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Common Core: How are books judged?
common core1 Some time ago I wrote about a highly popular supplemental reading program used in thousands of schools called “Accelerated Reader” by Renaissance Learning Inc., which encouraged students to read books that were evaluated through a ...

Houghton Mifflin Seeks Up to $292 Million in Book Publisher IPO
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co., the educational book publisher backed by hedge-fund manager John Paulson, is planning an initial public offering that may raise as much as $292 million. The company's selling stockholders, including Paulson & Co., Avenue ...

From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life
This interview was originally broadcast on July 1, 2013. Far Out Isn't Far Enough has just been released on DVD. Children's-book writer Maurice Sendak learned a lot from author and artist Tomi Ungerer. In Far Out Isn't Far Enough, a documentary about ...

Digital Book World Survey: Start-Ups in Publishing
NEW YORK – November 1, 2013 – Digital Book World today announced that a brand new survey – “Start-Ups in Publishing” – is open for responses. The survey is aimed at publishers to find out what they want fledgling businesses to focus on, as well as at ...

What books sell best? Self-help, kid lit, and erotica
Broadly, three major eras have defined the retail book biz over the last 20 years: brick-and-mortar bookstores (1993-1998), online booksellers such as Amazon (1999-2008), and the rise of e-books (2009-present). The rise of the latter two eras have had ...

Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces New Zodiac-Based Book with Comics ...
Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces New Zodiac-Based Book with Comics ...

These Are The Books The Internet Says Every Man Should Read, And It's Pretty ...
These Are The Books The Internet Says Every Man Should Read, And It's Pretty ...

Amazon Prime members can now get new Kindle books for free
Each month, editors at Amazon Publishing choose certain books from among Kindle's most popular categories. Those books are available one month ahead of their official release. Along with each title are a note of recommendation and a behind-the-scenes ...

Golden Books offer lessons for a lifetime: Regina Brett
The book's forward says the Golden Books were first published "during the dark days of World War II, and they've been comforting people during trying times ever since – while gently teaching us a thing or two." Author Diane Muldrow said she wrote ...

Disney Publishing teams up with comics legend Stan Lee on new book based ...
Disney Publishing teams up with comics legend Stan Lee on new book based ...

UNL plan to renovate library, move books, draws criticism
Busch said the satellite book storage site would be open to the public, and the library would deliver books stored there to other branches or even specific academic departments. She's also considering buying a machine for Love Library that could print ...

Visitors to La. Book Festival get dose of good books, great weather
Crystal-clear blue skies and cool breezes awaited visitors to the Louisiana Book Festival's 10th edition, a welcome site in downtown Baton Rouge. The festival, which continues today (Nov. 2) through 5 p.m., features various literary panels and ...

Britney Spears Says Her Favorite Books Are by This Christian Author
While Lucado's views are hardly surprising given his conservative evangelical theology, some might be surprised by Spears naming his books as her favorites — for many reasons, although one pointed out by the Daily News is that Spears has been an ...

Books in Brief: Cinders, Dallas 1963, Lowcountry Bombshell
Beloved children's book creator Jan Brett offers a charming, most unusual picture book version of the fairy tale inspired by her love of chickens and set in 18th century Russia. (According to the publisher, Brett, who has more than 38 million books in ...

Activists Hope Coloring Books Highlight Russia's War on LGBT Citizens
FCKH8.com, a for-profit T-shirt company based in Michigan, plans to mail children in Sochi and Moscow 10,000 copies of Misha & His Moms Go to the Olympics, a coloring book featuring LGBT people and their families, ahead of next year's Winter Olympics ...

Curl Up With Stunningly Illustrated Books This Winter
One of the fun things about childhood is that it is usually full of books and reading. Bedtime stories read to us by our parents, books we read huddled under the covers, and libraries filled with picture or story books. The winter holidays are a ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann (The Penguin Press, non-fiction, on sale Nov. 5). What it's about: Goes behind the scenes to tell the ...

