The Ten Best Political Books of 2012

The Ten Best Political Books of 2012
New Yorker (blog)
A wonderful history of moderate Republicanism. The chapter on George Romney alone is worth the price of the book. Biggest flaw: The author's contention that moderate Republicanism represents a coherent ideology rather than an approach to politics is ...

New Yorker (blog)

Amazon wins an e-book fight in Europe -
Christian Science Monitor
According to settlement terms, retailers can cut e-book prices and offer discounts for a period of two years. And the publishers must suspend “most favored nation” contracts for five years. These contracts effectively barred publishers from selling e ...

Christian Science Monitor

Book Review Podcast: Old Hollywood -
New York Times (blog)
This week in The New York Times Book Review, Molly Haskell reviews two newbooks about old Hollywood: “The Noir Forties: The American People From Victory to Cold War,” by Richard Lingeman, and “The Entertainer,” in which Margaret Talbot writes...

New York Times (blog)

Tablet's Dominating Ebook Readers
English: A woman cuddling a pile of digital devices: laptops, smartphones, tablets,ebook readers etc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Multi-use tablet sales are dominating single-use ebook readers. IHS estimates that ebook sales will decrease 36% this year ...


The New York Review of Books versus Salman Rushdie -
Los Angeles Times
For lovers of good literary controversy, Salman Rushdie is the gift that keeps on giving. A few months after the publication of Rushdie's memoir “Joseph Anton,” the New York Review of Books (where they specialize in this sort of thing) published a ...

Ristretto | Books for the Coffee Lover -
New York Times (blog)
They are two very different books. “The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee” is a thoughtful introduction to this moment in coffee — it's for the everyday drinker who's curious about what goes into that cup. And “Coffee Life in Japan” is a study of the ...

Books 2012: David L. Ulin
Los Angeles Times
The best of these — by Steve Erickson, Hari Kunzru, Lydia Millet, Zadie Smith, Chris Ware — I've cited in my favorite books list because they give me faith in the power of the novel to explain, for a moment anyway, the ongoing tussle of daily life ...

Programmer creates 800000 books algorithmically, starts selling them on Amazon
There's a good reason for that mental image: that's how the majority of books are written. That's not the way it has to be, though. Philip M. Parker, a marketing professor at INSEAD, has a patented system for algorithmically compiling data into book ...

European commission and Apple reach settlement over ebook price fixing
The Guardian
Readers should prepare for plunging ebook prices after the European Commission yesterday accepted commitments from Apple and four major publishers to stop restricting the sale of cheap ebooks. The commission has been investigating the publishers ...

The Guardian

Gene Wolfe wins grand master award for science fiction and fantasy
The Guardian
Gene Wolfe, author of The Book of the New Sun and, according to Neil Gaiman, "one of our finest living writers", has been named a grand master of science fiction and fantasy. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced Wolfe as ...

The Guardian

Are Your Kids' Books Killing Tigers? | Mother Jones
By Zaineb Mohammed
Before you pat yourself on the back for not buying some plastic crap destined for the dump, consider this: The book you bought might actually be destroying the rainforest. On Wednesday, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) announced that in ...
Blogs | Mother Jones

Why Your Kindle Is an Open Book to the Government | Mother Jones
By Adam Serwer
As a result of similar incidents that occurred over the years, 48 states now have laws on the booksprotecting library records, and the other two have legal directives in place that uphold similar standards. ... Last year, civil liberties groups including the ACLU and EFF, along with Google and other e-book providers, successfully persuaded California legislators to pass a law that forces state authorities to seek a warrant, along with proof that less intrusive methods have been exhausted, ...
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American Hero Books voted “Best Book” by Military Writers Society ...
By bniegel
Photo: American Hero Books, written by Alia Reese, is a series of books. For centuries wars have been fought and ... a way to learn more about the world of books. It was not a goal to self-publish, but the realization that it was the best way to get her book out that motivated her to send the bookfor review, said Reese. ... After having the opportunity to meet other nominees and award winners, Reese said she feels more like a creator than an author. “I'm a Marine spouse, I have a master's ...

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Amazon beaten on price for books beyond top 20 bestsellers

Amazon beaten on price for books outside top 20 bestsellers | Books | "Book lovers keen to enjoy an Amazon-free Christmas but unable to tear themselves away from the online retailer's cut-throat pricing can breathe a sigh of relief: a new study has found that Amazon is only the cheapest option on its top 20 bestsellers, with books further down the chart costing 14% more than competitors. The survey, by global marketing consultancy Simon-Kucher and Partners, analysed the prices of the top 100 print books in the UK between 30 October and 9 November, at Amazon and seven other online booksellers: WH Smith, Blackwell's, Alibris, Kennys, BookFellas, the Amazon-owned AbeBooks and the Book Depository. While Amazon, which some consumers are considering boycotting over its (legal) tax avoidance, was the cheapest option for its top 20 bestsellers – 6% cheaper than competitors – for books ranked 21-50, Amazon charged a premium of 13% compared with the lowest-priced alternative, and for books in its top 51-100, that increased to 15%. "Ask someone where to find the lowest price on a book and they'll tell you to go to Amazon," said managing partner Mark Billige. "But you would be surprised how often this advice in incorrect.". . . "

