- 2014 Jul 21
Beyoncé Posts 50 Shades' Trailer Teaser
The star has offered fans a first glimpse of the forthcoming trailer for "Fifty Shades of Grey," hinting that she may have some involvement with the film's soundtrack.
Director's Cut for Books
We get to see director's cuts of our favorite movies. Why not an "author's cut" for books?
The Best Literary Hashtags on Twitter
From #readwomen2014 to #WeNeedDiverseBooks, hashtags are helping to build community in the literary world.
A Shot and a Book
How to read in bars.
Digital Sales Up in the U.K.
Consumer e-book sales rose 10% in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Publishers Association, with strong performances from children’s e-books, and digital downloads of audio titles.
- 2014 Jul 18
Self-Pubbed Poet Laureate Resigns
North Carolina's poet laureate resigned Thursday, less than a week after her appointment, as criticism of the governor for choosing a writer with just two self-published books of poems continued.
Amazon Isn’t Killing Writing
The market is, says Danny Crichton at TechCrunch.
A Nonfiction Tour of America
Fifty books for 50 states.
A Cut Above
A barbershop serves up a side of books with haircuts.
Holmes and the Battle Over Rights
Heirs to the literary rights of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suffered a setback yesterday when the Supreme Court refused to hear an "emergency petition" over a writer using the characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in a new book.
- 2014 Jul 17
Unpublished Leonard Stories Coming
A collection of previously unpublished short stories by the late Elmore Leonard will be released next year, his publisher has said.
What are the Last Literary Taboos?
Francine Prose and James Parker discuss what is still forbidden in literature, at the "New York Times."
Weltbild Finds New Investor
The administrator of insolvent German bookseller Weltbild said on Wednesday he had broken off talks with investor Paragon Partners and agreed to do a deal with restructuring specialist Droege International Group instead.
Dunham's Tour a Hot Ticket
Lena Dunham’s coming tour to promote her book “Not That Kind of Girl,” is already partly sold out, nearly three months before it kicks off in New York City on September 30, and only a day after Dunham announced her itinerary on Twitter.
Singapore Bans Archie Comic
A volume of the Archie comic book that featured a same-sex marriage was taken off book store shelves following a complaint to Singapore's Media Development Authority, which found it was not in line with social norms and breached their content guidelines.
- 2014 Jul 16
Stewart Cuts to the Chase
Hillary Clinton appeared Tuesday on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to talk "Hard Choices." Stewart briefly discussed the 656-page tome about Clinton's tenure as secretary of state and then asked exactly what everyone is wondering.
Memoirist Says She Had Lee's Blessing
The author and publisher of a new book about Harper Lee have stood their ground after the "To Kill A Mockingbird" author released a statement earlier this week asserting that "as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood".
Rowell on Writing Potter Fan Fiction
Rainbow Rowell has revealed that she wrote Harry Potter fanfiction after getting “kind of depressed” between writing two of her own novels.
Seven Ways to Market Your New Book
You’ve written your book – and now you want to sell it. What should you do?
Amazon Makes Play for Canadian Students
After launching toys, groceries and diaper subscription and delivery services online, Amazon.ca goes after the back-to-school market.
- 2014 Jul 15
Details on Archie's Death
The famous freckle-faced comic book icon is meeting his demise in Wednesday's installment of "Life with Archie" when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Kevin Keller, Archie Comics' first openly gay character.
Clinton Spokesperson: 'No Clue' on Leak
A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said Monday that he has "no clue" who leaked a copy of "Clinton, Inc.," a forthcoming book by Daniel Halper, online editor of the conservative "Weekly Standard."
Harper Lee Speaks
According to a letter penned by the 88-year-old Lee, a newly-published biography was executed without her cooperation or permission and is based on false pretenses.
Diesel to Close Malibu Shop
Bummer news for beachside bookworms: in just a few months, Diesel, A Bookstore at Malibu Country Mart, will officially close its doors for good.
The Nourishing Quality of Books
The effects of a "Little Free Library" on one community in Chicago.
- 2014 Jul 14
Nobel Prize Winner Nadine Gordimer Dies
South African author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid, died on July 13 at the age of 90.
A Friendly Giant, as Long as It’s Fed
From household names to deeply obscure scribblers, authors are inflamed this summer, perhaps more deeply divided than at any point in nearly a half-century, over Amazon's grip on the cultural machinery.
Gates Creates a Hit
An out-of-print collection of essays about corporate America first published in 1969 has shot to the top of bestseller lists after Bill Gates revealed it was his favorite business book.
David Mitchell to Tweet Short Story
The "Cloud Atlas" author will publish 20 tweets twice a day of his short story, "The Right Sort," to help promote his new novel out in September.
