- 2013 Sep 26
Common Core Kerfuffle
What's the deal with Common Core?
- 2013 Sep 24
The Giver Film Coming Aug. 2014
The Giver film adaptation will open in theaters on Aug. 15, 2014.
- 2013 Aug 01
Elusion Rights Sold to Screen
Silver Reel and FlynnPictureCo acquire rights to Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam's upcoming YA novel Elusion.
- 2013 Jul 12
Benefits of Being a Lifelong Bookworm
New research suggests that reading and writing can slow down cognitive decline.
Reading Poems Backward
Do poems justify their last lines?
- 2013 Jul 11
Online Publishing Claims Supplier
The growth of electronic publishing has claimed another victim with the collapse of Australia's biggest supplier of academic books.
Book Illustration Competition Winner
Finn Dean for Brave New World illustrations.
- 2013 Jul 09
Arthur Rosenthal Dies at 93
"Rosenthal, who founded Basic Books in 1952, let his taste in nonfiction and his quasi indifference to profit margins guide him as a publisher."
Discount Book Chain Collapses
Allbooks4less.com.au, a chain of discount bookstores, has now been placed in administration with HLB Mann Judd partner Todd Gammel appointed.
- 2013 Jul 08
Highland Park Citizens Protest
Disposal of black history books.
- 2013 Jul 05
Boston University Sues Amazon
And Apple, Google, and Samsung.
- 2013 Jul 03
Cengage Learning Files for Bankruptcy
Cengage Learning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday as part of an effort to shrink its $5.8 billion debt load.
A Blank Book Becomes a Bestseller
The story of how an empty book reached the top of Amazon.
Rowling Urges Press Reform Action
Harry Potter author and others sign Hacked Off letter to culture secretary calling for regulation royal charter to go to privy council.
- 2013 Jul 02
The E-Book Price War
Everything you need to know.
Penguin Random House
An American takeover?
- 2013 Jul 01
Why Is Apple Still Fighting?
A question hangs over Apple's e-books trial: Why is Apple fighting the U.S. Department of Justice when the book publishers the agency also sued chose to settle?
5 Sci-Fi Novels
For people who have sci-fi.
- 2013 Jun 28
France Wants to Stop Amazon Underselling
Reuters reported that Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti wants to ban Amazon’s simultaneous use of discounts and free delivery, the combination of which threatens the nation’s booksellers.
- 2013 Jun 27
'Wild Things' Gets Kickstart
A kickstarter project is raising money to publish a picture book poem inspired by Where the Wild Things Are.
'Charlie' Broadway Bound?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical opens on London's West End: is Broadway next?
Senate Bill Eyes Early Education
A U.S. Senate bill aims to expand early childhood education.
- 2013 Jun 26
Publishing Industry Racism Claims
White author Kristine Kathryn Rusch says her novels about a black detective could only be successfully launched in DIY editions.
Indigo Plans 40 Apple In-Store Shops
Indigo Books and Music Inc. is rolling out Apple technology shops within its large bookstores and plans to open stores outside of Canada.
Top 10 Classic Spy Novels
From Joseph Conrad to John le Carré, intelligence historian Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones picks the fiction that best reveals the secrets of espionage.
- 2013 Jun 25
'Encyclopedia Brown' Heads to Screen
Warner Bros. in negotiations to gain rights to the Encyclopedia Brown children's series.
Lion & Unicorn Closing Doors
The Lion & Unicorn Bookshop in Richmond, London is closing.
Operation Book Drop
Almost 900 books were wrapped in 7 different jackets and left all over Salt Lake City.
- 2013 Jun 21
London Review of Books Called Out
For excluding women.
- 2013 Jun 20
'Fifty Shades' Gets a Director
Sam Taylor-Johnson has stepped in.
- 2013 Jun 18
New Home for If I Stay Film
MGM picks up rights to Gayle Forman's If I Stay.
'Chocolate Factory' Hits London Stage
An article on the stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Too Small to Fail
A look at the Too Small to Fail initiative.
Follett Launches $50M VC Fund
College bookstore company Follett launched a $50 million venture capital fund to invest in “new technologies that have the potential to improve and even disrupt the way educational content is delivered and consumed.”
