August 8, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
This terrific German blog gives the pencil its due (and, perhaps, then some).
In a time when e-books outsell their paper counterparts, NPR wonders whether cover design is a dying art.
In a gesture of either great magnanimity or great desperation, the Chicago Public Library waives all fines.
Movies you may not have known were inspired by books. (In the case of Psycho, probably because Hitchcock tried to buy up all the copies so there’d be no “spoilers.”)
On the one hand, we take issue with some of the rankings on this list of the hundred greatest young-adult novels. On the other, it’s encouraging to know kids are voting. (At least, we hope that’s the explanation.)
In obligatory Fifty Shades of Grey news, author E. L. James is curating an album of the classical music featured in the trilogy. (For the uninitiated: in addition to being the world's youngest billionaire and most accomplished lover, Christian Grey is also a world-class musician.)
July 23, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The Cygnus Ensemble is presenting three original musical pieces to accompany Samuel Beckett plays.
“Omitting letters can confuse. How is the poor reader expected to differentiate between b******* and b*******?”
Jonathan Swift and the question of truth.
“E-books appear to be doing for religious books what they did for erotica.”
Happy (belated) birthday to scholar, teacher, and Norton Anthology founder M. H. Abrams.
Create your own genie to win a bookstore gift certificate.
July 20, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo have made a maze out of books.
Beautiful books, ugly covers.
Sure, e-books are huge, but are they heirlooms?
Regardless, Penguin has acquired self-publishing platform Author Solutions.
And the British government is looking into the whole public-library-e-book-lending situation.
In other news, a haunted bookstore?
July 19, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Yup: e-books outsold hard copies in 2011.
Out of the mouths of babes: a six-year-old judges classics by their covers.
Speaking of classics: a British publisher adds sex scenes to them. Erotic rewrites include Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
Written a great opener? Call the first graf hotline.
The C. S. Lewis Foundation plans to open a college based on his Christian teachings.
Dealbreaker books .
July 12, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Yes, the Vatican is publishing e-books.
So is Judy Blume.
Amazon pulls a book allegedly containing a hundred previously undiscovered Caravaggios after scholars question its legitimacy.
Meanwhile, the Codex Calixtinus, a twelfth-century manuscript that disappeared last year, has been recovered.
Happy birthday, E. B. White. Here are some piglets.
April 30, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, at 150.
The Wall Street Journal examines the curious appeal of serial novels.
The New York Times examines the future of publishing.
The Millions examines the popularity of tiger lit.
With e-books, fiction reigns supreme.
James Franco as Hart Crane.
iPhone chargers disguised as books.