Who will save our books?

Author James Patterson campaigns to save books
Tampabay.com
In a full-page ad in last Sunday's New York Times Book Review, in this week's Kirkus Reviews and on the four glossy pages of the front and back covers of the current issue of Publishers Weekly, Patterson asked, "Who will save our books? Our bookstores ...

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F. Scott Fitzgerald's handwritten ledger online
Boston Herald
Researchers from the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library put a digital version of the famed author's handwritten financial ledger on their website last week, making it available for the first time for all readers, students and scholars ...

Feminist author Mary Thom, 68, killed in NY motorcycle crash
Reuters
An accomplished author, editor and journalist, Thom devoted her career to giving voice to women's rights issues in books, magazine columns and through her work within the women's movement, which mourned the loss over the weekend. ... Thom, an Akron ...

Meet the author
MiamiHerald.com
Trust McCorkle, author of six novels and four short story collections, to get right to the big, generous heart of Life After Life (Algonquin, $24.95), a book set in the Pine Haven retirement center in Fulton, N.C., that accomplishes the most miraculous ...

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Book review: Letters not so ordinary
Hindustan Times
and this book stands out from the rest of the crowd like an apple in a box of mangoes. And a fresh one at that. Author Madhumita Mukherjee's debut novel is a story of two people told through letters. Abhi and Uma, the protagonists in the book, share ...

Book award renamed in honour of Margaret Mahy
TVNZ
Mahy was a previous finalist and winner of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards and is a finalist in this year's picture book category for her book Mister Whistler. She died in Christchurch last year at the age of 76. Sam Elworthy, Chair of the ...

Winners of Zayed Book Award honoured
gulfnews.com
The other six winners of the seventh annual SZBA include Elizabeth Kassab from Lebanon for Contribution to the Development of Nations' Award; Adil Hadjami from Morocco, Young Author award; Tunisian Fat'hi Meskini, Translation Award; Abdullah Ebrahim ...

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Book publisher Quercus hopes for further twist in its fairy tale
Financial Times
If they do it is usually because they have had a push from a book-trade benefactor in the form of a publisher. Such businesses might be a better bet for investors than a struggling author but even then it takes more than one bestseller to make a ...

Saudi pavilion at UAE book fair draws crowd
Arab News
The 23rd International Book Fair Abu Dhabi drew a large crowd from the Kingdom. Many visited the Saudi pavilion, which participated with a large number of books and traditional and cultural exhibitions. These included the photo exhibition “Two Holy ...

Arab News

The Odd Collection of Books in the Guantanamo Prison Library ...
By Dan Colman
gitmo books You don't hear much about Guantanamo these days, unless you keep an eye on the writings of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage. Last week, Savage reported on a hunger strike involving 93 prisoners that's now in ... Harry Potter series (I imagine the Prisoner of Azkaban volume hits home); some more serious works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Charles Dickens; an assortment of religious books; and the occasional self help book like ...
Open Culture

Scandinavian Graphic Design - Book Suggestion | Abduzeedo ...
By abduzeedo
The book suggestion of this week is titled Scandinavian Graphic Design by Sand Publishing. The book shows the history of the Scandinavian design featuring works Denmark, Finland, Iceleand, Norway and Sweeden. Books about design ...
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James Patterson Thinks That Books are Precious Snowflakes That ...
By Nate Hoffelder
Last weekend Patterson bought full page ads (at right) in major newspapers which called for the government to take steps to rescue books, the publishing industry, bookstores, and libraries from the scourge of technological progress. Yeah, it doesn't make any sense to me ... Bookstores aren't suddenly going out of business as a result of increased ebook sales; they've been under attack by the major bookstore chains and Walmart for the past 30 years. It was big box retailers and their ...
The Digital Reader

Book Review: Modern Italy in Historical Perspective | EUROPP
By Blog Admin
The author, Head of History at the University of Wales, has published on subjects such as Anglo- Italian relations in the 19th Century and the collapse of the Italian post- war Republic in the 1990s, as well as New Labour and the Euro. He sets ...
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Chicagoland book clubs
Chicago Tribune
Mokena Library Adult Book Discussion Group. In March we celebrated our 15th anniversary with our 181st book, "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" by Kate Atkinson. We read two nonfiction books a year and a wide variety of fiction. People often say that ...

