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"If you ask people to think about it, they’re probably vaguely aware that writers agree to blurb..."

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : Listen Up

“If you ask people to think about it, they’re probably vaguely aware that writers agree to blurb books because they have some connection, either professional or personal, to the author – but the genre seems to demand a certain effacement...Show More Summary

One Ringy Dingy (snort), Two Ringy Dingies

A day in the life of the bookshop telephone, and those it enslaves.

How Reading Old Books Gives Us New Perspective

3 Reasons to Overcome Bias and Understand the Whole Conversation. If we must choose between old books and new ones, we should always select an old one. C.S. Lewis provides three reasons why.

Kindness: Pass It On

Leslie Hawkins looks at picture books that inspire and empower children to help others and make the world a more beautiful place.

Reading Together: Where to Begin?

Venturing into the world of chapter-a-night stories.

‘That Konner Wilson’

An exit interview with a favorite staffer!

Fidgets, Fads, and Folderol

Spinning our way through the latest fidget fad in the bookstore.

Getting to Diverse: Pitfalls and Potholes Along the Way

Tackling touchy issues, plus a question about the diversity database.

Moody's to Buy Amsterdam based publisher Bureau Van Dijk (BVD) for $3.3Billion

From Reuters: n">Credit ratings agency Moody's Corp ( MCO.N ) said on Monday it would buy Dutch financial information provider Bureau van Dijk for about $3.3 billion, to extend its risk data and analytical businesses. Moody's will fund the deal through a combination of offshore cash and new debt financing. Show More Summary

90-Second Newbery, Asheville-Style

Reporting on Asheville's first 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

A New Concept for Indie Bookstores

2 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : Soapbox

Peter Goodman, the board chair of the Independent Book Publishers Association, has a radical idea for how to sell indie books.

Free the Copyright Office

2 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : Soapbox

A bill that just cleared its first congressional hurdle takes a step toward modernizing the Copyright Office and giving it more independence, argues the Authors Guild's Mary Rasenberger.

Do You Remember the Card Catalogue?

2 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : Soapbox

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden looks backward and forward as libraries try to keep pace with rapidly advancing technology.

"The OED tells us suspense is, in part, ‘a state of mental uncertainty, with expectation of or..."

2 weeks agoMedia / Publishing : Listen Up

“The OED tells us suspense is, in part, ‘a state of mental uncertainty, with expectation of or desire for decision, and usually some apprehension or anxiety; the condition of waiting, esp. of being kept waiting, for an expected decision,...Show More Summary

Minding the Gaps!

Going graphic with the Reading Without Walls Challenge.

Of Mermaids and Purrmaids

Reading Without Walls Week continues with an exploration of early chapter books for girls.

Reading Without Walls Challenge, Part 3

Figuring out what you avoid reading is an eye-opening experience.

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