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A title wave of sports books
History books require a tremendous amount of research, and it's clear Mike Stone put the hours into his latest project ("PDX 10s," the story of tennis in Portland from 1886 to 1990, Amazon). Stone, recently retired after 11 years as tennis director at ...

Front Lines by Michael Grant – review
Front Lines is an interesting book which combines historical fact with the fictional inclusion of women on the front lines in the second world war. Whilst 350,000 women did serve in roles such as the Women's Airforce Service Pilots in the US army, the ...

Hound's voice recognition technology books an Uber for you
Virtual assistants are getting better at their jobs. With Siri, Cortana or Google Now on your smartphone, it's not hard to pin down the closest artisanal coffee shop, set up a reminder to water your plants or calculate the quickest commute. But in this ...

15 Of The Best Books Of March 2016 That Will Make Your Literary Kite Soar
The list of the best books of March 2016 is filled with characters who step into new skin (sometimes literally — see A. Igoni Barret's Blackass). As authors dive into their characters, many of these books address ideas about where our identity comes ...

Barber shop owner sues Katina Powell, book publisher over 'false allegations'
(WDRB) -- The owner of a barber shop mentioned in "Breaking Cardinal Rules" has filed a lawsuit against Katina Powell and IBJ Publishing. Powell, 42, has claimed she hosted 22 stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Billy Minardi Hall, the ...

10 Must-Read Books for March 2016
This March, in particular, will see the publication of sure-to-be-discussed nonfiction books, like Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies; likely lit nonfiction sleeper hits, like A Murder Over a Girl; and a run of emotionally and intellectually ...

20 books you should keep on your shelf to look smart
Whether they're stories that capture a historic moment or tomes noted for their impactful messages, some books instantly up your literary credibility. Amazon's editorial team has helped us put together a list of 20 books that will help you impress ...

The 13 Most Heartbreaking Final Lines In Books, So Break Out The Tissues
Everyone has that one book that sticks with them long after they turn the final page. It's the one that has that character whose death haunts you, the love story you can't stop obsessing over, that ending that shocked you to your core, or, more often ...

Virginia Senate OKs Bill Warning of Sexually Explicit Books
Virginia's Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would force schools to notify parents if their children will be assigned to read books with sexually explicit content, a policy that opponents called the first step toward censorship ...

You Can Buy Famous People's Dog-Eared Books—For a Good Cause
Thankfully, books fall well within the safe zone—and thanks to an auction starting today, you can even use your love of a particular celeb to help others. San Francisco-based conceptual artist Josh Greene has been asking famous people to send him ...

Hachette Again Reaches Deal With Perseus Books
For Hachette, which publishes about 1,200 books a year through imprints like Grand Central and Little, Brown, the addition of nine imprints from Perseus will help fill out and balance its publishing program in areas like nonfiction and travel. Hachette ...

Read Across America Day: 13 Children's Books That Teach Money Lessons
I'm sure you can recite lines from "Cat in the Hat," but can you recall learning about mutual funds or Roth IRAs as a child? Dr. Seuss books are undoubtedly more engaging than discussions about personal finance, but you certainly can't retire on green ...

Author says society needs to turn the page on hate when it comes to new Muslim-themed children's books
Simon & Schuster recently announced the formation of an imprint to publish children's books with a Muslim theme, provoking the expected frothiness and hysteria. You'd think that Chicken Little had declared jihad and that the sky was falling over the ...

The Final Chapter Of A Tale Of Books, Love And Mystery In Minneapolis
It was a love of mystery novels that brought Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp together — a love of God Is a Bullet by Boston Teran, to be specific. "I was looking at books," Frovarp, who is 75, tells NPR's Ari Shapiro. "Gary and I had seen each other. We ...

Russian miniature artist fits world's smallest books on halved poppy seeds
The most challenging task, according to the artist, was to bind the pages with two 'rings' made of five micron tungsten wires that would make his works look like real books. In order to turn the pages, the reader has to use a sharp needle. To ...

Millions are about to have access to free e-books. Thanks, Obama.
"Regardless of how many books the family already has, each addition to the home library helps children do better" in school, the study says. "Each additional book has a greater impact on the performance of someone who had only a small home library than ...

