is "puzzled" as a high school in Tallahassee, Fla., withdraws 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ' from the school’s reading program amid concerns over swearing.
Oldest Multicolored Print Book
Cambridge University Library recently digitized the first multicolor printed book, a 17th-century artist manual that was so fragile in physical form that it had previously never even been opened.
- 2015 Aug 12
Tolkien's First Fantasy Story Coming
The teenage J.R.R Tolkien’s dark retelling of a Finnish epic poem will be published later this month for the first time.
'Girl on the Train’ Tops 3 Million
The novel, which came out in January, recently reached three million in sales in the United States alone.
- 2015 Aug 11
15 Books to Read Before Summer's Up
The 'Fader' has rounded up the books that are perfect for these blistering dog days.
Book Storage in Tiny Houses
Managing libraries while living itty bitty.
- 2015 Aug 10
NYRB Reviving Forgotten Works
Early satirical tales by Anton Chekhov languished in official archives for more than 130 years — until last week, when they were finally published, in English, by New York Review Books.
- 2015 Aug 07
Reading Mistakes You're Probably Making
Bustle lists five seriously dangerous mistakes you might be making that are ruining your reading experience.
- 2015 Aug 06
Book World Turns a Page on Late Night
With the changing of the guard, could the 'Daily Show's' literary leanings be on the way out?
- 2015 Aug 05
Homme de Plume
What one writer learned sending out her novel under a male name.
Melville House and the Pope
Why an indie press in Brooklyn is publishing Pope Francis.
- 2015 Aug 04
Unpublished Fitzgerald Finally Released
'Temperature,' a cinematic "tale of high comedy" written by the 'Great Gatsby' author in 1939, has been published in the 'Strand.'
Textbook Prices Up 1,041%
College textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041% increase, according to NBC News.
- 2015 Aug 03
Krugman Slams Piketty
"I don’t know how the decision was made to release this 'new' Piketty book in its current form, but it’s not at all the book one might have expected," writes Paul Krugman his 'New York Times' review of 'Capital' author Thomas Piketty's latest, 'The Economics of Inequality.'
How to Spot a Whodunnit
Academics crack Agatha Christie's code.
- 2015 Jul 30
Austen Prose Used by Hackers
Hackers have started to use passages of Jane Austen’s 1811 debut novel 'Sense and Sensibility' to trick firewalls.
- 2015 Jul 29
Reading Habits and Health
Reading doesn’t just improve your knowledge, it can help fight depression, make you more confident, empathetic, and a better decision maker.
Airbnb Reviews for Famous Lit Homes
Buzzfeed imagines the responses to the Cabin on Walden Pond, and others.
- 2015 Jul 28
Mailman's Book Plea Answered
When 12-year-old Mathew Flores asked his mail carrier for spare reading material, Ron Lynch took to Facebook in a call that's now gone viral.
'Watchman' Sells for £988
In the U.K., a copy of Harper Lee’s book, which contains printing errors, has sold for almost £1,000 on AbeBooks.co.uk.
- 2015 Jul 27
The Horror, the Horror
A roundup of must-read horror books.
- 2015 Jul 23
No Future Editions of Cosby Bio
Simon & Schuster has no plans for revisions or future editions for its disparaged Bill Cosby biography. The publisher also pulled blurbs from Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore and other celebrities from dedicated web pages on Amazon.
Lisbeth Salander is Back
The first plot details of 'The Girl in the Spider's Web,' the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium Trilogy, have been revealed.
- 2015 Jul 22
'Friday Night Lights' Anniversary
Next month, a 25th anniversary revision of the 'Friday Night Lights' is being published —and author H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger will follow that up in September with a long-postponed book tour to Texas.
- 2015 Jul 21
Library's Self-Pub Machine a Hit
The Espresso Book Machine at Windsor Public Library in Canada has produced 10,699 books in three years.
- 2015 Jul 20
The 'Grave-Robbing' Larsson Sequel
Controversy surrounds 'The Girl in the Spider’s Web' and David Lagercrantz, the author hired to continue the bestselling series.
Qantas Blocks Tell-All
The airline has reached a settlement with the author of a tell-all book about one of the company's most turbulent periods.
- 2015 Jul 16
Atticus Finch and Southern Politics
An opinion piece from the 'New York Times.'
Ted Cruz Makes 'New York Times' List
Five days after accusing the 'New York Times' of bias, secrecy and foul play, Cruz landed a spot on the paper's bestseller list.
- 2015 Jul 14
The Suspicious Story Behind 'Watchman'
The first in a three-part series the 'New Republic' will be publishing on Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' and Lee’s new novel, 'Go Set a Watchman.'
