- 2014 Sep 15
Hachette Writers Target Amazon Board
Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and their allies, is appealing directly to Amazon’s board. It is warning the board that the reputation of the retailer, and of the directors themselves, is at risk.
Penguin Beats Nine to Parker Book
In the U.K., Penguin Press has signed a new book from comedian and mathematician Matt Parker after a nine-publisher auction, where all bids were made in prime numbers, numbers derived from pi, and other mathematical figures.
- 2014 Sep 11
Publishers Gave Away 122M Books in WWII
In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles.
- 2014 Sep 10
Author Says Novel Was Plagiarized
A Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarized her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own.
Magic Building Where English Majors Work
Making sense of creative writing’s job problem, in an essay from the Millions.
Has the Internet killed thoughtful, prolonged engagement with a text—or are we nostalgic for a reading Eden that never existed?
- 2014 Sep 09
Most Loved Books, According to Facebook
Twenty of the most beloved books according to Facebook users.
Gatsby's Success Story
How F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic went from a moldering flop to a great American novel.
- 2014 Sep 08
Are Women Today's Best Crime Writers?
The hard-boiled detective tradition is getting tired, says Salon's Laura Miller, who offers some "genre- and gender-bending alternatives."
Amazon 'Actively Pursuing Destruction'
Former Atlantic Books chief executive Toby Mundy has warned that Amazon’s goal to take half of publishers’ profits is driving companies “to the wall.”
Identifying Jack the Ripper?
A new book out this week called 'Naming Jack The Ripper' claims to have uncovered the serial killer's identity with the help of DNA analysis.
- 2014 Sep 05
Should Writers Be Paid to Read?
As Booker Prize-winner Eleanor Catton creates a grant allowing authors paid reading time, Ben Travis at the 'Guardian' argues for the importance of the investment.
Online Booksellers vs. Campus Stores
The rise of online textbook retailers such as Chegg, Amazon, and Half.com, has put official college and university bookstores on the defensive.
- 2014 Sep 04
Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking
Readers might think nonfiction books are the most reliable media sources there are, but "accuracy scandals haven't reformed an industry that faces no big repercussions for errors," says Kate Newman at the 'Atlantic.'
Unfinished Tennessee Williams Play Found
The first 10 pages of an unpublished and untitled Tennessee Williams play about D. H. Lawrence; his wife, Frieda; Katherine Mansfield; and her husband, John Middleton Murr, were found in an archive at the Harry Ransom Center.
- 2014 Sep 03
The Start of a New Genre?
'The Right Sort,' by David Mitchell, was written entirely in tweets, but he wasn’t the first author to experiment with ultra-short storytelling.
- 2014 Aug 29
Two guys, Two Books
Sipped drinks, berry tarts and the new literary book tour.
World's Most Expensive New Book
'Cosmetic Surgeon Marketing Motto: The Secret Recipe To Grow Referrals' includes a $10,000 Consultation Certificate which entitles each buyer of the book to eight one hour one-on-one consultation telephone calls with the authors.
Please Do Not Disturb
Ten things that happen when you can't put down a good book, rounded up at Buzzfeed.
Best Pinterest Boards for Bookish Types
There’s a big, wonderful world of bookish websites out there. Book Riot points you to some of its favorites.
- 2014 Aug 28
DFW Novel Translated Into Lego
David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' has been recreated in plastic bricks by an appropriately precocious child.
- 2014 Aug 27
Obama in the Books
California history textbooks will now be asked to cover "the significance of President Barack Obama's election," under a law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Nook (Kindle) and Cranny
Literary travel suggestions for a 400 square foot apartment.
- 2014 Aug 26
Rewriting the Book on Publishing
The e-book price feud has the potential to create irreversible changes to the literary world and its business models, according to Jennifer Rankin at the 'Guardian.'
- 2014 Aug 25
Growing Up in Therapy
The 'New Yorker' excerpts a piece from Lena Dunham's forthcoming book, 'Not That Kind of Girl.'
