- 2015 Jan 27
Tesco Shuts Down E-book Business
The supermarket chain has given up on Blinkbox Books after failing to find a buyer for the division.
New Writers Pen for Chipotle
Eight months after author Jonathan Safran Foer turned his mid-burrito boredom into a series of stories for Chipotle cups and to-go bags (by the likes of himself, Toni Morrison, Michael Lewis, and George Saunders), he’s at it again.
Ali Smith a Costa Favorite
'How to be Both' leads the betting for the Costa Book of the Year Award, to be announced Tuesday evening in the U.K.
Best Snow Day Reads
Nineteen page-turners to enjoy while snowed in.
The Library, Illuminated Anew
A new show at Mass MoCA, “Bibliotecaphilia,” explores libraries and their continued relevance.
- 2015 Jan 26
Spotify for Books
'The Economist' explores how authors and publishers may constrain the rise of e-book subscriptions.
'Sponsored' By My Husband
Novelist Ann Bauer on why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from, at Salon.
Israeli Book Law Brings Lower Sales
An Israeli legislation aimed at controlling prices for new titles has had the opposite effect its backer promised it would bring.
Alice K. Turner Dies at 75
The longtime fiction editor at 'Playboy,' who nurtured fledgling authors and championed science fiction by publishing short stories that she said injected “some class” into the racy men’s magazine, died on January 17 in Manhattan.
'The End of the Tour' Sundance Premiere
Jason Segel plays tragic genius David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg the 'Rolling Stone' reporter whose aborted profile of him became a highly personal eulogy.
- 2015 Jan 23
The Rocky Road to 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
'Vanity Fair' takes a look at the clash between E.L. James and the director adapting her novel to the big screen.
Sold Out 'Charlie Hebdo' Coming to B&N
The book chain is expected to get a limited number of copies of the publication — part of a new shipment of 20,000 copies headed to the U.S. — sometime next week.
Is This Novel the New 'Gone Girl'?
Paula Hawkins's debut, 'The Girl On The Train,' is flying off shelves, and already has landed a movie deal.
Baldwin Strikes a Deal
Alec Baldwin is set to write a memoir, 'Nevertheless', due out from Harper in fall 2016, and will cover everything from his childhood on Long Island to his marriage to his time on '30 Rock.'
Ban on Sending Prisoners Books to End
Following a December high court ruling in the U.K., campaigners say it will be possible to send inmates books starting in February.
- 2015 Jan 22
If Lowly Worm Tweeted
Richard Scarry's 'Busytown,' Updated for the Digital Age.
15 YA Writers on their Favorite Books for Adults.
Interracial children's books
One parent sees a lack of books that reflect interracial children.
Remembering Bonnie Christensen
Author/illustrator Christensen dies at 63.
Zuckerberg's Quest for Literary Meaning
The Facebook founder's book club choices are a useful (and kind of touching!) window into his inner life, says Salon's Laura Miller.
Reading Reading Behavior
Buzzfeed on the publishing industry’s uneasy embrace of Netflix-style analytics.
'Wolf Hall' Debut Draws 3.9M Viewers
According to the BBC, the ratings make the show, an adaptation of Hilary Mantel's historic novel, BBC Two's best-performing original drama series launch since 2005.
Japan's new Shonan T-Site bookstore sets the stage for the 21st century.
Book Debuts Quietly in Reshaped Nation
‘The Red Sari,’ a once incendiary book on Sonia Gandhi, is released in India.
First Lady and Dr. Seuss
First Lady Michelle Obama Promotes Eating Right, Fitness at Seuss Book Reading.
- 2015 Jan 21
Guantánamo Detainee Turned Author
On Tuesday, the family of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, used the publication of his book 'Guantánamo Diary,' the first and, so far, the only account of life at the American military prison written by someone still detained, to campaign for his release.
Attempts to Block Book Fuels Intrigue
Efforts by India's Congress party to block the publication of a "dramatized" biography of its president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro.
'Charlie Hebdo' Sells Out in New York
The first issue of the satirical French magazine printed since the Paris attacks finally arrived in the United States Tuesday, and it took just one hour to sell out at a Manhattan bookstore.
Dutch Resale Site to Close
Dutch e-book resale site Tom Kabinet has to close because, at least at the moment, it cannot prove that all the books offered for sale on the site have been legally obtained, an Amsterdam court ruled Tuesday.
The Real Science of Science Fiction
The best science fiction draws on genuinely scholarly research, and the scholars are themselves inspired by the creative writers’ speculation.