Orson Scott Card announces new 'Ender's Game' books
While the books have been popular with science fiction readers, Card has drawn criticism for his views on homosexuality, which have been called anti-gay. In the lead-up to the film release of "Ender's Game," Card was conspicuously absent from press ...

Is Amazon bad for publishers?
It's something of an article of faith, in book-publishing circles, that Amazon has been a Bad Thing for the book publishing industry. And certainly it is an article of faith in this review. (Authors, by contrast seem to have gotten more upset at Google ...

52 Books in 52 Weeks, Week 44: The Circle Closes
The Circle, Eggers' first foray into dystopia, is set in a near future where the world doesn't look that much different than now. Facebook, Google and Twitter have been replaced by one social media provider, The Circle, an organization that is part ...

Vermont women inmates heal through writing circle; publish book of their prose ...
Vermont women inmates heal through writing circle; publish book of their prose ...

Gift Books for Your Favorite Bridge Player
Barbara Seagram and David Bird have written companion books: “Declarer Play at Bridge: A Quizbook” and “Defensive Play at Bridge: A Quizbook” (Master Point Press). In each chapter, you get a few pages of instruction covering the significant points ...

The Walking Dead: Identifying Bob Stookey's Books
Spoiler Warning: There are mild spoilers for the “Indifference” episode of The Walking Dead ahead. Whenever a book or a comic book appears on The Walking Dead, we always like to zoom in on the image to see if there might be any special significance in ...

A book for everyone on your gift list this year
But here's a great suggestion: books! Books are cost-effective. They're like taking a trip without going anywhere. They give and give again, and they're share-able. What more could you want to give? So without further ado, here are some great books you ...

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN): Is Amazon Bad For Publishers? [Barnes & Noble, Inc.]
It's something of an article of faith, in book-publishing circles, that Amazon has been a Bad Thing for the book publishing industry. And certainly it is an article of faith in this review. (Authors, by contrast seem to have gotten more upset at Google ...

Shelf Control: McDonald's Introduces Interactive Happy Meal Books To McPlay ...
Shelf Control: McDonald's Introduces Interactive Happy Meal Books To McPlay ...

'Japan 1941': massive misjudgments led to war
In “Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy,” Japanese-born historian Eri Hotta examines the misjudgments and misunderstandings that led Japanese government officials to believe that America would be easily and quickly vanquished in any conflict. By Bruce ...

'Quiet Dell': a poetic novelization of a 1931 murder
Most compelling is Annabel, the 9-year-old youngest Eicher, who wafts and dances through the book like a sweetly smiling ghost. Early in the book, we learn about her fascination with books and plays, her love for her grandmother, her joyous engagement ...

Book News: Rand Paul To Plagiarism Accusers: 'If Dueling Were Legal In ...
Book News: Rand Paul To Plagiarism Accusers: 'If Dueling Were Legal In ...

Ebooks and discounts drive 98 publishers out of business
The majority of the publisher insolvencies related to book businesses, but the figure, compiled by accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy from Companies House reports for the 12 months ending August 31 2013, also comprises publishers of newspapers, journals, ...

Twitter to close IPO books early on strong demand -sources
Nov 4 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is set to close the books on its $1.75 billion initial public offering a day earlier than scheduled, on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) amid strong investor demand for shares, according to two sources with knowledge ...

NYT Columnist Blames Writers Union for Refusing to Publish Book in Israel
A controversial New York Times columnist is pushing back on accusations that he tried to block his novel from being published in Israel but failed to explicitly reject the charge that he said he would donate his royalties to Hamas if the book was ...

Author Orson Scott Card promises more books in 'Ender's Game' series
The sci-fi spectacle about children space warriors, "Ender's Game," came in No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $28 million. Pitched as a blockbuster for teens, the film actually attracted an older audience -- more than 54% were over 25 ...