- 2014 Aug 22
One Book Every Five Minutes
The number of books on Amazon rises by 12 an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes.
Dickens Novel Given to Eliot for Sale
A signed early edition of 'A Tale of Two Cities' sent by Charles Dickens to George Eliot, in which he expresses his "high admiration and regard" for his fellow novelist, has been valued at more than a quarter of a million pounds.
Can Writing Be Taught?
Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether the craft of writing is teachable, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2014 Aug 21
Amazon's Awful War of Words
How an iron-fisted PR strategy went off the rails, from Salon's Laura Miller.
New Heaney Collection to be Published
An anthology of later work by the Nobel laureate will feature a last poem, "In Time," written for his granddaughter Síofra.
- 2014 Aug 20
Horror Stories from the Book Tour Life
"Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way." From Lesley Kagen for the Daily Beast.
Publishers Scrambling for Cover
The controversy about a new "adult" look for a children's classic has focused attention on book cover design.
- 2014 Aug 18
'Time Traveler's Wife' Sequel Coming
Audrey Niffenegger revealed she is writing a follow-up to her bestselling novel.
- 2014 Aug 15
Why So Many Schools Ban 'The Giver'
Since its release in 1993, the novel has been one of the most controversial books in American schools. Between 1990 and 1999, it ranked 11th on the list of the books most frequently requested for removal.
Real Scientists Share Fav Sci-Fi
HuffPost Science reached out to top scientists to ask which science fiction movies and classics were their favorites.
- 2014 Aug 14
Orwell Estate Hits Back at Amazon
Representatives of George Orwell have described Amazon's selective quoting of the author as "dystopian and shameless" and "as close as one can get to the Ministry of Truth and its doublespeak."
Reading to Impress Yourself
An essay from Rebecca Mead at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2014 Aug 13
If You're Tweeting, Are You Writing?
The last few years have seen intense debate over the nature and value of Twitter. Into the midst of this comes 'Working On My Novel,' a new book by the artist Cory Arcangel composed entirely of tweets, including the titular phrase, only one of them originally tweeted by him.
Shepard Seeks the Truth
Permanent Press publisher Martin Shepard on the Authors United ad in the 'New York Times.'
Top 10 Hotel Novels
From Robert Bloch's 'Psycho' to Chekhov's 'Lady With the Dog,' Mark Watson at the 'Guardian' explores the magnetism of hotels for novelists.
- 2014 Aug 12
What Does Anna Karenina Look Like?
An adapted excerpt from Peter Mendelsund's 'What We See When We Read,' that examines how we picture literary characters in our heads.
- 2014 Aug 11
Our 'Obsession' with Intellectual Theft
How "right-wing smears and a feeble grasp of art launched a dangerous cultural fixation," from Laura Miller at Salon.
- 2014 Aug 08
Penguin Defends 'Creepy' Book Cover
The publisher has defended its now controversial decision to use an image of a doll-like young girl on the cover of a new edition of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'
- 2014 Aug 07
Murakami's Understated Triumph
What Japan’s most celebrated writer knows that American novelists don’t, from Laura Miller at Salon.
- 2014 Aug 06
Rowling Sends Shooting Survivor a Letter
J.K. Rowling sent a handwritten letter from Dumbledore to help grieving teenager Cassidy Stay, after she read an extract from Harry Potter at her family's funeral.
Martin to Republish 1980's Kids' Book
A 1980 children's story by George R.R. Martin, 'Game of Thrones' author and wanton murderer of his own characters, will be re-released this October.
Lincoln's Handwriting Found in Book
Experts confirmed Tuesday what had long been whispered at a public library in the small town of Clinton, Ill. — a name written on a page in the book 'Types of Mankind' was penned by none other than Abraham Lincoln.
- 2014 Aug 05
Reagan Book Draws Criticism
Rick Perlstein’s new 856-page book, 'The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,' has drawn both strong reviews from prominent book critics, and sharp criticism from some scholars and commentators who accuse Perlstein of sloppy scholarship, improper attribution and plagiarism.
Does 'Novel' Now Mean Any Book?
