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Does anybody know what a bestseller is?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:27
Publishers Weekly reports on the proliferation of bestseller lists and asks "when nearly any title can be called a bestseller, does becoming a bestseller still matter?"

Book World to close All 45 stores across the Midwest

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:24
Wisconsin-based Book World Inc. has announced that it is closing all bookstores in its Book World chain that operates 45 outlets across the Midwest. In a letter to its business partners and vendors as well as in a release sent to media, Book World said that liquidation sales will begin on November 2 at all 45 locations. The sales will continue until all inventory -- books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, and other sidelines – is gone. The company expects that all stores will be closed by January 15.

HBO, Penguin cancel ?Game Change? over Halperin?s alleged sexual harassment

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 17:42
The 2016 edition of "Game Change," the most lucrative franchise in political journalism, appears doomed as Penguin Press canceled the much-anticipated book and HBO dropped the movie version in response to five women accusing co-writer Mark Halperin of sexual harassment during his time at ABC News.

Did Salinger write more books? And if so, will they ever be published?

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:43
The New York times explores the claim made in a 2013 documentary about J. D. Salinger (and a related book) that the reclusive author not only continued writing, but also left detailed notes to his trust about releasing the material between 2015 and 2020.

Self-Published ISBNs Hit 786,935 in 2016

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:22
A new report issued by Bowker found that a total of 786,935 ISBNs were issued to self-published authors in 2016, an 8.2% increase over 2015. According to the report, ISBNs for print books rose 11.3% to 638,624 titles, while e-book ISBNs for self-publishers fell 3.2% to 148,311 (a unique ISBN is issued for each format of a book.) Since Bowker measures the number of self-published books by ISBN, its count does not include e-books released by authors through Amazon's KDP program, as they use ASIN identifiers rather than an ISBNs.|

Broomsticks and dragon bones in British Library's Harry Potter magic show

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:25
It's all true, and the incontrovertible proof has gone on display in the British Library. Side by side with original manuscripts and illustrations for the Harry Potter books, in an exhibition that opens on Friday and has already sold a record 30,000 tickets, there are dragons' bones, a mermaid, a step-by-step illustration (on a scroll six metres long) of how to create a philosopher's stone, a black crystal ball owned by a 20th-century witch known as Smelly Nelly, and a broomstick on which another west country witch regularly startled Dartmoor walkers...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:24
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel about racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district because the language in the book "makes people uncomfortable."

This Is What Really Happens When Amazon Comes to Your Town

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:16
Politico reports on the intense competition by cities to host "HQ2" - Amazon's planned second headquarters. It also looks at the pros and cons for the winning city of "bringing in 40,000 highly paid employees to compete for the same relatively constant supply of housing," and asks how much of Amazon's success is due to the unique nature of Seattle, and whether those conditions can be replicated elsewhere.

California bookstores exempt from autograph authentication law

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:14
California state lawmakers have exempted bookstores from a requirement that "sellers of items that carry their creator's autograph include a certificate guaranteeing that the signature is authentic," the San Francisco Chronicle reported. AB228 passed both houses without a dissenting vote and has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The law takes effect immediately.

By way of background: A law passed in 1992 required dealers in autographed sports memorabilia to authenticate the signatures or face financial penalties. With backing from consumer advocates, film studios and police chiefs, who said there was widespread evidence of forged signatures in the memorabilia market, legislators expanded the requirement, as of this year, to all sellers except pawnbrokers and online merchants.

George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:37
George Saunders's first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, has won the Man Booker Prize. Originally, the award was restricted to novels written by authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth nations, but in 2014, it was opened to any novel written in English and published in Britain. This is now the second year that the prize has been won by an American author - last year's winner was Paul Beatty for The Sellout.

Bookstore sales down 11% in August compared to last year

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:31
Bookstore sales in the USA fell 10.9%, to $1.4 billion, compared to August 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. For the first eight months of the year, bookstore sales are down 2.6%. Total retail sales for the year to date have risen 3.8%.

Harry Potter exhibition sells record 30,000 advance tickets

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:58
The British Library has revealed that its Harry Potter exhibition has sold more than 30,000 tickets - the highest number of advance tickets it has ever sold for an exhibition.

Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer winner, dies at 96

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:35
Richard Wilbur, whose meticulous, urbane poems earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and selection as the national poet laureate, died on Saturday in Belmont, Mass. He was 96.

Tom Hanks on Weinstein, Trump, history, and his just published book

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:55
In an extensive interview with Maureen Dowd, Tom Hanks talks about many topics including his just published short story collection, Uncommon Type.

Publishing tastemakers bet on readers wanting escapism and connection #books #news

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:46
Escapism and connection–this is what buyers at the Frankfurt Book Fair are betting readers want. Descending on Germany against the backdrop of a tumultuous and disheartening news cycle, the tastemakers in the publishing industry spent big on a handful of women's fiction titles, and a bunch of memoirs. While the novels will offer a classic dose of escapism, the memoirs, some insiders mused, can deliver something readers may crave even more in these divisive times: a sense of connection with other people.

Follett Settles Counterfeiting Suit with Publishers

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:06
A little over three months after it was sued by three major educational publishers charging it with selling counterfeit textbooks, Follett Corp. has agreed to adopt the anti-counterfeiting best practices program developed by a new publishers' group. In exchange for adopting the program, the lawsuit has been dismissed.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward named MacArthur Fellows

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 05:00
Among the just announced 24 MacArthur Fellows are novelist and critic Viet Thanh Nguyen, and novelist and memoirist Jesmyn Ward. Playwright Annie Baker, who won the Pulitzer in 2014 for The Flick; New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones (her first book, The Problem We All Live With, is due to publish in 2019); and artist and geographer Trevor Paglen (who has also published a number of books) are also among the 24 2017 Fellows.

The fellowship, which honors "exceptionally creative people," comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, to be awarded over five years. It is known colloquially as the "genius" award, to the sometime annoyance of the foundation.

The convoluted world of best-seller lists, explained

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:04
Vox explores the mysteries of how books get on to bestseller lists, how the many different lists are formulated, and how the system was gamed by author Lani Sarem for her novel, Handbook for Mortals which rocketed to first place on the NY Times's young adult hardcover best-seller list in late August.

23 movies based on books releasing soon, and a further 45+ in development

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 04:01
BookBrowse's annual roundup of movies based on books is possibly the most comprehensive list of its kind. This year's report covers 23 films releasing soon, and a further 45+ in development.

Kazuo Ishiguro talks to the BBC about his first response to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:00
British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The novelist was praised by the Swedish Academy as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

The 62-year-old writer said the award was "flabbergastingly flattering".

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