Surge in sales of “difficult” books during worldwide lockdowns

A few months ago… no, weeks? Last week?! Are you kidding me, last week, a meme went around reminding everyone that Shakespeare (probably, maybe) wrote King Lear while in the 16th-century equivalent of lockdown, fromRead more »

Ever wanted to be an archivist? Now’s your chance

Lately we’ve written much about how a global pandemic is affecting the book industry, and how we can help our struggling bookstores and libraries. OK, I guess that’s all we’ve writtenRead more »

Our top ten bestselling novels now $1.99 for ebook editions!

For the next week our top ten bestselling fiction ebooks are just $1.99. (Ebooks only, folks.) From classics like Every Man Dies Alone to newer favorites like Juliet the Maniac, there’s something forRead more »

Indie bookstores lay off hundreds; relief efforts organized

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, its rapidly escalating toll on civil life has begun to extend to the book business. On the retail end, the news spread rapidlyRead more »

Help available for U.S. booksellers in the time of COVID-19

The necessity of social distancing became real for many Americans this weekend as more people started working from home and schools, libraries, and businesses announced closures in response to COVID-19Read more »

Edmund de Waal mourns lost British libraries in latest installation

Contemporary artist Edmund de Waal, known mostly for his installations of row upon row of porcelain vessels, has a new installation on view at the British Museum. This time around,Read more »

Misfits file lawsuit against art book publisher

Earlier this week, Misfits—the famous punk band famously litigious about their famous monsters (and about one another)—has sued book publisher Abrams for what they claim are unlicensed reproductions of theRead more »

Librarians leery on latest e-book plan; softening of stance seen?

The ongoing war between Macmillan honcho John Sargent and librarians over e-book pricing continues to simmer, with the publisher’s latest plan hinting at a compromise, while librarians remain skeptical. ToRead more »

Happy Women’s Month! 5 great reads by women, about women

Happy Women’s Month! Get inspired by these incredible books by women, about women. —– A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star by SanamRead more »

PenguinTeen goes viral on TikTok and you are now officially old

Hello, everyone. We come to you this bright Monday morning to sit you down and remind you of your advancing age and terminally increasing lethargy. Grab a coffee—let’s break itRead more »

London Book Fair cancellation highlights need for IRL meetings

On Wednesday it was announced—after much speculation, and a raft of major publisher withdrawals—that the London Book Fair, scheduled for March 10th-12th, would not be going ahead. In an announcementRead more »

Derogatory dictionary debated; Brits bashed for bigotry

So begins a petition addressed to the editors of the august Oxford Dictionary of English. (Side note: a little-known law stipulates that the adjective “august” must precede every written referenceRead more »

Mary Beard was vetoed as British Museum trustee for her politics

Mary Beard, the famed classicist, Cambridge don, and author of reader favorites like SPQR and Women & Power was rejected by the UK government as an appointee to the boardRead more »

Parents are upset that kids are upset by climate change books

In a recent piece in the Guardian, Patrick Barkham writes up what he calls the “Greta Thunberg effect”—the creation of a new canon of children’s books about climate change, whichRead more »

Waterstones’ 6.2% pay rise still means many booksellers do not earn a living wage

Last year we wrote about booksellers petitioning Waterstones, the UK’s biggest book chain, to pay them a living wage. It has just be announced that as of April 1, 2020, WaterstonesRead more »

The literary forensics of Edgar Allan Poe’s death

When it comes to the death of Edgar Allan Poe, we know that he was found, in his 40th year, more or less raving mad on the streets of Baltimore wearingRead more »