More Amazon news: The company launched program called Kindle First today, offering users access to Kindle books a month before their official release. Editors select the titles that will be available in advance along with a note of recommendation. [Amazon] READ FULL STORY
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On the Books: Little, Brown to publish Willie Nelson's autobiography, Amazon Publishing unveils 'Day One' feature
Today’s news includes confirmed deals for Willie Nelson and Morrissey’s autobiographies, while Amazon and Barnes & Noble unveil more digital features. Read on for today’s headlines: READ FULL STORY
Not a whole lot of books news today, folks — just a Halloween-appropriate announcement from Chief Scarer R.L. Stine, a lifted books ban in Arizona, and an ad campaign that’s both confusing and fascinating. Read on for today’s headlines:
R.L. Stine, the mastermind behind the Goosebumps books, is reviving the young adult horror series Fear Street. [The New York Times]
An Arizona school district has lifted its ban on seven Mexican-American studies books after a governing board voted 3-2 to reinstate them as “supplementary materials.” [Arizona Daily Star]
The ad campaign for the upcoming film adaptation of The Book Thief is intentionally left blank. The film’s ad took up two consecutive blank pages in The New York Times with only a URL listed at the bottom. [Adweek]
Larry Kirshbaum, head of Amazon Publishing, announced he’ll be stepping down early next year. [Publishers Weekly]
Speaking of Amazon (we’re always speaking of Amazon), a community of Goodreads users have been protesting Amazon’s new rules. [Salon]
The New York Times is doing a series of profiles of small poetry presses because “many smart people say they’re panic-stricken by poetry, as if it were an iambic migraine to be ducked.” [The New York Times]
Q&A of the day: Rosalind Wiseman introduced the term “mean girls” with Queen Bees & Wannabes. She has a new book coming out titled Masterminds & Wingmen and talked to USA Today about what’s going on in “Boy World.” [USA Today]
And for your must-read: What’s that word again? Liesl Schillinger’s new book, Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century, provides an updated list of terms for every situation, from “Facebook-happy” to “rotter.” [The New Yorker]
On the Books: Maya Angelou, Judy Blume sign open letter to Obama on standardized testing; Emily Dickinson manuscripts digitally archived
Today’s bevy of book news includes an open letter, another digital archive, and a retirement that’s up in the air. Read on for more top headlines: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Apple to be monitored over deals with publishing houses; Amazon removes self-published pornographic e-books
No prizes or major announcements today, folks — this morning’s books headlines feature major companies hitting snags with publishing houses, but there are plenty of other good reads online. Check out more of today’s links below: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Stephen Baldwin sued for missing book deadline; Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature
This morning’s books news is all about the Nobel Prize (congratulations, Alice Munro), but aside from the announcement, there’s a bevy of lawsuits, betrayals, and even teenage angst to cover in the literary world. Read on for today’s top books headlines: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Haruki Murakami tops speculative Nobel Prize shortlist; Andrew Wylie chides Amazon for 'megalomania'
The Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded this week, and the literary world is placing its bets on who will be the next winner. Meanwhile, Andrew Wylie blasted Amazon in a new interview, and Atavist Books is staking its claim in the digital landscape. Read on for today’s top books headlines: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Michael Hastings' novel to be published posthumously; 'Morning Joe' to announce National Book Awards finalists
Michael Hastings, the 33-year-old journalist who died in a car crash in June, will have his novel published. Meanwhile, Amazon is facing labor disputes overseas in Germany. Read on for more of the top books news from this weekend: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Amazon updates Kindle, Fire OS; authors Karen Russell, Donald Antrim receive $625,000 MacArthur grants
What’s Amazon’s latest for the Kindle? Who received the MacArthur “genius” grants this year? Those books headlines and more questions for you to ponder below:
Amazon announced new Kindle tablets — the 7″ Kindle Fire HDX — will begin shipping October 18. The company will also release an updated Fire OS, dubbed “Mojito,” which includes new features like Second Screen and the Mayday button. [AllThingsD]
Authors Karen Russell and Donald Antrim are among 24 MacArthur “genius” fellows, each receiving $625,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to use however they like. [NPR]
In other awards news, poet Alice Oswald won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Memorial, her retelling of Homer. [The Telegraph]
William Boyd, author of the latest James Bond novel, says Bond Girls should be called “Bond Women.” Discuss. [The Telegraph]
Also up for discussion: Do fictional characters have to be likable for us to fall in love with them? Writers Mohsin Hamid and Zoe Heller tackle the question. [New York Times]
Speaking of formerly likable fictional characters, Walter White’s Walt Whitman book from Breaking Bad is up for auction. [LA Times]
Paris Review co-founder and novelist Peter Matthiessen’s book, In Paradise, about a group of people who “come together for a weeklong meditation retreat at the site of a World War II concentration camp,” will be published by Riverhead Books this spring, according to a press release.
No need to blush, romance novel readers. A study found that fans of romance novels are more sensitive, meaning they’re more capable of “reading subtle facial cues, and picking up on the emotions they express.” (And on a related note, ICYMI: E.L. James is producing a line of wines inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey.) [Pacific Standard]
Finally, are you keeping up with Banned Books Week? Join its Twitter party at noon with the hashtag #bannedbooksweek, and check out some other events on their site. [Banned Books Week]
For readers looking to expand their digital libraries, but are wary of paying full price for titles they already own, Amazon today unveiled a solution: the Kindle Matchbook. Through the program, Amazon users can buy discounted versions of print books they had purchased new from the site.
Depending on the title, electronic copies on Kindle Matchbook will cost $2.99 or less (some are even free). The option works for all print purchases dating back to 1995–when Amazon first opened its online bookstore — and offers users the option to review their order history.
“If you logged onto your CompuServe account during the Clinton administration and bought a book like Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus from Amazon, Kindle Matchbook now makes it possible for that purchase–18 years later–to be added to your Kindle library at a very low cost,” Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content, said in a press release. “In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish.” READ FULL STORY
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