Penguin Canada opened a bookshop! And it’s really pretty. SEE THE PICS: Cool Bookish Places: The Penguin Bookshop in Toronto | BOOKRIOT
SINGAPORE — Bookworms rejoice! BooksActually, a local independent bookstore known for its fiction and literature curations, has unveiled book vending machines at high traffic spots in Singapore. READ: Singapore now has vending machines that sell books | Mashable
London’s Heywood Hill curates impressive collections for discerning customers in 60 different countries — and specializes in the obscure. READ MORE: The Tiny London Shop Behind Some of the Very Best Libraries | The New York Times
A Japanese bookseller is fighting back against online retail giants like Amazon by buying up a staggering 90 percent of the first printing of a famous Japanese author’s new collection of essays. READ MORE: Japanese Bookseller Buys Almost Every Copy Of New Murakami Book To Protest Amazon | Huffington Post
A bookseller explains how Kamila Shamsie’s call for gender equality in the industry, and the fiery debate it provoked, could lead to greater diversity all around. READ MORE: Battling bias on the shop floor: how bookstores can support diversity | Books | The Guardian
Bookshops are closing down like nobody’s business. So do they need rethinking for the electronic age? Rosanna de Lisle asks four firms of architects and designers to create the bookshop of their dreams
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- Kindle launches in Australia | The Bookseller
- Digital Census: Tablets closing on Kindle | The Bookseller
- Amazon Updates Fire OS With Deep Goodreads Integration, Better Enterprise Support, “Second Screen” & More | TechCrunch
- Amazon Paperwhite Update Brings Goodreads, Kindle FreeTime & Cloud Collections To E-Reader Owners | TechCrunch
- Vote: What is the best YA novel of all time? The final four | EW
- Nifty Teas Inspired By Classics | BookRiot
- 15 Books That Will Make You A Better Teacher | BuzzFeed
- ‘Masterpiece,’ an Italian Reality Show for Writers | NYT
- Flavorwire: 15 Works of Dystopian Fiction Everyone Should Read and 10 Great Books Contemporary Culture Has Forgotten
- Bowker Names Smashwords as the Biggest Fish in the Indie eBook Publishing Pond | Teleread
- What 20 years of best sellers say about what we read | USAToday
- Price Cuts Bite Into Korean Book Sales, Fixed Price Considered | PublishingPerspectives
- Fans Spend $150K to Help Save a Beloved Indie Comic Publisher | WIRED
- Follett makes 570 redundant | The Bookseller
- Eleanor Catton wins Governor General’s Literary Award | Quill & Quire although Academic calls Eleanor Catton’s Governor General’s win “a literary scandal” | Q & Q
- LGBT: Mari Hannah wins Polari First Book Prize | The Bookseller and Solomon wins Green Carnation | The Bookseller
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BuzzFeed Decides Criticizing Awful Books Is Too Mean | The Atlantic
Put away the hatchets, BuzzFeed book reviewers. The Internet’s foremost listicle-maker will now be taking its ‘No Haters’ policy over to its rising books section, as BuzzFeed’s new books editor said…that he will only accept warm and cuddly book reviews.
- 45 Great American Indie Bookstores to Support This Holiday Season | Flavorwire
- BuzzFeed: The 23 Best Parts Of Being A Book Lover, 22 Book Lovers Who Are Doing It Right
- A Day In The Life Of Antarctica’s Newest Poet In Residence | FastCompany
- 13 Reasons to Read Sci-Fi by Women | HuffPost
- Simon & Schuster Suspends ‘Embassy House’ Book By ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Source Dylan Davies | HuffPost
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Why Video Games Succeed Where The Movie And Music Industries Fail | FastCompany
The video-game industry is projected to grow from $67 billion in 2013 to $82 billion in 2017. At the same time, global movie revenue, both DVD and ticket sales, hit an estimated $94 billion in 2010, down 17% after inflation from 2001. Why is the video-game industry on the ascendance? And are there any lessons that the movie (and to a lesser extent, the music) industry can take from its success?
- iHeartRadio Tops 40 Million Registered Users | TechCrunch
- ‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park a Possibility, Studio CEO Says | Mashable
- Cape Breton author’s silver screen dreams come true | Global News
- Hoopla Announces Agreements with Universal Pictures, MGM, National Geographic, and BBC America | The Digital Shift
A startup called Zola Books has paired with the popular novelist Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, to try to save brick-and-mortar shops.
James Patterson said on “CBS This Morning” that he intended to help children become better readers. His announcement comes at a time when one in every seven American adults reads below a fifth grade level.
The bestselling author of the Alex Cross series said, “It’s so easy to get kids reading.” He offered an anecdote about his own son, stating, “When… Jack was 8, that summer we said ‘Jack, you have to read every day.’ And he said, ‘Do I have to?’ and we said, ‘unless you want to live in the garage.'”
Patterson urged viewers to go to local libraries or local bookstores, then made a surprising announcement: Over the next year, the author will donate $1 million of his own money to local bookstores. The only stipulation? The stores receiving donations must have children’s sections.
Indie bookstores and libraries alike have been receiving their fair share of donations from generous individuals; Last week, the Columbus Metropolitan Library broke ground on a new building thanks to a $1 million donation from one of its previous employees.