MUST READ if you are a librarian…blogger, author, book reviewer, in publishing or editing…love books…Digital publisher Ellora’s Cave sues Dear Author blog for reporting on its financial troubles | Gigaom. This makes me sick to my stomach. I feel for all the authors contracted to the company and unable to reverse their rights. The outcome of the lawsuit is extremely important. The fact the lawsuit was filed in the first place is having a huge impact on the blogging and book reviewing community.
You Can Finally Download DRM-Free Comic Book Backups From Comixology | Gizmodo
The biggest digital comic book distributor in all of digital comics land, Comixology, just took a relatively unprecedented move for a platform its size. Customers will now be able to download DRM-free backups—meaning when you buy a book, you’ll finally get to own it, too.
You Can Access 15,000 Marvel Comics Right Now For a Buck | Gizmodo
As we all prepare our brains and Twitter feeds for the unstoppable flood of comics and entertainment news that will pour out of San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced some news in the quiet before the storm. Now, for 99 cents, readers can gain access to Marvel Unlimited, the publisher’s treasure trove of 15,000 issues from current series (well, at least six months old) and classic golden- and silver-age titles. You can also store up to 12 issues offline so you can read without a reliable Wi-Fi connection. As long as you have a Mac, PC, iOS, or Android device, you’re in business.
Amazon has begun discouraging customers from buying books by Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Colbert, J. D. Salinger and other popular writers, a flexing of its muscle as a battle with a publisher spills into the open. The Internet retailer, which controls more than a third of the book trade in the United States, is marking many books published by Hachette Book Group as not available for at least two or three weeks.
Sexual innuendo, drug references and antisemitic slurs removed by newspaper editors restored in new edition of Taps at Reveille.
Books & Publishing
- 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
Music & Film
Books & Publishing
- Rogers removes digital magazines from libraries | Quill & Quire
- Canada Reads 2014: Meet the Top 10 | CBC Books
- Malala Yousafzai: Backlash Escalates As Private Schools In Pakistan Ban Her Book | International Business News
- 6 Unexpected Ways Writing Can Transform Your Health | HuffPo
- Usborne wins children’s science book prize | The Bookseller
- Indie booksellers pick Christmas ‘top 10’ | The Bookseller
- Tina Brown Declares End of Reading | NYMag
- Futurebook Digital Census reveals pricing split | The Bookseller
Music & Film
Books & Publishers
- Lynn Coady Wins Giller Prize For Hellgoing | HuffPost
- 98 UK publishers have gone bust over the last 12 months | Melville House
- Indie eBookstore Zola Books Raises $5.1 Million in Funding | The Digital Reader
- Rand Paul Adding Footnotes So People ‘Leave Me The Hell Alone’ | HuffPost. Plagiarism allegations.
- Are These the 13 Most Underrated Books? | BookRiot
Forgotten Books, Discovered | HuffPost
Pacing through the website of Forgotten Books, an online library with hundreds of thousands of titles, is like walking through the aisles of a favorite bookstore.
The Library Vending Machine | BookRiot
Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by EnvisionWare, this fully automated machine will be able to to dispense more than 400 pieces of media (books/DVDs/audiobooks) and store more than 1000 returned items.
Music & Film
What Do I Tell My Daughter About Ender’s Game? | HuffPost
A gay father’s perspective on Orson Scott Card’s homophobia, the book and the new film.
Amazon First Provides Early Access to New E-Books | PCMag
“Amazon [launches] Kindle First, a new program that offers customers access to books a month before their official launch — and serves as another tactic to encourage Prime memberships.”
A library of classics, edited for the teething set | Julie Bosman (The New York Times) | Manila Bulletin
“…[T]oday’s babies and toddlers are treated to board books that are miniature works of literary art: classics like “Romeo and Juliet,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “Les Misérables;” luxuriously produced counting primers with complex graphic elements; and even an “Art for Baby” book featuring images by the contemporary artists Damien Hirst and Paul Morrison.”
- Amazon Launches Day One Imprint Focusing on Poetry and Short-Fiction | GoodEReader
- Amazon launches MatchBook bundling programme | The Bookseller
- HarperCollins Begins Selling eBooks Directly to Readers | GoodEReader
- Penguin Random House acquires Figment | Melville House. Figment is a site for teenage writers with 300,000 members.
- Writing Advice From George R.R. Martin, Karen Lord, and Other Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors | Flavorwire
- Junot Díaz to Release Illustrated Edition of ‘This Is How You Lose Her’ | ColorLines
Books, Bookstores, Media
- Ireland to consider ending censorship of books | Melville House
- Marsan and Carvel for Jonathan Strange BBC1 adaptation | The Bookseller
- World Book Night Titles Announced | EarlyWord
- Canada Reads 2014 Top 40 | CBC Books
- 50 Books to Inspire Artists of All Kinds | Flavorwire
- 7 Great Works of Fiction Inspired by Famous Architecture | Flavorwire
- Amazing pics of an abandoned church turned into a bookstore in The Netherlands. Cool Bookish Places: Waanders In der Broeren | BookRiot
See the updated list: 73 Things Publishers Do (2013 Edition) | Stephen’s Lighthouse