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May 8, 2013

94% of Parents Think Libraries Are Important for Their Children

pewlogoBy Jason Boog

Think that libraries are obsolete in the 21st Century? A whopping 94 percent of American parents agree that “libraries are important for their children.”

Last year, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project surveyed 2,252 Americans aged 16 or older to find out more about library attitudes in America. Here is more information from the inspiring report:

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January 3, 2013

Most Overlooked Books of 2012: A Literary Mixtape

Filed under: Best Books of the Year — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 10:11 am

cassettetape-300x188By Jason Boog

What book do you wish more people had read this year? People love to create Best of the Year lists every December, but we prefer to spotlight the most overlooked books each season.

Below, we are linking to free samples of the Most Overlooked Books of 2012.

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October 31, 2012

Will Ferguson Wins 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Filed under: Literary Prizes — Tags: , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 12:27 pm

By Jason Boog

Novelist Will Ferguson has won the $50,000 prize (in Canadian currency) Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, 419. The jury had this commentary:

Ferguson’s 419 points in the direction of something entirely new: the Global Novel. It is a novel emotionally and physically at home in the poverty of Lagos and in the day-to-day of North America. It tells us the ways in which we are now bound together and reminds us of the things that will always keep us apart. It brings us the news of the world far beyond the sad, hungry faces we see on CNN and CBC and far beyond the spreadsheets of our pension plans. Ferguson is a true travel writer, his eye attuned to the last horrible detail. He is also a master at dialogue and suspense. It is tempting to put 419 in some easy genre category, but that would only serve to deny its accomplishment and its genius.

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October 29, 2012

Four Playwrights Win Whiting Writers’ Awards

By Jason Boog

The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation has given $50,000 to ten promising writers for the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Awards. In a new record for the awards, four playwrights received awards. We’ve included the complete list of recipients below, along with the foundation’s short biography for each winner and links to free samples of some writers.  In addition, three fiction writers, two poets, and a nonfiction writer also won.

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September 6, 2012

The Economics of an Independent Bookstore

Filed under: Bookshops — Tags: , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 9:49 pm

  By Jason Boog

In a Ask Me Anything (AMA) interview at Reddit, a former bookseller wrote this heartbreaking headline last week: “My bookstore went out of business today, AMA.”

The writer fielded questions from users, giving a glimpse into the bookselling lifestyle and the economics of this tough profession. The post also explained the tight margins of a used bookstore: “we’d clear 200 on a good day … the math did not really work.”

One independent bookseller responded: “$200 a day would kill us. We’re at roughly $1,300 a day, and it’s still not profitable. The worst part is, since we’re independent and a specialty store, people come in and ask me for recommendations, then go to Barnes & Noble or download it on a kindle for slightly cheaper. People just don’t give a s***.”

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August 16, 2012

Goodreads Reaches 10 Million Members

By Dianna Dilworth

Goodreads, a social networking site for readers, has grown its membership to 10 million members. Collectively, these users have shelved 360 million books (chart embedded above).

The rate of growth has gained momentum in the last year and a half. The site earned its first 5 million members in four and a half years, and doubled its membership from 5 million members to 10 million members in the last 18 months.

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July 18, 2012

eBooks Are Now ‘The Dominant Single Format’ in Adult Fiction Sales

By Jason Boog

Digital books are now “the dominant single format” in the adult fiction category, according to a new BookStats report from the Association of American Publishers. eBooks exploded in the adult fiction category last year, accounting for 30 percent of net publisher sales in 2011–up from 13 percent the year before.

At the same time, net sales revenue from eBooks increased from  from $869 million in 2010 to $2.074 billion in 2011. That’s 15 percent of net revenues for publishers. AppNewser has more about how these numbers have affected the total US book market.

Here’s more about those eye-popping figures, from the report: “Adult Fiction eBooks revenue for 2011 was $1.27 billion, growing by 117% from $585 million in 2010.  This translated to 203 million units, up 238% from 85 million in 2010.

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April 13, 2012

Vote for the Independent Book Blogger Awards

By Jason Boog

Voting is now open for the Independent Book Blogger Awards, a contest sponsored by Association of American Publishers members and Goodreads.

Four bloggers will win a trip to BookExpo America (BEA) along with “free airfare and hotel accommodations and a pass to the three-day global gathering.” You can search the list of reader nominated blogs by name or by category.

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March 22, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Library Confiscated in Union Square

Filed under: Libraries — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 4:56 pm

These are the remaining books left in the Occupy Wall Street Library following a police action last night.

By Jason Boog

At 7 p.m. yesterday, the Occupy Wall Street librarians posted a picture of the newly rebuilt Occupy Wall Street Library in New York City’s Union Square Park. By 10 p.m., police had cleared out most of the library–leaving behind the books in the picture (embedded above).

Below, we’ve created a chronological collection of tweets from activists showing what happened to the library. The librarians tweeted a new chant today: “People got sold out, Books got thrown out!”

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September 21, 2011

Borders Employees Vent Frustration

By Jason Boog

As Borders closed forever this weekend, one patron snapped a photograph of a bitter bookseller’s manifesto at an unidentified store: “Things We Never Told You: Ode to a Bookstore Death.”

The massive list (embedded above) collected years worth of pent-up sarcasm and frustration, spawning thousands of angry (and bemused) reactions from bookstore patrons.

Below, we’ve collected five controversial statements from the list

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