Book Empire Vol. 20

All the book news you need to know, on a need-to-know basis.

We understand how busy you are and how difficult it is to keep up with all the book news that’s being thrown at you every day. To make your life a little easier, we’ll compound the most important bits into 1 blog post every week, exactly telling you what you need to know. Please don’t worry your pretty little head about the possibility of propaganda or censorship. We’ll do that for you.


Publishers Weekly created a list with the best books of the summer. Start stocking up for your vacation right away, because what else are vacations for besides reading?

Our well beloved children’s book The Big Friendly Giant is up for an adaptation by Stephen Spielberg. And although we are filled with dread, it might just turn out pretty awesome? Can it please?

Lolita is a great book, but that doesn’t keep publishers from turning the cover into smut. The New Republic compiled a list of the ‘sexiest’ covers the book has had throughout the year. And of course the Dutch version is the most racy of the bunch.

We all know that feeling of sadness that comes when bookshops need to close up for the day. We come home late and miss our chance to browse around for a while. For the people in Beijing, this is no longer reality, because they opened a 24 hour book shop just last week. I would never go home ever again!

Harper Lee might be old, but she still is pretty awesome. At age 88 and after a long legal battle over the rights of  To Kill a Mockingbird, she gave the green light to turn her masterpiece into an ebook.

As part of the great World Book Night, teens were passing out free copies of The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian. However, on many school library lists the book is banned for its sexual and mature content. The citizens of Idaho didn’t take kindly to that and decided to call the cops on the kids.
Yes, because arresting children who are giving books away for free is really something that needs to happen. 

People might not read books as much as they used to, at least books as a physical object are still desired. The New York Times wrote an article about how decorating with books might be the reason the physical book has survived this long.
We all love our floor to ceiling book closets with a ladder attached to it, but do we love it because of (Beauty and the Beast-) nostalgia or our love of reading?

Bookish is musing on what will be the next big thing in YA novels. Will it be Virtual Reality Cyper punk, Fairy tale retelling or male main characters? Maybe they should look more into the diversity corner for this one?

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