- 2015 Jul 13
Third Lee Novel?
In a lengthy piece in the 'Wall Street Journal,' Harper Lee’s lawyer intimates that there may be a third novel by Lee residing in a safe-deposit box.
What's Hot in YA Right Now
Teen authors speak out.
Dickens Discovery Reveals True Authors
Charles Dickens’s own notes in newly discovered copies of his literary magazine reveal the authors of anonymously published short stories.
- 2015 Jul 09
A psychologist discusses how to raise ravenous readers.
- 2015 Jul 08
Lit Mags Forever
Critic Stephen Burt explains why literary magazines survive.
- 2015 Jul 07
Egmont's New Global Divisions
The company has detailed a new global set-up for their licensed children’s book and magazine businesses.
- 2015 Jul 06
First Lee Chapter Coming Friday
The 'Guardian' is to publish the first chapter of Harper Lee’s forthcoming novel 'Go Set a Watchman' ahead of its release next week.
- 2015 Jul 02
Martin May Have Finished 'Winter'
Upcoming 'Game of Thrones' director Jack Bender’s recent Reddit AMA has raised further questions about just how complete George R.R. Martin’s latest book 'The Winds of Winter' really is.
Amazon's Per Page Rate
Writers of shorter works could lose out on revenue as the company’s Kindle Owners Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited no longer pay per copy downloaded.
- 2015 Jul 01
Teachers Turn Lockers Into Book Spines
A group of teachers and volunteers are turning a hallway at Biloxi Junior High School in Mississippi into an “Avenue of Literature” by painting the 189 unused lockers to look like the spines of popular books.
- 2015 Jun 29
Why Can't Readers Get Enough 'Grey'?
E.L. James’s reworking of Fifty Shades has been critically panned, but, for some of the millions who will buy it, part of the pleasure comes from ignoring the reviews.
- 2015 Jun 26
Five Artists, Five Book Reviews
In an art-themed issue of the 'New York Times Book Review,' five pathbreaking contemporary artists create visual works of literary criticism.
- 2015 Jun 25
'Watchman' Sends 'Mockingbird' Soaring
The 'Wall Street Journal' looks at how anticipation of Harper Lee's new book has revived interest in the novelist’s classic.
Homespun Publisher with Cult Following
The success story of Persephone Books.
The Top 10 Summers in Fiction
The season provides an ambiguously idyllic setting for many novels. From L.P. Hartley to Tove Jansson, the 'Guardian' lists the best.
- 2015 Jun 24
Qantas Wants Tell-All Book Blocked
Qantas has urged a Supreme Court in Australia to stop the publication of a book by the speechwriter for Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.
- 2015 Jun 23
Taking the Fiction Out of Nonfiction
Major inaccuracies in some high-profile releases have finally led one publisher to shell out for fact-checking, writes Boris Kachka at Vulture.
Books for Recent Grads
'Time' rounds up 15 good reads for graduates.
- 2015 Jun 22
Trouble with Reynolds' Tell-All
Burt Reynolds has not turned in a complete draft of his memoir, stoking concerns that the actor will miss his publication date.
Tracking Down the Most Banned Book
FiveThirtyEight tried, and failed, to identify the most banned book in America.
PRH Denies 'Grey' Theft Was a Stunt
Penguin Random House has said it is “categorically and absolutely untrue” that it reported a copy of E.L. James' novel Grey stolen as part of a “publicity stunt."
- 2015 Jun 19
James Spends 'Grey' Day with Fans
For Fifty Shades of Grey fans, Thursday belonged to Christian.
Cases of Extreme Writer's Block
Mental Floss lists some of the most extreme cases of the little-understood affliction known as writer's block.
Melville House Sending Out CIA Report
The independent publisher is mailing its edition of the CIA torture report to every candidate standing for the American presidency, in a bid to find out where the politicians “stand on torture."
- 2015 Jun 18
College Won't Remove Graphic Novels
A Crafton Hills College student's request to "eradicate" acclaimed graphic novels from a syllabus due to depictions of sex and violence has been declined.
- 2015 Jun 17
Anticipation Builds for 'Grey'
'USA Today' talks to fans and members of the industry about E.L. James's new book, on sale Thursday.
- 2015 Jun 15
Press's Year of Publishing Women
And Other Stories says men dominate our literary landscape in a completely imbalanced way, and it's time to change that.