Weekend picks for book lovers - USA Today
USA TODAY
The author of the hit Wicked Plants and co-founder of the blog Garden Rants, Stewart has written abook less about liquor and more about those magical sprouting things. "Every great drink begins with a plant," Stewart writes. Although brimming with ...

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Book of Interviews With Future Pope out April 30

Book of Interviews With Future Pope out April 30
ABC News
The book, an international best seller published in Spanish in 2010, includes the Argentine's thoughts on everything from his childhood to civil unions to the military dictatorship of the 1970s and '80s in his native country. The interviews were ...

Veronica Roth 'Divergent' video reveal: Book 3 is ... - USA Today
USA TODAY
'Divergent' author Veronica Roth reveals the title of the final book in the series. roth. Veronica Roth announces the title of the ... 31 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling books list and the second, Insurgent (2012), reached No. 10. About the new title, "You ...

Confessions of a Book Festival Junkie
Huffington Post
If so, get thee to a book festival! We are fortunate in the Washington, D.C. area to have such festivals year-round, places where you can meet authors, ask questions, and get your books signed. And believe it or not, the authors are more than happy to ...

Belarus court says book of news photos 'extremist'
Boston.com
The books were seized from competition organizers Yuliya Darashkevich and Alexander Vasyukovich as they returned from Lithuania, where the book was printed. An unknown number of copies have been sold in Belarusian bookstores, and others were ...

Author apologises for inventing word 'fashionista'
Irish Independent
Though his wife, who was also his editor, hated the word, he went ahead and it was used four times throughout the book. When it was published, he received a number of poor reviews which commented on the word - one New York Times reviewer said it was ...

Historic psalm book could fetch $30 million
Times of India
David Redden from Sotheby's books department said "The Bay Psalm Book was not only the firstbook printed in America, and the first book written in America. This little book of 1640 was precursor to Lexington and Concord, and, ultimately, to American ...

Murakami book print run hits 1 million in week | The Raw Story
By Agence France-Presse
The Japanese publisher of the new novel by Haruki Murakami said Thursday it had ordered one million copies of the book, less than a week after it went on sale. Bungeishunju Ltd. said “Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei ...
The Raw Story

83 Years of Great Gatsby Book Cover Designs: A Photo Gallery ...
By Dan Colman
According to Charles Scribner III, the original publisher, Cugat created the design while Fitzgerald was still writing the novel, and when Fitzgerald saw the disembodied face, he couldn't resist writing the imagery into the book. Scribner quotes the author as saying, “For Christ's sake, don't give anyone that jacket you're saving for me. I've written it ... He finds the free courses and audio booksyou need, the language lessons & movies you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between.
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Boston-based authors reflect on the bombing

Book Buzz: Boston-based authors reflect on the bombings - USA Today
USA TODAY
Also, read a first-hand reflection from author Holly LeCraw, who was standing at mile 19 watching the Boston Marathon when the explosion happened. Plus, in a frightening case of life imitating art, The Huffington Post ...

Penguin to change e-books strategy to end EU competition probe
AFP
The other major US, French and German publishing groups, along with iPad giant and key e-book distributor Apple convinced the Commission then that they would "restore normal competitive conditions" in the market. The United States has taken similar ...

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Russian sanctions author joins Magnitsky family
The Seattle Times
Russian sanctions author joins Magnitsky family. The author of sanctions against Russians over human rights violations said Thursday there would be no need for punishment if Russia focused on holding people accountable for the death of Sergei Magnitsky.

Book Review Podcast: Perspectives on the Windy City - NYTimes.com
By By JOHN WILLIAMS
This week in The New York Times Book Review, Rachel Shteir reviews three new books about Chicago, told from personal and historical perspectives. About one of the books — “The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream,” by ...

