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Lost My Name, the kids “full-stack” personalised book publisher, picks up €4M from Project A Ventures
Lost My Name, the London-based “full-stack” publisher and kids content startup, has added a new investor to its impressive list of backers that already includes Google Ventures, Greycroft and Forward Parters. This time Berlin-based Project A Ventures ...

Good Books Heading To Bookstores And Kindles In Time For Summer 2016
For those who prefer to recline in the shade and read during the hot summer months, there are some great reading options available, with several good books about to be – or recently – published. Whether resting under a tree or relaxing on the beach ...

Top 10 books to make you a better person
When I wrote my book, Prodigals, I intended, if anything, no more than to give voice to the tensions I felt pulling me apart from the inside. Which tensions? The desire for community when we measure our worth against one another. The desire for fame ...

Help choose a translated book for June's Reading group
Every other book that publishers send me for review at the moment seems to be translated. On the one hand, this stream of books makes me worry about the thoughtless following of fashion and the many-limbed, no-headed mass of the mainstream publishing ...

Favorite Investing Books – Valuewalk Readers
Our readers love reading books – using Amazon Affiliates we looked at the most popular books purchased by readers so far for 2016 (data through May 30th 2016) – data was compiled not by sales but total number of physical books purchased (we did not ...

I Spent Three Months Reading LGBTQ+ History Books
Since elementary school, I have hated people like me. I don't know how it started, exactly. Maybe it was the homophobic jokes I heard in the cafeteria, or the Leviticus passage my friend once read aloud, or the fear that seized me when I stared at ...

12 Great Books About Marilyn Monroe
A half century after her death, she remains an American icon. A product of abuse and foster homes, Norma Jeane Baker created and cultivated Marilyn Monroe, the embodiment of sexiness, beauty and Hollywood intrigue — the the sultry and funny blonde ...

Turn the page: Books mark the passage of time as the Renaissance shop is dismantled
Carefully stepping among mildewy stacks of books at downtown Milwaukee's former Renaissance Book Shop, Kathryn Thoman paused to examine one older item. Turning to the title page, she looked for the publication date. "1787," Thoman said, with a ...

Books in brief
A “fatal attraction”: geophysicist James Jackson's description of humanity's penchant for living in earthquake zones is all too apt, notes science writer Andrew Robinson in this compelling history of seismicity and society. Robinson traces more than 2 ...

Donald Trump's reading list: books on Hillary Clinton and Richard Nixon
It's a standard question for presidential candidates: What books have you been reading lately? Most politicians have the answer in their back pocket, but it may have caught presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump off guard. He knew who ...

Outlander Books Three and Four Officially Announced
Starz has today given full season orders to Outlander books three and four. Announced by Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht, the network's adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's international bestselling Outlander books will continue will season ...

Coloring books are a hot fad, e-book sales decline: Nielsen report
Adult coloring book sales exploded, and e-book sales cooled off, according to Nielsen's 2015 U.S. Book Industry Year-End Review released Wednesday. Print book sales increased 3 percent over 2014, while e-books' share of the market dropped from 27 ...

9 Books That Let You Travel Abroad (Without Leaving Home)
“A promising debut that's awake to emotional, political, and cultural tensions across time and continents.” A novel of sharply drawn character studies immersed in more than 250 hard, transformative years in the African-American diaspora. Read full book ...

Restaurant sponsors local children to receive free books
United Way of Southern Kentucky brought the Imagination Library to the area in 2011 and more than 92,000 books have been mailed to over 5,300 children across Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe and Warren counties, ...

If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It
I wrote a book. I've never done this before. I had this idea. It took me forever. It took years. It took blood, sweat, tears and a divorce (not really a divorce, but let's just say everyone sacrifices something in the process). I don't know if it's any ...

10 Books Donald Trump Loves
“I'm reading that Ed Klein book on Hillary Clinton," Trump said, presumably referring to Klein's latest book, "Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary." "And I'm reading the book on Richard Nixon ... I'm reading a book that I've read before, it's one of ...

Why Do College Students Stubbornly Insist On Reading Paper Books?
I'm worried about this generation of college students. They simply don't seem able to move beyond paper books. Take a walk through the libraries on my campus, or stroll around the Green, and you will observe students intently reading from books made of ...

