Book Empire Vol. 23

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.


Vending machines in high schools are a must, but eating all the snacks and soda’s is not that good. So why not replace these boring ol’ vending machines with a literary one?
The Head & The Hand Press has the right idea with this YA Chapbook Machine!

Literary houses are just the best, but living in the house of a literary legend such as Dracula is the most amazing chance you will ever get. Unfortunately they only take bids from the ‘right type of person’, meaning vampires.
Now I never get to live out my Only Lovers Left Alive fantasy.

Smartphones are no longer killing everything that is good in the world. They are actually ideal for reading big bulky classics such as Middlemarch without you having to lurch around a heavy ass book.

Do you want to know what a book sounds like? We’re not talking about audio books here, but about TransProse, new software that will transcribe the emotions of a novel into music.
It does still sound a bit clunky.

We are quitting the book club for a brighter and better tomorrow. In this we are following the Chicago Public Library who is done lending out books and has moved on to robots.
They are so cute!

We all know at least a handful of people who have at one moment in their life told you they were writing a novel. However, almost none of these books will ever be published. The road to being a published author is hard, but is it worth it in the end? These first-time authors tell you their experiences.

The YA scene has been seeing a lot of discussion on a need for diversity, but lauding John Green for being the end-all of realistic YA might be working against this. Anne Ursu wrote a great piece on why these articles are counterproductive and often untrue.


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