Book Buzz: Adele turns down book deal - USA Today
USA TODAY
1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list. This is her seventh appearance at No. 1 but her first since 2005's No Place Like Home. Clark, 85, has penned a whodunit centered on a family furniture business. The author of more than 40 titles ranging from ...

Book News: McCartney Bio, Mourning the Phonebook : The New ...
By Rega Jha
Philip Normal, a Beatles biographer who had irked Paul McCartney in the past, has received “tacit approval” from McCartney to begin work on his biography. The demise of phone books. The American Library Association has announced this ...
Culture Desk

The Book Vase: A Tree Grows in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Gizmodo
By Leslie Horn
Be careful when you're snooping in someone else's bookshelf. When you're reaching for a text on plantlife, you might be grabbing an entire planter, like YOY's flower pot, which masquerades as a book.
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The New York Foundling To Launch New Book Review Column ...
By Jason Boog
The New York Foundling, a social services organization for children and families, will create a book review column in May. Book reviewer Celia McGee will write the weekly column, focusing on new and forthcoming books. It will start when the ...
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LA Times Festival of Books

LA Times Festival of Books goes beyond words
Los Angeles Times
Charles McKay makes a detailed spreadsheet of the authors he wants to hear during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, typing in his first and second choices and getting tickets ahead of time. Jerry Oborn, from San ... McKay and Oborn were among ...

Silly and scary moments with the man who is not Lemony Snicket
Los Angeles Times
Author Lemony Snicket and children's book illustrator Jon Klassen sparred over their book "The Dark" at the Target Children's Stage on Saturday afternoon at the Festival of Books. Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, who always denies he is Snicket, wrote ...

Author panel puts Hollywood in the spotlight
Los Angeles Times
In a Saturday panel at the Festival of Books moderated by Barbara Isenberg, authors Leo Braudy, M.G. Lord and Margaret Talbot discussed the chameleon-like evolution of Hollywood in the aptly titled "Telling Hollywood Tales." From its otherwise normal ...

Self-published author wrote 1st novel in prison
San Francisco Chronicle
Henderson, 41, is a writer and self-published author. His book "Alamo Dawn" was published in 2004. His next book, "When the Rains Came," a novel about Hurricane Katrina, is set to come out, he hopes, in January 2014. Both books are published by ASTA ...

Books: New and noteworthy - USA Today
USA TODAY
What it's about: The author of the best sellers The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food now ventures into the kitchen to discover "why cooking matters." ... The buzz: Little, Brown is publishing The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle as an original e ...

Any takers for World Book Day?
Hindu Business Line
Statistics are varying depending on the sources of compilation, but the situation has been graphically captured by a debate arranged at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August 2011 on the 'End of Books' which have been given a survival ...

Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children' Book Heads To The Big Screen
Huffington Post
His first book, "Grimus," was a fantasy novel that came out in 1975 and was quickly forgotten (Rushdie has long preferred it remain so). Rushdie then thought he might try a novel about childhood. The author had been born eight weeks after India's ...

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"Try everything" - the world is changing

London Book Fair 2013: In Keynote, Gaiman Says 'Try Everything': " . . .bestselling author and Twitter superstar Neil Gaiman kicked off the London Book Fair by likening the digital transition to being on an unruly, but exciting new frontier. "People ask me what my predictions are for publishing and how digital is changing things and I tell them my only real prediction is that is it's all changing," Gaiman said. "Amazon, Google and all of those things probably aren't the enemy. The enemy right now is simply refusing to understand that the world is changing." Over his 30 minute talk Gaiman entertained and challenged his audience to think creatively about the future, conceding that he himself was “perfectly willing to acknowledge the possibility that the novelist may have been a blip” in our cultural history. “The model for tomorrow, and this is the model I've been using with enormous enthusiasm since I started blogging back in 2001,” Gaiman said, “is to try everything. Make mistakes. Surprise ourselves. Try anything else. Fail. Fail better. And succeed in ways we never would have imagined a year or a week ago.”. . ."

