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Can't Travel? Let These Books Take You Cross-Country Instead
(The lonely motel out on the open road is, of course, my fantasy, having seen “Psycho” too many times.) And if you can't get on the open road? These books are the next best thing. In every part of the U.S., there are writers creating iconic characters ...

SDCC: George RR Martin and Friends Offer Fantasy/Genre Book ...
SDCC: George RR Martin and Friends Offer Fantasy/Genre Book ...

Three Ways Continuing Education Helps Your Publishing Career
When it comes to learning a new digital skill, it's always easier to cling to the way things have always been done, but technical concepts like search engine optimization, metadata and HTML are here to stay in book publishing. As paper books continue ...

How Cocktail Books Made Canon's Jamie Boudreau a Better Bartender
Bartender Jamie Boudreau, proprietor of Canon, has been collecting cocktail books for more than ten years. Eater chatted with him recently about his favorite books—including the ones he thinks every cocktail enthusiast needs—and plans for a Canon ...

Green Apple Books on the Park opens in SF
“Opening the new store has been a remarkable experience,” said Books on the Park manager Stephen Sparks. “Besides the dedicated booksellers we have on staff who've helped shape this space in a matter of weeks, the process has also made the strength ...

Whether it's two books or 100, kids celebrate summer reading at Forest Grove ...
Whether it's two books or 100, kids celebrate summer reading at Forest Grove ...

Books to Watch Out For: August
Tsukuru Tazaki is a thirty-six-year-old railway-station engineer, but when we meet him, in the book's opening pages, he is twenty, in college, and suffering from debilitating depression, because his four best friends have, without explanation ...

Minnesota man donates tons of books to SD school lost to fire
A Minnesota man recently donated 2 tons of books to Hoven High School after a Memorial Day weekend fire destroyed the more than 70-year-old school. Dick Roue, editor of the the Thirteen Towns newspaper in Fosston, Minn., collected the books over the ...

Amazon Wants Cheaper E-Books. But Should It Get to Enforce Prices?
In a short blog post meant to shed light on its contract dispute with the publisher Hachette, Amazon argued this week that its data proved that lower e-book prices were better for everyone in the market for books. That includes authors, publishers ...

Best-selling books for the week that ended July 27
Here are the week's best-selling books from Publisher's Weekly for the week that ended July 27. HARDCOVER FICTION. 1. “A Perfect Life” • Danielle Steel. 2. “Tom Clancy: Support and Defend” • Mark Greaney. 3. “The Heist” • Daniel Silva. 4. “The Book of ...

Game of Thrones Author Admits Pressure to Finish Books Affect Him
Martin also talks about his obligation in finishing the books, and that he's given up on answering the question "when it (the books) will be done?" since whenever he gave a time frame before and it didn't pan out, some people assume he's doing it ...

KunstlerCast 255 - Yakking about the New Model for Book Publishing
#255 – JHK yaks with Lynn Vannucci of Water Street Press (www.Waterstreetpressbooks.com) about the new model of book publishing in the digital age. Lynn has published four short-form novellas by JHK the past several years. Aspiring writers may be ...

Librarians reveal NYC's most insanely overdue books
Offenders often remain anonymous, simply tossing old books in an outdoor drop box. The Kingsbridge branch in The Bronx got back a biography of El Greco in March 2013 that was due June 14, 1962. “It's fun to think about where that book has been for the ...

Independent book publishers gather at Providence Public Library to show and ...
Independent book publishers gather at Providence Public Library to show and ...

Books in Brief: Yoko's Diary, Everybody's Got Something
This moving book offers a poignant portrait of a young girl's hopes and dreams amidst everyday trials and tribulations (doing her homework, being late for school, weeding, visiting her grandmother, losing her hat) and the privations of war (missing her ...

Teens take 'Battle of the Books' seriously
"I think it's a good way for the kids to be able to get with other people their own age to view books in a totally different way," said Donna Rowells, the coach for the Alachua branch library's team. "They can kind of share their ideas and open up ...