Hachette buys nation's largest independent book publisher
Steinberger will leave the company once the publishing services division is sold. Michael Pietsch, chief executive of Hachette Books, said the acquisition “is a realization of [my company's] continuing plans to grow and expand our non-fiction and back ...

Virginia Senate OKs bill warning of sexually explicit books
RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia's Senate has approved a bill requiring schools to notify parents if their children will be assigned to read a book that includes sexually explicit material. The bill backed by Republican House Speaker William Howell would ...

Top 10 Scottish picture books
Talking about books is a Good Thing, but alas, I am not overly fond of Top Lists (even if I am the one getting to wield the Pen of Power, so to speak), so being asked to provide my top 10 Scottish picture books is both a delight and a frustration ...

Taking an interest in Irish books online
The idea grew out of the realisation that while many Irish books are published to cater for a national audience, there is a multitude of local books published yearly that are often only sold locally. Searching the net for such titles did not produce ...

Miniature milestone as Russian claims new record for world's tiniest book
Microminiaturist Vladimir Aniskin, from Novosibirsk in Siberia, spent five years developing the technology to create the book, which measures 70 by 90 micrometres, or 0.07mm by 0.09mm. It then took him a month to create, by hand, two versions. The ...

'Pete the Cat' Books To Be Made Into Animated TV Series By Alcon, Appian Way & 'Phineas and Ferb' Co-Creator
The popular children's picture book series Pete the Cat is heading to TV. Alcon Entertainment has acquired the rights to the books from illustrator James Dean to develop them as an animated TV series. jeff-'swampy'-marsh The project was brought to ...

Ben Carson: 'Conspiracy Books' Prove Gay Rights Are A Communist Plot Against America
At last week's National Religious Broadcasters Presidential Forum, Ben Carson said that the separation of church and state and marriage equality are incompatible with the First Amendment and the Bible, while boasting that he's read enough “conspiracy ...

Sales for Trade Books Increase by 0.5% in October 2015
This morning, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released data revealing that trade book sales from January to October 2015 are up 0.5 percent compared to the same time last year. AAP–a trade association for the consumer, educational, ...

World Book Day 2016: How to get your hands on free books
Project Guttenberg – named after the man who revolutionised printing in the 15 century – has an army of volunteers uploading classic books that are now free to access. So far they've got through almost 50,000 of them. Books are available to read online ...

11 terrifying lessons we learned from Dr. Seuss books
Ever since his 1937 children's book debut with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss has been enchanting kid and adult readers alike. And on the surface, what's not to love?! Seuss's books feature fun rhymes, colorful art and ...

'Launch Kids' at DBW '16 Looks at Children's Book Publishing
NEW YORK (March 2, 2016) — The 5th annual Launch Kids, a one-day symposium during the Digital Book World Conference + Expo (DBW), features top companies and executives discussing the future of the children's book publishing business. The event ...

Campaign To Bring In New Books For School District
Milton, Northumberland County (WBRE/WYOU) - A school in the region is looking to write a new chapter for students. Their mission is to help children read more modern books, their goal? To raise $20,000, which will be hard, but they hope it will be ...

The Aesthetic Allure of Books Without Pages
Books exist as receptacles of information, but for many years people have adopted their format and appearance to create other objects or containers for an array of items. Such objects are referred to as “book-looks” — or “blooks,” a term coined by ...

$3000 reward offered after van with rare books stolen in Oakland
It's been more than two weeks since Lawrence Van De Carr lost his livelihood. The Chicago book dealer's van filled with around 400 rare antiquarian books went missing outside of an Oakland condo last month, and with it, so did a potential $350,000 in ...

World Book Day 2016: 10 life lessons we learnt from books
The books you read as a child were all stuffed full of hidden moral messages or life lessons, and even the books you read now are teaching you things that are more useful than most of the lessons you learnt at school (apart from the ones that taught ...

Book lovers smash quiz world record for World Book Day
More than six thousand children and adults from across the UK and Ireland have taken part in bumper books quiz and smashed the previous record of 2,679 people participating in a book quiz at the same time! The World Book Day Bumper Book Quiz was ...

Major book publisher launches gamebook app series
Book publishing giant Hachette is launching a book mobile app that combines reading with gameplay. The firm has teamed up with New Star Games and Martyn Brown's Insight Studios to create a New Star Soccer Story, which is based on the 20m-selling ...

