Time Will Tell: Librarians on Yahoo’s Acquisition of Tumblr


Perhaps what’s most noteworthy about the Tumblr library community’s reaction to the blogging service’s purchase by web behemoth (and, well, dinosaur) Yahoo is the lack of one. Yahoo, which announced the deal on its own Tumblr blog with a kind-of-awkward gif, purchased Tumblr for $1.1 billion and promised “not to screw it up.” When asked […]

Dennis Lehane, Chris Pavone Take Mystery’s Top Prizes

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At the Mystery Writers of America’s  67th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards Dinner, held Thursday evening at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dennis Lehane’s historical crime novel Live By Night won the Edgar for Best Novel. Surprisingly it was a first win for the veteran author of ten books. In his acceptance speech, Lehane  acknowledged the […]

Beta Testers Weigh In On Hoopla

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Hoopla, Midwest Tape’s pay-per-circulation media streaming service for public libraries, has been in beta-testing mode for close to two months, and early reports of both the service overall and its mobile applications have been positive.

Audie Award Finalists Announced


The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the finalists for the 2013 Audie Awards, which recognize excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. A selection of categories are below; the complete list can be found on the Audies site. Audiobook of the Year AMERICAN GROWN Michelle Obama Read by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, […]

Will Librarians Still Use Goodreads?


Its no news that Goodreads has become, for many collection development and readers’ advisory librarians, an important tool in finding and evaluating new books. What it will become in the wake of Amazon’s purchase of the site last Friday is still unclear. Founded in 2006, Goodreads boosts over 202 million active users and provides one […]

James Beard Foundation Award finalists


Cookbook and food writing finalists for the James Beard Awards.

Debut Authors Discuss Authenticity and Research at ALA Midwinter


The January 26 Association of American Publisher’s (AAP) Debut Author Panel, which featured novelists published by Riverhead, Atlantic Monthly, Norton, and William Morrow, gave four writers an opportunity to talk about how their first books began and how they got to market. Dina Nayeri, Margaret Wrinkle, Sean Pidgeon, and Tara Conklin spoke at length on […]

Librarians & Authors Battle for Trivial Laurels

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After sitting through many a Powerpoint slide show of upcoming titles, I was almost giddy (or was that the Seattle coffee?) to attend the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Library Family Feud program on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by the voluble (and veteran) quizmaster Chris Vaccari of Sterling Publishing—who hosts a Wednesday quiz night in Manhattan—the Feud pitted […]

“Rain Is the Ink of the Northwest”: Writers Talk about Place and Fiction at ALA Midwinter

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Friday’s ERT/Booklist Author Forum, moderated by Booklist editor Brad Hooper, brought together a diverse group of novelists to talk about the state of the novel and the role place plays in fiction. Literary fiction writer Ruth Ozeki (My Year of Meats), prolific fantasy author Terry Brooks (“Shannara” series), thriller writer Gregg Olsen (Fear Collector), and […]

The Millions Launches Ebook Series

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Yesterday, book blog The Millions (which turns ten—an eon in internet years—in 2013) announced a series of short nonfiction ebooks called “The Millions Originals.” These shorts will be longer than the average long magazine article but shorter than the average book: they are nonfiction novellas, in other words. They can be purchased on Apple, Amazon, […]

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