Books: New and noteworthy
USA TODAY's Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central, fiction, on sale Aug. 5). What it's about: In this third book in a thriller series, master thief Gideon ...

OUR GOOD DEEDS: Student gathers 3000 books to give away
Carol Boland posted a call for books on her Facebook page and Kaylee plastered the school with fliers, put out boxes for book donations and organized a contest between classrooms, using her own money to buy a popcorn party for the class that donated ...

Daisy Goodwin's 6 favorite historical fiction books
I, Claudius by Robert Graves (Vintage, $16). The first historical novel I remember reading and still one of the finest treatments of imperial Rome. Graves is very good on pre-Judeo-Christian morality, and the women are gloriously villainous. No one in ...

An Antidote to Illusion, Examining Restive Borders
“Giving the different ethnic groups a voice — something mostly denied them in China itself” is “the principal motivation for this book,” Mr. Eimer tells readers early in “The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China,” and he largely fulfills ...

Met Opera's Books to Undergo Financial Review
The Met said Saturday that discussions with other unions are on hold while the analyst, Eugene Keilin, prepares a confidential, nonbinding report on the Met's books. Mr. Keilin began his study Saturday. The Met described the move as an effort to help ...

How Self-Publishers Market Their Books
Once upon a time, self-publishing was neither a well-accepted idea nor a popular market. For decades, authors have sought out traditional publishers to market their books, and the idea of self-publishing was more of a death sentence, a tangent people ...

Book News: UK Leader, Authors Spar Over Ban On Sending Books To Prisons
British Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to a letter by leading U.K. writers criticizing a new security measure that prevents books and other small packages from being sent into prisons. The letter signed by Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes ...

Woman finds a treasure inside some old books and wants help to find the owner
The woman, named Paula, bought a stack of books from a store that accepts donated items and sells them to customers for a deal. According to Fox 4, when she got home she found the savings bonds inside the books! Now, Paula is on a mission to make ...

Finebaum is back in Birmingham to kick off book tour, has 5 more stops in Alabama - Press-Register
Paul Finebaum is back in Birmingham today to kick off the book tour for "My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football." Finebaum, who is now with the SEC Network in Charlotte, will broadcast his radio show from 1 to ...

Jackson's Lemuria defies e-book trend
In a day where many prognosticators regard bookstores as forgettable relics and e-books as the unstoppable future, one bookstore is defying the odds and publishing its own $75 book. That bookstore is Lemuria, which is releasing a 183-page photo book ...

Tony Dobrowolski: Why our real books matter
Call me crazy, but I like the feel of a real book in my hands. I like turning the pages, looking at the cover art, perusing the photos, if there are any, even reading the liner notes on the book jacket. I used to have plenty of company. But I don't ...

Child authors write, illustrate books in summer school
Younger students worked together to write and illustrate a classroom book while older students each wrote and illustrated their own books. Salas visited four Anoka-Hennepin elementary schools during the summer school weeks: Rum River Elementary ...

Simon & Schuster Moves to Build Publisher Brand With 'Behind the Book' Videos
Several years ago, Digital Book World obtained a leaked document that publisher Hachette had been circulating among agents and authors, explaining the value it added to the publishing process (read the complete document here and here's a response ...

George RR Martin's children's book gets re-release
The author's 1980 children's book set in the world of Game of Thrones is getting re-released with new art from Spanish fantasy artist Luis Royo. The Ice Dragon tells the story of a young girl, Adara, the only person from her village to connect with the ...

O'Reilly Acquires Pearson's Stake in Safari Books Online Ebook Subscription ...
O'Reilly Acquires Pearson's Stake in Safari Books Online Ebook Subscription ...

Chegg Strikes Distribution Partnership With Ingram Books, Announces 15 ...
Chegg Strikes Distribution Partnership With Ingram Books, Announces 15 ...

What Amazon's e-book numbers are and aren't telling you
That's a lot less than a hardcover copy of the book ($25.50), but it's still more than Amazon thinks a reader should be paying for an e-book; Amazon says the price tag should be $9.99. "A key objective is lower e-book prices," Amazon wrote in a blog ...

