The End of Bookstores: The Australian Minister for Small Business has predicted that online shopping will kill bookstores within five years. From the Sydney Morning Herald.
Digital-Only Kids’ Books: A look at a very cool choose-your-own-adventure-type series that is also the first all-digital, Kindle-only kids’ book series. From the Bookseller.
Uncle Tom Re-met: The NYT looks back at ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.’
Argo Bookshop for Sale: The Montreal store is for sale, according to Quill & Quire.
Carole King Memoir: The singer-songwriter will publish her first memoir with Grand Central in April 2012. From the NYT.
Amazon Tablet: Pocket-Lint speculates that Amazon will stream movies to its rumored tablet.
By now you know about Go the F**k to Sleep, the crude children’s book written by Adam Mansbach that’s drawing all kinds of attention and breaking all kinds of records. We’ve profiled the book here, and as it hits shelves this week, it’s become the talk of the book world.
The talk hasn’t been all positive. A New Zealand lobby group has called for the book to be banned, citing not only its danger to children, but also to “aggressive and dysfunctional parents.”
But fans of the book will be delighted to hear that legendary and idiosyncratic director Werner Herzog has lent his signature voice to a recorded reading, which will be played at the New York Public Library to coincide with the release. You can find out more here.
Go the F**k to Sleep currently sits at #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list.
Is Amazon trying to trick would-be iPad buyers into buying a Kindle instead?
You’ll recognize the almost-iconic top image of Apple’s iPad 2 Smart Covers fanned out in all their colors. But what do you think of bottom one, found on Amazon’s home page beside a Father’s Day Kindle promo? Is Amazon trying to subliminally lure would-be iPad consumers over to the E-Ink side of the e-reader fence?
Beware Monday the 13!
Bookstore Opening in Altoona: Read Green Books is opening in Altoona, PA. From the Altoona Mirror.
Winning ‘Horse’: ‘War Horse,’ based on a 1982 novel, took multiple awards at the Tonys. From the NYT.
Goodbye Amazon Affiliates: Amazon is terminating affiliate relationships in Connecticut and Arkansas due to online taxes.
Rushdie to Write for TV: Salman Rushdie is working on a sci-fi drama for Showtime. From the Guardian.
Comics Reboot: DC Comics has announced it will restart 52 comics series from issue number 1.
Facebook’s Influence on Writing: The Chronicle of Higher Ed contemplates the negative effects of Facebook on student writing.
And Journalism…: ArsTechnica wonders something similar as the above about the Internet’s effect on Journalism.
What would T.S. Eliot say if he saw the image above? Perhaps “Summer surprised us,” as he does on the first page of his famous poem “The Waste Land.” This budding summer is indeed a surprising one for Eliot’s most famous poem, which was recently turned into an interactive iOS app by the developers at Touch Press.
This week, it is not only Apple’s iPad App of the Week, but, according to eBookNewser, is among this week’s top grossing apps.
For $13.99, you get a good deal more than the text of the poem (which is a great value on its own at any price): you also get a video of a theatrical reading of the poem by Fiona Shaw, as well as recordings of Eliot, Ted Hughes and Viggo Mortensen. Plus there are interactive drafts and other cool enhancements so readers can see how the poem was composed.
It’s a strange, and perhaps exciting, fate for one of the 20th Century’s grimmest, and most important, pieces of literature. Eliot himself was an editor at Faber, so you can bet he would have been hopeful, in this publishing economy, about new revenue sources for books.
And if that’s not enough poetry news for one week, John Ashbery’s on the cover of the NYTBR for a review his new translation of Rambaud’s Illuminations.
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Orange Tea Obreht: The 25-year-old writer has won the prestigious Orange Prize, and says she doesn’t feel she’s earned it. From the Guardian.
10 Summer Reads: Malcolm Jones offers 10 new books to read this summer. From Newsweek/ Book Beast.
Kobo in Five Languages: The Digital Reader reports that Kobo has started selling e-books in Spanish, German, French, Italian and Dutch, in addition to English.
Patchett on the Writing Life: Ann Patchett tells the Guardian about her new novel, set in the Amazon.
Why E-books Are Bad for You: PC World explains–it has, among other things, to do with copyright.
George Saunders Interviewed: From Bomb. The headline links to part 1. Here’s part 2.
No Nook for Nook: One Boston Herald columnist can’t let herself love her e-reader.
Here’s some big news on the Apple front. After a controversy stirred over Apple’s decision to force content publishers to offer subscriptions at the same price through in-app purchases and outside the app, the company has removed the same-price requirement. With the old rules, content publishers would lose Apple’s 30% cut for all in-app subscription purposes. Now they can increase the in-app price to compensate for that 30%. TUAW has more details.
Pogue on New E-Readers: The NYT tech columnist reviews the new Nook and Kobo touch readers.
Borders Looks to Downsize HQ: Borders is looking into some smaller spaces for its headquarters in Michigan. From The Detroit News.
Pearlman Wins Malamud Prize: Edith Pearlman has won the PEN/ Malamud award for short fiction. From AP
Collapsing House of Books: The house of a Canadian woman who saved a giant collection of books from being burned is now collapsing under the weight of those books. From the Guardian.
Bookstore Revived: An former employee will reopen KY’s Morgan-Adams books under a new name. From Kentucky.com.
Authors on Film: Salon looks at a new series of books in which literary authors write about movies.
Today on the Web!
New Owner for Borders?: The WSJ looks at a possible buyer: the investor Jahm Najafi
Angry Bird Book: The folks behind Angry Birds are preparing a cookbook about eggs! From MocoNews.net.
Amazon’s Publishing Push: Forbes takes a look.
Bad Book Biz: Police uncover a fraudulent Vermont publisher. From Burlington Free Press.
Bad People, Great Books: Salon looks at when great books come from bad people.
E-Book Events: Publishing Perspectives wonders how book festivals might integrate e-books into their programming.
iBooks Update: Apple has updated iBooks to enable a read-aloud feature for some e-books. From PC Magazine.
Meet iCloud: The NYT explains Apple’s new cloud computing offering.
E-book Discount: Amazon’s “Sunshine Deals” discount program is already shooting a bunch of discounted e-books up its bestseller lists. From PaidContent.
Illustrated E-books: Can they match print, asks Salon?
U.K. Children’s Laureate: Julia Donaldson has been named the U.K. Children’s Laureate for 2011-13.
Closing George: The Boston Globe on the closure of the Curious George shop in Harvard Square.
BookCourt: The Daily News looks at a beloved Brooklyn indie.
X: The Millions looks at the legacy of Malcolm X in books.
Brand Building: HuffPo talks about e-books as brand builders.