Black Friday sale! Plus, holiday picks from the Melville House team

People always ask us for holiday recommendations from our list. Tough one! The beauty of working our job is that you don’t have to work on books you don’t get excited about.Read more »

Amazon uber alles

Remember the time Amazon failed to include the Confederate flag (and more than 29,000 related items such as Confederate flag bikinis, Confederate flag shower curtains) on the list of “Offensive Products”Read more »

Poet sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

Last week, a Saudi Arabian court ordered the execution of Ashraf Fayadh, a poet and artist born in Palestine who is now officially stateless, and who is also a member ofRead more »

In Paris, they read books to show defiance

Along with the flowers and candles placed at the sites of last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, mourners are also leaving copies of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Bookstores are moving lots ofRead more »

Suggestion to foreign writers who want to be published in the US: Win the Nobel

When Svetlana Alexeivich was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this past October, American readers went in search of titles by the writer known for journalistic works described by the SwedishRead more »

Microsoft commissions a sci-fi anthology of stories inspired by…Microsoft

Ah, the long, sort-of-rich history of product placement in literature! MobyLives readers know all about books designed to sell Weber grills, Sweet ‘N Low, the nation of Malta, and Land Rovers—but what about booksRead more »

NYRB archive, including complaining letters from Henry Kissinger and some surprising rejections, sold to NYPL

Yesterday the New York Public Library’s Board of Trustees announced that the library had acquired approximately 3,000 linear feet of editorial materials from the New York Review of Books archive. The papers dateRead more »

Amazon and Apple are being investigated by Germany’s federal antitrust office

At this point, Amazon and Germany’s back-and-forth is becoming the stuff of legend. Remember that time Amazon’s warehouse workers in Germany went on strike, then did it again, and again, and again?Read more »