HERB BENHAM: My read on the importance of old books
Neither the dictionary nor the phone book are antiques; they're not old or precious enough to fall into the collectible category, but they might as well be because, once used daily, now they are opened maybe twice a year. When I swivel to look up a ...

Here Are The Books You've Started But Haven't Finished
In an enlightening interview, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio—who in about 36 hours will be Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio—further contributed to the sense that despite his dominance among several demographics even in the Democratic primary, ...

On the Books: Diana Nyad to write memoir; Rand Paul accused of plagiarism
This week's books news starts off with a new memoir, a plagiarism accusation, and a hefty donation. Read on for the headlines: Swimmer Diana Nyad, the 64-year-old who successfully swam from Cuba to Florida, will be writing a memoir for Knopf. “Her book ...

Books to Watch Out For: November
“A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year” (W. W. Norton & Co.), by Tom Nissley, out November 4th. To collect material for this quirky, calendrical approach to literary history, Nissley—a former ...

'Take a book, leave a book' movement catching on
Little Free Libraries are handcrafted structures full of books for children and adults, a free-books movement that has spread not only around Illinois but onto lawns around the world. They are designed and decorated to the owner's — or steward's ...

Woodford jail inmate gets books after hunger strike
EUREKA — Woodford County jail officials on Monday denied that an inmate's hunger strike or outside protests led to a change of policy regarding access to books. Inmate Kevin Johnson's eight-day hunger strike ended Oct. 31 when the jail decided to ...

Getting Connecticut's books in order requires half a billion in state bonds
They can delay payments owed by just a few days in order to book the money in a different month or fiscal year, or project additional revenues using rosy scenarios that aren't likely to pan out. But once they come clean, their states have to pay back ...

'Double Down,' by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
What the veteran political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann report in “Double Down,” their buzzy, behind-the-scenes book on the 2012 election, is that on the eve of the second debate, the usually self-possessed president was having doubts ...

Book News: Mozambican Writer Wins Neustadt Prize, 'America's Nobel'
The Mozambican poet, fiction writer and biologist Mia Couto has won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, a biennial award sometimes called "The American Nobel." Couto, who has written dozens of books in his native Portuguese, including ...

Uncarrier strategy helps T-Mobile add another million...
Uncarrier strategy helps T-Mobile add another million...

John Pye on self-publishing: 'I am in control'
A birthday present of a Kindle set me thinking and so I began to look into independent publishing this way; it seemed fairly simple and there did appear to be some workable methods of promoting the book. The snag, of course, being that all the ...

Penn Libraries Acquire Unique Collection of Moroccan Lithographic Books
Penn Libraries recently acquired a collection of lithographic books printed in Fez, Morocco, during the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. It includes some 108 titles in 136 volumes and represents one of the largest ...

Digital Book World 2014: Change Management for Today's Book Publisher
NEW YORK – November 5, 2013 –Hear a structured view of how change can – and should – be effected in organizations, and particularly in book publishers at Digital Book World Conference + Expo, the largest digital publishing event in the world, January ...

'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card announces new 'Ender' books
There are already multiple books which take place in the world of Ender Wiggin, the main character of the novel “Ender's Game,” which was first released in 1985. Multiple books and short stories have focused on Ender and those living in his world, and ...

The Top 10 Books on Apple's iBooks
Top Paid Books. 1. Sycamore Row by John Grisham (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group). 2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Tom Doherty Associates). 3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books). 4. Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren ...

Three steam-powered children's books about trains
With Amtrak reporting a record 31.6 million passengers, families will welcome this year's trainload of picture books about locomotives. And from factual to fanciful, many of them are excellent. Climb aboard Elisha Cooper's “Train.” In the busy, vaulted ...

'First Look': Local authors to be featured at Festival of Books
Pelly is the main character in a series of five books Castro wrote. She will be at this year's Festival of Books and said she is excited to share Pelly's story with kids. So what's the story behind Pelly the pelican? Castro was standing at the ...


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