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A Holiday Gift Guide to Children's Books
My favorite version is Peter Rabbit's Giant Story Book, because it is based exactly on her original versions and the pictures are large and beautiful. The only drawback is logistical: the last page of each of the stories faces the first page of the ...

A Star Wars Backstory and 4 Other Books We're Reading This Month
Whatever your preference, you need something to talk about, and what better than the books you're reading? Fortunately, the literary force is strong this holiday season—and that includes a new extended-universe Star Wars novel about a mysterious ...

Obama Buys 17 Books at Independent Bookstore
President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha (C) and Malia purchase books at Politics and Prose bookstore for “Small Business Saturday” on November 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. Retailers have begun to promote “Small Business Saturday” to ...

Five Digital Publishing Questions for Eric Huang
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo, kicking off on January 13, 2015 is packed with an incredible amount of information and ideas about the digital publishing landscape at a time of remarkable transformations. To help attendees make the most out ...

Lessons and Expectations as the Digital Book World and Writer's Digest Author ...
Lessons and Expectations as the Digital Book World and Writer's Digest Author ...

Travel Books, for Gifts or Your Own Coffee Table
Shopping, romance, bucket lists, inspiration and information: All of these things and more can be found in books for travelers that are out this season in time for the holidays. In addition to being gift-worthy, some of the titles make a nice addition ...

Here are the five books shortlisted for the richest literary prize in South Asia
This, clearly, is the year of the big book. All five of the titles shortlisted by a jury chaired by poet Keki N. Daruwalla have lofty themes and huge ambitions. The winner will be announced, as usual, at the Jaipur Literature Festival, which is being ...

Book News: Jacqueline Woodson Addresses Lemony Snicket's Watermelon Joke
Newly crowned National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has broken her silence on the controversy surrounding comments made by host Daniel Handler at last month's award ceremony. Those comments, delivered shortly after Woodson received ...

Survey: Readers Prefer Books Written by Authors of Their Own Gender
A new poll reveals a deep gender divide in our reading habits. Goodreads, the Amazon-owned social media site for avid readers, surveyed 40,000 of their most active users (50% women and 50% men) in England about the books they read that were ...

8-Year-Old Madison Gives Enthusiastic, Inspiring Speech About Books
The Little Free Library movement encourages reading and literacy by providing small “libraries,” or wooden boxes in communities so that people can exchange books. Undoubtedly, Madison got her enthusiasm for the campaign from her mom Tracy, who is a ...

Walls of Books
Founded in Warner Robins, Georgia, Walls of Books is a franchise offering new and used books of all genres, including classics and works by local authors. The buy-and-trade bookstore has discounted prices. "All of the books are in great condition ...

Some favorite gifts for book lovers that aren't books
We've found gifts for the drinkers of coffee and tea and beer, for campers and crafters, for new parents and the person who loves sparkling jewelry. There are gifts for fans of Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut and more. Take a look. Book news and ...

President Bush signs books at Anderson's in Naperville
“I'm excited to read his book as well as having the chance to see him in person,” said Melissa Surrette of Downers Grove. “I've always liked him from the time I first went to New York and saw the 9-11 Memorial. I felt that he brought the country ...

15 great books for investors
I'm often asked, especially as the holiday gift-giving season approaches, which books I recommend for investors. I haven't kept exact count, of course, but over the past quarter-century I have surely read (or tried to read) a couple thousand books on ...

Why is American book publishing so white?
We know that the best books (many of which survive without fanfare on publishers' backlists) can unify where politics divide; that they soften animosities, build bridges, produce solutions. Books are our teachers and truth-tellers when others fail to ...

The Best Books Of 2014
In explanation, perhaps, James told NPR that the book follows the histories of seven men who attempted to assassinate Bob Marley in 1976, the launching point of the book: “I did stop as soon as killing No. 7 happened. It just took me 700 pages." Here's ...

The Best New Books Of The Year, According To Goodreads
Every year, the book recommendation site asks its users to vote for the best new book across 20 genres, from historical fiction to horror. Goodreads editors first analyze statistics from the 250 million titles that were added, rated, and reviewed on ...

