“I see sales departments given control over editorial,” said Le Guin. “I see my own publishers in a silly panic of ignorance and greed, charging public libraries for an ebook six or seven times more than they charge customers. We just saw a profiteer try to punish a publisher for disobedience and writers threatened by corporate fatwa, and I see a lot of us, the producers who write the books, and make the books, accepting this. Letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant, and tell us what to publish and what to write”
If Le Guin made the gathered publishing dignitaries uncomfortable with her admonishments (and there were uncomfortable stirrings, along with scattered applause), at least one person yelled out, “I love you.” And what’s not to love about an an author who proclaims, “But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. It’s name is freedom.”
8 Illustrated Books for Every Age and Every Summer Reading List Salon PEN judges Mac Barnett, Ted Lewin, and Elizabeth Winthrop acknowledged these novels as distinctive in the world of picture book writing.
Margaret Ferguson has edited children’s books for over 30 years, and is now the publisher of Margaret Ferguson Books/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. She talked with three-time Caldecott Honor winner and MacArthur Fellow Peter Sís, about the process of editing a picture book and how Sís’ new children’s biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Pilot and the Little Prince, was made.
NPR (blog) The Muscle-Flexing, Mind-Blowing Book Girls Will Inherit The Earth NPR (blog) The first ever BookCon, planned as an extension of the mega trade show Book Expo America by the same people who do Comic-Con, took place last weekend.
A month ago, The Guardian asked its readers to vote for the best ever film made from a novel. The results are in, with the readers' chart of the top 50 film adaptations. Critics Peter Bradshaw and Xan Brooks cast their eyes over your favourites.
A universal trait in classrooms and University lectures the world over, is that, when students are bored, they'll tend to amuse themselves in other ways. That was no different from 800 years ago in the 15th century when similarly bored students opted to doodle and scribble characters and artworks inside their text books.
Short story writer Andy Flanagan wasn’t always good with words. Growing up, he could barely read, and he compensated by memorizing words and reciting assignments that were in his head, not on paper. Andy failed several grades in junior high and began seriously contemplating leaving school to go to war in Vietnam, before his school …
Summer books you'll love: 10 selections for the beach bag St. Louis Business Journal (blog) Some of you even took the time to tell us why the books deserve to be read. Below are the 10 best answers we received.
The Edmonton Public Library is being recognized as the top of the stack, becoming the first Canadian library to be named Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine. (Congratulations to @epldotca: best library in North America!
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popu (Eric Hill, creator of innovative children's books about dog named Spot, dies at home in California...
Books to Watch Out For: June New Yorker (blog) Saunt writes that the events and people in this book “do not have the immediate resonance of the musket-bearing Boston Minutemen, but in surprising ways their stories are as pertinent to the...
This year's Banned Books Week, slated for Sept. 21-27, will spotlight comics and graphic novels, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Banned Books Week planning committee announced today. Graphic novels have ...
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