- 2015 Jan 20
The 21st Century’s 12 Greatest Novels
In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture polled several dozen book critics, asking each to name the best novels published in English since January 1, 2000.
Patterson's Expensive, Exploding Book
For just under $300,000, one super (rich) fan of James Patterson will have the opportunity to purchase the author’s next book and watch it explode a day after opening it.
Texas Mom Challenges Book on Poverty
A parent in the wealthy Texas town of Highland Park has challenged a book about people living near the poverty line, and suggested books by Ayn Rand, Ben Carson, and Karen Hesse as replacements.
50 Books to Make You More Interesting
Flavorwire has a list of books that will make you smarter, funnier, deeper, and yes, more interesting — at least to some people.
Is Amazon a Hero or a Monster?
A passionate New York debate interrogates Amazon’s dominance in the book market—is it delivering well-priced books efficiently, or a greedy, rapacious behemoth?
- 2015 Jan 16
Things No One Tells You About Publishing
Ten years ago, Curtis Sittenfeld's first novel 'Prep' came out. Here’s what she's learned about the publishing industry and writing since then.
Garner on Criticism
'Poets & Writers' talks to 'New York Times' book critic Dwight Garner.
10 Beautiful Bookshops
HuffPo has a roundup of stores that will stop you in your tracks.
How a Lit-Loving Fam Saved a Bookstore
Facing closure, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks got help from an unexpected source.
Bill O'Reilly Heads West
The Fox News host and bestselling author is finishing 'Legends & Lies: Into the West,' stories about Jesse James, Davy Crockett and other outlaws and good guys that will include a multiparty television docudrama and a companion book.
- 2015 Jan 15
Swipe Right for Tributes
If Hunger Games characters had Tinder profiles.
YA Fiction Meets Taylor Swift
13 YA Novels That Are Actually Taylor Swift Songs
A talk with Michael Bond.
Potter Fans Make a Difference
How Harry Potter fans won a four-year fight against child slavery.
'Hunger Games' Tinder Profiles
Tinder profiles for "Hunger Games" characters.
John Green = Today's John Hughes?
An article compares John Hughes to John Green.
Taylor Swift Songs = YA Novels
Comparing Taylor Swift songs to YA novels.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Surprises
Five surprising facts about Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Wolitzer Discusses Plath
Meg Wolitzer on how Sylvia Plath influenced her and her novel "Belzhar."
Bond on 'Paddington'
An interview with Michael Bond.
Seuss on the Road
A video about the traveling "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" exhibition.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James discuss "Insurgent."
The Many Sides of Alice
On the occasion of the book's 150th anniversary, an article about "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland."
Harry Potter Fans Nix Slavery
An article about the Harry Potter Alliance and the citizen-fueled fight for fair trade chocolate.
Patterson Talks Shop
An interview with James Patterson.
Holly Black on Books, Fairies
An interview with Holly Black on "The Darkest Part of the Forest."
Rushdie on 'Charlie Hebdo'
Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book 'The Satanic Verses' drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, has spoken of his anger that the slain 'Charlie Hebdo' employees have been “vilified and called racists."
15 Gorgeous Little Free Libraries
Mental Floss has gathered some of the best photos of the mini libraries.
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks Has New Home
The store, which revealed in November that it was being forced out of its Greenwich Village location, will reopen in an 1830s brick rowhouse.
Rendell 'Critical' Following Stroke
Crime writer Ruth Rendell has suffered a serious stroke and is in a "critical but stable" condition in the hospital.
Cobain Doc Gets Companion Book
Insight Editions will publish a companion book to go alongside 'Montage of Heck,' the first fully authorized documentary about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, set to air on HBO later this year.
- 2015 Jan 14
Books to Breed Tolerance
What children can read after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
J.K. Rowling Responds to Rupert Murdoch
J.K. Rowling attacks Murdoch for tweet blaming all Muslims for 'Charlie Hebdo' deaths.
'Gone Girl' Kidlit Spinoff
'Amazing Amy' Spins Off From 'Gone Girl.'
Behind 'Looking for Alaska'
For it's 10th anniversary, go behind the scenes of John Green's 'Looking for Alaska.'
2014 Middle Grade & YA By Black Authors
How Many Black-Authored Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels Were Published in the U.S. in 2014?
You Can't Buy Charlie Hebdo in the U.S.
'Charlie Hebdo' fans won’t be able to buy the satirical magazine in North America on Wednesday, and U.S. distribution plans for later in the week remain up in the air.
New Mitchell Short Novel Coming
David Mitchell is writing a new short novel, due out in October, inspired by a Twitter story he penned ahead of the release of his latest book 'The Bone Clocks.'