- 2013 Jun 17
Reading Novels Helps Thinking
Says new study.
NE Mobile Book Fair's Story
Will the red ink recede in time for what one veteran employee calls Mobile Book Fair 2.0 to emerge in its full glory?
- 2013 Jun 14
Grammar Police Continue Fight
Against apostrophe catastrophes.
- 2013 Jun 13
Booksellers for the Post Office
The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) is asking Congress to do its part to facilitate the spread of literacy and
guarantee free speech by ensuring the U.S. Postal Service remains solvent and that special Media Mail rates stay in place.
Profit Surge at Book Depository
The Amazon-owned Book Depository made a pre-tax profit of more than £15m in 2012 after selling intellectual property to another Amazon group the same kind of inter-company arrangement that the online retailer has recently been heavily criticized for.
- 2013 Jun 12
Flooring for Book Nerds
Love what you walk on.
Between Traditional and Self-Publishing?
Notting Hill Press offers 11 established authors chance to share their expertise while retaining control and royalties.
- 2013 Jun 11
YA Authors Connect with Young Writers
Authors Erin Bowman, Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas,and Kat Zhang running workshops for budding writers.
Kids' Books Poke Fun at NSA
A tongue-in-cheek look at NSA surveillance through children's books.
Martha 'Speaks' Lawsuit
The author of the Martha Speaks series is suing PBS affiliate WBGH.
- 2013 Jun 10
Scarlett Johansson Sues Publisher
She is seeking compensation and damages from a French publishing company after her name was used in the book ‘The First Thing We Look At,’
224-Word Short Story
On a stamp.
- 2013 Jun 07
God and Sci-Fi
The Guardian: Science might have no place for divine intervention, but SF has always lived by its own beliefs.
- 2013 Jun 06
Amazon Recruiting Indie Bookstores
And hiring Kindle sales reps.
Gendered Covers Failing
"The elements of a great story have no gender – so why do we market books to young readers as if girls and boys want different things from fiction?"
- 2013 Jun 05
British Booksellers Challenge Amazon
Booksellers Association calls for government action after France pledges €9m of funding to help its booksellers.
- 2013 Jun 04
France's culture minister has attacked Amazon for deliberately undercutting traditional rivals to create a "quasi-monopoly", in the latest assault by the socialist government on internet companies.
Best Personal Library
Is yours better than these award-winners?
How Timbuktu's Manuscripts Were Saved
When Islamist rebels set fire to two libraries in Timbuktu earlier this year, many of the texts had already been removed from the buildings and were at that very moment being smuggled out of the city, under the rebels' noses.
- 2013 Jun 03
"The E-book Case Is Bizarre"
Says Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Amazon Leases 12-Storey Office
- 2013 May 31
Amazon Expands U.K. Office
Amazon's U.K.-based operations, which is accused of paying almost no tax in recent years, is set to expand into a new office and increase its employee count in the coming quarters.
- 2013 May 29
Spelling Champs Then and Now
A piece that catches up with past Spelling Bee champions.
- 2013 May 28
Starting Up in Publishing
"I’m going to give you a winning formula for founding a successful publishing startup: go back in time and start it in 2008. If for some reason that’s not possible, it’s not going to be easy."
Internet English Ruining the Language?
The Guardian takes a look.
- 2013 May 24
6 Publishing Lessons
From Open Road's first 3 years.
- 2013 May 21
Beware of Book Blurbs
'The Washington Post' did not review Martin Amis's latest novel favorably, but the book blurb suggests otherwise.
- 2013 May 20
11 Buzzy Books for Hollywood
These are the summer books on Hollywood's radar.
- 2013 May 17
Amazon Called Before Parliament
Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. will be called back to the British parliament to clarify how its activities in the UK justify its low corporate income tax bill.
How Do You Write About Life...
When it's lived on computers?
Publisher Threatens to Sue Blogger
For $1 billion.
- 2013 May 16
Amazon's Tax Questions
Guardian investigation shows key role of British-based staff in pushing tax rulebook to its limits.
- 2013 May 14
Did Luhrmann Get It Right?
A high school English teacher analyzes Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
A Super Sweet Musical
A behind-the-scenes look at the London stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
German Amazon Workers Set to Strike?
