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Weekend Roundup: Landing a library job, the romantic smell of chocolate, and more
August 4, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Weekend RoundupHow to Land a Library Job (Publishers Weekly) I don’t claim to be an expert in much, but when it comes to securing a library job I’ve got hard-won advice worth sharing. For much of my career I suffered from a kind of librarian wanderlust, switching jobs every two or three years, which pretty much means that I spent my first 20 years in this profession engaged in a continuous job search. * * * The Old Reader to Remain Open Under New Management (The Digital Reader) It looks like the announcement of the imminent demise of The Old Reader may have been premature. There’s a...

Weekend Roundup: Ms. Pac-Man in the library
August 3, 2013 | 11:10 am

Weekend Roundup5 Reasons to Turn to Traditional Publishers Rather than Self-Publishing (Writer Unboxed) Meg says, “It took me 10 years to get my first novel published, and yet I can’t imagine how different my life as a writer would be without the support of Random House/Ballantine and the lovely people there. Anyone in publishing would likely be making more money elsewhere. They are in it for the same reason writers are: because they love books.” * * * Why you should wait for the new Kindle Fire HD (CNET) Google's next-generation Nexus 7 may be great, but here are a few reasons you might want...

Weekend Roundup: Amazon declares war; the bizarre art of binding books in human skin; 19 book cover clichés; and more
July 28, 2013 | 8:00 am

Weekend RoundupBREAKING NEWS: Amazon 'declares war' on the book industry (Melville House) Has the vicious end-game scenario we discussed just yesterday — whereby a government-sanctioned Amazon.com makes its move to cement its position as the most colossal monopoly in publishing history, and to savor the rewards — begun unfolding, and rapidly at that? That’s what a special weekend edition of Shelf Awareness surmises. * * * The Bizarre Art of Binding Books in Human Skin (Mental Floss) Helpful as its developments are, the field of modern medicine can be macabre, sickening, and even downright strange. We’ve left the leeches and holy water in the Middle Ages (for the most part), but some of...

Weekend Roundup: E-books on the fly; textbook publishers; Google’s translation technology; and more
July 27, 2013 | 11:44 am

e-booksTextbook publishers revamp ebooks to fight used market (NBC News) A booming market in recent years for selling and renting used college textbooks has saved students across the United States a ton of cash. But it has put textbook publishers in a bind. They don't make a cent unless students buy their books new. * * * New Mobile and Online Library Service 'Hoopla' Does Everything But Ebooks (DBW) A new digital library services vendor, Hoopla, is out of beta and is now operational at a handful of libraries. The company gives access to libraries and patrons video, music and audio books — but...

Weekend Roundup: The mini-memoir is a new and welcome e-book trend
July 21, 2013 | 8:19 am

e-bookThe mini-memoir: a new and welcome ebook trend (The Guardian) It may surprise readers of Howard Jacobson's latest novel, Zoo Time, a thinly disguised rant against modern literature, to learn that its famously fogeyish author has written an ebook. The Swag Man, published by American Jewish magazine Tablet, is a 31-page mini-memoir combining childhood tales of 1940s and 50s Manchester with a portrait of Frank Cohen, the multi-millionaire art collector who started his career working for Jacobson's market-trader father. * * * JK Rowling unmasked: the lawyer, the wife, her tweet - and a furious author (The Telegraph) It began with a barely literate tweet. At 11.34pm, on...

Morning Roundup: JK Rowling is PISSED!
July 19, 2013 | 9:12 am

JK RowlingJK Rowling 'Very Angry' That Law Firm Leaked Her Name (NPR) In a twist worthy of her latest detective novel, it turns out it was a lawyer's wife's best friend who leaked J.K. Rowling's identity as the "Robert Galbraith" who wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Pro tip: When you have a JK Rowling secret, don't tell anyone (LA Times) A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling's response? She is "very angry." She wasn't at first. Initially, she was somewhat...

A TeleRead editor in the blogosphere
July 16, 2013 | 7:22 pm

TeleReadI was recently interviewed about e-books, e-reading and digital publishing trends by the team at eReflect, an Australia- and Philippines-based educational software company. eReflect also operates a network of blogs that cover the same topics their software aims to teach: vocabulary, memory skills, typing skills, etc. My interview popped up on the company's speed-reading blog; if you're interested in giving it a read, it's here.  ...

Weekend Roundup: Tel Aviv gets a beach library; Miami-Dade County may lose 42 libraries; free productivity apps from Amazon
July 14, 2013 | 10:41 am

libraryTel Aviv Gets First Beachside Library (Gadling) Need a good beach read? Visitors to Tel Aviv's Metzizim Beach can now borrow books for reading on the sand. The city has launched the first beachside library, providing over 500 free book rentals in five languages, including English, Hebrew, Arabic, French and Russian. * * * JK Rowling Revealed as Writer of Crime Novel (NPR) An ex-military man tries his hand at writing, publishes a debut detective novel, and wins critical acclaim. But here's the twist in the tale: The true identity of the author is none other than "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling. * * * Miami-Dade County May Shutter 42 Public...

Weekend Roundup: 5 ways to save book publishing; marathon writing sessions; Neil Gaiman (maybe) breaks a world record; and more
July 13, 2013 | 8:30 am

publishingSave 1,100 vintage science fiction books from destruction! (i09) Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and "other genres." But apparently, there isn't enough interest to keep them in circulation. So they're asking people to propose what should be done with them. * * * Neil Gaiman possible breaks book signing world record, doesn't recommend it (Tor blog) Not content with a New York Times chart-topping novel in The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, author Neil Gaiman might also have scooped a world record for the number of books signed in a single sitting—though it’s not an...

Morning Roundup: Robert Bolano’s “2666″ released as e-book for the first time
July 11, 2013 | 9:25 am

Morning RoundupRoberto Bolano's "2666" released as e-book for the first time (LA Times) Roberto Bolano did not live to see his book "2666" become an American bestseller. Nor did he make it to the popularization of e-books -- he died 10 years ago, on May 15, 2003. On Tuesday, "2666" saw its debut as an e-book. * * * Food trucks inspire mobile bookstore (Detroit News) By combining the concepts of bookmobile and food truck, book-publisher Penguin Group (USA) recently introduced its first mobile bookstore. And just like a good book, there’s a bonus inside: the Penguin Book Pushcart, which rolls out of the truck and down a...

A Note About TeleRead’s New Rating System for Reviews
July 7, 2013 | 12:15 pm

reviewBy now, we're assuming the majority of our TeleRead regulars have probably noticed that we recently added a small but nevertheless significant new feature to our reviews: a five-star-style rating system. We quietly introduced the feature in a film review by Joanna Cabot that ran on July 2. Two book reviews that ran this morning, one by Chris Meadows and another by Paul St John Mackintosh, also used the new rating system. But since we're of the opinion that books reviews, say—or film reviews, or app reviews or whatever—that are rated with a star-system is a pretty played-out journalistic cliché, we've decided...

Weekend Roundup: Cover designs for books that don’t exist, how to write the perfect post, and more
July 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

Weekend RoundupCover designs for books that don't exist (but should) io9 As part of his Masters of Branding study at the School of Visual Arts, Tyler Adam Smith is creating 100 covers for books that should be written, from goofy snarks at popular authors to imagined sequels to beloved books. * * * As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts (NYT) Jim Hollock’s first book, a true-crime tale set in Pennsylvania, got strong reviews and decent sales when it appeared in 2011. Now “Born to Lose” is losing momentum — yet Amazon, to the writer’s intense frustration, has increased the price by nearly a third. * * * Reading, writing may...