Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Industries / Media / Publishing / Popular


Community Book Exchange in UK Phone Booth Shut Down by Telecom

Locals in Banbury, UK have a great system for trading books. They built some shelves in an old telephone booth and started a book exchange, not a bad use of space. But BT, the British telecom that owns the phone booth, is not amused....Show More Summary

Epic Reads Creates a History of YA Books

In a move to come up with a definition of YA, EpicReads.com has created a timeline that lays out the history of the YA novel. From The Outsiders to The Hunger Games, the site explains how the genre has evolved over the decades. Check it out: Once upon a time, there was only adult books, and that sucked. Show More Summary

Kindle Unlimited Hits Canada & Mexico

Amazon’s eBook subscription service, which gives members unlimited access to a select Kindle library, has expanded to Canada and Mexico. The service costs CDN$9.99 a month in Canada and 129 pesos a month in Mexico, roughly $8 in each country. Show More Summary

An Overlooked Fallacy About Sales of Diverse Books

Where the logic falls apart on diversity sales conversations.

Free Samples of Oscar Nominated Films Based on Books

A number of films that are up for Academy Awards this weekend are based on books. If you haven’t seen the movies, you can at least read a little bit from these books to have something to talk about at Oscar parties. To help out, we’ve put together a literary mix tape with links to read excerpts of books up for awards. Show More Summary

Mark Zuckerberg Takes on Anti-Vaxxers in New Book Club Selection

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has taken a jab at the anti-vaxxer movement in his latest book club selection. During the month of March, his book club is reading On Immunity by Eula Biss, a book that debunks misconceptions about immunity. “Vaccination...Show More Summary

J.K. Rowling Sends a Heartwarming Letter to a Harry Potter Fan

Have you ever received a heartwarming letter from one of your favorite authors? J.K. Rowling bestowed such a gift to one Harry Potter fan last summer. The bibliophile, a Scottish resident named Johnnie Blue, shared Rowling’s letter with BuzzFeed. Show More Summary

Audible Releases a Free Audiobook of Classic Love Poems

What are your favorite love poems? The Hobbit actor Richard Armitage serves as the narrator for the Classic Love Poems audiobook. BuzzFeed reports that this 22-minute long compilation features 15 different pieces written by William Shakespeare,...Show More Summary

How to Craft An Avengers-Themed Bookshelf

Have you ever dealt with the issue of “no more bookshelf space grief“? The Homemade Game Guru YouTube channel offers instructions for how to put together an “Avengers Age of Ultron Emblem/Logo Bookcase.” If you want to make this craft project, watch the video tutorial embedded above. What do you think?

Morena Baccarin Cast in Deadpool Film Adaptation

Actress Morena Baccarin (pictured, via) will star opposite actor Ryan Reynolds in the Deadpool adaptation. E! Online reports that Baccarin’s character will be “Wade Wilson’s love interest.” She “struggles with having feelings for a man with a scarred face.” Reynolds first played the anti-hero mercenary in the X Men Origins: Wolverine movie. Show More Summary

Beautiful Bookstore Opens in Romania

Book lovers have a new reason to put Bucharest, Romania on their list of places to travel. A 19th century building has been transformed into a gorgeous modern bookstore called C?rture?ti Carusel, “The Carousel of Light.” The six-level store carries more than 10,000 books and more than 5,000 albums and DVDs. Show More Summary

‘Letter to a New Crush’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you handle making difficult confessions? Writer Sean Patrick Mulroy (pictured, via) recited a piece called “Letter to a New Crush” at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Mulroy’s performance and it has drawn more than 38,000 views. Click here to check out more poetry pieces written by Mulroy.

James Patterson & B&N Team on Kids Joke Promo

Author James Patterson has partnered with Barnes & Noble to promote the children’s book I Totally Funniest. The I Totally Funniest Joke Drive centers around Jamie Grimm, the main character in the bestselling I Funny series. Middle schooler...Show More Summary

Ewan McGregor to Direct Film Based on Philip Roth Book

Actor Ewan McGregor will direct a feature film adaptation of Philip Roth’s bestselling novel American Pastoral. This will the McGregor’s first time out behind the camera. McGregor will also star in the film along with Jennifer Connelly...Show More Summary

Oliver Sacks Has Terminal Cancer

Author Oliver Sacks has just discovered that he has a terminal form of liver cancer. The 81 year-old author revealed the news in an heart felt piece in The New York Times. With so little time left, Sacks is inspired to make the most of the limited time he has left. Show More Summary

Bibliophile Plays Around With The Section Labels at a Bookstore

One bibliophile (known as obviousplant on Reddit) decided to play around with the section labels at a bookstore. This person posted several photos on Imgur to showcase his antics. What do you think? The standardized testing workbooks...Show More Summary

Questions and Answers About ‘Ask the Dark’

'Ask the Dark' author Henry Turner shares his thoughts on a bookseller's quandary.

Publishing Jobs: Oxford University Press, BenBella

This week, Oxford University Press is hiring a senior book jacket designer, while BenBella Books needs a publishing associate. Penguin Random House is seeking a marketing manager for Random House Children’s Books, and Cambridge University Press is on the hunt for an editorial assistant. Show More Summary

J Lo Movie Generates Interest in Rare Copies of The Illiad

Actress Jennifer Lopez has kicked up an interest in online searches for first editions of Homer’s “The Iliad.” Ever since her latest film The Boy Next Door came out in January, ‘The Iliad, first edition’ has been the top search termShow More Summary

Scott Rudin & Josh Bratman to Produce The Sculptor Adaptation

Sony has snatched up the film rights for Scott McCloud’s new graphic novel, The Sculptor. Two Hollywood producers, Scott Rudin and Josh Bratman, have signed on to work on this project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story “centers...Show More Summary

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC