Hymns Modern and Ancient – A Review


Originally posted on The Reformed Reader:

Hymns: Modern and AncientHymns Modern & Ancient is a 2011 publication that contains 133 various hymns meant for congregational singing.  This hymnal is a resource for those who want a supplement to an existing hymnal.  Much of the work for this book was done by Fred Coleman, a Baptist pastor, and his wife Ruth.  The songs in this hymnal are meant to be singable and biblical.  There is a regular hardcover version and a spiral bound version for pianists.

Many of the hymns in this book are familiar, including “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed,” “Beneath the Cross,” “Jerusalem the Golden,” “Just As I Am,” and so forth.  Some of the older hymns have newer tunes, which some people may not appreciate.  There are also quite a few new hymns, including the popular, “In Christ Alone” and “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.”  A quick look at the index shows that the…

View original 358 more words

Not My Review: World Without End – the Global Empire of Philip II, by Hugh Thomas


The link below is to a book review of ‘World Without End – the Global Empire of Philip II,’ by Hugh Thomas.

For more visit:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/01/world-without-end-global-empire-philip-ii-hugh-thomas-review

Not My Review: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini


The link below is to a book review of ‘The Kite Runner,’ by Khaled Hosseini.

For more visit:
http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/jul/30/review-khaled-hosseini-the-kite-runner

Too Many Books?


The links below are to articles concerning an over-abundance of books – or maybe not?

For more visit:
- http://the-toast.net/2014/07/23/on-book-hoarding/
- http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dirty-secret/201103/no-you-are-not-book-hoarder

How To Save Books


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war ontraditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might have seemed useless and ridiculous

…given the absence of any books from the “Big Five” publishers. But, according to Author Earnings,

self-published authors now account for 31% of total daily [Amazon] ebook sales regardless of genre … self-published authors…

View original 838 more words

Not My Review: Egghead, by Bo Burnham


The link below is to a book review of ‘Egghead, by Bo Burnham.

For more visit:
http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/jul/30/review-bo-burnham-egghead

Not My Review: The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1920)


The link below is to a book review of ‘The Age of Innocence,’ by Edith Wharton.

For more visit:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/28/100-best-novels-age-of-innocence-edith-wharton-robert-mccrum

Everything Book Lovers Need to Know About Amazon vs. Hachette


Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Earlier this week, Amazon unveiled its latest tactic in the mega-company’s battle with Hachette, a dispute that’s become as much about PR as profit margins: transparency. A brief “update” outlines exactly how much of the proceeds from e-books Amazon wants (30 percent) and how much Amazon wants to charge for those e-books ($9.99). There are also Economics 101 buzzwords like “price-elastic” and internal numbers that claim lower e-book prices actually result in higher revenue for everyone. There is, of course, another side to this story — and a months-long dispute that won’t end because Amazon named names. Here’s the rundown on what the average book buyer needs to know.

View original 800 more words

On the Books: Lost Dr. Seuss stories to be published as picture book


Originally posted on Shelf Life:

[ew_image url="http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2014/07/31/horton-and-the-kwuggerbug_612x380.jpg" credit="" align="left"]

Theodor Geisel’s golden years were the 1950s, when he published Horton Hears a Who! (1955), The Cat in the Hat (1957), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), as well as the screenplay for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. He also published a few short stories in Redbook magazine. Random House is now publishing Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, a collection of stories from the Redbook days, adding illustrations, and releasing it as a picture book in September. [The Guardian]

Before his untimely death last year, Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos was working on a novel more ambitious than anything else he wrote: It’s a 859-page historical novel about Mark Twain and Henry Morton Stanley, the famous explorer who found missionary Robert Livingstone in central Africa. He finished the manuscript before he died, and now Hijuelos’ widow is pursuing publication. The novel,

View original 318 more words