AAP reports e-books now account for over 22 percent of US ...
By Donald Melanson
It's well off the triple year-over-year growth that e-books saw a few years ago, but the latest report from the Association of American Publishers shows. ... As the AAP notes, this report also happens to mark the tenth anniversary of its annual tracking of e-book sales; back at the beginning in 2002, their share of publishers' net revenue clocked in at a mere 0.05 percent. The group does caution that the year-to-year comparison back that far is somewhat anecdotal, however, given changing ...
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Rare Psalm book may sell for $30 million
CNN
New York (CNN) -- A rare copy of the first book printed in what is now the United States of America may sell for as much as $30 million when it comes up for auction in November, according to Sotheby's. Congregational Puritans first published the Bay ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY
The buzz: The prolific Roberts (200 books and counting) is one of the undisputed queens of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list: 21 of her titles have hit No. 1. 2. Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex by Abraham Morgentaler, ...

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The Slow Death of Authors

The new, global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams--

The Slow Death of the American Author - NYTimes.com: "Last October, I visited Moscow and met with a group of authors who described the sad fate of writing as a livelihood in Russia. There is only a handful of publishers left, while e-publishing is savaged by instantaneous piracy that goes almost completely unpoliced. As a result, in the country of Tolstoy and Chekhov, few Russians, let alone Westerners, can name a contemporary Russian author whose work regularly affects the national conversation.The Constitution’s framers had it right. Soviet-style repression is not necessary to diminish authors’ output and influence. Just devalue their copyrights."

The Future of NYT Book Review
Daily Beast
The announcement this week that Pamela Paul has been named the new editor of The New York Times Book Review, succeeding Sam Tanenhaus, means possible change for America's most storied newspaper review at a time when other venues are ...

Daily Beast

Obama advisor David Axelrod to publish Washington memoir
Los Angeles Times
Other Obama administration officials with books on the way include former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Axelrod's book is scheduled for a fall 2014 release. "Over the past 30 years as a journalist ...

Book review: Raise a glass to 'The Drunken Botanist' for dissecting our drinks
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"The history of drinking is riddled with legends, distortions, half-truths and outright lies," Amy Stewart cautions in her introduction to her new book, "The Drunken Botanist." Ms. Stewart builds credibility by sorting through these legends and half ...

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Can Barnes & Noble Save Itself?

Can Barnes & Noble Save the Book? | MIT Technology Review: "As a bibliophile and dead-tree holdout, I’m principally interested in the fate of Nook insofar as it’s a bellwether for the fate of Barnes & Noble as a whole. I want browsing, physical browsing of physical books, to persist in its brick-mortar-stores. I want authors to have places to read on their book tours, which are themselves also endangered species. I want staff picks and shelves and the physical sense of moving from one province of learning to another, not by clicking, but my moving your feet, arms, and hands. I think something real and deep is lost, when all this is lost."

E-bleeder: is Nook on its deathbed? | The Verge: "The ending has yet to be written for Barnes & Noble's Nook story, which began with the surprise debut of the original Nook e-reader back in late 2009. But recent plot twists don't appear to bode well for the subsidiary known as "Nook Media," which contains the company's e-reader, tablet, and digital content businesses, and which two other companies — Microsoft and publisher Pearson — have bought into."

E-books help fuel gains in US book sales in 2012
Los Angeles Times
Book sales rose 6.2% last year in the U.S., thanks to the continued growth of electronic publishing, according to newly released StatShot data from the Assn. of American Publishers. Electronic ...Apple, other e-book publishers offer to change pricing ...

Historical Mexican Portraiture The Subject Of New Photography ...
By Laurel Miller
The goal of Monasterio's book, however, is about more than mere imagery. According to CNN, theauthor was also interested in focusing on recurring themes, "such as lucha libre wrestling, or occupational portraits. For anyone interested in ...
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Lean In or Are You Getting Played?

