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.
April 13, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Slate weighs in on the e-book case: “The DoJ’s action effectively robs publishers of the ability to price their own products and robs other retailers of any hope of competing effectively with Amazon. Hence the DoJ has all but guaranteed a future in which readers end up with fewer well-edited books—both physical and electronic—and in which writers feel less free to speak against concentrated power.”
Here is an igloo made of books.
Baboons reading … remedially.
We have a title: J. K. Rowling’s adult debut will be titled The Casual Vacancy.
Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul Museum of Innocence (which started as a novel) opens later this month.
The challenge of culling books.
Jack London did not sugarcoat it for a young writer.
David Sedaris: “Throughout my 20s and early 30s—my two-books-per-week years—I did most of my reading at the International House of Pancakes.”
April 12, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The Department of Justice is suing several large publishers, plus Apple, for alleged price collusion on e-books.
How not to squander a book advance: a primer from Emily Gould. (Hint: leather vests don’t count as investments, whatever the lady at the shop may say.)
Meanwhile at the Awl: how not to ruin a book tour. Servicey!
Wuthering Heights … home of wind turbines? Concerns over wind farms in Brontë country.
While rhapsodizing about the “smell of books” is something of a personal peeve, this video, in which University College London chemists analyze the distinctive perfume, is interesting. Apparently, the bouquet is “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.”
Welcome to the Storyverse.
Günter Grass speaks out on his ban from Israel.