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Book Review Podcast: 10 Best Books of 2012

Book Review Podcast: 10 Best Books of 2012 - ". . . Review, the editors select the 10 Best Books of 2012. The five works of fiction include Zadie Smith’s “NW,” about which the editors write: Smith’s piercing new novel, her first in seven years, traces the friendship of two women who grew up in a housing project in northwest London, their lives disrupted by fateful choices and the brutal efficiency of chance. The narrative edges forward in fragments, uncovering truths about identity and money and sex with incandescent language that, for all of its formal experimentation, is intimate and searingly direct. The five nonfiction choices include Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers.”. . . "

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The Blurb Economy

The Blurb Economy: Pithy Book Endorsements Are Barely Effective — But Here ...
But the place you're most likely to come across Shteyngart's name is, oddly enough, on the back of somebody else's book. Shteyngart is the reigning blurb king. His short, pithy endorsements are on more than 100 books. Just walk into a bookstore and ...


EL James is USA TODAY's author of the year
Adore it as a sizzling romance bravely probing the forbidden side of sadomasochistic desire or loathe it as demeaning anti-feminist tripe, but James' series has proven that the novel — whether in print ore-book pixels — remains a heavyweight in the ...

2012's big book stories: Gillian Flynn, Oprah, Rowling
You go, 'Girl': The year's breakthrough author was Gillian Flynn, whose third novel, Gone Girl, an addictive mystery about a husband suspected in his wife's disappearance, sold nearly 2 million copies after it went on sale in June. It propelled her ...

Books: New and noteworthy
The buzz: Garfield's Just My Type, a look at fonts, was one of USA TODAY's "10 Books We Loved Reading in 2011." 3. Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart (Harper, non-fiction, on sale now). What it's about: A biography ...

The What To Read Awards: Top 10 Books of 2012
For Salon's first annual What To Read Awards, we surveyed our favorite book critics, both print and online, from high-profile publications to the hottest literary blogs. We asked for their top-10 books of 2012, and then tabulated the winners by ...

Strike out
New York Post
The shelving of author Richard Ben Cramer's inside look at the life and times of Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez is costing the writer big time, with publisher HachetteBook Group seeking the return of his $500,000 advance. The publisher is suing the ...

New York Post

'Mastery' tries to provide a guide to becoming a genius
Los Angeles Times
That, roughly, is the thesis of "Mastery," the latest door stopper from Los Angeles author Robert Greene, whose books include "The 48 Laws of Power" and "The 50th Law," a management book co-authored with rapper 50 Cent. Readers may spot that his new ...

From the Street to Vogue: The Best Style Books
Wall Street Journal (blog)
With this book, she breaks away from the pack again. If you prefer a more scholarly approach, the "Empress of Fashion"—a biography of fashion editor Diana Vreeland—is a hearty meat pie to Ms. Coddington's lemon meringue. Together, the books present a...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Neil Gaiman plans last book-signing tour, ever
Los Angeles Times
Gaiman is the author of many award-winning books for children, teens and young adults; he has written fiction, graphic novels and comics, children's books and films. He's recently been ... Penguin settles in e-book price fixing case · The books behind ...

Inkling cooks up multimedia iPad books
USA TODAY (blog)
San Francisco start-up Inkling is expanding from textbooks to now offer visual booksfor the iPad. Pictured is CEO Matt MacInnis. ... While that form of e-book works for novels, it's not so keen for how-to or visual books that need photos and videos to ...

USA TODAY (blog)

Fashioning a life of style and influence
Boston Globe
In this section : Books. Book Review. Fashioning a life of style and influence ... Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland. Author: Amanda Mackenzie Stuart; Publisher: Harper; Number of pages: 432; Book price: $35. A child of the belle époque, she ...

Arthur C. Clarke E-Books for Sale in US
New York Times (blog)
Thirty-five titles by the celebrated science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, the author of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” among other classics, will be released in digital form for the first time in the United States, the independent e-book publisher ...

Designers on Their Favorite Book Covers of 2012 -
We recently asked people in and around the world of graphic design to name one of their favoritebook covers from 2012 and briefly describe its appeal. We didn't allow for repetition of choices, but several of those polled mentioned the cover ...

'2001' author Arthur C. Clarke's novels and short stories finally ...
By Jeff Blagdon
American fans of acclaimed science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke will finally be able to get his material in digital form thanks to a new deal with independent e-book publisher RosettaBooks. The...
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Shakesville: The New Book Shelf
By Guest Blogger
Some of you might remember that I work at a law school library, and while most of what I deal with are books written by lawyers for lawyers and law students, every now and then we get a big batch of recent general treatises on the legal ...

