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Thu, June 26th, 2014
Simon & Schuster Expands Library E-book Lending
Posted by: Keir Graff

As ALA’s Annual Conference gets under way in Las Vegas, ALA President Barbara Stripling welcomed the news that Simon & Schuster will convert its pilot library ebook lending program to serve all U.S. libraries: “Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries […]


Tue, May 27th, 2014
Gay Romance Comes Out at the Romantic Times Convention
Posted by: Pat Henshaw

GLBT romance came out of the erotica closet at the Romantic Times convention in New Orleans in May 2014 to stand as its own entity, a legitimate romance subgenre. Canadian GLBTQ romance author Heidi Belleau explained, “Until recently, queer characters in books were either serial killers or dead people.”  Having them now be the heroes […]


Thu, April 17th, 2014
ILA names new “Soon to be Famous” Author
Posted by: Rebecca

Librarians have not always been willing to embrace self-published authors. It’s hard to spend limited dollars on an unproven book, and when it’s an e-only title, it’s even harder to add the book to the collection. But we can’t ignore self-publishing for long—last year, self-published books made up 32% of the Amazon best-seller list.  How […]


Fri, April 11th, 2014
Total Boox Launches Free Reading Week
Posted by: Rebecca

There’s a new e-book platform in town, Total Boox. In honor of National Library Week, Total Boox is making its entire collection of ebooks available for free reading between April 13 and April 20, 2014. Anyone with an Android, IOS, or Kindle Fire tablet in the United States and around the world can download and read […]


Tue, December 18th, 2012
The Craig Johnson Collection
Posted by: Keir Graff

With a title like “The Craig Johnson Collection,” you might think I’m referring to a catalog of Western wear that includes distressed Wranglers, sweat-stained Stetsons, and cowpie-crusted Tony Lama boots. But I’m referring to Christmas in Absaroka County, Penguin’s special e-collection of short stories by the Wyoming author who’s become a fan favorite for his Walt Longmire mysteries. I’m proud to […]


Tue, January 31st, 2012
A Shopping-Cart Traffic Jam on “The Road”
Posted by: Keir Graff

“It would be like ‘The Road,’ ” one publishing executive in New York said, half-jokingly, referring to the Cormac McCarthy novel. “The post-apocalyptic world of publishing, with publishers pushing shopping carts down Broadway.” This quote in a recent New York Times article (“The Bookstore’s Last Stand,” by Julie Bosman) reminded me of a short story […]


Thu, June 16th, 2011
Sanctuary Re-Released!
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Readers who followed along to “Desperately Seeking DeSario,” my article about tracking down the forgotten author of one of my all-time favorite novels, take note: Joseph P. DeSario’s Sanctuary is now available in a brand-new e-book edition. Random House has a collection of links where you can buy it from a variety of retailers, including […]


Fri, February 18th, 2011
The perfect spokesperson for the Byook? Bjork
Posted by: Keir Graff

I received an e-mail yesterday about the Byook, which promises a “new reading experience.” Given that claims of revolutionary new reading experiences are becoming increasingly common, I’ll let history be the judge.  I’m just excited to have a new another made-up word to add to my list of unfavorites: vook, blook, wovel, poegel . . . and now […]


Fri, December 17th, 2010
Weeklings: Good Sex, E-books (Discreet, Yet Not), Lowbrow Reading, and the Butler Didn’t Do It
Posted by: Keir Graff

A quick compilation of recent reads before I head off to the holiday party… In “No sex, please, we’re literary!” Laura Miller takes aim at the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, calling it a “sniggering exercise” that “poses as a knowing blow against literary pretension while embodying the most retrograde prudery.” This is the only […]


Mon, December 6th, 2010
Google E-books Are Here
Posted by: Mary Ellen Quinn

Google launched its eBookstore this morning, bringing another big player into the rapidly expanding e-book world. Google’s e-books are stored in the cloud, so there’s nothing to download, and can be read on your Smartphone, Web browser, or e-reader–except Kindle, of course.  Books can be purchased from the Google eBookstore, or from other retailers, including a  number of independent […]





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