Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup: HarperCollins/Harlequin, Dead Novels, and more

By Joanna Cabot
May 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kindle Daily Deal: Spider Woman’s Daughter (and others) — HarperCollins Acquisition of Harlequin and What it Means for Readers (Dear Author) I saw a number of people speculate that the sale of Harlequin had to do with Harlequin being in trouble financially and while Harlequin has seen [...]

Weekend Roundup: Amazon Wants to Give Away Its Rumored Smartphone for Free

By Dan Eldridge
September 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

Amazon Wants to Give Away Its Rumored Smartphone for Free (Gizmodo) We’ve been hearing rumors about Amazon developing its own smartphone for years. Now, a new report from Wall Street Journal vets Jessica Lessin and Amir Efrati not only says the launch is imminent but also claims [...]

Mega Weekend Roundup: Why the future of books is safe; new Salinger books on the way; much more

By Dan Eldridge
August 25, 2013 // 1 Comment

New biography claims new Salinger books due out (ABC News via AP) The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing’s greatest mysteries: What “The Catcher in the Rye” novelist was working on during the last half century of his life. * * [...]

Weekend Roundup: Twitter fights; 7 sci-fi publishing misconceptions; and more

By Dan Eldridge
August 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Remembering Elmore Leonard, A Writer Who Hated Literature (NPR) Elmore Leonard was a writer who hated — and I don’t mean disliked; Elmore had a contempt for putting pretty clothes on hard, direct words, so I mean hated — literature, or at least what he believed a lot of people mean when [...]

Weekend Roundup: 7 literary hoaxes, 10 unreliable narrators, 7 Edinburgh book fest souvenirs, and more

By Dan Eldridge
August 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

My Edinburgh Book Festival Experience in 7 Souvenirs (Adam Marek) I just got back from three days at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where I was talking about The Stone Thrower at an event with Rodge Glass. It was my first time there and I was overwhelmed by the size of it. * * * 7 [...]

Weekend Roundup: Ubuntu makes history; The Strand gets snarky; Neil Gaiman gets his own road; and more

By Dan Eldridge
August 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

How The Strand sells print books to ebook readers (Boing Boing) Avi Solomon snapped this pic of the window display at NYC bookstore The Strand lauding the virtues of their “Real books priced lower than ebooks,” including the fact that you can read them during take-off and landing. * * [...]

Weekend Roundup: Landing a library job, the romantic smell of chocolate, and more

By Dan Eldridge
August 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

How to Land a Library Job (Publishers Weekly) I don’t claim to be an expert in much, but when it comes to securing a library job I’ve got hard-won advice worth sharing. For much of my career I suffered from a kind of librarian wanderlust, switching jobs every two or three years, which pretty [...]

Weekend Roundup: Amazon declares war; the bizarre art of binding books in human skin; 19 book cover clichés; and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 28, 2013 // 2 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Amazon ‘declares war’ on the book industry (Melville House) Has the vicious end-game scenario we discussed just yesterday — whereby a government-sanctioned Amazon.com makes its move to cement its position as the most colossal monopoly in publishing history, and to [...]

Weekend Roundup: E-books on the fly; textbook publishers; Google's translation technology; and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Textbook publishers revamp ebooks to fight used market (NBC News) A booming market in recent years for selling and renting used college textbooks has saved students across the United States a ton of cash. But it has put textbook publishers in a bind. They don’t make a cent unless students buy [...]

Weekend Roundup: The mini-memoir is a new and welcome e-book trend

By Dan Eldridge
July 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

The mini-memoir: a new and welcome ebook trend (The Guardian) It may surprise readers of Howard Jacobson’s latest novel, Zoo Time, a thinly disguised rant against modern literature, to learn that its famously fogeyish author has written an ebook. The Swag Man, published by American Jewish [...]

Weekend Roundup: Here's the other e-book pricing problem…

By libertyc
July 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Other eBook Pricing Problem (Huffington Post) While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it’s worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on. * * * Google [...]

Weekend Roundup: Tel Aviv gets a beach library; Miami-Dade County may lose 42 libraries; free productivity apps from Amazon

By Dan Eldridge
July 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tel Aviv Gets First Beachside Library (Gadling) Need a good beach read? Visitors to Tel Aviv’s Metzizim Beach can now borrow books for reading on the sand. The city has launched the first beachside library, providing over 500 free book rentals in five languages, including English, [...]

Weekend Roundup: 5 ways to save book publishing; marathon writing sessions; Neil Gaiman (maybe) breaks a world record; and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Save 1,100 vintage science fiction books from destruction! (i09) Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and “other genres.” But apparently, there isn’t enough interest to keep them in [...]

Weekend Roundup: Cover designs for books that don't exist, how to write the perfect post, and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Cover designs for books that don’t exist (but should) io9 As part of his Masters of Branding study at the School of Visual Arts, Tyler Adam Smith is creating 100 covers for books that should be written, from goofy snarks at popular authors to imagined sequels to beloved books. * * * As [...]

Weekend Roundup: Royal librarian wanted to look after Queen's 125,000 titles

By Dan Eldridge
July 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wanted: Royal Librarian to Look After the Queen’s 125,000 Titles (InfoDocket) The Royal Collection is advertising for a librarian to run the Royal Library at Windsor Castle for £53,000 per year. * * * Sony Launches New Affiliate Program for E-Books (Good e-Reader) Sony has officially [...]

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