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Best Books 2012

Best Books of 2012 : The New Yorker: "We asked some of our contributors for their favorite books from 2012. (In the interests of eclecticism, they could list up to three.) Here’s what they said. Ann Beattie “The Constant Heart,” by Craig Nova: One of our most original, brilliant, disturbing writers, who’s so fierce he’ll take on anything. Here—dark energy: of love, of the cosmos, and of the interrelationship "

On Amazon, Cooking Up Friendly Reviews - "Surprisingly, Amazon says it is completely legitimate to do this. “We do not require people to have experienced the product in order to review,” Craig Berman, an Amazon spokeman, said. “Some people write reviews on why they decided not to buy, or write a review as a gift giver rather than the product owner.” Perhaps, but I see a future where we have virtual enthusiasm for virtual books. Reviews are crucial to online commerce in a way they never were to offline sales. If Amazon can devise a system that is transparent and fair to all involved — author, reviewer and customer — it will be a greater achievement than same-day delivery."

Ian Rankin, author – portrait of the artist | Books | The Guardian: " . . . How difficult is it to get noticed? I think writers have to be proactive: they've got to use new technology and social media. Yes, it's hard to get noticed by traditional publishers, but there's a great deal of opportunity out there if you've got the right story. How do you know a novel is finished? When the deadline is approaching. I finish a first, second and third draft, then my wife reads it and suggests changes. The next draft goes to my editor and agent, who suggest more changes. I'm often still tweaking after it's been typeset – so it's finished only when it's published and you can't make any more changes. If you take it down off the shelf again, you'll always see things you'd have done differently. That's one of the things that keeps writers writing: the fact that there's always more you can do. What's the biggest myth about being a novelist? That we're introspective, sensitive souls and have arcane knowledge. I used to think that: whenever I heard that someone had taken 10 years to write a novel, I'd think it must be a big, serious book. Now I think, "No – it took you one year to write, and nine years to sit around eating Kit Kats." Is it true that art is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration? More or less. You need a great idea, but then you've got to carry it through. If you get it right, you're going to be a critical success. But not everyone who works hard gets it right, or has the success they deserve: there's an element of luck. That's why publishers are always surprised when some runaway success comes along, like Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey. No one can see it coming. . . . "

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Google Launches Dead Sea Scrolls Online Library

Google Launches Dead Sea Scrolls Online Library - ABC News: "More than six decades since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls — and thousands of years after they were written — Israel on Tuesday put 5,000 images of the ancient biblical artifacts online in a partnership with Google. The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C. Israeli officials said this is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — often criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them broadly available. "Only five conservators worldwide are authorized to handle the Dead Sea Scrolls," said Shuka Dorfman, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority. "Now, everyone can touch the scroll on screen around the globe.""

Books That Even a Critic Could Love
New York Times
Each year at this time the daily book critics for The New York Times make lists of favorite books. Favorite is not synonymous with best, so this process can be painful. Brutal honesty is required. We pick what we actually liked, not what we only ...

New York Times

Dwight Garner's 10 Favorite Books of 2012
New York Times
As loose and sexy and dark as an early Lucinda Williams song, this memoir — about a long and sometimes desperate hike alone on the Pacific Crest Trail when the author was 26 — makes an earthy and American sound. It's moving, without making you feel ...

Michiko Kakutani's 10 Favorite Books of 2012
New York Times
The author of this beautifully observed first novel joined the Army when he was 17 and served as a machine-gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. In chronicling the friendship of two young soldiers struggling to stay alive on the battlefield there he has ...

Janet Maslin's 10 Favorite Books of 2012
New York Times
Both center on Ms. Mantel's brilliant reimagining of Thomas Cromwell, a minor player in most tales of Henry VIII but the major schemer in this ingenious version. “Wolf Hall” was a superb but not essential prologue to the second book's more fine-tuned ...

Book Buzz: 'Fifty Shades Freed' is Amazon's top seller
New and Noteworthy: What new books are on sale now? Check out USA TODAY's guide to five notable titles, including A Higher Call, an inspiring Christmas-related World War II history, and a new Downton Abbey coffeetable tie-in book that's arrived just in ...

A book critic's literary tour of Manhattan
Christian Science Monitor
“I wanted to take in Manhattan as a literary tourist,” writes Garner, once senior editor of The New York Times Book Review. “I wanted to touch base with haunts old and new. I wanted to see if there is still, for a certain kind of bibliophilic seeker ...

Christian Science Monitor

Book News: Exploring Literature, Singing “Ulysses”
New Yorker (blog)
book-news_opt.jpg. Newly discovered early writings by Bram Stoker give insight into the “Dracula” author's pre-vampire days. ... An interview with Andrew Solomon about family disconnections and his new book, “Far from the Tree.” A tour of the furniture ...

New Yorker (blog)

3 Books To Read Before The End Of The World
In books like Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker and Cormac McCarthy's brilliant and brutal The Road, we learn how we shall comport ourselves in the ravaged, dystopian days to come: There will be a lot of fighting, a lot of woeful remembrance of things ...