Open Books Now, Open Doors Later
Leon Webb, a former middle school history teacher, wanted to make an impact on improving literacy in low-income schools. So in 2012, he and a friend launched the Open Book Foundation, a nonprofit that donates thousands of books every year to Title 1 ...

Barbershops place books in boys' hands
Barbershop Books, which has placed those children's books in Levels, is a community-based reading program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops for 4- to 8-year-old boys. Alvin Irby, the founder of Barbershop Books and a former ...

Mormons clash with the ungodly in war by Amazon customer review
Almost 300 reviews have been written in less than a week for a 1981 edition of The Book of Mormon on Amazon.com. The ratings are split almost evenly between one-star (the lowest possible score) and five-star write-ups for a text that Mormons believe ...

World Book Day 2016: 40 books to read before you die – our favourites
Books are deeply personal things. Each of us form unique bonds with the characters we read about, relate to storylines and personalities in different ways and enjoy all sorts of genres from crime to romance, gothic to fantasy. World Book Day celebrates ...

CompaniesColouring books for grown-ups helps book chains
The increasing number of Americans who are turning to colouring books for entertainment and relaxation helped drive sales last quarter at Barnes & Noble, the largest US bookstore chain. The chain, whose e-reading division is still losing money, said ...

Book sales fall but we love to listen
Sales of books, in both print and digital formats, are struggling around the world, despite the efforts to promote reading on World Book Day. However there is one area that's bucking the trend: Audio books. World Book Day is promoted a worldwide ...

World Book Day: 10 books to read before you die
Here is a list of 10 books to read before you die. Do you agree? World Book Day, a global celebration of books and reading, is marked in over 100 countries around the world. To mark the occasion, Express.co.uk has compiled a list featuring ten of ...

Has Harry Potter made the trend for longer children's books fly?
Booklist's Briana Shemroske looked at issues of Booklist from five decades: 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006 and 2016, focusing on the 111-year-old journal's coverage of middle-grade fiction – books aimed at readers between the ages of eight and 12. In 1976, she ...

Wayne Gretzky Publishing Book on Hockey History
The greatest player to ever lace up a pair of skates and use a hockey stick will be unveiling a new book on the sports history, which will be published this fall. Coincidently, the book will be published in the sports 99th year, which coincides with ...

Statheads And Researchers Mourn As MLB's 'Red' And 'Green' Books Discontinued, Ending An Era
Major League Baseball has discontinued publishing the Green and Red Books, two media guides that provided scores of data on teams for a given season, plus historical information. They were discontinued in print form a few years back, and now PDF ...

Abbi Jacobson is publishing an illustrated book of the things we carry
According to an official press release, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson is set to publish an illustrated book full of the things real and fictional people carry—or probably carry—in their bags. Titled Carry This Book, the book will examine the contents of ...

10 Children's Books With Black Girl Protagonists
According to the Cooperative Children's Book Center, the number of books by and about African Americans is increasing. When the CCBC first examined children's book representation in 1985, it discovered that, "of the approximately 2,500 trade books that ...

A portrait of women and their books
They are simple, and they are lovely. Schneider documented 100 women in their homes and studios reading texts by female authors. The exhibit at the Haggerty Museum of Art features a room of large-scale photographs, a video installation and a book based ...

SPRING ARTS 2016: books
Since you can't know where you're going unless you know where you've been, “Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation by Jim Downs (Basic Books, March 1) is a great look back at the efforts, activism, and advocacy for gay rights. Davis dug ...

Bill on sexually explicit books, similiar to Fairfax Co. policy, gets final OK in Virginia
School spokesman John Torre explains that at the beginning of the school year, parents of high school students receive a course syllabus or book list that details whether books may contain mature content, including offensive language, violence, and/or ...

Oakland: Reward offered for return of 400 rare stolen books
Van De Carr, 68, who considers the lost volumes worth an estimated $350,000 part of his family, spent more than two weeks after the theft staying in the East Bay trying to find the van and books on his own to no avail. He has also provided a list of ...

Dorothy Henry Library, in Vernon, promotes '1000 Books Before Kindergarten'
Pre-schoolers, toddlers and lap sitters happily arrived for story time and child and mom, dad or grandparent learned of the nation-wide, state-wide and county-wide program called "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten." The free program encourages parents ...


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