Dog-Eared and Dispatched: March 29, 2015
Welcome this week’s rundown literary news. We’re sad to note the passing of Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer this week, and have collected a few links to his poetry. We also take a look at the ereading habits of young adults, and a diverse assortment of footnotes about everything from shopping bags to Russian publishers. Are you ready? Set? Well, then, get reading!
Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, 2011 Nobel Laureate, died on Thursday at age 83. You can read some of his poetry at his official website, at The Paris Review, or get a copy of some lesser-known works from Portland Publisher Tavern Books. [NY Times, tomastranstromer.net, The Paris Review, Tavern Books]
This past week at Publishing Perspective’s Designing Books for Millennials conference, the results of a recent survey of 2,000 US and UK millennial (18–34 year olds) readers’ reading (and acquisition) habits were revealed. The folks behind the survey have put together a handy pdf of infographics for those without time to read the fuller results. The main takeaway, though, is that millennials are more likely to read print books than ebooks, and that they would rather get their print books from brick and mortar stores rather than online retailers (only 40%); more than half (53%) said they liked to check books out from the library. For ebooks, millennials are generally reading on tablets rather than dedicated ereaders, and not surprisingly prefer to use an ereading app; interest in subscription ebook services was low (only around 20%). As the survey results put it: “these figures do paint the young people of the US and the UK as a conservative bunch: strongly attached to print, to physical bookshops and, in the case of American readers, to the public library system […] while there are clear similarities between UK and US Millennials’ attitudes towards reading in general and ebooks in particular, there are also some significant differences. American Millennials are regular readers, they source books from multiple channels, including libraries and are also highly likely to read ebooks as well as print books. From the evidence of this survey, British millennials are much more likely to be less well-read.” [Publishing Perspectives, Publishing Technology, Shelf Awareness].
- The longlist for the Man Booker International Prize has been announced.
- A new app allows readers with delicate sensibilities to censor/bowdlerize their ebooks.
- HarperCollins reveals the cover for Harper Lee’s forthcoming novel Go Set a Watchman.
- Russian publisher Irina Balakhonova, founder of the Samokat Publishing House, which focusses on gay issues despite repressive Russian legislation, has won the 2015 Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award.
- Speakeasy “secret” bookstore Brazenhead Books will move by the end of July, as the landlord finally moves to evict bookstore operator/raconteur Michael Seidenberg from the rent controlled apartment ($750/month for a two bedroom).
- Melville House’s Alex Shephard considers the deeper meanings of Barnes and Noble’s new shopping bags.
- O/R books is partnering with the Evergreen Review to distribute content from the journal which is being overhauled and will be relaunched sometime soon.