The Best Book of 2012
The top book on Michiko Kakutani's list of her 10 favorite books of 2012: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro. "In the latest installment of his magisterial, multivolume biography, Mr. Caro uses his wondrous narrative gifts to tell the dramatic ...
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Favorite Books of 2012 | Books and Culture
These are not necessarily the best books of the year—though I think some of them qualify—nor the most important. A list of 2012's most important books (so I suppose) would need to include Brad Gregory's The Unintended Reformation, ...
Books and Culture

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Books | Travel News from Fodor's Travel Guides
This is the time of the holiday shopping season when we turn to the best books of the year, whether they're the hottest coffee table tomes or the books we'd want to dive into on a long-haul flight. So with that in mind, we give you our last minute gift ... Despite the fact that it was not our idea, we also love the New York Times' 36 Hours series and book, The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada. Just this once, we condone buying an itinerary book that isn't ours.
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Book Reviews - Chess Cafe
ChessCafe Book and Software Reviews. ... more complex aspects of the author's discussion of the theory of 'corresponding squares,' which we .... Howard Goldowsky from the USA – This book review reminds me of what Mig Greengard said ...
Bill Gates Names Best Books Of 2012
"Every one of these books changed my worldview." So says Bill Gates, a man who knows a thing or two about the world's most pressing problems.

Beth Reeks scoops book deal after romance stories are read by ...
'My parents didn't know I was writing until one day I said I was writing books. ... Random House have now released The Kissing Booth as an e-book to buy for £3 . ... Beth's book is on sale as an ebookand hard copies will be published next year ... Beth said she still can't believe she's a publishedauthor when she hasn't yet ...

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Edna O'Brien - 'You have to be lonely to be a writer'

Edna O'Brien interview - 'You have to be lonely to be a writer' - video | Books | "More than half a century after scandalising the world with her taboo-breaking novel The Country Girls, the Irish writer Edna O'Brien is still going strong. As her memoir Country Girl is published, she speaks to Jane Martinson about her 'Mata Hari' reputation, celebrity dinner party guests such as Judy Garland and Sean Connery, how much harder her memoir was to write than her novels, and why she has always embraced her own loneliness. . . ."  Listen to Edna O'Brien reading from Country Girl here.

Book review: You can find a job after age 50
Fortunately, a thick brainstorm of a book by Kerry Hannon, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, can help job-seeking baby boomers -- and those right on their heels -- find work that, as the subtitle puts it, keeps them happy, healthy and able to pay the bills ...

Books: New and noteworthy
6 can get their Downton fix early; the author is the niece of series creator Julian Fellowes, who penned the introduction to the book. 3. SEAL Team 666 by Weston Ochse (Thomas Dunne, fiction, on sale now). What it's about: You've heard of SEAL Team Six.

Ten Books for the Music Lover on Your Holiday List
Ten Books for the Music Lover on Your Holiday List. comments ... Then I've got somebook suggestions for you. Because who doesn't love a good book, especially one about rock and roll? 1. I Want My ... Then this book would be perfect for them. A ...


Neurologist Oliver Sacks' new book examines 'Hallucinations,' including his own
Dallas Morning News
At 79, Sacks' eyesight is fading, as he chronicled in his 2010 book The Mind's Eye. But his curiosity and empathy, immortalized in the 1990 Robert De Niro-Robin Williams movie Awakenings, remains unquenched. His new book, Hallucinations (Knopf, ...

Dallas Morning News

15 books for the readers on your list
The Seattle Times
A delightful collection of essays by all kinds of writers — Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Stephenie Meyer, Patti Smith — about the most cherished and influential books on their shelves, each accompanied by a whimsical drawing by Mount. It's like popping ...

Books, DVDs for performing-arts fans
The Seattle Times
For the multitude of aficionados of TV's fictional British dynasty and their stately manse, this secondbook complements the series' third season on PBS (starting in January). There are abundant glossy photos and enlightening chapters on each of the ...

Style to spare: Fashion books of 2012
The Star-Ledger -
The tigresses and peacocks who reign over the world's fashion capitals get their due this holiday season, with a wealth of coffee-table books, biographies and memoirs that flesh out the creative, often quixotic forces behind the provocative layouts and ...

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Books for kids: 2 works that stood out in '12
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Here are two particularly good picture books from the "best of" lists this year. — "Each Kindness" (2012, Nancy Paulsen Books, ages 5-9) was created by award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson and award-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis. This large book ...

Printers Row picks: Our favorite books of 2012
Chicago Tribune
Comedy without empathy is empty; Ronson's book is anything but. One last book — one that blurs fiction and nonfiction: "HHhH," offered a fascinating approach to historical fiction as author Laurent Binet imagined the lives of the two assassins who ...

The Book As We Know It Is Dead | PandoDaily
By Adam L. Penenberg
Books Some people get misty-eyed when they speak of books. Plato viewed them as “immortal sons deifying their sires” and a Chinese proverb poeticized books as “a garden carried in the pocket.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning believed that “no man can ... My vision for the future of the book is wrapped up in a project I plan to self-publish publish early next year: a full-length narrative non-fictionbook titled “Cloud Racers” about two pilots from the 1930s competing to be the first to fly solo ...