Ben Yagoda explores the use of the term "novel," at Slate.
- 2014 Aug 04
Striking a Deal with Amazon
Kensington Publishing Corp said it recently struck a new deal for physical and digital books with Amazon—after negotiations lasting 18 months, longer than the one-year term of the agreement that expires next July.
Martin Admits Pressure Affects Him
George R.R. Martin says he's "given up" on answering when the A Song of Ice and Fire novels will be finished, and confirms the pressure from both HBO and fans get under his skin.
- 2014 Jul 31
New Doctor Who Author Revealed
Writer Holly Black, who rose to literary stardom with The Spiderwick Chronicles, will pen the next adventure.
Bush to Write Book About Father
George W. Bush has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, to be published by Crown in November.
Why You Should Ignore Cover Blurbs
Jacket quotes aren't reviews, they're advertisements that offer no space for balanced, nuanced positivity, says Nathan Filer at the "Guardian."
Ventura Passage to be Cut from Book
The passage from the best-selling memoir "American Sniper" that sparked former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against author Chris Kyle will be removed, publisher HarperCollins said Wednesday.
Warner Bros. Creates Potter Team
Based in London and California, the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team will “develop and execute a high-level strategic vision for the Harry Potter brand and its ancillary businesses."
- 2014 Jul 30
Green's Books Come Under Fire Again
First it was Florida, then Wisconsin. John Green's books, though not "The Fault in Our Stars," have come under fire from parents.
- 2014 Jul 29
The Most Depressing Places in Literature
Flavorwire pulls together 10 depressing places and the writers they inspired.
- 2014 Jul 28
Scholastic to Close Storia
The publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia e-book platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that they are shutting down the retail side of the operation.
- 2014 Jul 25
FEC Chair Warns Publishers
The chairman of the Federal Election Commission blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban.
Sneakers for the Literary Set
Footwear manufacturer New Balance has unleashed a new line of sneakers based on the work of leading American authors.
- 2014 Jul 24
VIP Boxes & Seven-Figure Advances
How fiction gets the publishing industry "laughably wrong," from Laura Miller, at Salon.
- 2014 Jul 23
Ten Unexpected Facts from the Lee Bio
BookRiot rounds up "awesome" revelations from "The Mockingbird Next Door" by Marja Mills.
Jack White Ventures into Publishing
The musician's Third Man Records has just announced that it’s moving into the publishing world with the first release from its Third Man Books imprint, and as should be expected, the “book” that it’s putting out isn’t just a book.
'Harriet' Predicted Surveillance State
A cold war children's book is surprisingly prescient.
- 2014 Jul 22
Palahniuk Revisits 'Fight Club'
Chuck Palahniuk is breaking the first two rules of "Fight Club": He's talking about "Fight Club."
- 2014 Jul 21
Director's Cut for Books
We get to see director's cuts of our favorite movies. Why not an "author's cut" for books?
A Shot and a Book
How to read in bars.
- 2014 Jul 18
Self-Pubbed Poet Laureate Resigns
North Carolina's poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment, as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued.
Amazon Isn’t Killing Writing
The market is, says Danny Crichton at TechCrunch.
A Nonfiction Tour of America
Fifty books for 50 states.
A Cut Above
A barbershop serves up a side of books with haircuts.
- 2014 Jul 17
Unpublished Leonard Stories Coming
A collection of previously unpublished short stories by the late Elmore Leonard will be released next year, his publisher has said.
What are the Last Literary Taboos?
Francine Prose and James Parker discuss what is still forbidden in literature, at the "New York Times."
- 2014 Jul 16
Memoirist Says She Had Lee's Blessing
The author and publisher of a new book about Harper Lee have stood their ground after the "To Kill A Mockingbird" author released a statement earlier this week asserting that "as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood".
Rowell on Writing Potter Fan Fiction
Rainbow Rowell has revealed that she wrote Harry Potter fanfiction after getting “kind of depressed” between writing two of her own novels.