A Game as Literary Tutorial
How Dungeons & Dragons has influenced a generation of writers.
Éditions AdA Inks Deal for The Red Harle
Canadian publishing group Éditions AdA has acquired "Of Masks and Chromes" and "The Kingdom of Deceit," the first two novels in Robert Ricci’s fantasy series, The Red Harlequin.
- 2014 Jul 11
FTC Suing Amazon
The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over improperly billing customers for children's apps.
'Blood Feud' Tops 'Hard Choices'
Ed Klein's book about the Clintons and Obamas has apparently outsold Hilary Clinton's new memoir.
Amazon Tries Penny-Delivery in France
The e-tailer is combating a French law banning free delivery by charging just over a penny on shipping.
Debut Wins Frank O'Connor Award
Irish author Colin Barrett has won the short story award for his debut collection, "Young Skins."
Gladwell Takes Comedic Shot at Amazon
The author gets cheeky in a video about the ongoing terms dispute between the e-tailer and Hachette.
iBook Bestsellers Vs. Kindle Bestsellers
Are they different?
- 2014 Jul 10
Curious George is New NYC Ambassador
Curious George is named the new NYC family ambassador by NYC & Company.
Where Are They Now?
Speculation on what happened to favorite children's book characters after they grew up.
A list of books for young adults picked by James Thurber.
'Little Engine' a Feminist?
A discussion on the controversy over whether "The Little Engine That Could" was about female empowerment.
The Best of 'Alice'
A selection of "Alice In Wonderland" illustrations.
NYC As Seen Through Children's Books
A look at NYC sights and locales through children's literature.
'Maximum Ride' to YouTube
James Patterson's Maximum Ride series will be adapted for YouTube as miniseries.
Novel Addresses Disabilities
Cammie McGovern discusses her novel "Say What You Will."
Terry Pratchett On Reading and Writing
An interview with Terry Pratchett.
Laureate on Digital Reading
Malorie Blackman discusses children reading digitally.
Potter Fans Explore Emotions
Visitors to the Diagon Alley opening at Universal Studios express their feelings.
Radcliffe Is Potter No More
Daniel Radcliffe reports that he won't play Harry Potter again, despite a new story by J.K. Rowling.
Reading Through Touch
3-D printed picture books are allowing visually-impaired children to read via raised illustrations.
UK YA Rising
An article about the increasing number of YA books being published in the UK.
Mark Twain vs. Common Core
An essay considers how Mark Twain would have responded to today's standardized testing.
Politics In Picture Books?
An article about whether children's books should address social and political issues.
'Cameron Post' Removal Sparks Protest
Cape Henlopen School District's decision to remove "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" from reading list draws criticism.
Ahlberg's 'No Thanks' to Booktrust
Allan Ahlberg has turned down the Booktrust Best Book Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award because it is backed by Amazon.
Martin Tired of Being Asked About 'Game'
George R.R. Martin is over fans asking him if he will live to finish A Song of Fire and Ice (which is the basis for the HBO series "Game of Thrones").
Who Will Create Tomorrow's Heroes?
A piece in "Forbes" is asking.
Prison's A Great Place to Read
In a piece on Page-Turner, the "New Yorker" blog, Alex Halberstadt talks to a former inmate about reading behind bars.
Author Turns Down Amazon Award
British children’s author Allan Ahlberg has declined the Booktrust Best Book Awards‘ Lifetime Achievement Award, because it's sponsored by Amazon.
The Misogyny of 'Gone Girl'
A HuffPo blogger claims the Gillian Flynn bestseller is full of an "array of awful women."
- 2014 Jul 09
Colum McCann's Attacker Charged
A Connecticut man has been arrested for assaulting author Colum McCann last month.
The French Do Buy Books. Real Books.
Pamela Druckerman asks: "Do the French know something about the book business that we Americans don’t?"
Tom Perrotta Talks 'The Leftovers'
The novelist talks about adapting his novel to TV for the new HBO series.
'Sharp Objects' Headed for TV
Gillian Flynn's first novel is in development as a one-hour serialized drama.
Literary Display Draws Gawkers
The British Museum's Wheel of Books display is becoming a tourist attraction.
- 2014 Jul 08
Survey Says Authors Are Getting Poorer
'The Guardian' reports on a U.K. survey about author salaries, saying the report shows author incomes have collapsed to "abject" levels.
Howey Blasts Coverage of Salary Survey
Hugh Howey says the coverage by "The Guardian" about U.K. author salaries, as reported in a survey, gets it very wrong.
Should Germans Read 'Mein Kampf'?
Journalist Peter Ross Range asks in a "New York Times" op-ed.
How to Properly Shelve Books
"The Atlantic" offers instruction on the art and science of shelving books.
