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.

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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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Book Empire Vol. 22

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.

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Although we hope this is not yet necessary, book club guru Amy Bonesteel gives tips on how to revitalize your book club.

The streets of Vancouver have been transformed into a Choose Your Own Adventure story. The Action Fiction Project went around the city to write all of the citizens a story that changed depending on what streets you decided to take.

Miranda July, known from artsy movies and short story collections has now written her first novel.
You can read it in January 2015.

If only Putin loved to read Tolstoy instead of Dostoevsky, the world would have been a very different place.

It’s time to talk about literary bad boys. Are you more in love with the Unattainable Sherlock Holmes or with the Nonconformist Holden Caulfield?

Teens are still reading less and less. How can this be when the YA industry is thriving?

The best infograph of the week tells you how you can figure out if you have found yourself in a Gothic novel. Great if you wake up in Transylvania, surrounded by the undead and are suddenly prone to fainting.

We love it when concerned parents and book censorship is wrong. A new study shows that reading banned books actually doesn’t have a bad influence on your mind and that it won’t turn you crazy. It actually has a positive affect, making you more prone to help others.

Book Empire Vol. 21

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.

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Apartment Therapy made a list of famous authors’ bedrooms. Take a look into the secret sleeping lives of Virginia Woolf, Truman Capote and William S. Burroughs.
Fun fact! A lot of these authors slept in a one-person bed…

Sci-fi has been predicting the future since its beginning, but do we have any idea how accurate they have been?  The fine folks at Printerinks, a printer ink store, have created a thoughtful infographic to showcase you just how many of our current technologies had been thought up by visionaries from the past.

Do you also wonder how Wes Anderson comes up with all these crazy movie ideas? He must read a lot, because The Airship has made a collection of books to be paired together with each of his movies.

Another book pairing situation is happening at The A.V. Club. Dan Wakefield, longtime friend of Vonnegut wrote up a list to tell you which Vonnegut book to read just before making specific big life decisions.
I started reading Welcome to the Monkey House immediately.

Screwpulp is here to bring your book to the masses. Fed up with good books being written, but not finding their audience, Screwpulp came up with a solution. All the books on there are for free, the only payment required is some social media promotion. This way the books can find their fan base without the hassle of traditional publishing.

At the end of this month the most awesome literary festival just got a bit more awesome. Hay-on-Wye, known for the insane amount of bookstores, is hosting the yearly Hay-festival with a crazy line-up of authors. This week they also named Stephen Fry the new president of the festival and he couldn’t be more proud.
Do I see another book club outing in store?

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.

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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?

Book Empire Vol. 19

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.

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Boston, the birth place of Edgar Allen Poe, has built a new statue in the writer’s honor.
And it is the most bad-ass statue you will ever see.

You can pretend it’s not true, but every single one of us was disappointed at age 11 when the acceptance letter to Hogwarts didn’t arrive. But the world of Harry Potter knows our trauma’s and they are here to help! You can now download the actual letter and frame it, but even better, follow a 9 week course in wizardry!

Gender differences in literature and publishing are happening, if you like it or not. Recently we introduced The WoMentoring Project to you, but men and boys might need some help as well according to these articles. It states that boys aren’t reading because of all the female publishers and that most men prefer to wait for the movie to come out.

We’ve all heard the stories of our favorite authors and their crazy writing routines, but how much of that is actually true? And even more important, why are we so obsessed with it?
I guess I can now stop writing upside down on a manual typewriter while being surrounded by twenty white cats.

Rachel Fershleiser has made an amazing Tedtalk about why she hearts the bookternet.
We promise it will make you heart the bookternet as well!

Book Empire Vol. 18

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.

Dive into the very fascinating world of celebrity ghostwriting. We all know on some level that most non-literary, non-funny celebrities don’t really write their own biographies and memoirs. But what we don’t know is who these ghosts in the machines actually are.
So meet some of these cogs in the larger publishing machine and see what the life of a ghostwriter is really like.

There is good news for self-publishing writers! You know get a chance at world-wide recognition and actual monthly literary prizes.
At least actual as in, these are made up especially for you.

The Uni Project, based in New York, is yet another example of how easy it is to incorporate reading and books into everyday life. The project will create reading rooms in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. These ‘rooms’ we be created out on the street with the help of small movable reading rooms that can be put down just about anywhere.
They will also ship these reading room kits all over the world. Maybe we can all chip in!

The final season of Mad Men has started and this means we are in for yet another wild ride of Don Draper reading books. However, Don Draper doesn’t just read, he also inspires original works. Leah Umansky is the author of the chapbook Don Dreams and I Dream which contains Mad Men inspired poetry.
Yes, it’s called a chapbook. Look it up.

If you are feeling a little down but you are not yet at the ninth level of hell depression level, Douglas Coupland has made a reading list especially for you! He told the AV Club about the best nihilistic books that you have probably never heard of.
With titles like Tales of Young Urban Failures and Kill Your Friends, you just can’t go wrong.

Book Empire Vol. 17

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.

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We are done with dystopian Young Adult – especially on the big screen – and moving back towards realistic but dark Young Adult stories. Not only is the entire internet waiting for the release of The Fault in Our Stars, but also for more news on the Eleanor & Park adaptation.
Has anyone seen Divergent, the latest dystopian YA adaption? I was disappointed yet again!

The popularity of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings is changing the way we tell stories.
Soon no book will be published that does not have a million characters and completely heart-wrenching unnecessary deaths.

Authors are writing new books! No Shit! Kazuo Ishiguro will publish a new novel in 2015 and Max Brooks has recently published his Graphic Novel. And in case you missed it last week, Will Self and Nick Hornby have also crawled back behind their writing devices. What is happening in the world!

The great disappearing acts in literature. Bookish has made you a reading list for magical vanishings and on #1 you will find one of the stories from Tenth of December by George Saunders.
Go read some excerpts!

Read Alice in Wonderland on a single page. No the book has not been reduced to it’s essence. Webpgr.com has used the magic of computers to create an interactive page for the entire book.
And you can even publish your own book this way!

The Millions is making a case for this being the golden age of the second novel. Authors don’t need to be a hit on their first try, just look at Rachel Kushner, Charles McNair and Jenny Offill. Their first books were received as meh, but now they are booming business!