Thieves steal £7k worth of books to 'sell on phone app'
The brazen crooks have taken out library membership under false names to get access to non-fiction books and are suspected of selling them via a specialist app. In one incident, a woman member of the gang walked out with scores of books hidden in a ...

From paying the bills, to £2000 a day: making a killing from self-publishing
That's the hook for a novel that has enabled self-published author Adam Croft, writing from his back bedroom, to pay off his mortgage in just 20 weeks, selling 150,000 copies and winning a book deal with Amazon. Croft, who lives in Flitwick ...

Books are too important to be left to economists
It is Peter Martin, not Australian authors, who is wrong on every count in his article on the Turnbull government's decision to end the existing parallel importation rules on books and thus set in train the destruction of the Australian book industry ...

'Biggest-selling' self-published book of 2016 lands Amazon deal
Self-published author Adam Croft has been snapped up for a publishing deal by Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer after releasing what he says is the biggest-selling book by a self-published author in 2016. Croft self-published his ninth book Her Last ...

How 'Goodnight Moon' Author And Her Frequent Collaborator Revolutionized Kids Books
Weisgard's collaborator on the book was credited as Golden MacDonald. Which was actually a pen name (taken from a Maine lobsterman pal) of author Margaret Wise Brown. She was in the middle of writing a series of picture books that would become ...

The best nonfiction books add up to a biography of our culture
Even in Victorian times, you could easily masquerade as well-read with a wagonload of books. Today, you might fill a container truck with all the titles you considered to be representative of the western intellectual tradition – and still find yourself ...

Students, Floral Designers Contribute To EPL's 'Books in Bloom'
CHATHAM – At this year's “Books In Bloom” event at the Eldredge Public Library, attendees will not only be able to view floral arrangements inspired by their designers' favorite books, but will also be treated to interpretation of classic books by ...

Economists show that boys who grow up around books earn sigificantly more money as adults
But the researchers were surprised to find that, among kids who benefited from an extra year of school, those who grew up with more than 10 non-school books (that is, books they weren't forced to read) at home eventually doubled that lifetime earning ...

10 Must-Read Books for June 2016
There has never been much truth to the argument that June is a month of throwaway “beach books” (trash notwithstanding); in reality, it's one of the finer months on the literary calendar, especially because it's one of the only moments with variety ...

Off The Grid: Best Travel Books To Brainwash Your Kids
“This is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big, gray-blue humpback whale,” writes picture book extraordinaire Julia Donaldson. More specifically, The Snail and The Whale is about an itchy footed mollusk's desire to leave home and see far-away ...

Peter Lang to Transition all Books and Journals to PubFactory
Safari, provider of the scholarly publishing platform PubFactory, announced today that the Peter Lang Academic Publishing Group will transition all its journals and books onto the platform this summer. Full press release below: Executing a digital ...

When books become issue of Israeli populism
Two years after the heated argument in the Israeli book industry over the Law for the Protection of Literature and of Authors in Israel cooled down, Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev has rekindled the controversy. In March, Regev announced that ...

Indigenous Book Club Month: Books by Native authors
This June, we're highlighting books by Native authors as part of Indigenous Book Club Month. The idea came from Canada's Minister for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett. In an interview with the CBC, Bennett said: "We're hoping to make ...

15 books to read for Indigenous Book Club Month
In tandem with Aboriginal History Month, which is celebrated throughout June, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is urging Canadians to read books by Indigenous authors. "I'm hoping all Canadians will join me in marking the month ...

Robotic librarians hit the books
This autonomous robotic shelf-scanning (AuRoSS) platform scans RFID tags on the books and produces a report. In the morning, the human librarians can check the results and can easily see which books are in the wrong spot and where they belong. There's ...

Ananich: 500th anniversary of Belarusian book printing is part of world's book history
“The upcoming anniversary will be an important event for the Belarusian book printing and for the world's book history and publishing culture,” Lilia Ananich pointed out. She expressed confidence that the 500th anniversary of the printing of Francysk ...

Singapore now has vending machines that sell books
BooksActually owner Kenny Leck told Channel News Asia that he was inspired by original Penguin Books' Penguincubator to set up the book vending machines in Singapore. Other countries with book vending machines include Japan, which is known for its ...

