Grief Is the New Cool: The Millions looks at the new trend for books on grief.
Fundamental Fail: All government funding for the Reading Is Fundamental organization has been cut.
J.K. Rowling Biopic: They’re making one… from the Times Colonist.
Why Barnes & Noble Survives: Time explains…
The Pressures of Success: The editors of the Mark Twain autobio are feeling it. From the LA Times.
The Armchair Sailor in Newport, RI
Looking Glass Books in Portland, OR
Happy snow day!
Amazon Sues Texas Over Taxes: Amazon is taking Texas to court over the state’s demand of $269 M in taxes.
On Borders: Here’s the Washington Post’s take on Borders struggle for survival.
More On Borders: And here’s Newsweek’s take.
Literary Archives = Monkfish? So a columnist for the Guardian contends.
Reynolds Price Dies at 77: This is this southern novelist’s NYT obit.
A Writer’s Afterlife: The Millions wonders what fans owe their deceased heroes, in this case Jim Carroll.
On Barnes & Noble: Publishing Perspectives looks at B&N’s changing role in the book world.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Barnes & Noble that claims the bookseller stole the design of the original Nook digital reading device. U.S. District Court Judge James Ware ruled that Spring Design, which produces the Alex eReader, a dual screen digital reader much like the original Nook, can pursue a suit charging B&N with misappropriating trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition.
In its suit, Spring Design says that it met with B&N prior to the release of the Nook to discuss a partnership with the retailer around the Alex eReader. However, after the release of the Nook in late 2009, Spring Design filed suit, claiming that B&N violated a nondisclosure agreement and copied the Alex eReader’s features for use in the Nook. Both devices feature a b&w e-ink screen and smaller color backlit screen and both run on Google’s Android operating system.
The Year’s Worst Books: The Guardian wonders what they are.
Writers on Editors: The Awl talks to five writers about their book editors.
Bookstores Are Fighters: NPR talks to booksellers big and small about how they’re fighting against the digital tides.
Two Million Books for Sale: Japan’s largest bookstore will open next week with 2 million books available. From the Mainichi Daily News.
The Future: Harvard’s Nieman Lab is asking smart people in journalism what 2011 will hold. Steven Brill talks e-books in this post.
Ads in E-books: Ubergizmo thinks a bit about what that would look like.
A new week’s links!
Foer’s Un-Digital Book: New York magazine takes a look at Jonathan Safron Foer’s newest project, a kind of book-sculpture that you can own a copy of for $40.
Internet Textbook Sales Take a Bite Out of Brick and Mortar: Masslive.com notes how the bottom line at an Amherst bookstore has been hurt by online textbook sales.
And at Brown Too!: The Brown University Daily Herald notes the same trouble facing the university bookstore.
The End of a B&N: Despite local protests, Barnes & Noble will close a popular Encino store.
After the After Party: The good news is if you missed the NBA after party, the Daily Beast, which hosted, has some pics to show you.
Meet Jaimy Gordon: Follow this series of links to a 1983 interview with this year’s NBA winner in fiction!
Patti Smith’s Poetry: And, in more NBA-inspired coverage, HuffPo takes a close look at Patti Smith’s poetry–her memoir Just Kids is far from her first book…
The Nook Color started shipping today, as we reported earlier. The tech blog Gizmodo posted a lengthy review of the Nook Color today, basically concluding that it’s neither an e-reader nor a tablet, but performs some of the functions of both, though does the e-reading stuff much better. Though the review also speculates that, being the first color e-reader with an affordable price tag of $250, it’ll be under lots of Christmas trees this year.
Here’s the conclusion from Gizmodo:
Caught between two worlds, the Nook Color is an undeniably interesting, if somewhat conflicted device. It’s not quite a tablet, but it’s more than a simple ebook reader. It can do things that an e-ink reader simply can’t—even if it doesn’t always excel at them.
If you were to ask this blogger, I’d say hold out and spend the extra $250 on an iPad, or spend $100 less on a Kindle, but Gizmodo’s right in thinking that we don’t know where this class of device–a half-tab–is heading, and it promises interesting things. Book publishers are certainly excited about it. How about you?
It’s Friday! It’s a long weekend! Woo hoo!
Don’t Picture This: A front-page NYT story describes how picture books are falling out of favor as parents choose chapter books for their kids.
Why Ngugi wa Thiong’o Should Have Won: The Guardian tells why.
Unlike!: Encino residents protest the loss of a local Barnes & Noble using Facebook.
Last Lost Poem: A last, lost poem by Ted Hughes about the night Sylvia Plath died has just been published for this first time. You can read about the publication here, though you won’t see the poem unless you’re willing to read it on plain old paper.
Tablet Takers: The WSJ reports that an analyst thinks that Apple will retain half the growing tablet market once competitors hit the scene.
Today’s links and thinks:
Present Tension: Salon describes a little battle going on in Britain right now over the use of the present tense in fiction.
10 Indie Bookstores: CBS runs down 10 indie bookstores in the Twin Cities, with cool pictures.
Barnes & Noble Today: Here’s the NYT take on the latest between B&N and Burkle.
Apple Newsstand: Bloomberg wonders how much control periodical publishers are willing to give Apple in exchange for the rumored digital newsstand the company has in the works.
Booker Sales: The Bookseller looks closely at sales figures of the books on the Booker shortlist as compared to books that aren’t on it.
Favorite Authors’ Favorite Authors: The Millions has a piece about just that.
The opening screen of the rebranded Nook app
In a smart, Amazon-like, branding move, Barnes & Noble has renamed its e-reader app for iPad and other Apple iOS devices “Nook for iPad” (or iPhone). This brings all their e-reading platforms under one banner–the Nook device itself, the Nookstudy academic platform, and now the mobile device apps–making it clear to users that Nook means e-books from Barnes & Noble. This is also in line with the upcoming push through which the company will put Nook boutiques in every store.
It’s Friday the 13th…oh dear…
Burkle vs. Barnes & Noble Recap: Here’s the NYT recap of Yesterday’s dramatic events in the battle for B&N.
The Non-Future of the Kindle: HuffPo notes that scrapping the Kindle could be a kind of victory for the company.
Eat, Pray, Stuff: The Hollywood Reporter talks about the growing merchandise business around the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ movie.
Happy Birthday, Green Eggs: Yesterday was the 50th birthday of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham. Did you get the book a present? From ABC.
A Case for Translation, Part 2: Chad Post of Open Letter books continues his exploration of the issues around publishing translations in Publishing Perspectives.
Digital Newspaper: News Corp. has announced plans for a national digital newspaper for cell phones and tablets with short, snappy stories.