Seven Ways to Market Your New Book
You’ve written your book – and now you want to sell it. What should you do?
- 2014 Jul 15
Clinton Spokesperson: 'No Clue' on Leak
A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said Monday that he has "no clue" who leaked a copy of "Clinton, Inc.," a forthcoming book by Daniel Halper, online editor of the conservative "Weekly Standard."
Harper Lee Speaks
According to a letter penned by the 88-year-old Lee, a newly-published biography was executed without her cooperation or permission and is based on false pretenses.
- 2014 Jul 14
Gates Creates a Hit
An out-of-print collection of essays about corporate America first published in 1969 has shot to the top of bestseller lists after Bill Gates revealed it was his favorite business book.
David Mitchell to Tweet Short Story
The "Cloud Atlas" author will publish 20 tweets twice a day of his short story, "The Right Sort," to help promote his new novel out in September.
A Game as Literary Tutorial
How Dungeons & Dragons has influenced a generation of writers.
- 2014 Jul 03
'Winds of Winter' Release Date?
George R.R. Martin’s next Song of Ice and Fire novel will be released in 2017. Or, at least, that’s what analysts have predicted in the absence of a "Winds of Winter" date.
- 2014 Jul 01
Authors Dress As Their Fav Characters
Photographer Cambridge Jones has collaborated with The Story Museum for its latest exhibition, which celebrates childhood story heroes and sees well-known authors dress up as their favorite literary characters.
- 2014 Jun 30
How lipstick, bathing suits, and naked backs discredit women’s fiction.
New Wave of African Writers
Black literary writers with African roots, mostly young cosmopolitans who write in English, are making a splash in the book world, especially in the United States.
- 2014 Jun 27
Are Authors Running Out of Book Titles?
People first started to notice last year when Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life" coincided with Jill McCorkle's "Life After Life," which had been published just six days earlier. Since then examples of novels with the same name have kept on cropping up.
Picturing Haruki Murakami’s Women
Portland-based artist Johnny Acurso celebrates some of Haruki Murakami’s most memorable female characters in his triptych painting "Murakami’s Women."
- 2014 Jun 26
New Judy Blume Adult Novel Coming
Judy Blume’s first novel for adults since “Summer Sisters” appeared in 1998 will be released in summer 2015, according to her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.
How a Book Becomes 'Book of the Summer'
It’s impossible to predict it in advance, because the book of the summer is a surprise by definition, from Lev Grossman at "Time."
- 2014 Jun 25
How Relevant is a Novelist's Biography?
Thomas Mallon and Adam Kirsch discuss whether knowing about an author’s life deepens or detracts from the pleasures of reading fiction, at the "New York Times."
- 2014 Jun 23
Marx is Making a Comeback
The "Communist Manifesto" co-author has gotten a second life — and he has some advice for progressives.
- 2014 Jun 20
26 Great Book Dedications
Rounded up over at Buzzfeed.
What Would Stephen King Do?
Emily Schultz has taken Stephen King as her guide as she spends an unexpected windfall from her novel "Joyland." But how could the master of horror help with your decision-making?
- 2014 Jun 19
Unseen Neruda Poems Discovered
More than 20 unpublished poems by Pablo Neruda – works of "extraordinary quality" according to his publisher – have been unearthed among the papers of the late Nobel laureate in his native Chile.
Book Wilde Gave to Prison Governor Sold
An edition of "The Importance Of Being Earnest" given by its author Oscar Wilde to the governor of the prison in which he was held has been sold for £55,000.
Cranston Reveals Tentative Memoir Title
You’ll love the "Breaking Bad"–inspired title of actor Bryan Cranston’s forthcoming memoir.
- 2014 Jun 18
Where's the Working-Class Fiction?
Everyone is the poorer for publishers' widespread assumption that nobody wants to read about this part of society, says Kevin Duffy at the "Guardian."
The Way We Speak
How authors from Dickens to Dr. Seuss invented the words we use every day.
- 2014 Jun 17
Book Your Trip
NPR has put together reading lists for different modes of transportation.