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Publishers Call Out Target for 'Censoring' Book Descriptions

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 19:13
A number of publishers, most of them university presses, are taking Target Corporation to task for redacting certain key words in the product descriptions of their books. They say the Minneapolis-based chain retailer has scrubbed certain words from their descriptions, including "transgender," "queer," and even the term "Nazi."

Little Women celebrates its 150th anniversary year

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 19:05
In celebration of its 150th anniversary year, across the USA groups are holding Little Women-themed exhibits, conferences and lectures. Penguin Classics recently published a fetching new annotated edition, with a foreword by the singer/writer Patti Smith, one of the book's vast army of admirers... A new film is in the works, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan and Laura Dern, right on the heels of a BBC mini-series last year.

Woodward?s 'Fear' off to a strong start with 1 million copies in print

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:36
Across the capital and around the country, booksellers reported brisk sales of Bob Woodward's Fear on its first day on the shelves. The title now has 1 million copies in print, according to its publisher, Simon & Schuster, which added that a total of 750,000 copies were sold through the day of publication alone. (The combined sales figure includes pre-orders and first day sales of print books, e-books, and audiobooks in all formats.)

Takeover Rumors Push B&N Stock Up 16.5%

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 01:20
The Barnes & Noble roller-coaster ride continued last Friday, when the company's stock, which had dropped 8% the day before after another disappointing quarterly report, jumped 16.5%, to $5.30, on more than triple the usual volume. The cause: several pieces of news that suggested the company could be the subject of a takeover offer.

UK bookstore Waterstones buys Foyles to defend bookshops against Amazon

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 08:15
UK bookstore chain Waterstones is buying the 115 year-old family-owned chain Foyles, saying the deal will help to "champion" real bookshops in the face of online rivals.

The sale includes Foyles' well-known Charing Cross Road store in central London, which was relocated to larger premises in 2014.

Gaiman and Murakami shortlisted for Nobel Prize substitute

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 17:40
Neil Gaiman and Haruki Murakami have been shortlisted for a substitute Nobel literature prize, created by cultural figures in Sweden after the Academy, rocked by a sexual assault scandal, was forced to postpone the awarding of 2018's prize.

The New Academy Prize was established, "to warrant that an international literary prize will be awarded in 2018, but also as a reminder that literature should be associated with democracy, openness, empathy and respect," the organisers said.

Is social media influencing book cover design?

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 17:38
With 'bookstagramming' becoming a force in marketing, are designers making covers more colourful, bolder and cleaner, to stand out on our screens?...

Vast theft of antiquarian books sends a shudder through a cloistered world of book dealers

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 17:37
A rare books dealer thought he had gotten lucky in 2013 when he managed to acquire a 1787 French first edition — inscribed by Thomas Jefferson when he was ambassador to France...

He had no idea that his seeming good fortune was a byproduct of one of the most expansive rare book thefts in history.

The dealer at a book fair who sold it to him, John Schulman, is now accused of conspiring with a library archivist, Gregory Priore, to steal and sell rare items from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Former Barnes & Noble CEO sues for defamation

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 05:00
In a lawsuit filed August 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, former Barnes & Noble CEO Demos Parneros has charged the retailer with breach of contract and defamation of character. The suit contains numerous unflattering revelations about the inner workings of B&N, and includes the bombshell news that a deal to sell the company to another "book retailer" fell through in June.

Netflix agrees deal with Harlan Coben for 14+ books

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 07:54
Netflix has entered into a multi-year exclusive overall deal with international bestselling author Harlan Coben. As part of the deal, Netflix will work with Coben to develop 14 existing titles and future projects, including his upcoming novel Run Away, into English language and foreign language series, as well as films, to premiere on Netflix around the world. Coben will serve as an executive producer on all projects.