JK Rowling to publish new book, on Harvard speech
As may be obvious, J.K. Rowling has ascended to an author status where her every word is suitable for publishing. Now she's about to publish one of her speeches. Little, Brown announced Tuesday it will publish an illustrated edition of Rowling's 2008 ...

Publisher Changes Title Of Book Series "For Boys" After a Little Girl Objects
Imagine this: you are a child from California who loves the crap out of some bugs—so much so that, at the tender age of six, you know what the word “entomologist” means. One day you find the coolest book ever about insects, and it's only after you ...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: Cheaper books will make authors more money
The public battle between the companies lasted six months and concerned the pricing and profit margins for e-books. Amazon and Hachette reached a multi-year agreement last month, ending a bitter back-and-forth spat that saw Amazon remove pre-orders ...

Goodreads selects best books of 2014
(CNN) -- The book critics have named their best books of 2014. Now, it's time to hear from the readers themselves. This year, Goodreads, the website devoted to pairing up eager readers with books they'll love, asked its users to vote for the books they ...

Best Picture Books of 2014
After the last fantastic year in picture books, it was hard to imagine 2014 reaching the same heights. And indeed, my initial impression was that this year's offerings fell short of 2013's stellar crop. However, as I sifted and sorted through the piles ...

Plymouth teen honored for collecting more than 1 million books for children in ...
Plymouth teen honored for collecting more than 1 million books for children in ...

Gorgeous picture books dot the wintry landscape
This exquisite book from gifted Minnesota artists Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen is one of those near-perfect collaborations where words and pictures seem just right. (Their previous collaboration, “Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night,” was a ...

Couple turn old books into artsy shapes
Book lovers Tim Ryan and Thea Miller Ryan sometimes make tough choices. They have to destroy the pages of books to make art. The Sioux Falls couple take mostly Reader's Digest Condensed Version books and cut them into the shapes of letters, cats, ...

Bay Area Girl Makes Book Publisher See That Girls Can Love Bugs, Monsters ...
Bay Area Girl Makes Book Publisher See That Girls Can Love Bugs, Monsters ...

Tulsa book publisher reports record quarterly revenues
Tulsa-based Educational Development Corporation, an educational book publisher, announced a record quarterly profit of $10.9 million for the quarter ended November, compared to the previous quarterly high of $10.2 million recorded for the quarter ended ...

The 2014 Book Concierge Is Here To Help You Find Your Next Great Read
NPR's Lynn Neary and Petra Mayer introduce an interactive guide to the books NPR staff and critics loved this year. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright ...

Washington Library hosting book drive for local schools
Washington Carnegie Public Library Director Teresa Heidenreich saw a need in the community and decided that something could be done to help local teachers put books on the shelves of their classrooms. The month of December the library will be ...

Book News: New Toni Morrison Novel Slated For An April Release
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. In some six months, a new novel by Toni Morrison will begin nestling its way into bookshelves. The Nobel laureate (and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Presidential Medal of ...

Our Favorite Books of 2014: Newsweek Staff Picks
Further down the aisle sits senior writer Alexander Nazaryan, though you can't really see him unless you peer over, or around, the Pisa-style stacks of books that threaten to topple onto him daily. Sometimes those stacks of books spill over into ...

Government Funding Available for B.C. Book Publishers
Literature gurus looking for book publishing support are in luck. The B.C. Arts Council is accepting grant applications until December 15th, 2014, for book publishers seeking block funding or title assistance. Block funding supports the provincial ...

In Google Books appeal, judges focus on profit and security
The Authors Guild took its latest courtroom swing in a decade-long dispute over Google's decision to scan millions of out-of-print books and, based on the judges' questions, the hearing could be its swan song. In a crowded Manhattan court house on ...

NPR's Book Concierge
“I spent a good couple months reading The Paying Guests in 2014 — not because the book is long, but because I couldn't let go of the pleasure of reading it. The bare ...” Read Barrie Hardymon's full recommendation ». The Paying Guests. “It would be ...