The Green Revolution: Raj Patel, Author, Activist, Economist ...
By Lambert Strether
The Green Revolution: Raj Patel, Author, Activist, Economist Share. Sunday, December 16, 2012. The Green Revolution: Raj Patel, Author, ...
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Best Science Books 2012: The Smithsonian, The Atlantic Wire, San ...
By John Dupuis
Every year for the last bunch of years I've been linking to and posting about all the “year's best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year. All the previous 2012 ... San Francisco Book Review Staff Picks. The Last ... Deciding what is and isn't a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick booksthat seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of ...
Confessions of a Science Librarian

20 Business Book Gift Ideas | Small Business Trends
By Ivana Taylor
I've selected my top twenty books that you can give to the business book lover on your list that will have them grinning ear to ear. I've put them ... Where to get it: Click the ...
Small Business Trends

E-Media | Los Angeles Public Library
OverDrive offers downloadable e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Videos and e-Music. ... e-Books from Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 are available to download and transfer to PCs, iOS devices and Android devices. ... Google Book Search-Library Project ... Over 19,000 titles arranged by author, title, or Dewey Decimal number.

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Clinton aides write book on damage control

Clinton aides write book on damage control
2012 - President Bill Clinton had a lot of help surviving the scandals of his tenure -- including from two aides who have written a book on the art of damage control. Chris Lehane and Mark Fabiani entitled their book with the nickname some Clinton ...

European Union OKs Apple e-books offer amid US talks
The acceptance by European antitrust regulators Thursday of a settlement with Apple and four publishers in an e-book price-fixing case may spur ongoing talks in a parallel case working its way through the U.S. courts, knowledgeable sources told POLITICO.


Book Titles With That Indie-Rock Feel
New York Times (blog)
Two novelists, Jo Brand and Travis Nichols, have written novels titled “The More You Ignore Me.” Ms. Brand's book features a mother and daughter obsessed with the singer. Mr. Nichols's book, scheduled to be published in June, is told from the ...

New York Times (blog)

Book News: Six-Toed-Cat Control, Marriage and Book Proposals
New Yorker (blog)
Tweet. book-news_opt.jpg. According to a court decision, the forty-plus descendants of Ernest Hemingway's famous six-toed cats who continue to roam the author's home-turned-museum in Key West must be regulated. An Ohio English teacher is drawing fire ...

New Yorker (blog)

Book Buzz: James Bond book reveal, free Christmas reads
Interviews with award winners: Whether you're an avid reader or an aspiring writer, don't miss interviews with National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich (The Round House) about her writing process, and Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel about how she ...

RIP e-book readers? Rise of tablets drives e-reader drop
IHS iSuppli said that after "spectacular" growth during the past few years, the e-book reader market is now on an "alarmingly precipitous decline," all thanks to the growing popularity of tablets. How alarming? Well, the firm ... The stunning rise and ...

Amazon beaten on price for books outside top 20 bestsellers
The Guardian
Book lovers keen to enjoy an Amazon-free Christmas but unable to tear themselves away from the online retailer's cut-throat pricing can breathe a sigh of relief: a new study has found that Amazon is only the cheapest option on its top 20 bestsellers ...

The Guardian

Now You're Talking! The Year's Best Book Club Reads
These are the bare actions underpinning the novels that I'm suggesting for book clubs this year. Some are first novels; others the work of ... might make you cry. They are all good reads. And they are, above all, books you'll want to talk about with ...


Lena Dunham's legal representative asks that leaked book proposal be taken ...
Christian Science Monitor
Dunham, who is the creator, writer, producer, director and star of HBO's “Girls,” is planning to release an advice book titled “Not That Kind of Girl,” with the date of publication currently unannounced. She submitted a 66-page proposal to Random House ...

Christian Science Monitor

5 books about 'The Hobbit' in time for film and 75th anniversary
Boston Globe
Works in “The Art of the Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien” show the author's view of Middle-earth. “The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien's ... Of the many precious and not-so-precious Bilbo-flavored books taking advantage of this moment, I've selected five worthy of ...

NW Wine: 5 wine books to give to wine lovers
San Francisco Chronicle
Dishing Up Washington, $20, 288 pages. Cookbook author Jess Thomson contributes to the Dish Up series from Storey Publishing with the delicious and beautifully illustrated book. It is loaded with 150 recipes and dozens of profiles on chefs and ...

Penguin to Publish 2012 Campaign Book From Authors of 'Game ...
5:14 p.m. | Updated Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the political journalists behind the best seller “Game Change,” about the 2008 presidential campaign, will publish a book about the just-concluded election under the title “Double Down: ...
Media Decoder

Google Play brings Books and Movies to Russia, keeps reaching ...
By Edgar Alvarez
A little over a month after announcing the imminent arrival of more Google Play content to a few areas around the globe, the Mountain View-based company.

UK Startup Loccit Sells 8k Facebook 'Memory Books' In 48 Hours ...
By Natasha Lomas
There's a cottage industry of startups that want to sell your social networking content back to you in a new form, such as PastBook and Memolane. Loccit, a UK-based ecommerce startup which launched this summer after a spell in beta, ...