Bradbury's House to Be Leveled
Ray Bradbury's home, which was purchased in June 2014 for $1.765 million, is being demolished.
OUP Bans Pork From Kids' Books
Oxford University Press has told children's book authors to not write about sausages or pigs, for fear of causing offense.
Affleck, Fincher Set Up Strangers
Team 'Gone Girl' is reuniting for another dark tale of suspense and danger. Only this time, they’re headed for remake territory, as David Fincher, Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn will create a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 'Strangers On A Train.'
- 2015 Jan 13
The Print, Digital Debate Arises Again
This time, there's talk of e-books "dying out."
New York Builder Sues Amazon for $25M
An established New York real estate company is suing Amazon after the world’s largest online retailer allegedly reneged on an agreement to rent space from one of its Midtown Manhattan office buildings.
Amazon Takes Over Textbooks at UMass
Starting next fall, students at the flagship Amherst campus will buy almost all textbooks from Amazon.com. The online retail giant has struck a deal with UMass to replace an on-campus “textbook annex” run by Follett Corp. with a smaller Amazon distribution center.
Judging Books by Their Covers
The Millions compares American and U.K. covers of popular titles.
The Colorado Bookstore on Final Chapter
The venerable college book store on Boulder's University Hill district is expected to close this spring, said store officials and the bookseller's property owner.
- 2015 Jan 12
Are E-books Bad for Your Health?
Reading regular books comes with a slew of health benefits that their electronic counterparts don't have, says Lecia Bushak at Medical Daily.
Art Spiegelman Calls U.S. 'Hypocritical'
The author and cartoonist has characterized the U.S. press as hypocritical for not publishing the 'Charlie Hebdo' cartoons.
The Zuckerberg Bump
Lizzie Widdicombe at the 'New Yorker' takes a look at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's new book club.
Rowling Attacks Murdoch
J.K. Rowling has condemned and mocked the tweet from Rupert Murdoch which insisted that even peaceful Muslims must bear responsibilities for jihadi attacks.
NYC Libraries Pioneer Hot Spot Lending
The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents.
- 2015 Jan 09
Houellebecq Stops Promo of New Novel
The French novelist Michel Houellebecq, whose latest book was featured on the cover of the satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' on the day of the massacre at its offices, has stopped its promotion as the victims were being mourned.
Longtime book editor Daniel Menaker on Amazon, Authors United, and the future of publishing.
Nonfiction Books of the New Year
Titles that will define conversation in 2015, according to Flavorwire.
Apple, Amazon, or Google
Who will win the battle of the tech titans?
A Debt to Sylvia Plath
When novelist Meg Wolitzer began writing 'Belzhar,' her first book for a YA audience, she turned to 'The Bell Jar.'
- 2015 Jan 08
YA Optioned for Stage, Film
Leila Sales' ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ Theatre and Film Rights Sold.
New Findings from Kid's Reading Study
Scholastic Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own.
Enduring Classics for Kids
6 Children's Books That Are Just As Amazing Now As When You Were A Kid
Pubs Resolute on Book of Islamist France
European publishers are sticking to plans to publish a novel depicting a future Islamist takeover of France despite yesterday’s Paris shootings.
Zondervan to Review Carson Allegations
Dr. Ben Carson's publisher will review allegations that the conservative activist and possible presidential candidate failed to properly credit sources in his 2012 book 'America the Beautiful.'
How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
The covers were often trashy, the contents were often high art, but the low cost of the ubiquitous paperback created millions of new readers in America.
Building a Love of Reading
A new study finds reading to children of all ages grooms them to read more on their own.
Joan Didion Models for Céline
The 80 year-old author lends her effortless style to the latest campaign from the French fashion house.
- 2015 Jan 07
Fire Chief Terminated Over Book
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran returned to work on Tuesday after a month-long suspension over the content of his self-published religious book. Hours later, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that Cochran was out of a job.
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is to offer words of wisdom to troubled readers in an advice column on his website, his publisher said Tuesday.
Mag Editors Pick Writers on the Rise
The Huffington Post has gathered together to-read lists from a handful of esteemed literary magazine editors.
U. of C. Makes Proposal
About 20 acres: That's how much parkland the University of Chicago is offering to Obama presidential library planners.
Why Do We Hate Cliché?
Writers Rivka Galchen and Leslie Jamison discuss why we react so strongly against clichés, at the 'New York Times.'
- 2015 Jan 06
2014 Cybils Finalists Announced
80 finalists compiled across genres for young readers.