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A strange week in book culture gives rise to increased attention given to killers turned authors turned celebrities, and an investigation of the disproportionately challenged books of diverse authors. With the acquisition of a Syrian refugee’s memoir and the creation of a Muslim children’s imprint within the Big Five, is American publishing fighting for representation
Book lovers across the country are professing their undying adoration of reading and writing in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Electric Literature offers some irreverent love notes from your writing. The Guardian has compiled a list of the ten best books for the lovelorn. New York Public Library created a map that highlights the locations that
In this week’s industry roundup, Bella has become Beau, Jacob has become Julie, and Edward has become Edythe. But more importantly, we avoid discussing Stephanie Meyer to honor Svetlana Alexievich as the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature winner, and conclude with footnotes on teen poets, Harry Potter, and Grace Jones. Ready? Set? Read!
As publishers prepare for the fall season, book news was quiet this week – save for the big outlier in the literary world: Amazon. This week we take a longer look at a recently published critique of Amazon’s white-collar workplace and round things off with footnotes on ebook rights management, the Confederate flag, and much
In this week’s survey of book culture, we look at the book industry’s financial picture in 2014 and going forward, as well as changes in the major ebook subscription services. Rounding things off are a collection of footnotes on author activities, fictional authenticity, and notable losses for the week. Are you ready? Get reading! Konrad
We’re changing up our format here, adding a bit of flexibility, a bit of this, a bit of that, because sometimes the news does not quite justify a long-form response. So here, in brief, is what’s happening in the world of books this week: Amazon announced its Q4 numbers this past week, and a loss