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Morning Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone Roundup. Love and hate reading for pleasure?
July 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneWe Love and We Hate Reading for Pleasure (Book Riot) Reading is great, and we can talk about it in a million different contexts, but we must always pause for a moment to offer a people now don’t read like people used to read, like there’s some sort of crusty Reading God to whom we must occasionally say these holy grumbles and offer a bow, lest the god be offended. And then we carry on. *** Man Booker Prize- Disappointing and Disappearing (Digital Book World) My guess will be the apathy for the list will pass over to the customer and we’ll see some...

Strong showing for indies in Shirley Jackson Awards
July 15, 2014 | 10:30 am

The Shirley Jackson Awards, first presented in 2007, are awarded annually, so far in conjunction with the science fiction convention Readercon, and have rapidly built a reputation as badges of distinction "for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic."  For those interested in building a taxonomy of the current resurgence in American dark and weird fiction, the list of past winners makes exemplary reading. And independent publishers featured handsomely in this year's winner list as well, presented in Burlington this Sunday. The Awards "are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and...

Author boycotts Booktrust prize over Amazon tax practices, Hachette dispute
July 11, 2014 | 10:24 am

UK children's author Allan Ahlberg has turned down the first-ever Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award from UK literacy charity Booktrust because it is sponsored by Amazon. In an open letter to The Bookseller, Ahlberg, 75, wrote: "A few weeks ago I learned that I had been chosen for the inaugural Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award. I was, of course, delighted. I told my wife, told my daughter and ran around the house. Then I discovered that the award was sponsored by Amazon and felt obliged to refuse it." He cited his objections to Amazon's practices on corporate taxation, as well as "Amazon’s baleful influence...

Eimear McBride shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize in “triumph for independent publishing”
May 27, 2014 | 3:25 pm

A Girl Is A Half-formed ThingA Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride, first published by Galley Beggar Press and previously covered by TeleRead, triumph for independent publishing, has been shortlisted for the UK's Desmond Elliott Prize, described by the Daily Telegraph as the "most prestigious award for first-time novelists." The book is one of a shortlist of three, also comprising The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison from Granta Books and  Ballistics by D.W. Wilson from Bloomsbury, which the Prize preamble describes as "a triumph for independent publishing." "Penned in just six months, Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing was initially shelved after being...

First Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards honor best of 2013
August 25, 2013 | 11:23 am

Announced close to the end of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the first ever Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Awards have recognized "the company who has the most exciting, progressive and developmental story to tell over the previous year of their activity," with an Award to Saraband, a former book packager that has transformed itself into an independent publisher, and a Commendation to Floris Books, a house with a strong focus on children's literature, and a very individual and innovative approach to commissioning and encouraging authors and illustrators. The Saltire Society exists "to improve the quality of life in...

Poetry gets serious support in Scotland as Edwin Morgan Poetry Award launched
August 21, 2013 | 9:48 am

Scotland is a nation that takes poetry seriously—its national day, after all, honors Robert Burns. How seriously? Take the new Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, launched this weekend at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and worth £20,000 ($31,300). The new award, as the official release makes clear, "is the result of a bequest by the late Scottish Makar, Edwin Morgan (1920-2010), and a Trust has been established in his name to administer the award and further promote poetry in Scotland." The first modern Scots Makar (Scotland's Poet Laureate), Morgan inherited substantial investments from his parents, which grew still further in the hands of his retained advisors. One...

Man Booker Longlist Announced
July 23, 2013 | 3:02 pm

Man BookerThe Man Booker longlist has been announced; it is the usual mix ox established literary authors (Jumpha Lahiri being the one notable name I recognized) and newcomers of all different backgrounds. The books will be condensed into a shortlist on September 10th, with the winner to be announced in October. The longlisted books are:  Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw  We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo  The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton  Harvest by Jim Crace  The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris  The Kill by Richard House  The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri  Unexploded by Alison MacLeod  TransAtlantic by Colum McCann  Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson  A Tale for the Time...

Kobo teams with New Zealand Society of Authors for Kiwi E-Publishing prize
July 8, 2013 | 1:15 pm

KoboAs part of its strong push Down Under, digital reader and e-book major Kobo has launched the Kobo/NZ Authors E-Publishing prize, through its Kobo Writing Life identity, in association with the New Zealand Society of Authors. The competition "offers two budding New Zealand authors the opportunity to be professionally published in e-book form through the Kobo Writing Life platform and offered for sale throughout New Zealand. " Kobo Writing Life, Kobo's answer to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, claims to "reach out to millions of readers in over 190 countries." Kobo has in fact already built strong market share in non-U.S. markets, and...

Ros Barber’s “The Marlowe Papers” wins Desmond Elliott Prize for debut — in verse
July 1, 2013 | 3:05 pm

Ros BarberI spoke to Ros Barber, poet, former computer programmer, and now historical novelist, about her blank verse novel "The Marlowe Papers," awarded the UK's £10,000 [$15,223] Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction, and about the difficulties and rewards of writing in verse. TeleRead: What's your view on the position of verse in current literature, both as standalone lyric and as a medium for longer or different work? Barber: The majority of the reading public have an aversion to reading verse. Enjoyment of poetry (which children naturally love) is routinely destroyed in the course of a school education. There is a general perception of poetry...

Tim O’Brien gets top-dollar Pritzker Award for writing on war
June 27, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Pritzker PrizeU.S. author Tim O'Brien has become the first fiction writer to win the six-year-old Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, netting a $100,000 honorarium for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. According to Wikipedia, the Pritzker currently ranks 28th in the list of the world's richest literary awards, level-pegging with, for instance, the Wallace Stevens Award, but well ahead of the Man Booker International Prize or the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. And I don't see one literary award in that Wikipedia ranking that specifically mentions peace, brotherhood, or any such wishy-washy concepts in its title. Me, I object to any outsize literary prize offered...

Toronto Star Recognized for Success in E-Book Experiment
May 15, 2013 | 9:30 am

Toronto StarI wrote previously about Star Dispatches, an e-book subscription service being produced by the Toronto Star. According to this article on The Star's website, they're being recognized for this series with two Online Media Awards. The service has an intriguing set-up where, for a nominal fee, subscribers get a new e-book sent to them every week. There is no à la carte purchase, but the weekly fee is so affordable that subscriber retention has been high. From the admittedly self-congratulatory write-up: "We’re extremely proud of the stories being told in our weekly eRead format, our subscribers are highly satisfied and the business model has...

Locus Awards 2013 Ballot Announced
May 9, 2013 | 4:54 pm

From Boing Boing comes news of this year's Locus nominees, shared there because one of its editors, Cory Doctorow, is nominated. I am not a huge SF reader, so most of these have stayed off my radar. But if you go for that stuff, enjoy this list of good books! SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) • Caliban’s War, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • Redshirts, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) FANTASY NOVEL • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan...