Dog-Eared and Dispatched: January 3, 2016
Happy New Year from Late Night Library! We hope that your holiday was filled with good food, great friends and family, and exceptional books. This week, we bring you a roundup of news stories in the style of #2015bestnine and just a few prospectuses and resolutions for 2016. Ready? Set? Read!
- The release of Harper Lee’s manuscript Go Set a Watchman shook the book world in 2015. Published by HarperCollins and marketed as a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, the embargoed novel sparked controversy at every turn from the legality of Lee’s consent to publication, to the characterization of Atticus Finch, and even the cover design. [New Republic, PBS, Melville House, The New Yorker,
- Coloring books found a new audience in 2015 sparking an avalanche of adult coloring books ranging from the sweet designs of Enchanted Forest to the raunchy concepts carefully curated in a popular Buzzfeed list. [The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly, Buzzfeed, the Atlantic]
- With the federal legalization of same-sex marriage, publishers and industry media alike highlighted titles with LGBT themes, especially for young adult readers. [Advocate, Over the Rainbow Books, POPCRUSH]
- The Tynedale House bestseller The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven fell out of print when the co-author and subject of the story, Alex Malarkey, posted a letter on the Pulpit and Pen asserting, “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.” The scandal has illuminated the delicate balance between fact and fiction and how money, faith, editing, and family can complicate that balance. [NPR, the Washington Post, the Guardian]
- A survey of independently published and trade published authors revealed that most fell below the poverty line. [Indie Reader, the Guardian, the Digital Reader, Publishers Weekly]
- E.L. James rewrote Fifty Shades of Gray from the perspective of Christian Gray. Published in June of 2015, the book toppled digital and print record sales numbers in America and the UK. With quality and content that invite scrutiny, this was one of the most talked about titles of the year. [Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, the Telegraph]
- Amazon opened a physical bookstore in Seattle. And everyone went crazy. [Wired, Publishers Weekly, the Seattle Times, Forbes]
- Amid the complex conversations about race in America, black authors were being read everywhere from a Trump rally to the National Book Awards. [Elle, the Huffington Post, the Root, the Guardian]
- Social media platforms grew in importance and popularity in the publishing industry for more than just the playful banter of Melville House and Penguin Random House. [Publishers Weekly, Mashable, Book Business, Digital Book World]
Now that 2015 is on the shelf, what is next? Take this book business trendspotting survey and consider these reading resolution recommendations for 2016. New year, new read.