Monthly Archives: May 2011

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Calvin Reid -- May 31st, 2011

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The Librarians are Coming! PW’s pre-ALA coverage.

Manbooks! More lists of books for men (with a lot more written by women).

Thanks But No Thanks. Want to buy a bookstore?

No More Pencils No More books. A few New Jersey school districts have been transformed by technology.

Not on My Kindle. How to keep your novel off the Kindle.

Have We Got a Book For You! Indy Booksellers work the summer books.

Nothing but Trouble. Borders and Angus and Robertson bookstore chains are on the brink of shutdowns.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, May 27, 2011

Calvin Reid -- May 27th, 2011

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Teen YA Lit Monster Mashup. It’s all about mixing chills, thrills, adventure, and romance at BEA’s YA Buzz Panel.

Politics and Superheroes. What’s Superman’s position on the death penalty?

Robot Librarians! Robots take over the University of Chicago’s new $81 million Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, sort of.

Book City USA. Amazon Ranks the most literate cities in the U.S.

King Kindle. Despite Agency Model, the Kindle leads the pack in titles, readers and sales, while the iBookstore brings up the rear.

Google and the Future of Everything. Google Talks at BEA; people listen.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Calvin Reid -- May 26th, 2011

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BookExpo Book Bag. PW picks the big books of the show.

Talk of the Town. The New York Times says the buzz at BEA is about e-books.

Whither Publishing? The Financial Times takes a look at BEA and the transformation of book publishing in the digital era.

Publisher vs. Customer? Do publishers really care about their customers?

Yaoi Online.  Manga publisher DMP launches its line of yaoi manga on Google e-books.

Vampires Return. Yen Press is publishing volume 2 of Twilight: The Graphic Novel in October.

The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Calvin Reid -- May 25th, 2011

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Don’t Mess with Texas tax revenue. Texas Bookstore owner calls for governor to sign online sales tax bill.

Let’s make a deal. Barnes and Noble caught in a whirlwind of acquisition speculation.

Curtain Call. DC’s Arena Stage Theater adapts John Grisham’s novel A Time to Kill for the stage.

The Big Seven. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos ventures into the wild and risky world of book publishing.

Listen Up! The 2011 Audie Award Winners.

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Calvin Reid -- May 24th, 2011

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Whats Up Doc. Edmond de Waal’s biography of his family history, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been named winner of the £10,000 Ondaatje prize.

David and Goliath. An Independent Bookstore Goes Up Against Amazon.

Brave New Publishing World? Publishers fears mount as Larry Kirshbaum takes over Amazon publishing.

Literary Performance Mashup. A New York theatrical group combines three classic novels in idiosyncratic on-site readings.

Electrowetting: the Successor to E-Ink?

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 20th, 2011

Look past the terrible name for this new technology and you may see an E-Ink killer: the Electrowetting display.  Gizmodo has a cool post about this new kind of display that Samsung is looking into producing and which could end up replacing E-Ink in e-readers and other things. Why?  Because not only can these screens display 16 million colors, but they can update what’s on screen fast enough to play video! We’ll see, we’ll see, we’ll see if this is the next big thing.  Check out Gizmodo for more info.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, May 20, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 20th, 2011

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Why B&N Attracts John Malone: MSN Money looks at why John Malone of Liberty Media has put a bid on B&N.

Failing Fonts: Salon looks at 23 fonts and why they don’t work.

Waterstone’s Acquisition: The Bookseller reports excitement and relief over the news that Waterstone’s has found a buyer.

Big B&N: The New York Observer notes that Barnes & Noble is not closing its Forest Hills, Queens store.

Publishers As Partners In Literacy: The Opionionator blog looks at what publishers could do to help kids learn to read and read more.

Tell-Allman: Gregg Allman will publish his memoir with HarperCollins.

The End of the World: The Guardian prepares for tomorrow’s Rapture by looking at Christian fiction on the topic.

Gary Shteyngart Returns with A Book Trailer Sequel

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 19th, 2011

Shteyngart and Felix brave Brooklyn in this new book trailer.

Gary Shteyngart has taken the art of the book trailer to a whole new level–with a sequel!  Remember Shteyngart’s hilarious book trailer for Super Sad True Love Story, featuring a cameo by the ubiquitous James Franco and an amazing performance by a former PW staffer?  Well, the paperback for the book is out, and  Shteyngart is back with another super funny video, this time featuring an extended performance by none other than Paul Giamatti starring as Shteyngart’s roommate.  There’s also a brilliant performance by Felix the Dog.  The hapless trio make a trip into the wilds of Brooklyn, where the illiterate Shteyngart has been asked to speak at a book club in one of Brooklyn’s famous “brownhouses.” The book itself makes only the briefest appearance.

Click through to New York Magazine to see the video; you will laugh a lot.

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E-Ink Beyond E-Readers

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 19th, 2011

This is apparently a snowboard!

Engadget has a very cool post and photo gallery showing off various concepts the company behind E-Ink has on display at SID 2011, including designs for a sheet music reader (my favorite), a snowboard (above), and a tablet-size display.

Next, we’ll have E-Ink TVs: the future of nostalgia.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 19th, 2011

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Kindle E-Pub?: Rumors are flying that Amazon might let E-Pub books onto the Kindle… From Good E-Reader.

Kids All Over Again: The Millions on reconnecting with kids’ books as a parent.

Susan Orlean Single: The NYT talks to the Orchid Thief author about animals and her new essay, published as a Kindle Single.

UK E-book Drop: The Bookseller reports that UK e-book sales have dropped following a post-Christmas surge.

Cloud Music: TechCrunch looks at how Google and Amazon have just helped Apple with its rumored cloud music offering.

Good Bad Guys: HuffPo rounds up responses to @RandomHouse’s call for readers’ favorite book villains.

Backlist Gold: Forbes on writers making bank by self-publishing their out-of-print backlist.

S&S Goes to India: The Bookseller reports on Simon & Schuster’s expansion into India.