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Esther Earl, Quincy teen, is inspiration for two books
Filed in the cabinet with the Potters are two books that have become Esther's legacy. One is the 2012 John Green novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” a worldwide hit that's sold more than 3 million print copies, and as of Friday, was number one on Amazon's ...

Lawyer Wants Apple to Cough Up $840 Million in E-Books Case
Apple lost its e-book antitrust trial last summer, but so far it hasn't had to write any checks as part of its punishment. Now a plaintiff's lawyer wants to deliver a bill: He says Apple should pay $840 million in damages. Steve Berman, an attorney ...

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Big bucks for old books
She, better than anyone else I know, certainly is acquainted with and knowledgeable about great books. This level of education and passion is what makes someone a great book collector. My sister is not a book collector by any means but what she knows ...

'She Who Tells a Story' exhibit on book shelves
Fortunately, for those who missed the show — and for those who saw it and, like me, want to return to the provocative images — the Museum of Fine Arts published a book with the same title. Written by MFA curator Kristen Gresh, it features images from ...

New books by local authors
Every few months, The Times-Standard publishes a “roundup” of all the books submitted to the newspaper by local authors, both by self-publishing and traditional publishing methods. Limited staff and time constraints prevent us from reading, reviewing ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan (Ballantine, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 4). What it's about: The author of the 2008 best seller The Middle Place, about the year she and ...

Synagogue launches Books Together program
Book lovers at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport will soon be on the same page. The synagogue's Adult Education Committee just launched its first community read with A Guide for the Perplexed by award-winning author Dara Horn. The novel ...

Amazon Plunges Into Christian Publishing With Waterfall Imprint
The online superstore Amazon got its start selling books — and it's been getting into the publishing business as well, with imprints for genres like science fiction, romance and mystery. Until now, though, it hasn't had its fingers in one of the ...

Black history books teach children about traditions, unsung heroes
Writing a story about children's books to read during Black History Month is a painful process, trying to narrow down selections from the many great artists and illustrators who have published books during the past year. Fortunately, the American ...

Charles Kenny's 6 favorite books
appiness: A History by Darrin M. McMahon (Grove/Atlantic, $17). Before asking whether humanity is "doing better" today, it's best to ask, "better at what?" McMahon tackles that question through a beautiful, accessible history of thought about the life ...

Best Sellers From '70s Try for E-Book Comeback
"Digital books are driving the sale of older titles because you don't have to worry about going to a bookstore and finding the books you want to buy aren't on the shelves," said Jane Friedman, chief executive of Open Road Integrated Media, a closely ...

Rising Self-Publishing Star Proposes "Third Path" to Book Publishing
Mather was initially rejected by over 100 agents and publishers in the "established" publishing business, but through self-publishing has gone on to sell nearly 200,000 books in the past eighteen months, and even sold the film rights of his latest ...

Vegas books win big in Super Bowl, some expect records for handle and profit
LAS VEGAS -- Indications from sports books in Las Vegas are that not only will Nevada break the state's Super Bowl record for handle, set last year at $98.9 million, but that their actual win could topple the mark set in 2005, when books logged a $15.4 ...

Syrian publishers at Cairo Book Fair: 'We came because we are still alive'
Despite these circumstances, Syrian participation remains strong in the Cairo International Book Fair (22 January - 6 February), as visitors to Hall 19 — devoted to the Arab publishers — could observe. Indeed, Syrian publishers occupied the larger ...

Netflix and Google Books Are Blurring the Line Between Past and Present
“The past is a foreign country,” novelist L. P. Hartley wrote. “They do things differently there.” He penned that in 1953, but in the digital era the past is now present and all around us: Millions of out-of-print books and historical videoclips, black ...

Apple faces $840 million e-books claim as it fights monitor
NEW YORK — Apple faces as much as $840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to electronic-book deals with publishers as it continues to oppose a court-ordered monitor in a related U.S. government case. Apple, in an emergency request ...