Lee Child set to adapt his Jack Reacher novels for TV (with a substantially taller lead character)

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:02
He is one of the world's most successful crime writers, selling more than 100 million copies of his novels and short stories worldwide. Now Lee Child is planning major television adaptations of his Jack Reacher books after fans complained to him about Tom Cruise's portrayal of the larger-than-life hero in two Hollywood movies.

Reacher, a private investigator and drifter, is described in Child's novels as physically towering, measuring in at 6ft 5in . Cruise, however, is said to be only 5ft 7in.

Child hopes that a deal will be signed by November for productions that will devote between 10 and 12 hours to each book. Asked about the cast, he said: "That's the great thing about television. It's much less star-driven than feature films. So it doesn't need to be a so-called A-list guy."

Obama's summer reading list

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 05:00
It's the classiest, most passive-aggressive move Barack Obama could make: He posted a list of books he's been reading on ­Facebook.

That's it.

"This summer I've been absorbed by new novels," the former president wrote Sunday, "revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth."

Deal for $10b Defense Department data contract "rigged" in Amazon's favor

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:34
Vanity Fair reports that a $10 billion deal to move all of the Defense Department's data, both classified and unclassified, to the cloud appears to be rigged in Amazon's favor. The Defense Department's request for proposals was written with a "host of technical stipulations that only Amazon can meet," and put together only after Secretary James Mattis hired Sally Donnelly, a lobbyist who had previously consulted for Amazon. Even the language in the RFP mirrors Amazon's descriptions of its own technology.

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sir VS Naipaul dies aged 85

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:06
Novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at his home in London aged 85, his family have said. Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.

UK bookstore stormed and vandalized by far-right protestors, one wearing a Trump mask

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:51
Bookmarks Bookshop, a socialist bookstore in Bloomsbury, in London, has received outpourings of support after 12 far-right protesters stormed in and vandalized the store on Saturday evening, the Guardian reported.

As two staff members were closing the store on August 4, a dozen men, one of them wearing a Donald Trump mask, entered the store and began "knocking over displays and ripping up magazines while chanting far-right slogans." It is believed that the men took part in demonstrations earlier that day protesting the "censorship" of Alex Jones's website InfoWars.

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Amazon grew 20% in UK in 2017 but halved its taxes

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 05:00
Although Amazon's sales in the U.K. continue to grow--rising 20%, to $11.4 billion, in 2017--for the second straight year the company was able to halve the amount of corporate tax it paid.

Why is China afraid of bookseller Gui Minhai?

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 05:00
The Washington Post asks why China is so afraid of author and book publisher Gui Minhai (also known as Michael Gui):

Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish citizen, was riding a train from Shanghai to Beijing in the company of two Swedish diplomats in January when 10 Chinese plainclothesmen stormed aboard, lifted him up and carried him off the train and out of sight.

Three weeks later, Gui was paraded before Chinese media to recite a bizarre and apparently coerced confession. He hasn't been heard from since.

This is what passes for the rule of law in China today.

I think of Gui sometimes when I hear Chinese President Xi Jinping boasting about a country that "has stood up, grown rich and is becoming strong."

Would a truly strong and self-confident nation behave this way? Why would it feel the need to kidnap -- for the second time, no less -- a peaceable 54-year-old gentleman such as Gui and keep him, in poor health, locked up for, now, more than a thousand days?

Is Dr. Seuss's Lorax Real?

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 05:00
New research suggests that Dr. Seuss's Lorax is based on a particular monkey that the writer encountered in Kenya...

Recently, a group of researchers revisited this query, and came up with a unique answer. The Lorax, they posit, is not entirely invented, like Sam I Am or Things 1 and 2. Instead, it's inspired by a particular real-life species, a fuzzy-faced primate called the patas monkey that Geisel got to know in Kenya. Their conclusion, a paper called "Dr. Seuss and the Real Lorax," was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution earlier this week.

Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 17:15
Do you have a habit of picking up books that you never quite get around to reading?

If this sounds like you, you might be unwittingly engaging in tsundoku - a Japanese term used to describe a person who owns a lot of unread literature.

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