The question the rest of us have to ask is, what does the game do for those not at or near the top? Are workers playing or are we getting played? (source infra)

Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in? | Dissent Magazine: " . . . .The fact that Lean In is really waging a battle for work and against unmonetized life is the reason pregnancy, or the state of reproducing life, looms as the corporate Battle of Normandy in Lean In. Pregnancy, by virtue of the body’s physical focus on human reproduction, is humanity’s last, biological stand against the corporate demand for workers’ continuous labor. For Sandberg, pregnancy must be converted into a corporate opportunity: a moment to convince a woman to commit further to her job. Human life as a competitor to work is the threat here, and it must be captured for corporate use, much in the way that Facebook treats users’ personal activities as a series of opportunities to fill out the Facebook-owned social graph. . . . And so, in the end, Lean In may be a book not about a social movement, but about Sandberg’s own movement from Harvard to Google to Facebook, and now into her self-appointed role as leader of Lean In. . . . "

The Slow Death of the American Author
New York Times
They are much less expensive for publishers to produce: there are no printing, warehousing or transportation costs, and unlike physical books, there is no risk that the retailer will return the bookfor full credit. But instead of using the savings to ...

Don't Hate Google for Reader — Award It the Nobel Prize for Books | Wired Opinion | Wired.com: "Given that literary fame is so fickle, it might make more sense to anoint a work that’s mutable—an all-encompassing text that changes at the pace of society itself. Today there is such a work. And that is why, in 2013, the Swedish Academy should award the Nobel Prize in Literature to Google. The idea isn’t as implausible as one might think. Consider that the Nobel Peace Prize—intended for “the person who shall have done the most … for fraternity between nations,” in Alfred Nobel’s wording, was awarded to the European Union in 2012. As Ulrike GuĂ©rot of the European Council on Foreign Relations told the BBC, “There is a symbolic component to the award, and also a promotional and supportive component.” That is, the prize was designed to remind Europeans, at a time when their unity was under siege, that the EU had a higher purpose in its peacekeeping mission."

Book Buzz: Puppies in print vs. Internet cats
USA TODAY
Sandra Cisneros e-book: Vintage books will release The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros in e-book form on April 30, as well as a Spanish-language version and three more of Cisneros' books. Mango Street was first published in 1984 and has ...

News pages weren't enough to contain Ebert's thoughts
Chicago Tribune
His prodigious output included 17 books. Here is a sampling of them. "Behind ... "I didn't intend for (my blog) to drift into autobiography, but in blogging there is a tidal drift that pushes you that way," he wrote in the book. "Some of these words ...

Workman Founder Sold Quirky Books
Wall Street Journal
Like many Workman books, it was a slow starter, but innovative marketing, such as selling the book at cat shows and giving away book posters, helped it gain momentum. Then Mr. Workman added licensing to the mix, with mugs, pillows and aprons.

Wall Street Journal

Nazi-Looted Books Spell Decades of Labor for Libraries
Bloomberg
“I got one book back from Berlin,” Bruce, a retired headmistress, said by telephone from Cape Town. “It doesn't sound like much, but it means a lot to me. My son says he would like to have it one day.” Most German libraries haven't even started to ...

Spain's future queen had abortion prior to meeting prince – book
Irish Independent
The author, David Rocasolano, a cousin of the 40-year-old princess, promises to disclose intimate details of her life before she married Prince Felipe in 2004. He claims in the book that the princess, a divorcee and former newsreader, had an abortion ...

Amazon backs down over Cornish-language children's book
The Guardian
O'Dornan added that KDP's official statement about the decision was: "The book is in a language that is not currently supported by Kindle Direct Publishing. At this time, you can upload and sell books in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese ...