Administrative Assistant - Publishing Operations/Book Production
ABRAMS is seeking an energetic, organized, detail-oriented individual to provide overall support to the production area in a busy publishing operations department. On a daily basis, individual will be responsible for unpacking and trafficking proofs ...

What makes a successful book proposal? Publisher lets public weigh in
In a unique experiment, the publisher Palgrave Macmillan is posting proposals for nonfiction, academic titles, and inviting the public to comment on them. The publisher is also posting chapters from the proposed books -- all of which have been already ...

2014 Author Survey: From Manuscript to Book, How Many Authors Actually ...
2014 Author Survey: From Manuscript to Book, How Many Authors Actually ...

How Can I Self-Publish My Book?
So, I've written a novel and I'm thinking about publishing it myself. I don't know that I'd actually attempt a print run (who can afford that anyway), but publishing my own eBook seems so tempting. I know it isn't easy. I've got to decide where to ...

Kentucky book publisher Larkspur is low-tech and proud of it
Technology has changed almost every facet of the publishing world — from authors growing vast followings on social media to publishers serving up books that exist only on tablets and smartphones. But in a large studio in rural Monterey, Ky., Larkspur ...

Books to Watch Out For: February
She turns to the companionship of literature and “a blind lust for the written word.” Books are her retreat from the turmoil of the world and her consuming passion. The story of her life, told in her own sharp and irreverent voice, spans the years of ...

Amid the Wreckage of the Broncos, Sports Books Strike Gold
It meant the Nevada sports books were not only likely to surpass last year's record of $98.9 million worth of action, but they could surpass the $15.4 million in profit the books won in 2005, or a healthy 17 percent hold margin, when New England beat ...

The best recent crafting books
Storey Publishing has obliged with the fifth in its One-Skein Wonders series, an enticing grab bag of a book called “Crochet One-Skein Wonders,” edited by Judith Durant. The idea is clever: Provide an eclectic mix of projects, including purses, toys ...

Books|A Frenchman Finds It's True. They Really Are Out to Get Him.
Robert Harris's novel “An Officer and a Spy” has a point of high drama when the main character, Col. Georges Picquart, is ushered into a room full of atypical characters: people who will actually listen to him. For the first three-quarters of this book ...

Small publishing sprouts in Humboldt County; co-owners of Backcountry Press ...
Small publishing sprouts in Humboldt County; co-owners of Backcountry Press ...

Book News: Fragment Of Jane Austen's Handwriting Found
Stephen King is expected to come out with a new book, called Mr. Mercedes, this summer. A description from his publisher begins, "In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a ...

Pope Paul's aide goes against his will by publishing book
WARSAW, Poland – Poles are divided between praise and condemnation of John Paul II's secretary for publishing the late pope's personal notes – against his last will and testament. John Paul ordered the notes burned after his death and put his trusted ...

Amazon Reveals '100 Books to Read in a Lifetime'
The book retailer released this list today, and it includes fiction, nonfiction, as well as children's and YA books. The list was put together by Amazon Books' editorial team. Follow this link to check out the list. “With 100 Books to Read in a ...

What Your Friends Can't Tell You About Your Self-Published Book
To self-publish a book to approach the standards of a traditional publishing company will cost at least $5000, and more if your book requires more than two rounds of professional editing (traditionally published books go through as many as five rounds ...

A Netflix for Books?
The Book-of-the-Month Club (BOMC) was founded in 1926. In the 1980s, it was one of publishing's most formidable enterprises, with millions of members across the country. It had a panel of distinguished judges whose choice of main selections assured a ...

10 books to read after a break-up
(Cosmopolitan) -- So it's over, huh? I'm sorry. Here are some books to feed your heart and keep your brain/hands busy so you don't pour yourself a big glass of Jose Cuervo and battery acid. 1. "Him, Her, Him Again, The End of Him" by Patricia Marx ...

