Nearly 70 percent of consumers feel it is unlikely that they’ll give up on printed books by 2016, according to a new report from Ricoh and analyst firm IT Strategies with the University of Colorado at Boulder. The main reasons for preferring print are that these consumers like the look and feel of a real book, they don’t have to strain their eyes to read print and they like putting books on the bookshelf.
Kind of a strange timeframe isn’t it? Why 2016?
While Canada saw the largest percent increase for most weeks it is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States that saw the biggest spike in units sold, increasing from slightly less than 3,000 units to over 32,600 units in the week ending November 2.
A lot of fascinating information in this study of the effect of the Nobel Prize win on Alice Munro’s book sales. Perhaps the most startling? In the weeks leading up to the win, Munro only sold about 90 copies a week in her home country of Canada.
Among this year’s conflicts, presented here in rough chronological order, a few themes emerge: clashes over the function of online literary criticism, questions about gender and literature, and struggles over who controls an artist’s legacy and fortune.
The more things change….actually they don’t seem to change. At least not with this stuff.
The folks at NPR Books got list fatigue, so instead of collecting their favorites of the year, they made a new app to recommend reads for you!
Find out which character from the Hobbit you are most similar to.
A Dwarf? A Hobbit? Maybe something more sinister? You may be surprised.
I got Thranduil. What did you get?
Canadian writer Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Literature, has been lauded as a ‘master of the contemporary short story’. Meet her in a talk about happiness and melancholy, the intense relationship she has with her stories, and how writing and life are intertwined.
Very interesting podcast from The Nobel Prize website.
MTV is developing a series based on Terry Brooks’s hugely popular Shannara fantasy novels, the network announced today. Jon Favreau will direct the pilot, and Smallville co-creators Al Gough and Miles Millar will write and produce the show.
It’s a me-too world in television. Hence this Game of Clones effort.
If you’re dreaming of turning your love of books into a job someday, you don’t want to miss the big list of book-related gigs our resident Book Nerd has compiled.
This week’s installment of The List List is sponsored by Random House’s Tumblr Holiday Gift Guides! Browse more than two dozen themed lists specially designed to help you find the perfect books for everyone on your holiday wishlist.
at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog, 12 Books for People Who Loved Gone Girl
at PageViews, President Obama’s Small Business Saturday Book Purchases
at The Guardian, The Top 10 Books Given in Books
at Slate, Staff Picks for Best Books of 2013
at the StarTribune, Critics’ Picks for Best Books of 2013
at Huffington Post Books, Best Books of 2013
at The Art of Manliness, 43 Books About War That Every Man Should Read
at The Guardian, Excerpts from the Bad Sex in Fiction Award Finalists
at The Huffington Post, The Best Picture Books of 2013
at BuzzFeed, 24 Insanely Clever Gifts for Book Lovers
Just think of how many more books I could have sold if Harry had been a little more creative with his wand.
At the 20:10 mark of this interview, J.K. Rowling gets a little (more than a little) cheeky.
Working through schools and local governments, Worldreader launched its first program in Ghana and is now in nine African countries. As of last month, Worldreader says, it has put more than 700,000 e-books in the hands of some 12,000 children.
Queen Elizabeth stuck to polite pleasantries, saying “It’s quite something to write books,”
This is what happens when Jackie Collins meets the Queen.
The idea of introducing students to the history of America’s own violent, terror-driven apartheid era through a reading list that is two-thirds books written from the white perspective by white authors is absurd; the idea that The Help should be used as some kind of primary text for understanding the black experience in this country is ludicrously offensive.
I’d agree that The Help is a bad choice, but “ludicrously offensive”? Hmmmm.