The Guardian

What the Heck Does a Book Cost? | The Scholarly Kitchen
By Joseph Esposito
Filed Under Andrew Odlyzko, approval plans, Book, DDA, E-book, ebooks, library purchases, patron-driven acquisitions, PDA, publishing, Publishing and Printing. When I began to ... In my experience, this is how most people, including career publishers, believe librarians work most or all of the time, but in fact most books are purchased through approval plans, where the library works with a vendor to determine the kinds of books that are appropriate for the institution. The vendor then ...
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‘The Tropical Cottage - At Home in Coconut Grove’ by Beth Dunlop

In her new book, Beth Dunlop, editor in chief of Modern Magazine, features 33 eclectic residences in the Miami neighborhood--

‘The Tropical Cottage - At Home in Coconut Grove’ by Beth Dunlop - NYTimes.com: "Home-design books are often homages to a particular style, era or corner of the world, and with that homogeneity a dreaded sameness can set in. Which is why “The Tropical Cottage: At Home in Coconut Grove,” due out later this month from Rizzoli ($50), is such a delight. Simple bungalows are set against more ornate Mediterranean-style homes. A 1910 clapboard Key West-style farmhouse gets equal billing with an art-drenched midcentury modern suburban spread. And lush gardens, large and small, beckon from many pages." read more at link above

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY
What it's about: Follows the lives of six teenagers who become lifelong friends, beginning at a summer camp for the artistically gifted; by the author of The Uncoupling. The buzz: "Ambitious and involving, capturing the ... The buzz: Elizabeth Gilbert ...

'Book robbery' hijacks history
Ynetnews
Palestinian author Ala Hlehel is shown at the NL claiming that by checking out volumes from the collection - even by holding them in one's hands - one is “liberating Palestine.” The books are marked “AP” (abandoned property) as a reminder of how they ...

Hillary Clinton book expected in 2014
Fairfield Daily Republic
The book has yet to be titled and is tentatively scheduled for June 2014, in time for the summer reading season and for the midterm elections, when a promotional tour could easily blend with Democratic efforts work to recapture the House. ... Her other ...

Princess Letizia book threatens further embarrassment for Spain's Royals
Telegraph.co.uk
He claims in the 300 page book, which is published later this week, that the Princess, a divorcee and former newsreader had an abortion before meeting the heir to the throne and that she asked for the paperwork to be destroyed just weeks before their ...

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Book Review: People Training For Good Dogs
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
No, this isn't an owner bashing book, it is a book that is an easy read and covers how to take a more active role in dog training. Melissa offers a training method of positive and negative feedback that she states can dramatically improve any owner's ...

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Catherine McKenzie: 52 Books, 52 Weeks, Week 14: Six Long Years
By Catherine McKenzie
I had never read, or even heard of, Harlan Coben before, and this despite the fact that he's sold more than 50 million books worldwide. My bad. ... This week's read for 52 books in 52 weeks was Harlan Coben's Six Years. As I mentioned in my ...
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Died: David Kuo, 'Temping Faith' Author and ... - Christianity Today
By Melissa Steffan
Died: David Kuo, 'Temping Faith' Author and Leader-Turned-Critic of Bush-Era Faith Office. Kuo wrote about disillusionment in his 2006 memoir, Tempting Faith. Melissa Steffan. Tweet. David Kuo, best known for ... I read Kuo's book "Tempting Faith," and it confirmed many things I already suspected about what was happening with faith initiatives in Washington. I admired him for his honesty. He sure took a beating for it - mostly by the same crowd whose hypocrisy he was exposing.
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Book Review: Do Over | Psych Central
By Nichole Meier
After reading the book the reader knows how Reb sees herself, but isn't able to get the feeling of what Reb says or how she acts when interacting with others. In other words, Reb remains two-dimensional, despite the author's attempts to ...
Psych Central

Where To Get Free E-Books - Business Insider
Archive.org Amazon's free Kindle books selection OpenLibrary Project Gutenberg ManyBooks FreeBooks Hub DigiLibraries Kindle Lending Library iBooks ...
www.businessinsider.com/free-e-books-2013-4

Hillary Clinton's book advance hovers at $14M - Washington Times
The buzz is that Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book will net her an advance in the range of $14 million.
www.washingtontimes.com/.../hillary-clintons-book-advance-...

