Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Roundup with PW

China Confirms Investigation: For the first time since five Hong Kong booksellers mysteriously disappeared, China confirmed an investigation of "illegal activities."

Shooting Down Book Prices with Guns: Brave New Books, a bookstore in Austin, Tex., is offering discounts to customers who carry guns.

Amazon's Job Posts Leave Clues: Amazon's highly specialized job postings indicate plans for a bookstore business beyond Seattle’s University Village.

How Memes Promote Books: The visual experience of a meme can help brand a book and create a community, among other benefits.

Where Are Women in Comics?: France's great comics event in Angouleme stirred serious criticism for being dominated by men.

Children’s Bestsellers 2015
Here we offer some analysis on the particular titles that dominated our bestseller lists for 2015, in three major categories of children's books: fiction, nonfiction, and picture books. The top tier of PW's children’s bestsellers is dominated by bestselling series – like Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries – and media-driven properties, including movie tie-ins, a hugely popular video game, and a pair of YouTube stars. more

Germany Agrees to Fix E-book Prices: The German cabinet has extended a law to fix e-book prices in order to protect brick-and-mortar stores.

The Most-Lied-About Book: A BBC survey identified the book that the most readers have lied about reading, and the result will surprise you.

Inside Amazon's Secret Store Plans: Amazon is planning to open more bookstores as well as other types of retail stores, according to Re/code.

Celebrate National Storytelling Week: In honor of the event, here is a list of 15 books that will help inspire your storytelling career.

A Blueprint for Better E-books: The National Science Foundation is funding a project to create interactive digital textbooks. 


From NEA Today:
An interview with Scholastic Book Clubs president Judy Newman about trends in children's reading. Click here
From Deadline Hollywood:
Awesomeness Films buys film rights to Lauren Oliver's forthcoming novel, Replica. Click here
From Grub Street:
In an experiment, McDonald's Happy Meals will come with children's books instead of toys. Click here
From the Bookseller:
Emma Matthewson named publishing director of Piccadilly Press and Hot Key Books in U.K. Click here
From CBS:
Man finds library book he borrowed as an 11-year-old, 72 years later. Click here
From the Guardian:
K.M. Peyton: "You're never too young to start writing." Click here
From BuzzFeed:
The return of the Dumbleburn: Harry Potter comics. Click here
From the Guardian:
Branford Boase Award longlist is revealed in the U.K. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
15 Realities Anyone Obsessed with Anne of Green Gables Understands. Click here
From the Wrap:
Lionsgate acquires rights to Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House book series. Click here
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Randi Zuckerberg Is Turning Girl-Power Children's Book into an Animated TV Series. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
A documentary on Ursula K. Le Guin gets 70% funded on Kickstarter in one day. Click here
From Read Now, Sleep Later:
Author C.J. Omolulu, who died of cancer on December 31, 2015, is remembered here. Click here
From Bustle:
12 Inspiring Children's Books That Celebrate Black History Month. Click here
From Mental Floss:
12 facts about Brian Jacques and the Redwall series. Click here
From the Guardian:
Harry Potter favorite spell vote results are revealed. Click here
From the BBC:
Should paperbacks be shelved in favor of e-books in schools? Click here
From PopCrush:
10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of February 2016. Click here


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