- 2015 Jun 12
Chaplain Violated Rules in Book Promo
An active-duty Army chaplain has published a book titled 'Jesus Was an Airborne Ranger,' and appeared in a video in uniform to promote it, raising questions about the service endorsing Christianity as the Pentagon wages wars in Muslim countries.
Can YouTube Stars Save Publishing?
The robust YA market has shown that young readers can be extraordinarily devoted, once they connect to an author. Or, publishing hopes, to a YouTube star.
- 2015 Jun 11
No Men Allowed
Publisher Small press And Other Stories will produce no books by men in 2018 in answer to novelist Kamila Shamsie’s call for direct action to beat gender bias in publishing.
Piece of Gutenberg Bible on the Block
An eight-page fragment from the Gutenberg Bible will go up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York next week, and is expected to fetch at least half a million dollars.
- 2015 Jun 10
Was the New Fifty Shades Book Stolen?
Police have launched an investigation after Random House discovered that a copy of 'Grey' had gone missing on Tuesday, the BBC reports.
Anti-Amazon Campaign Releases Video
The group has created a video calling on the company’s shareholders to learn the “full story” of how warehouse workers are treated, timed to coincide with the company’s annual general meeting.
Elsevier Cracks Down on Piracy
The academic publishing company has filed a complaint at a New York District Court, hoping to shut down the Library Genesis project and the SciHub.org search engine.
- 2015 Jun 09
Two Stories of FSG
Boris Kachka on his book, 'Hothouse,' a cultural history of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and 'Muse,' the new novel from the publisher's head, Jonathan Galassi.
- 2015 Jun 08
S&S Backtracks on 'Primates of Park Ave'
Simon & Schuster announced that it would add a note to future editions of 'Primates of Park Avenue' explaining that some details in the book about the lives of rich Upper East Side women were changed and the order of some events rearranged.
Write an Essay, Get…a Goat Farm?
The bizarre new literary economy that’s matching real estate with gifted writers.
- 2015 Jun 02
J.P. Morgan’s Summer Reading List
The largest U.S. bank by assets is continuing its tradition of offering its wealthy clients a reading list of ten books for the past 16 years.
- 2015 Jun 01
Rare 'Bell Jar' to Be Auctioned
The first edition, published by William Heinemann Ltd. in 1963, contains more than 70 textual variations from the proof, and will be auctioned at Bonhams on June 24.
- 2015 May 29
Northwestern to Settle Copyright Suit
Northwestern University announced Thursday it has agreed to settle a copyright infringement suit against a former employee whom it hired to write a book about Chicago's notorious 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder trial.
- 2015 May 22
Kim Kardashian Is Not Unstoppable
Laura Miller at 'Salon' on how to beat flawless T.V. celebs in the book sales game.
- 2015 May 21
Agatha Christie Memoir to be Republished
'Come, Tell Me How You Live' recounts the author's travels with her archaeologist husband after WWII, and features little-seen photographs.
Obsolete Words to Resurrect
These 20 words have sadly disappeared from modern English, but it’s easy to see how they could be incorporated into everyday conversation.
- 2015 May 20
Wal-Mart Eyes Amazon in E-Commerce War
If the world's largest bricks-and-mortar retailer is serious about competing more directly with Amazon, then it may have to spend well beyond a previously announced investment target on big distribution centers and other costs for its plan.
- 2015 May 18
'Mad Men' Books Show Don's Descent
Matthew Weiner, in his compulsive organization of the 'Mad Men' universe, has always included the books du jour.
For Reviewers, How Close Is Too Close?
'New York Times' public editor Margaret Sullivan writes about how the NYTBR wants readers to trust its writers, but some see conflicts of interest.
- 2015 May 15
Time Inc. Shrinks Books Division
The layoffs, which took place this week, equally impacted the New York and Birmingham, Ala., offices, which in total had employed roughly 80 people.
HC Makes Corrections in 'Clinton Cash'
On Tuesday, Amazon blasted out an alert to purchasers of Peter Schweizer’s book, notifying them that “significant revisions have been made.”
Chekhov’s First Book Published
Anton Chekhov's never-published first book of writings, 'The Prank,' will be published by the New York Review of Books next week.
Living Like a Character from Literature
If you've ever dreamed of living in your favorite book, try the next best thing and travel to the very real places of which these novels are set.
- 2015 May 14
Writing vs. Speaking
A new study shows that writing and speaking are "quasi-independent language systems" in the brain.
- 2015 May 13
Books that have been permanently lost.
Astrid Lindgren's WWII Diaries Published
The 'Pippi Longstocking' author’s personal account of the years from 1939 to 1945 are acclaimed as a "shocking history lesson."