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Daniel Handler pledges his pentinence after National Book Awards racist gaffe
November 23, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, turned what should have been a respectful, respectable, but otherwise fairly routine presentation ceremony for the National Book Awards into a social media tempest through a more-than-off-color inadvertent quip about watermelons and Jacqueline Woodson. The National Book Foundation has already posted its own response, stating that "at the National Book Awards, comments were made by the master of ceremonies which were entirely inappropriate, were not authorized by the National Book Foundation and which do not in any way represent the views of this organization. We regret the incident and apologize to all offended by...

Neil Gaiman, Daniel Handler, give the gift of reading for the 2014 National Book Awards
November 22, 2014 | 12:34 pm

What makes a great writer? How about the forbearance and humility to stand in Washington Square on a freezing morning and give away free books to a random crowd of the reading public? Because that's what Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) did for the National Book Foundation's Great Book Giveaway, organized with the Uni Project, "a nonprofit committed to increasing access to books and learning opportunities through pop-up, open-air reading rooms," and featuring a free distribution of the finalist titles in the 2014 National Book Awards, "as well as books by Daniel and Neil which they graciously...

James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading
November 20, 2014 | 7:16 am

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about what Amazon ought to be doing but isn’t. And I can’t say that I necessarily disagree. Patterson is planning to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage reading, following on the heels of his $1 million in grants to bookstores. The campaign will include a TV ad featuring a public book-burning (a bit of a cliché,...

More posts on pedophilia – can stories be used to “groom” children?
July 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

Following my original post on the pedophile practices of Marion Zimmer Bradley, a victim of another notorious literary pedophile has shared their own experience in the comments section of that article. I won't post her handle here, but her original comment should be easy enough to find by following the link above. She refers to the award-winning English children's writer William Mayne, who, according to his Wikipedia entry, was in 2004, "imprisoned for two and a half years and placed on the British sex offenders registry for life after admitting sexual abuse of 'young girl fans." Mayne died six years...

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...

Britain’s World Book Day sees events, promotions UK-wide
March 6, 2014 | 10:25 am

The UK's World Book Day, March 6th this year, has seen promotions, participations by organizations, related articles including travel tips, and events across Britain. According to the World Book Day site, the event is "the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world." World Book Day is generally celebrated worldwide on April 23rd; however, in the UK, it takes place on March 6th The key offering marking the event in the UK is the World Book Day £1 Book Tokens offer courtesy of...

Two-thirds of children read digital books, new study shows
January 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Children read digital books more and more and at a rapid pace. The Kids + E-Reading Trends 2012 to 2013 study (conducted by PlayCollective and Digital Book World) was released on Monday and showed that two-thirds of children aged 13 and under read digital books with at least 92 percent of them doing so at least once a week. The results were revealed at the Fifth Annual Digital Book World Conference & Expo in New York City. The study was done to understand the e-reading habits of children aged 2-13 with a focus on parental attitudes regarding the benefits of ebooks, according...

The Real Figures Behind Alarmist UK Children’s Reading Reports
October 4, 2013 | 12:51 pm

The Bookseller has just reported, in the context of its The Bookseller's Children's Conference currently taking place in London, some alarming figures on the reading habits - or lack of them - of children in the UK. According to The Bookseller, "'Understanding the Children's Book Consumer in the Digital Age', Nielsen Book's latest research project, has found a significant fall in the number of children who read or are read to on a weekly basis, with the proportion of occasional and non-readers among children aged under 17 now at 28%, rising from 20% in 2012." And the Nielsen Book report,...

UK Booktrust joins with Amazon “to change the culture of reading”
September 19, 2013 | 1:01 pm

The UK's Booktrust, a pro-literacy and children's reading charity in existence since the 1920s, has just announced its first Booktrust Best Book Awards in partnership with Amazon Kindle 2014, which will " seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer, and to honour authors and illustrators who continue Britain’s proud heritage of storytelling." According to Viv Bird, Chief Executive at Booktrust, the Awards are part of a very ambitious program: "We want to change the culture of reading in this country." And what's driving this agenda? "At the moment, books are facing a battle with the...

Dr. Seuss coming to e-books, a good step in the children’s book market
September 7, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Children will soon be able to enjoy some of the most beloved books digitally. Random House Children’s Books announced Dr. Seuss classics will be published as e-books starting Sept. 24, Publishers Weekly reported. The rollout will start with 15 e-books, such as "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat." By November, 41 of Dr. Seuss’s books will get the digital treatment. According to PW, the books will preserve the original layouts and illustrations. This is good news for the children’s e-book market. Anyone who been around children knows that these books are usually a staple on a child’s bookshelves. Just yesterday,...

Back to School Week, Part 2: Where To Get E-Books for Your Kids
September 6, 2013 | 11:46 am

e-bookIn my "Back to School Week, Part 1" post, I talked about some books for parents. Today, I'm talking about books for kids. Where can you get them? The library is one obvious answer. So is the store which came with your device—Kindle, Kobo, Sony, etc.. But what if you are, like me, only purchasing DRM-free books these days? Where can you get quality stuff which is appropriate for your kids? Here are some off-the-beaten-path recommendations: 1. Public Domain Repositories Most of us already know about Project Gutenberg. But for children's books, where graphics and layout matters, The Internet Archive Children's Library is a wonderful...

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?
July 23, 2013 | 10:09 am

READINGI had to laugh at this blog post on the New York Times website where the author laments the chore of reading out loud to her son. It's not that she dislikes books, she's careful to explain—it's just that the books her son enjoys are tedious and irritating. Those Richard Scarry books particularly irk her: "In Richard Scarry’s world, there is a lot to look at, but not a lot to read, and when there’s not a lot to read, you have to make up things. I could go that route, and I probably should go that route, but since I am...