9 Garden Books to Give This Holiday Season : TreeHugger
By Ramon Gonzalez
Chronicle Books. From flower porn, to guerrilla gardening, kids activities, and growing your own food, a garden book is the perfect gift for more than just gardeners. These beautiful, inspirational, educational, and thought-provoking books ...
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Book Review: Erotic Refugees – Aardvarchaeology
By Martin R
I'll tell you two things up front: this book is my friend's first published novel; and I would have read it with great enjoyment even if I had no idea who the guy was. Paddy Kelly classifies it astutely as “Dick lit / Romantic comedy”: it's Bridget Jones ...

Welcome to the What to Expect Bookstore
After its initial publication Heidi went on to write a whole series of What to Expect books to help guide parents through preconception, pregnancy, parenting, and ...

Joe Downtown: Writer laying groundwork for book on - Las Vegas Sun
Joe Downtown: Writer laying groundwork for book on redevelopment effort ... Agency, the literary agency for best-selling books such as “Tuesdays with Morrie.

blog.reddit -- what's new on reddit: WW1 Books, LennyBot, Zombie ...
WW1 Books, LennyBot, Zombie Jesus Pizza, Confronting Procrastination, and a ...[/r/AskHistorians] The Great War: An Introductory Book List from mod NMW ...

Simon & Schuster's New Deal With Amazon et al

A new deal--and new pricing:

Simon & Schuster Has a New Deal With Amazon, Other Retailers | Digital Book World: "Simon & Schuster has signed a new ebook retail agreement with Amazon and other ebook retailers. Ebook prices were lowered for Simon & Schuster titles over the weekend on sites like Amazon and to levels several dollars below what they had been earlier in the week. Amazon is no longer displaying its usual disclaimer for agency-priced ebooks, “this price was set by the publisher,” for Simon & Schuster titles. “We have entered new agreements with our ebook agents that are in compliance with DOJ settlement and we look forward to working with our retailers to expand the readership for our authors and grow the ebook marketplace,” said Adam Rothberg, senior vice president of corporate communications for Simon & Schuster. Prices on several Simon & Schuster ebooks were dropped on Friday and Saturday. Shadow’s Claim (Immortals After Dark: the Dacians) by Kresley Cole was priced at $7.99 at Amazon on Thursday, lowered to $7.59 on Friday and then to $6.99 on Saturday. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton was $12.99 on Amazon on Friday and then lowered to $9.99 on Saturday. . . . "

book review 'Sweet Tooth' by Ian McEwan
Boston Globe
No room in the books I liked for the double agent.”) But the very book she's narrating falls into both categories: It is, on one level, a “Marry me” romance of the conventional Jane Austen sort Serena likes, and it is also a set of Russian dolls ...

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Weekend picks for book lovers
'Buddy,' the story of a man and a jealous rooster, leads the weekend book picks. Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a ... The author of the dog-loving best seller You Had Me at Woof turns her incisive humor to the art of having friends. USA TODAY says ...

Lena Dunham's Book Proposal Leaks Online
Dunham attracted the publishers' attention with a 66-page illustrated proposal, decked out in vintage trade-paperback style and modeled after the advice books of legendary Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown. The Power of Lena Dunham's 'Girls' ...'s 100 Best Books of 2012
Parade Magazine's 100 Best Books of 2012.'s 100 Best Books of 2012. Like many book lovers, the expert editors at went crazy for Louise Erdrich's prizewinning novel The Round House, naming it the best read of the year. But loads of...

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The Government is Not a Super Parent: Author James Payne on Six Political ...
"The first thing [children] think about of government is that it is like a super parent," says author and Reason Magazine contributor James Payne. Payne points out that seeing government as having the virtues of a parent - wisdom, responsibility, money ...

A (time) killer of a book site
Philadelphia Inquirer
Officially launched in August, Small Demons is the book world's latest mind game and guilty pleasure and a proving ground that everything really is connected. You can find out how many books mention the Beatles or the Pacific Ocean or Rice Krispies.

Philadelphia Inquirer

New book highlights SC abbey's crèche festival
Houston Chronicle
And the anniversary has been marked with the publication of a new 196-page book, "Finding Bethlehem - A Global Journey Through the Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival." It features color photographs of manger scenes from both the abbey collection and those ...

Bedbugs found in library books on college campus
In fact, the parasitic insects have been discovered between the pages of some booksat a library on a Seattle college campus. Librarians at the University of Washington made the startling discovery when they were checking in some returned books just ...


The Best Books of 2012
Goddard is also co-author of You Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political management bookhailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public policy have appeared in ...
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Amazon and Google start e-book sales in Brazil

Amazon and Google start e-book sales in Brazil
SAO PAULO | Thu Dec 6, 2012 8:08am EST. SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Inc and Google Inc both opened their digital bookstores in Brazil on Thursday, hot on the heels of e-book offerings by local booksellers in a fast-growing online retail market.

