- 2014 Nov 20
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.'
- 2014 Nov 19
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."
- 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.'
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.
- 2014 Nov 14
Unbelievably Laughable Book Fails
Pulled together at Buzzfeed.
Jane Austen's Fashion History
Two hundred years of cover designs—in pictures.
- 2014 Nov 13
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 11
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.
- 2014 Nov 10
Rise of the Cubicles
Hachette is first major U.S. publishing house to abandon private offices.
Amazon Reveals Its Best Books of 2014
Selected and ranked by Amazon editors.
- 2014 Nov 07
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.'
- 2014 Nov 06
How Did Amazon Become Enemy Number One?
Keith Gessen reports for 'Vanity Fair.'
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.
- 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.
- 2014 Nov 04
Waiting on the Next Langdon Book
Dan Brown’s next novel will feature character Robert Langdon, but the bestselling author has warned fans it may be some time before the manuscript is ready.
- 2014 Nov 03
Amazon Unclear on Diversity
The Seattle company disclosed on Friday in a lengthy page on its website titled “Diversity at Amazon” that its global work force is 63% male and 37% female. Its managers are 75% male and 25% female.
The New Fifty Shades
NPR asks: Could 'After' by Anna Todd be the next big online hit?
- 2014 Oct 30
Would You Pay $5K For This Book?
Taschen is publishing a $5,000 collectors edition and a selection of $10,000 art editions of 'Rolling Stones,' which officially goes on sale in December.
Trick? Or Treat?
Favorite books reimagined as candy wrappers.
- 2014 Oct 29
Why the Amazon, Publishing Fight Matters
At his blog, Dr. Syntax, former Bloomsbury Press publisher Peter Ginna responds to Matt Yglesias' piece on why "Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers."
- 2014 Oct 28
What Book Should You Read Next?
More and more, computer-generated recommendations run our lives. But are they really the best way to expand your cultural horizons?
- 2014 Oct 27
From 'Fifty Shades' to 'After'
Why publishers want fan fiction to go mainstream.
- 2014 Oct 24
Pottermore to Release Story on Halloween
J.K. Rowling’s pottermore.com will post a new original story about a key character from the Harry Potter books on Halloween.
A 21st Century Literary Movement
It’s not science fiction, it’s not realism, but hovers in the unsettling zone in between. From Philip K. Dick to Stephen King, Damien Walter takes a tour through transrealism, the emerging genre aiming to kill off "consensus reality."
- 2014 Oct 22
Poverty & Class, in Banned Book Debate
Sex and religion have long vexed self-appointed guardians of U.S. school and library reading habits, but now objectors are trying to add social inequality to their list of unacceptable topics, writes Mary O'Hara at the 'Guardian.'
- 2014 Oct 20
Going Nonprofit is Good
Claire Fallon at the Huffington Post on why the McSweeney's decision to become a nonprofit is "great for publishing."
- 2014 Oct 16
McSweeney’s Going Nonprofit
The San Francisco publishing house will become a nonprofit, allowing the acclaimed small press to continue taking on projects that don’t necessarily make money, founder Dave Eggers told the 'San Francisco Chronicle.'
Yes, Stop Amazon
As the Amazon wars heat up, the 'New York Times' strikes an odd tone in two pieces filled with faux-"balance," according to Scott Timberg at Salon.
The Most Chilling Book Covers Ever
These 11 book covers below are among the most enticing and repelling around, says Bustle.
- 2014 Oct 14
Amazon Plays Rough. So What?
An opinion piece from Joe Nocera at the 'New York Times.'
- 2014 Oct 10
Amazon Must Be Stopped
In a cover story for the 'New Republic,' the magazine's editor Franklin Foer writes that "Amazon is the shining representative of a new golden age of monopoly," and calls for the government to give serious consideration to investigate the retailer for antitrust violations.
- 2014 Oct 07
Ten Best Literary TED Talks of the Year
"Talks ranging from inspirational stories about sight and connection to really random dog poems from Billy Collins and erotic fantasies from Isabel Allende," rounded up at Book Riot.
- 2014 Oct 06
Bertelsmann Buys Out Jahr
Bertelsmann SE agreed to acquire full control of German publisher Gruner & Jahr, ending a 45-year-old partnership with the Jahr family as part of an acceleration of its digital strategy.
- 2014 Oct 03
Colorado School Board Retreats
After two weeks of demonstrations and a fierce backlash across Colorado and beyond, the Jefferson County school board scrapped its controversial curriculum-review, which proposed avoiding lessons that condoned “civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”
The World's Oldest Book Doodles
Historian Erik Kwakkel has spent years at Leiden University in the Netherlands examining some of the world's oldest books and manuscripts. Among his discoveries: the smiley face goes back centuries.
- 2014 Oct 02
Authors Guild Met with DOJ
The country's largest advocacy group for writers met with Justice Department officials in early August, the 'Wall Street Journal' reports. The Guild, which has more than 8,500 members, raised concerns that Amazon is violating antitrust law.
Horowitz Taking on Bond
An unpublished story by the late Ian Fleming in which James Bond takes on the Russians and gets involved in a Formula One race, is to form the basis for a new 007 novel by Anthony Horowitz.
What Kind of Town Bans Books?
An essay from Annie Julia Wyman at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2014 Oct 01
Osprey Sells Off Imprints
Osprey Publishing Group has sold imprints Watkins, Angry Robot and Nourish to US entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld.
- 2014 Sep 30
Classic Books from the Sunshine State
A Florida author recommends several inspiring, sustaining, but too little known books about the Sunshine State that are often overlooked but to which he returns repeatedly.
- 2014 Sep 29
Guessing the Book from the First Line
A Buzzfeed quiz to test your knowledge on the first lines of famous books.
- 2014 Sep 26
Examining the 'Amazon Way'
John Rossman, an executive at Amazon in the early 2000s, has written 'The Amazon Way,' about the 14 leadership principles that drive the retailer, including obsessing over the customer, hiring and developing the best, and practicing frugality.
Banning the Bestsellers
Mental Floss lays out 10 wildly popular 21st century books that people have tried to ban—and the surprising reasons they were deemed unsuitable material.
- 2014 Sep 25
Author Sues Disney for $250M
A Peruvian author is claiming Disney plagiarized the story from her autobiography – not from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, as the company has said – for the film 'Frozen.' And she wants her money.
A Censor's View of Banned or Dirty Books
This is what it was like to be the book censor for all of New England in 1930.
- 2014 Sep 24
Welcome Back to the Censorship Wars
It happens whenever kids come home from school with new reading assignments: some parents look at what their kids are reading and don't like what they see.
- 2014 Sep 23
Banned Books, By the Numbers
In honor of Banned Books Week, infographics from data provided by the American Library Association.
What Not to Say to an English Major
Seventeen things those who study literature are sick of hearing, rounded up at Buzzfeed.
- 2014 Sep 22
'Perfectly Normal,' Often Banned
Banned Books Week kicks off Sunday: Each year, the American Library Association takes this week to sponsor events all over the country to talk about the books that shock, offend and generally make Americans uncomfortable.
- 2014 Sep 18
Dahl Takes the Cake
Amazing Roald Dahl cakes that Wonka himself would be proud of.
- 2014 Sep 17
As Big as the Ritz
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald live on in inspiring new books.
- 2014 Sep 16
Gorey’s Vintage Paperback Covers
Writer, illustrator, spooky legend of the macabre Edward Gorey spent the 1950s as the art editor for Doubleday’s new editions of Anchor paperbacks.
- 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.