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Amazon bestseller made author "nothing"

My Amazon bestseller made me nothing - Salon.com: " . . . I just started getting my royalty checks from July the other day (the publishing industry is slow like that). From what I can tell so far, I made about $12,000 from “Broken Piano” sales. That comes directly to me without all those pesky taxes taken out yet (the IRS is helpful like that). Don’t get me wrong; as a guy with a couple of books out on an independent publisher I never thought I’d see that kind of money. Previously, my largest royalty check was about $153. I’m thrilled and very proud to say I earned any money as a writer. That’s a miracle. It’s just not the jewel-encrusted miracle most people think bestseller bank accounts are made from. The book sold plus or minus 4,000 copies. (The publishing industry is hazy like that. What with sales in fishy-sounding third-world countries like Germany and England.) Being on an indie press I receive a more generous royalty split than most: 50 percent after expenses were deducted. You can do the math. I’m clearly not buying a mansion. Hell, my measly dreams of constructing a Roald Dahl-style writing cottage in the backyard are even shelved. Twelve-thousand bucks is amazing, but it’s not life-changing money. Unless, of course, I need one of those clearance sale $11,999 kidneys. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Amazon Web Names Grab - book, author, read

Amazon's Quest for Web Names Draws Foes - WSJ.com: " . . . Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, are objecting to the online retailer's request for ownership of new top-level domain names that are part of a long-awaited expansion of the Web's addressing scheme. They argue that giving Amazon control over such addresses—which include ".book," ".author" and ".read"—would be a threat to competition and shouldn't be allowed. "Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive," wrote Scott Turow" (read more at link above)


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Kate Moss reads 50 Shades of Grey (video)



Listen to Kate Moss read '50 Shades of Grey' for Comic Relief - Fashion Videos - Telegraph: "The supermodel took part in the radio station's bid to raise £200,000 for Comic Relief by encouraging listeners of her friend Nick Grimshaw's Breakfast Show to donate £200,000 to hear her read an extract from Fifty Shades of Grey."

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Elizabeth Strout Interview

Elizabeth Strout: By the Book
New York Times
I do reread, kind of obsessively, partly for the surprise of how the same book reads at a different point in life, and partly to have the sense of returning to an old friend. I go through phases. For a while I was rereading the Russians quite a bit ...

Jillian Michaels dishes on her new book, guilty food pleasures
Fox News
Still, fans and contestants on “The Biggest Loser” know not to mess with Michaels when it comes to weight loss. The workout queen is known for her no-nonsense attitude and intense exercise regimes. Recently, she spoke with FOX411 about her new book, ...

Book News: Acing Nabokov, Reel Love
New Yorker (blog)
The Argentinian illustrator Isol has won this year's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the biggest prize in children's literature. Edward Jay Epstein recalls how watching the movie instead of reading the book got him an “A” in Vladimir Nabokov's class at ...

New Yorker (blog)

New Book Shares Insights from Steve Jobs' First Boss
TIME
That bond inspired Bushnell to write a book about the unorthodox thinking that fosters the kinds of breakthroughs that became Jobs' hallmark as the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. Apple built its first personal computers with some of the parts from ...

Digital library loans get government backing
The Guardian
A panel including the author Joanna Trollope, the agent Caroline Michel of PFD and publisher Stephen Page of Faber & Faber published their recommendations on Wednesday following submissions from across the book trade, finding that digitalbooks should ...

The Guardian

Alderman's "Book Of Times" A Piece of Toilet Reading Heaven
Forbes
We all ponder questions like these from time to time, and in her new book Alderman, the former New York Times columnist and past Real Simple deputy editor, catalogues queries like these and many more. “I've always been a bit obsessed with time,” she ...

Shot Pakistani Teen Malala Yousafzai Writing Book
TIME
Little, Brown will publish it in the United States. A Taliban gunman shot Malala on Oct. 9, while she was on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan. The militant group said it targeted her because she promoted “Western thinking” and ...

TIME

New TED Book turns critical eye on Keystone XL | TED Blog
By Jim Daly
Steve Mufson, author of the new TED Book Keystone XL: Down the Line and a reporter at The Washington Post, has journeyed along the entire length of the proposed pipeline. He suggests that its real story is twofold: about the American ...
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