Dog-Eared and Dispatched: August 2, 2015
With a low rumble of book news this week it’s time for an all-footnote edition of updates. This week’s brief column will keep you informed and leave you enough time to enjoy our summer reading list. Ready? Set? Click away!
- People are talking about cookbooks of all kinds with the news of celebrity chef, Eric Ripert’s new memoir deal with Random House, the cover unveiling for the Bob’s Burgers Cookbook, and the announcement of Lonely Planet’s “From the Source” cookbook series.
- The Department of Education is approving a $30 million e-book marketplace for New York City public schools through Amazon.
- Coverage for Go Set A Watchman includes plenty of new recorded setting sales numbers (for print and digital) along with sidestories like Mardi Jo Link’s “Go Set a Publication Date.”
- Also leading bestseller lists, What Pet Should I Get? is generating ongoing interested with an upcoming Reddit AMA featuring the book’s editor.
- The children’s industry seems to be trending toward nonfiction titles.
- The Authors Guild is pushing authors to get better deals by calling writers and agents to ask for time limits in the book contracts.
- Get your nostalgia engines running in anticipation for the Netflix release of the original Reading Rainbow series.
- With the release of the film, Paper Towns continues to sell well digitally and John Green defends Cara Delevigne after the uncomfortable Good Day Sacramento interview. Haven’t seen it? Yikes. It is awkward.
- After 20 years, South Carolina’s largest literary event has been cancelled in favor of funding smaller, statewide events.
- Copper Canyon Press will publish a collection of 20 Pablo Neruda poems that were rediscovered in June.
- The longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced this week – and still favors corporate publishers.
- In this last month of summer, readers are being encouraged to grab a book and get on the road for these literary pilgrimages and road trips.