Rowling Pens New 'Potter' Story
J.K. Rowling has written a new story, available on Pottermore.com, featuring Harry, Ron and Hermione.
- 2014 Jul 07
'Das Kapital' Fetches High-Bidder
A copy of Karl Marx's opus laying out an alternative to capitalism sold for $40,000, just as the Dow hit a record high.
The NYT Looks at Interactive Fiction
The paper says the genre, once known as text adventure, is 'having a moment.'
King's Killers Reflect Reality
Salon looks at the way many of Stephen King's thrillers mirror real life.
The Problem With 'Balanced Literacy'
A Brooklyn school teacher tackles the issues with New York City schools' approach to teaching writing.
The Year's Best Biographies
The Daily Beast ranks the best biographies of 2014...so far.
Summer's Most Un-Read Bestsellers
Relying on Kindle data, the WSJ looks at the book people are buying, but not reading.
- 2014 Jul 03
Louis Zamperini Dies at 97
The inspiration for Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken," and the upcoming Angelina Jolie film, died following a case of pneumonia, according to a spokesperson for Universal Pictures.
Imagining a New Way to Read
Blind and visually impaired children will now be able to experience classic picture books like "Goodnight Moon" and "Harold and the Purple Crayon" with the help of 3D printing technology.
The 70's are Back
At least in book design. The vaguely disco, “All In the Family”–style curlicue is attaching itself to titles everywhere.
'Winds of Winter' Release Date?
George R.R. Martin’s next Song of Ice and Fire novel will be released in 2017. Or, at least, that’s what analysts have predicted in the absence of a "Winds of Winter" date.
Brooklyn Library Lacks Funds for Repairs
Brooklyn Public Library's central branch may be a staple for locals, a required destination for students, and a must-see for tourists, but a closer look will reveal that the circa-1940s building is in desperate need of repairs.
- 2014 Jul 02
Hachette Australia CEO Dies in Accident
Matt Richell, CEO of Hachette Australia and chairman of Hachette New Zealand, died today in a surfing accident, the publisher has confirmed.
Amazon Defends Tactics in HBG Fight
Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti said that the online retail giant is working "in the long-term interest of our customers."
London Streets Filled with 'BookBenches'
The National Literacy Trust has released fresh research showing children's enjoyment of reading has grown over the past eight years, at the same time as literary "BookBenches" appear all over London.
Gaiman's 'American Gods' to Small Screen
"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman is to be developed by Starz after being abandoned by HBO.
Prison Book Limits Draws Creative Foes
The debate over access to literature in prison has made Britain’s secretary of state for justice some very creative enemies.
- 2014 Jul 01
Authors Dress As Their Fav Characters
Photographer Cambridge Jones has collaborated with The Story Museum for its latest exhibition, which celebrates childhood story heroes and sees well-known authors dress up as their favorite literary characters.
Reading Salinger's Fan Mail
Memoirist Joanna Rakoff discusses her first job at a time-warp literary agency and the reclusive author who restored her faith.
Writing Yourself a Pen Name
Authors reveal the different reasons they have adopted alternative literary identities.
Brand Bookshop to Close
Glendale's Brand Bookshop will close after 29 years in business. Owner Jerome Joseph, now in his mid-80s, has decided to retire.
7 Surprises About Libraries
Lee Rainie shares unexpected results from The Pew Research Center’s studies about libraries.
- 2014 Jun 30
The E-reader Death Watch Begins
E-readers are dying, says Slate. So what does that mean for book sales?
How lipstick, bathing suits, and naked backs discredit women’s fiction.
Writer Healy Dies
The Irish author Dermot Healy, whose poetry and novels drew him fans from Seamus Heaney to Roddy Doyle, has died at age 66.
New Wave of African Writers
Black literary writers with African roots, mostly young cosmopolitans who write in English, are making a splash in the book world, especially in the United States.
Foreign Graphic Novels Behind Films
Flavorwire has highlighted graphic novels hailing from other countries that became the basis for ten different films — including a few adaptations that might surprise you.
- 2014 Jun 27
China Blocks 'Hard Choices'
Distributors and publishers impose an “effective ban” on Hillary Clinton's memoir, which is critical of the Chinese government.
French Lawmakers Adopt Anti-Amazon Bill
French lawmakers adopted a bill on Thursday that will prevent Amazon and other online giants from offering free deliveries of discounted books, in a bid to support the country's small bookshops.
Fired for Unionizing, Say Staffers
Following the union elections on Tuesday, the owners of Book Culture, Columbia students' unofficial go-to hub for course books, bestsellers and childrens’ literature have fired five of their 30 employees.
Glitterati Profiles Reid
An in-depth profile of PW senior news editor and co-editor of PW Comics World, Calvin Reid.