German labour union Verdi called on workers at Amazon.com to stage a strike in the country on Tuesday to put pressure on the global internet retailer to improve pay and benefits.
- 2013 May 13
Cengage CEO Seeks Restructuring
Cengage Learning said it’s seeking to negotiate with creditors on a restructuring plan and may need to file bankruptcy as part of its turnaround efforts.
- 2013 May 10
Apple Wins iBooks Trademark
A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday handed down a summary pro-Apple judgement in a case involving the "iBooks" trademark, denying plaintiff Black Tower Press its request for injunctive relief and corresponding damages.
- 2013 May 09
Amazon Workers Sue Over Checkpoints
"Whenever he clocked out after his 12-hour shift at an Amazon warehouse, Jesse Busk had one more critical task to perform before he could hop into his car and head home to sleep: Pass through the sprawling warehouse security checkpoint."
Everyone should follow.
- 2013 May 07
Cake Wrecks for Teachers
A round-up of funny cakes for Teacher Appreciation Week.
- 2013 May 03
ABA 2013 Election Results
Steve Bercu of BookPeople in Austin, Texas, has been elected to a two-year term as ABA president, and Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah, will serve a two-year term as vice president/secretary.
- 2013 May 02
What It's Like To Interview at Amazon
The company hires "hundreds" of M.B.A.s each year, she says, as well as hundreds of recent college graduates and others with technical backgrounds.
- 2013 Apr 30
'Graceling' Trilogy Heads to Film
Reliance Entertainment is developing Kristin Cashore's 'Graceling' trilogy.
Matilda Nabs Tony Nominations
Matilda the musical is nominated for a dozen Tony awards.
- 2013 Apr 29
Amazon Faces Strike Threat in Germany
Over pay, conditions.
- 2013 Apr 26
Advice for Aspiring Children's Authors
At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books last weekend, three writers shared advice for aspiring children’s book authors.
Alexandria is Most Well-Read City
According to Amazon.
Fight Over Use of Term 'Superhero'
Ray Felix created the series 'A World Without Superheroes' and was opposed by DC and Marvel Comics, who share a trademark on the word 'superhero.'
- 2013 Apr 25
Indie Booksellers Petition Amazon
The petition, asking Amazon to pay corporation tax in the U.K., had over 150,000 signatures.
Wikipedia Bumps Women
From "American novelists" category.
Men Read Books by Women
And books about women, says Slate.
Loss of Printed Books
Means reading won't be the same, says Guillermo Martinez.
- 2013 Apr 24
Harry Potter Theme Park
Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.
OED's Simpson to Retire
John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary will retire in October after 37 years at the publication.
- 2013 Apr 23
Divergent Photo Leak
Photos of the Divergent movie set in Chicago are leaked.
- 2013 Apr 22
Amanda Knox's Memoir
“She’s a complete blank,” the playwright John Guare once said, trying to explain the public fascination with Amanda Knox.
- 2013 Apr 19
Amazon in Russia?
Amazon looks like it is gearing up for the latest chapter in its international expansion: an operation in Russia.
- 2013 Apr 17
How to Get Your 2nd Publishing Job
Though there have been many articles and stories about how to navigate a first job, very few delve into what happens next.
- 2013 Apr 16
'Matilda the Musical'
The musical based on Roald Dahl's Matilda earns a rave review.
- 2013 Apr 12
Matilda: The Musical
NY Times: “Matilda the Musical,” the London import that opened on Thursday night, is the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain.
- 2013 Apr 09
Filming of Divergent movie began on April 8.
Hey, Remember Witches?
Fox 2000 purchases film rights to a Sally Green trilogy about witches, suggesting that they may be making a YA comeback.
- 2013 Apr 05
Bertelsmann to Float Part of RTL Stake
Bertelsmann has confirmed its intention to float part of a controlling stake in Europe’s leading television broadcaster RTL, in a deal that could raise as much as €1.5bn.
Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People
Including Samuel Beckett driving young Andre the Giant to school.
- 2013 Apr 04
Arthur Frommer Reacquires Frommers
Will publish books again.
Mackenzie Bezos Defends Amazon
“I think about how great [Amazon] is for me as a reader,” Bezos said. “And that seems great for authors and books, too, to me.”