Google Play Books 101: Managing your library
Play Books also provides a way to remove books from your device, which is particularly useful if you want to free up some storage space, and you can still read books with an Internet connection if you do this. If you don't like a book, you can ...

The summer of the anti-Hillary Clinton books rolls on
In June, Hillary Clinton released a new book that served as the unofficial kickoff to a presidential campaign set to hit the homestretch in the summer of 2016. But for the moment she's enduring what Politico called "the summer of the anti-Clinton books ...

HISD's literacy woes: too few librarians and Spanish books
To launch the initiative, the school board approved spending $8.5 million for thousands of new books at varying degrees of difficulty. These leveled books are key — students are supposed to read books that aren't too hard or too easy, so they can ...

Readers suggest books to bring on vacation
I recently spent a weekend at the shore and took along a book one of my sister-in-laws had given me: “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry. This book had sat on my coffee table for months and I have to confess I wasn't excited about reading a story set ...

It's 2 AM: Do You Know Where Your Fifth-Grader Is?
In a span of 24 hours, Bertino traces the shape of those dreams, entangling them with those of two other people: Sarina, the young divorcee who is Madeleine's fifth-grade teacher, and Lorca, the owner of the jazz club that lends its name to the book's ...

Why Books Make Us Laugh
Books are amazing things. When we read fiction, we can get strong emotional reactions. It's so common that we need to step back to even realize that it's mysterious. Why would we ever feel real emotions and laugh because of a made-up story? The reason ...

13 Scrumptious Food-Themed Children's Books
experience other cultures, and, of course, nourish themselves. It's no wonder that children's books frequently take up food as a topic. Here, Amazon Books Editor Seira Wilson picks a baker's dozen of her favorite culinary-themed titles for pint-sized ...

First Novels: For One Who's Been Through It, 'Books Are Social Media'
At first I tried to be very active, and reviewed a lot of books, and joined some groups. During what we shall refer to as The Unpleasantness of 2013, I deleted most of my reviews and emptied my bookshelves, and now I respond to messages and friend ...

Peter Mendelsund on reading, cover design and his own new books
If you had told Peter Mendelsund a dozen years ago that he would one day release two books in tandem about his groundbreaking work in graphic design, he would have assumed you were kidding or that he was dreaming. But this week, the associate art ...

Book News: George RR Martin Will Republish Children's Book From 1980
Set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire series, The Ice Dragon is a story about "a creature of legend and fear," according to Tor, the book's publisher. "When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land." The new edition ...

Paul Finebaum enjoys large turnout for Birmingham book signing, teases his ... - The Birmingham News
Paul Finebaum enjoys large turnout for Birmingham book signing, teases his ...

Maybe There's a Whole Other Internet
David Shafer's first book, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” is a paranoid, sarcastic and clattering pop thriller that reads as if it were torn from the damp pages of Glenn Greenwald's fever journal. It's about a multinational cabal that plans to subjugate ...

The Two Books Every Harry Potter Fan Should Be Reading
I'm not talking about the millions of people around the world who are pretty sure they saw all eight movies. I want to aim this question squarely at the people who devoured the increasingly large books, maybe even waiting years between installments ...

Book Buzz: Libraries face issues lending e-books
A new study by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has found that libraries are having "an inability to guarantee library user access to otherwise commercially available e-books with reasonable pricing and acceptable use ...

Lemuria book store hosts publishing debut celebration today
Lemuria book store is making its foray into publishing with the release a 183-page photo book "Jackson," a collection of photos from Mississippi's capital city. The store will host a celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The book features photos ...

The Top 10 Books on Apple's iBooks
iBook charts for week ending August 4, 2014: Top Paid Books. 1.If I Stay by Gayle Forman - 9781101046340 - (Penguin Group US). 2.Zero Day by David Baldacci - 9780446573030 - (Grand Central Publishing). 3.Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James ...

On the Books: Book about Reagan's rise stirs controversy
Perlstein and his publisher published endnotes online instead of at the back of the book, because an in-print endnote section would have ballooned the book's page count to more than 1,000, and because online endnotes can be more extensive than print ...


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