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George Orwell's dystopian classic "1984" tops the USA bestseller charts less than two weeks into the Trump presidency. Other dystopian classics also on the rise.

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:23
George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 is the #1 selling book in the USA following the first week and a half of the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Sales of other dystopian classics are also up considerably such as Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," which has seen sales rise over 200% year to date.

Sebastian Barry wins Costa Book of the Year with "Days Without End"

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 05:00
Sebastian Barry's Days Without End has won the overall Costa Award: Book of The Year. The judges called it, "A miracle of a book – both epic and intimate – that manages to create spaces for love and safety in the noise and chaos of history." It's Barry's second Costa win, following The Secret Scripture in 2008.

New York Times eliminating a number of bestseller lists

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 05:00
Publishers reacted with a mixture of dismay, confusion and surprise at the announcement from the New York Times that it will eliminate a number of its print and online bestseller lists, effective February 5.

Although it is still unclear exactly which lists have been dropped, the NYT has confirmed that the bestseller lists for graphic novels and manga, as well as the lists for mass market paperbacks, middle-grade e-books and teen e-books have been eliminated.

Four movies based on books nominated for best picture Oscar

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 05:00
Four of the nine best picture nominations for this year's Academy Awards, which will be presented February 26, are based on books:

  • Lion, adapted from Saroo Brierley's memoir A Long Way Home
  • Arrival, based on Ted Chiang's short story, "Story of Your Life"
  • Fences, adapted from August Wilson's play which explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes.
  • Hidden Figures, based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, subtitled: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

A complete list of nominees based on books can be found at Shelf Awareness.

Ebook sales fall 16% year on year

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:28
Unit sales of ebooks were down 16% in 2016 compared to 2015 according to recently released figures from Nielsen. Possible contributing factors include rising prices since (now at about $8 per book) and the decline in dedicated e-readers with book buyers increasingly using a tablet or smartphone to read on - apparently, consumers who use dedicated e-book readers have consistently been found to purchase more e-books than consumers who use other devices to read.

Kelly Barnhill wins the Newbery Award for "The Girl Who Drank The Moon"

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 05:00
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced their annual awards for the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

The winner of the John Newbery Medal is Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank The Moon. For a list of all winners, see the ALA's press release, linked below

Author sued for publishing unauthorized children's versions of classic works

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:22
Fredrik Colting, who was sued by J. D. Salinger's estate several years ago for publishing an unauthorized sequel to "The Catcher in the Rye," is now being sued by four literary estates, representing Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway. In addition, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster have filed a copyright lawsuit against Mr. Colting and his partner, Melissa Medina, for releasing illustrated children's books based on those authors' works.

The complaint, which was filed Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, claims that KinderGuides are "unauthorized derivative" works that lift the plot, characters and settings from copyrighted books. "Colting once again proceeds to brazenly infringe the rights of different authors, and the authors' heirs and publishers, in complete disregard of copyright law," the complaint says. "If defendants truly wish to introduce young children to the classics, there are literally thousands of public-domain works from which they could choose."

Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:00
Entertainment Weekly have collated a list of all the books Barack Obama's has publicly recommended these past eight years.

President Obama talks about what books mean to him with Michiko Kakutani

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:48
In a wide ranging interview with Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for The New York Times, Barack Obama talks about books and what they mean to him.

'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies at 89

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 05:00
Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives with the bestselling novel and Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," has died. He was 89.

Amazon confirms plans to open store in Manhattan's Time Warner Center, at Columbus Circle

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:54
Amazon has confirmed plans to open its first New York City bookstore this spring in Manhattan's Time Warner Center. The Wall Street Journal reported that the 4,000-square-foot operation will be in the Shops at Columbus Circle on the edge of Central Park.

Costa Book Award Winners announced

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 13:16
The winners have been announced for the five Costa Book Awards. These five now form the shortlist for the Costa Book of the Year prize which will be announced January 31:

Novel: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (publishes in US on Jan 27)
First novel: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (currently scheduled to publish in the US in June)
Biography: Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew (publishes in US in March)
Poetry: Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
Children's: The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, dies aged 96

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 17:35
Richard Adams, the British novelist who became one of the world's best-selling authors with his first book, "Watership Down," a tale of rabbits whose adventures in a pastoral realm of epic perils explored Homeric themes of exile, courage and survival, died on Saturday. He was 96.

Shirley Hazzard, author of <i>The Great Fire</i> dies aged 85

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 05:00
Shirley Hazzard died December 12 aged 85. Her novel The Transit of Venus won the 1980 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, but more than 20 years elapsed before she published The Great Fire, which won the 2003 National Book Award for fiction.

New Californian law mandates anyone selling a signed book for more than $5 must proof autograph's authenticity.

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:51
A new Californian law going into effect in January mandates that anyone selling a signed book for more than $5 must vouch for the autograph's authenticity. That includes, among other things, identifying the previous owner.

The law was designed to protect consumers from the booming trade in fake collectibles. But it is written so loosely that some worry it might drag booksellers down.

"I can understand why booksellers are concerned," said Michael Risher, a lawyer attorney with the A.C.L.U. of Northern California. "The law is an invasion into privacy and should be amended."

"Real criminals can circumvent the law with little effort, and yet the measure creates a huge disincentive for honest businesses," said Jason DeBord, who runs a blog about the market for movie and television props. The booksellers hope the next Legislature will clarify the law. That will not be easy though. State Representative Chang, a Republican, narrowly lost her bid to join the State Senate, and will be out of office.

Authors United merging with Authors Guild

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 09:48
Authors United, the group of more than 1,000 writers that author Douglas Preston set up two years ago to battle Amazon's treatment of writers during the period the online retailer was restricting the sale of Hachette titles, is merging with the Authors Guild, the Bookseller reported.

Ann Patchett's guide for bookstore pilgrims

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 22:31
In the New York Times Ann Patchett offers a guide for "bookstore pilgrims" who want to discover some of the best indie bookstores across the USA.