And now, the final results are in. While it’s no surprise to see Harry Potter and the Hunger Games trilogy on top, this year’s list also highlights some writers we weren’t as familiar with. For example, John Green, author of the 2012 hit The Fault in Our Stars, appears five times in the top 100.
In fact, John Green has 4 books in the top 22. Yes, he deserves it. People like John Green, Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan might be household names within YA circles, but I think there are a whole lot of people who have never heard of them but would love their work.
Très bien. Now, please forgive us, but we must ask: would you rather read about a shooting, a bludgeoning, or a drowning?
Just like it says, Choose your Highsmith will ask a series of questions to help you decide which Patricia Highsmith book to read next. For what it's worth, I was asked the above question after choosing France as a setting. Mr Ripley anyone?
Argentinean independent publishers Eterna Cadencia are publishing an anthology of new Latin authors using special ink that disappears once it comes in contact with sun and air, completely disappearing within 2 months time after opening the book. This makes for an interesting approach to motivate book buyers to read books more promptly, giving first-time authors the attention they need to survive:
Which also means people who enjoyed these struggling new authors cannot pass the book on to friends or come back and read them again. Not to mention the negative pressure of being forced to read it in a certain time.
I predict this gimmick will fade away inside two months.
Librarians should not play along with this. Eli Neiberger told us earlier this year that our mission should be to ‘fight for the user’. Fighting for the user doesn’t mean signing petitions pleading with publishers to sell us their ebooks. It means looking for alternatives and spending your money with companies that do serve your communities needs properly. Show your community how to publish their own ebooks and bypass the publishers. Show your community how to curate their own newsfeeds using Twitter or Flipboard and cancel your subscriptions to crappy news aggregation databases. Refuse to subscribe to any service that requires your members to create a new account with the provider or an associated DRM software product. Question whether ALIA should really enshrine support for Copyright in its policy documents. Demand to know why IFLA opposes one of the few systems that could support the creation of cultural works without locking them down.
Winter is coming for the copyright slumlords. Make sure you rug up, and remember whose side you are on.
As Hugh knows, I’m closely involved with our library subscribing to a service that requires our members to create an account with a DRM product. That’s how we’re getting at least some popular ebooks into the library. I’ve read other arguments that we should boycott such providers so the publishers are forced to do it our way. I wouldn’t be surprised if the publishers preferred this – then they could just stop selling ebooks to libraries. The fact is, if we want some new release popular ebooks in the library (we can’t get them all), we’re currently forced to make some big compromises.
I’m going to try to guess what is in Hugh’s head and predict his response: that’s fine, let people buy ebooks at the cheap prices that will result when the copyright revolution hits. Libraries will need to reposition themselves as something other than popular fiction lending institutions if they are to survive.
“It’s quite simple — it doesn’t meet our selection criteria,” said Cathy Schweinsberg, library services director.
“Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves. But we bought some copies before we realized what it was. We looked at it, because it’s been called ‘mommy porn’ and ‘soft porn.’ We don’t collect porn.”
Copies of “The Complete Kama Sutra” are available through the Cocoa Beach, Mims/Scottsmoor, Palm Bay and Titusville branches. Also up for grabs countywide: “Fanny Hill,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” “Fear of Flying,” “Tropic of Cancer” and “Lolita.”
So what makes “Fifty Shades of Grey” different?
“I think because those other books were written years ago and became classics because of the quality of the writing,” Schweinsberg said. “This is not a classic.”
So it’s been pulled because it’s porn? Or because it’s considered too poorly written to one day qualify as a “classic”?
the rural romance genre is growing at a phenomenal rate, with publishers estimating sales have tripled in the past four years. A uniquely Australian take on romance fiction, ”chook lit”, as it’s affectionately known, routinely outsells local popular fiction and crime.
Chook lit. Is that always going to be the thing now? We have to come up with some silly little catchy phrase to tag each sub-genre with?