On Amazon, Cooking Up Friendly Reviews - "Surprisingly, Amazon says it is completely legitimate to do this. “We do not require people to have experienced the product in order to review,” Craig Berman, an Amazon spokeman, said. “Some people write reviews on why they decided not to buy, or write a review as a gift giver rather than the product owner.” Perhaps, but I see a future where we have virtual enthusiasm for virtual books. Reviews are crucial to online commerce in a way they never were to offline sales. If Amazon can devise a system that is transparent and fair to all involved — author, reviewer and customer — it will be a greater achievement than same-day delivery. SAVE E-MAIL SHARE PRINT Related Articles Also Tagged:"

Authors exercise their "write" to self-publish
CBS News
"When you price a book at 99 cents, $1.99, I personally think it devalues the author's time and effort," said Jamie Raab, the chief of Grand Central Publishing, part of Hachette books. Her label puts out books by a lot of heavy hitters, and many lesser ...

How to de-risk book publishing
Huffington Post (blog)
Authors are the spark-plugs of their ideas, both the makers of the books they write, and the conveners of conversations around their topic. When I wrote my first book, the publisher asked me about my 'platform'. ... I spoke, paneled, and had a growing ...

Books: New and Noteworthy
2012 - We scope out the hottest books on sale the week of Dec. 9. 1. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana ... 5 after Oprah chose it for her Book Club 2.0, raving: "I can't remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work ...

Philip Pullman: teaching leaves pupils hating books
“There should be plenty of books and plenty of time, and teachers should leave children alone. “Sometimes a book will not make its full impact known to us until 20 or 30 years later,” he told the Economist Books of the Year event. “At the time, it ...

Benjamin Anastas' 6 favorite books by Martin Amis
The Week Magazine
Experience: A Memoir (Vintage, $19). Probably my favorite Amis book: My copy has swelled from re-readings. Aside from the loving portrait of Kingsley Amis, who emerges whole, with all his flaws, Amis gets revealingly emotional about his sister, his ...

The Week Magazine

Guinness Book of Records 2013 – digested read
The Guardian
Guinness Book of Records 2013 – digested read. John Crace reduces the annual almanac of the world's biggest and smallest and strangest to a manageable 600 words. . . .  The Guardian, Sunday 9 December 2012 18.30...

The Guardian

Reading books in Pakistan
The Express Tribune
The 8 Karachi International Book Fair that opened on December 6 lasting through to the 10th has become an annual event with far-reaching implications for a nation that reads less with each passing year and reads increasingly into the past instead of ...

The Express Tribune

Margo Dill book review: Cookbook for boaters works for others, too
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
In a news release that accompanies the book, Shearlock and Irons included a quote from one reviewer that said this book is appropriate for more than just people trying to cook in the small space of a boat; it's also for people living in a tiny New York ...

Blasphemy case lodged against author
According to the police, a young man named Usman Sheikh accused his uncle Dr Iftikhar Sheikh of writing blasphemous material in his books. Madrassa students held a protest rally outside a police station in Islamabad against the author. Police officials ...

Book Says 9 Lessons Will Let You Live A Long Healthy Life « CBS ...
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Book Says 9 Lessons Will Let You Live A Long Healthy Life. December 9, 2012...
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Book Shelves #50, 12.09.2012 | biblioklept
By Biblioklept
Book Shelves #50, 12.09.2012. by Biblioklept. 20121208-170158.jpg. Book shelves series #50, fiftieth Sunday of 2012. There are fifty-three Sundays in 2012. I ran out of book shelves last week. Here are some shelves/books from my office ...

RIP Nicholas Johnson, author of Big Dead Place | MetaFilter
By Xere
His friend and former roommate Jason Anthony (mentioned in the acknowledgements of Big Dead Place) has written an obituary. An obituary from the book's publisher, Feral House. An adaptation of Big Dead Place remains in development ...

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steven Johnson, Future Perfect: The ...
By Nicco Mele
In many ways, Future Perfect follows directly from Johnson's earlier books on the impact of technology on our culture. Here, he describes what it means to be a peer progressive, including provide a historical context that suggests there is a ...
Book Salon

Premier urges kids to pick up a book - The West Australian
... up a book as Colin Barnett launched a reading challenge for four to 12-year- olds. ... puzzles and access a list of recommended books for different age groups.

Novelist's Debut Is Newest Pick for Oprah's Book Club

Novelist's Debut Is Newest Pick for Oprah's Book Club
New York Times (blog)
That dream recently came true for Ayana Mathis, the author of “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” (Alfred A. Knopf). Ms. Winfrey announced Wednesday that she has chosen the novel for the book club famously associated with her former TV talk show. In response...

New York Times (blog)

'Slumber Party Barbie' Diet Book From 1965 Offers Troubling Weight Loss ...
Huffington Post
Among the doll's accessories are a small plastic scale permanently set to 110 lbs., and a diet booktitled "How To Lose Weight," because who doesn't go to a sleepover without their diet book? The dietbook's only advice? "DON'T EAT!" According to the ...