Sterling fifth-graders rock book
Students in Suzi Hesser's class at Lincoln have spent the past few weeks working on a book through a project called Authentic Writing Through Book Publishing and Sharing. As part of the project, students are creating a book about the different types of ...

Hot toys come and go, but books last a lifetime
I loved all those toys and I'm incredibly thankful my parents sacrificed to get them for me, but the items I treasure most are the books. At 9 years old, I read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and immediately was hooked. I waited each summer ...

When Photographers Become Self-Publishing Companies
photobooks-negatives-are-stored-riot-books For Vladyslav Krasnoshchok's book Negatives Are Stored, the self-publishing company Riot Books created wooden boxes to store the images. Riot Books ...

The 10 Best Books of 2014
Tackling questions of survival, endurance and moral obligations during wartime, the book is as precise and artful and ingenious as the puzzle boxes the heroine's locksmith father builds for her. Impressively, it is also a vastly entertaining feat of ...

Holiday Gift Guide – Books for the Film/TV Lover – Win a Book!
Cecil Beaton was a photographer and Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer. Included in this gorgeous photobook are portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her 1953 coronation robes and Jackie Kennedy in her heyday. Book includes ...

Three Digital Publishing Questions for Kristin Fassler
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo, kicking off on January 13, 2015 is packed with an incredible amount of information and ideas about the digital publishing landscape at a time of remarkable transformations. To help attendees make the most out ...

The best stocking-filler books of 2014
'Tis the season to buy and exchange not only books but also the kind of book-related tat and ephemera – including Penguin mugs, bookshop T-shirts, tote bags, typewriter-key jewellery, Jane Austen notelets and novelty socks – that at any other time of ...

Jan Morris: By the Book
Beside my bed at the moment are two books: “Pontius Pilate” (1999), by Ann Wroe, a masterpiece of analysis and conjecture which I have already read once; and “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms” (2014), by Gerard Russell, a highly topical study of Middle ...

The Best Books of 2014: A Compilation
The end of the year brings with it the impulse to pause, reflect, and…make lists. A slew of “best-of” lists have been released in recent weeks, with no shortage of entries for the “Best Books of 2014.” The Journal analyzed 10 recent “best books” lists ...

In Amazon-Publishers Debate, Weighing Menace With Metaphors
Last year, at Digital Book World 2014, The Everything Store author Brad Stone reminded publishers that Amazon viewed them as sickly “gazelles” and itself as a cheetah intent on going after them. That was in January, months before the Hachette-Amazon ...

The Best Wine Books of 2014
This year's harvest of the best new wine books includes works on Barolo and Barbaresco, a nefarious scheme to destroy precious vines in Burgundy and a book so lovely you will crave wines from Vermont, of all places. All would make great gifts. Even ...

Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List
Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three jazz books out this holiday season—a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book. Whitehead says they're all worth a look, though he has a couple of quibbles — and ...

Books of the Year
Winner of a 2014 National Book Award, it captures the atmosphere of a country which was the ultimate group-think society and how it shifted to becoming a nation of individuals, set permanently on fast-forward. Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation ...

Holiday Book Gift Guide: Great reading for the season
Ready for some help with your holiday shopping? Our books gift guide is here. Find recommendations for mystery fans and history buffs, for texting twentysomethings and kids just learning to read. There are graphic novels, literary award-winners ...

The best books of 2014
These top titles for 2014 - a compilation of fiction, nonfiction, mystery, poetry and books for younger readers - include recommendations from the Chronicle and the staffs of Houston's top independent booksellers: Murder By The Book, Brazos Bookstore ...

How Does a Book Get on the New York Times Notable List, Anyway? Here's How.
The New York Times unveiled its annual roundup of “100 Notable Books” Tuesday, throwing a flattering light on 2014's top fiction and nonfiction offerings. But one author did not come off in a flattering light: Ayelet Waldman stormed Twitter to complain ...


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