Kremlin says publishing books about Putin is logical
MOSCOW, June 3. /TASS/. The Kremlin believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin who enjoys record popularity in the world cannot fail to go down in history. For that reason, it considers publishing books about him logical. Speaking about the Red ...

Bill Gates says these are the two books we should all read to understand AI
The tech world's book-nerd-in-chief wants you to add two books to your list of summer science reads. To get up to speed on artificial intelligence, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates recommends Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence and Pedro ...

Teacher who stole £27000 of books and sold them on eBay avoids jail
A teacher who stole school text books worth more than £27,000 and sold them on eBay has avoided a jail sentence. Clare Hughes, an assistant headteacher earning £58,000-a-year, carried out the scam under the noses of colleagues for more than three ...

Vending machines that sell books – the perfect solution for people too busy to visit a book shop?
Well, here's a brilliant idea. BooksActually, an independent bookstore in Singapore, has placed a number of book vending machines in public areas with high footfall. One has been installed at the National Museum of Singapore, one at the Singapore ...

Slideshow: Best-selling books
Nielsen BookScan gathers point-of-sale book data from about 16,000 locations across the U.S., representing about 85 percent of the nation's book sales. Print-book data providers include all major booksellers and Web retailers, and food stores. E-book ...

17 Books Your Toddler Will Be Obsessed With From The First Line
I read at least five books a day to my daughter; more if she's feeling particularly snuggly. My toddler is a huge bookworm and absolutely loves every book, pamphlet, magazine, and DVD insert she can get her hands on. Anything with words is fair game ...

My 10 Favorite Books: James Franco
For his bookshop and website One Grand Books, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they'd take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next in the series is the actor James Franco, who shares his list exclusively ...

Read These 7 Books Before Going To The Movies This Summer
King's book is about a New England artist who must find a way to stop a “mysterious signal broadcast” that makes others turn into “mindless, vicious animals.” Stephen King wrote the screenplay for the movie with Adam Alecca, and reportedly altered the ...

Best books for grads that aren't Dr. Seuss
Many a commencement speech has been turned into a freestanding book, but this is one of the best: George Saunders' 2013 speech at Syracuse University is an honest and straightforward call for us all to live kinder lives. Saunders' biting wit comes ...

Pittsford woman's books encourage kids to love wildlife
When Cathleen Burnham and her family were sailing down a tributary of the Amazon River, they saw a small island with a red uakari swinging on a wooden railing. Two saddle-backed tamarinds chased each other over tree stumps as a spider monkey sat ...

Books and Baubles at Chanel's Dinner at the Library
She is the author of “Fates and Furies,” not only President Obama's favorite book of 2015, but ours, too. Ms. Groff flew in from her home in Gainseville, Fla., of course, because she supports libraries and reading, but, also, who would pass up an ...

The Lasting Benefits of Growing Up Around Books
There are many things one may take issue with in Marie Kondo's mega-best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but for a certain sort of person, one particular piece of advice she gives is unthinkable: Throw away your books, she says. Get rid ...

Treasure Valley book events: Story time, publishing for beginners, more
Become an Author: Book Publishing for Beginners: 6 p.m. Monday, June 6, Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Join author Michael Strickland as he discusses how to get published as an author. Training with Strickland will last one hour, followed by ...

Friday Roundtable: Books we lie about reading
In February we asked listeners to tell us what books they've lied about reading for our Thread Question of the Week. We were overwhelmed with calls from people who still feel guilty about skipping Moby Dick and others who refuse to admit that they ...

Changing book industry shifts promotion to writers; Michael Koryta adapts
The occasion is BookExpo America, the nation's largest industry-only gathering for the book publishing business. Usually held in New York, BEA arrived in Chicago for the first time since 2004 at a challenging, volatile time for the industry—a time ...

17 key 'Harry Potter' secrets JK Rowling has revealed since the books finished
Rowling revealed the sexuality of everyone's favourite magical headmaster during a book tour in 2007. When a fan asked about Dumbledore's love life, Rowling replied: "Dumbledore is gay." She went on to confirm he'd been in love with Grindelwald, and ...


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