Is Parenting Really All Joy and No Fun? A Happily Childless Reviewer ...
Is Parenting Really All Joy and No Fun? A Happily Childless Reviewer ...

Apple, US clash in court over e-books antitrust monitor
But a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer told the court that the monitor was essential to ensure that Apple complies with the law, after a federal judge last summer found the company liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices ...

Amazon says everyone should read these books before they die
“With 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, we set out to build a roadmap of a literary life without making it feel like a homework assignment,” Sara Nelson, Amazon's Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books said in a press release. “Over many months ...

Williamson Library ready to pick winning book for publishing
... number and Library of Congress control number, registering with online vendors and 10 print copies. Williamson County Public Library kicked off publishing with its own book late last year, “Bucky and Bonnie's Library Adventure,” now available on ...

Williamson Library ready to pick winning book for publishing
... number and Library of Congress control number, registering with online vendors and 10 print copies. Williamson County Public Library kicked off publishing with its own book late last year, “Bucky and Bonnie's Library Adventure,” now available on ...

Books|The Needles in the Monumental NSA Haystack
The saga of Edward J. Snowden, the man whose leaked documents revealed the Orwellian dimensions of the National Security Agency, reads like a le Carré novel crossed with something by Kafka — at least it does in Luke Harding's new book, “The ...

Children's board books ripe for satire
P.D. Eastman had the right idea, but the wrong generation. Instead of writing “Are You My Mother?,” the initial-named children's book writer could've been on top of an even more exciting wave in publishing: board book parodies for adults. This month, a ...

Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting
In her new book, Senior writes about how about children change the lives of their parents — for better and sometimes for worse. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood considers the impact of children on marriage, sex, work, friendships ...

E-book publishers facing declining reading interest: expert
5 (CNA) A decline in the habit of reading is one of the challenges facing e-book publishers around the world, a Malaysian publishing expert said Wednesday in Taipei. "If the population is not reading, they are not reading in whichever format," whether ...

Amazon's latest page-turner: book publishing
After forever changing book-selling, Amazon is now embarked on a wide-ranging venture that seeks to alter the book-publishing end of the business. Company officials see it as an experiment where they can tinker with new ways to connect authors and ...

Amazon's latest page-turner: book publishing
While Amazon has tried its hand at publishing blockbusters, with middling success, its real business is trying to change the business of book publishing. Amazon has created 15 imprints — publishing everything from science fiction to romance to ...

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die
Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spanned multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult ...

Amazon Publishing Finally Giving Big Publishers Run For Their Money?
When Amazon launched its New York-based publishing operation headed by book industry heavy-hitter Larry Kirshbaum and announced its intention to compete for authors and manuscripts at the highest level, established publishers worried that Amazon ...

A Gift Registry for Baby Books
Expectant parents can register for the books they'd like to include in their kids' libraries, and gift-givers can buy the books relatively confident that theirs will be the only offering of The Very Hungry Caterpillar or The Cat in the Hat that makes ...

9 Amazing Books That Feature Magical Realism
When I hear the expression "magical realism" being applied to any book, I usually get a little wary. At least in my country, Germany, the expression sometimes seems to be used as a euphemism, a polite way of avoiding the evil f-word: "fantasy!" Once ...

Books help keep 102-year-old sharp
Oh, you can talk about e-books on tablets and audio books on CD and whatnot. But the basic, bounded, paper and hardcover book coming off the presses today looks much the same as it did when Hunter was born five years before the United States entered ...

Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do
In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form. You know the power of a great book. It transports you, taking you ...

Book News: Hundreds Of Writers Denounce 'Chokehold' Russian Laws
Novelist Teju Cole has sold a nonfiction book to Random House, called Radio Lagos: Life, Death, and the Afterlife in Africa's Biggest City. According to a press release from his publisher, the book uses "history, memoir, essay, interviews, and ...


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