Julian Assange Book, 'Cypherpunks,' Skirts Mainstream On Its Way To Market
Huffington Post
The book consists chiefly of the transcript of a conversation between Assange and three others. In a nod to openness, he has chosen not to offer the ebook version on Amazon. Instead, the book is being sold exclusively on reKiosk, a self-described ...

'Infrared' scream: Nancy Huston wins Bad Sex in Fiction Award
It's probably safe to say Nancy Huston's bodice was not rippling with ecstasy when the internationally acclaimed author found out she won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The Literary Review magazine in London has bestowed the tongue-in-cheek ...

A Dark and Itchy Night
New York Times
John Furman, the owner of Boot-a-Pest, a team of bedbug exterminators based on Long Island, said he has had hundreds of clients buy a portable heater called PackTite to kill bedbug life, baking any used or borrowed book as a preventive measure before ...

New York Times

Book Review: “Hubble's Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images”
Universe Today
The Hubble Space Telescope has been the subject of several books and articles, and certainly much more will be written about it in the future, as its status as the world's most successful science experiment will guarantee that. ... After a quick ...

Coffee-table books feed pop culture obsessions
Atlanta Journal Constitution
“50 Years of James Bond” (Life Books, $27.95) is something of a misnomer because while the Bond movies have been around for a half century, Ian Fleming's books date back 59 years. Rightly so, thebook devotes the opening chapters to Fleming, his books ...

'Heartbreaker' extends 'Dork Diaries' series
More good news: the publisher is announcing that it has signed author Rachel Renee Russell tobooks seven and eight in the popular illustrated series for kids ages 9 and up. The series stars a middle-school drama queen named Nikki Maxwell. In book six ...

Entrepreneur Listened to Dad's Advice: 'Publish or Perish'
Fox Business
We're highlighting small businesses from around the country as nominated by you, our readers. If your favorite small business is using Twitter to communicate with customers, let us know about it @fbsmallbiz with the hashtag #mysbc, and it may be ...

Beating the Frumpiness Out of You, but Gently
New York Times
WHEN I told people I was going to meet Stacy London, the fashion stylist and host of the TLC show “What Not to Wear,” whose new book, “The Truth About Style,” was published this fall, the reaction was universal: What are you going to wear?

New York Times

Can E-Books and Libraries Coexist?
By Bob Al-Greene
E-reader owners read more books in a year than their print-only counterparts. Is print really a ... To learn more, including who reads fastest -- print or e-book readers -- check out the infographic below, courtesy of Thumnail ...

Tonight David Byrne and Author Chris Ruen Explain Exactly ...
By Michael Alan Goldberg
"It's pretty cool that I'm returning in this capacity," says Ruen, who explains that Byrne got ahold of a proof of his book over the summer (it was published last month), loved it, and reached out to Ruen through his publisher to team up for the ...
Sound of the City

Most Overlooked Books of 2012: A Literary Mixtape - GalleyCat
By Jason Boog
If you want more books, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the 2012 Man Booker Longlist, the Best Science Fiction of the Year, the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist, the Believer Book Award nominees, the 2012 ...

Book News: Bad Sex Award Winner, Hatchet Job Of The Year : The ...
By Rachel Arons
The Canadian author Nancy Huston has won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction award for her novel “Infrared,” which captured the judges' attention with sentences like, “Kamal and I are totally immersed in flesh, that archaic kingdom that brings... ... Gawker has designated Zoë Heller's “carefully-reasoned, brutal takedown” of Salman Rushdie's memoir in The New York Review of Books as the hatchet job of the year. “Looking through the site is like knocking on a door, then another and ...

Meet Lamar Smith: SOPA author, climate change skeptic - The Verge
By T.C. Sottek
The erotic guitars, decaying machines, and soy sauce of Maker Faire Tokyo · Meet Lamar Smith: SOPA author, climate change skeptic, and Congress' next science boss · The world's biggest chiptune festival takes its final bow in Tokyo · The ...
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Bullish on Books
Find reviews, analysis and insight on newly released books that are important to the business ... Theauthor says telling stories is a great way to engage and communicate with your staff. ... New Bookon the Benefits of 'Grateful Leadership' ...

Winfrey picks Mathis' debut novel for book club - Yahoo! News
News: Add another book for possible holiday gifts: Oprah Winfrey's latest 2.0 selection. ... Publishyour own activity and retain full control. ... up publication from early next year to this week, and anauthor interview will be aired Feb. ... Dozens of books over the past 20 years have become best-sellers, thanks to the talk- show ...

Zotero Forums - Book from an anthology
Hi, I really need to cite a book from an anthology. Selecting the "Book Section" item type is not quite right, since this puts the title in quotes rather than italics.

Oprah Announces Her Second Pick for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 ...
Learn more about how you can participate in Oprah's Book Club 2.0. THE OPRAH SHOW. THE ...

Empowering Enterprises - eZ publish
eZ Publish originated as a web content management system engineered to create value through streamlined multichannel delivery. It is recognized today as an ...

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