Fiona Maazel’s WOKE UP LONELY, Dave Eggers’ THE CIRCLE, and more. What would make your list?
at Everyday eBook, A Reading List to Keep You Warm This Winter
at The Huffington Post, 8 Unexpected Places to Find Your Next Favorite Book
at Publishers Weekly, Staff Picks for the Favorite Books Read in 2013
at BuzzFeed, 16 Gifts for Lit Lovers Who Have Enough Books
at the New York Times, The Most Interesting Literary Events of 2013
at Largehearted Boy, Online “Best of 2013″ Book Lists
at The New Yorker, Literary Feuds of 2013
at AARP, 10 Best Books of 2013 for Grownups (slideshow)
at Largehearted Boy, Favorite Short Story Collections of 2013
at the Penguin USA Blog, Guillermo del Toro’s Holiday Book Recommendations
at Books on the Nightstand, Holiday Gift Guides
at Terrible Minds, 10 Gifts for Writers
With his intellectual output reaching its peak during this period, Nietzsche required a device that would let him write while making minimal demands on his vision. So he sought to buy a typewriter in 1881. Although he was aware of Remington typewriters, the ailing philosopher looked for a model that would be fairly portable, allowing him to travel, when necessary, to more salubrious climates. The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball seemed to fit the bill.
Just think what he could have done with dictation software.
Authors, publishers and agents are still being paid the same amount for each copy of the book by the retailers, meaning that many of these books are being sold at a loss, the aim likely to accrue market share.
It does seem like there have been some especially good deals on ebooks this season. The fight for the digital book marketplace is still being waged, even though many have already called it for Amazon.
For the sin of casting doubt on the Truth and Beauty of Twitter, Franzen was swiftly branded a Luddite, an elitist, a pretentious old fart and a misogynist. The yakkers, braggers and bullies did themselves proud.
— Zoë Heller
Jonathan Franzen defended in The New York Times. Imagine that.
Here’s something to pre-order for the holidays: Oprah Winfrey’s new book club pick. Winfrey has chosen Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings,” coming out Jan. 7.
This doesn’t have the juice it once did, but still will move some copies.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (73 votes)
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (62)
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (54)
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (40)
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (32)
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (27)
- Night Film by Marisha Pessl (26)
- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (26)
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (24)
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (24)
- Tenth of December by George Saunders (21)
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (21)
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (21)
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (18)
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (17)
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (16)
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth (16)
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (14)
- The Son by Philipp Meyer (13)
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (13)
- MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (13)
- Inferno by Dan Brown (13)
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (12)
- The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (11)
When Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 came out, one store changed their name for the day and kicked off a trend of display books in awesome twisting towers.
90 percent of these same people say their community would be impacted if the library closed (suggesting that a lot of folks either like knowing that the library is there, even if they don’t use it, or they recognize that people who do have few alternative resources).
Even though less than half of Americans visited a library in the last year, nearly all of us think they matter.
The film is generating more mentions on Twitter 100 days ahead of its release than Hunger Games was at this point in the cycle.
All Hollywood eyes are on Divergent. Social media data mining suggests that is just might be the next big film franchise.
Roger Angell is the greatest of all baseball writers. Today, the game has recognized the fact. This July, along with Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa, Roger will be celebrated in Cooperstown, New York, the site of the Hall of Fame.
A well-deserved honor. Get a sample of some of Angell’s best baseball writing here.
The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize every book that exists in the Norwegian language, which includes books from the Middle Ages to the modern day.
And they estimate it should take between 20-30 years. Wild.