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Dog-Eared and Dispatched: September 6, 2015

This week we bring you updates in the form of fun and unexpected footnotes – plus a few industry surprises. Marvel announces plans for an upcoming series, TED-Ed brings Whitman to life, and Harry Potter might just be a villain. What?! Ready? Set? Read!


  1. Bertelsmann, which currently controls 53 percent of Penguin Random House, has announced that it is interested in increasing its stake in the publishing behemoth
  2. As you will recall, publishers spent much of 2014 renegotiating their contracts with Amazon, desiring to set higher prices for ebooks; they succeeded. Unfortunately, with the new higher prices, ebook sales fell to 24 percent of sales (down from 29% percent) – perhaps because the publisher-set ebook prices are so close to Amazon’s discounted hardcover prices that consumers find ebooks the less tempting option. The sales slump has contributed to a 7.8% decline in book sales during the first half of 2015 compared to 2014.
  3. Marvel has announced plans for a Guardians of Infinity comic series.
  4. Lena Dunham has published her first short story through the email service, Lenny.
  5. JetBlue has placed three book vending machines in South East Washington, D.C. so kids have access to free books.
  6. Bernie Sanders is rising in the polls and the bookstacks.
  7. The astonishing popularity of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep has resulted in a book deal with Random House and lofty sales numbers this week.
  8. TED-Ed enlisted three animators to interpret the poem, “A Noiseless Patient Spider.”
  9. Stephen King superfans can test their knowledge with this crossword puzzle.
  10. The Guardian featured a story asking three writers of color if  “non-white authors are bound to the race narrative.”
  11. Celebrity + Social Media = Viral Marketing: Singer Lily Allen is propelling the career of poet, Mira Gonzalez.
  12. Hollywood is tasking the talented Eddie Redmayne and Nicholas Hoult with challenging and captivating literary roles in upcoming major films.
  13. The National Book Foundation will award the 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Don DeLillo.
  14. Actress Scarlett Johansson has failed to keep a revealing French book from being translated to English.
  15. Readers may never be done talking about Harry Potter, and as proof, this week an Antagonist video has gone viral.
  16. Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein has started her book tour with a launch event in Brooklyn.

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