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…

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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.

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


Originally posted on Shelf Life:

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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,

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BOOK REVIEW: Where Song Began by Tim Low (Review by Justin Cahill)


Originally posted on Booktopia - A Book Bloggers' Paradise - The No. 1 Book Blog for Australia:

Way back in 1987, while flicking through New Scientist, an article on birds caught my eye. It was about research that indicated the ancestors of Lyrebirds were among the world’s earliest songbirds. Back then, Australia was thought to be a refuge for species left over after it spit from the supercontinent, Gondwana. Songbirds were generally associated with Europe. The idea they had first evolved here seemed so unlikely that I kept the article, assuming the whole thing would go the way of cold fusion.

In Where Song Began, Tim Low tells how what was once theory became accepted fact. This is an exceptionally important book. High quality, up-to-date works on our natural history written for a general audience for are rare. Low generously stuffs his account of with fresh insights. It turns out the Treecreepers that live in the Blue Gums at the bottom of my street evolved from…

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