- Underwear Bomb Saves Book Industry? Hold the phone, don't proclaim the death of "real" books just yet!
If you got an e-reader for Christmas, you might want to leave it at home the next time you hop an international flight. With new airline regulations, it looks like you won't be able to finish your book as the flight ends unless it's a real book.
After a terrorist attack was foiled on an airplane on Friday, airlines introduced a confusing set of new guidelines for international flights....The tech blog Gizmodo spotted some literary-related guidelines, hinting at a possible boon for the publishing industry.
One such guideline suggests that electronic devices such as e-book readers will not be allowed in passengers' laps during the final hour of the flight. But good, old-fashioned paper books are okay.
- The Decade that Wuz: The New York Times marks the close of the first decade of this century by inviting several renowned writers to answer the question posed: "As the 2000s fade to memory, what moments and events will be remembered as the portents of America's future?"
Here are their responses, one year at a time:
Richard Ford, "2000: What Came First"
William Langewiesche, "2001: Towers of Strength"
Mimi Swartz, "2002: Our Town"
Leon Wieseltier, "2003: After the Flood"
Scott Turow, "2004: Trials of the Decade"
Jonathan Safran Foer, "2005: Nothing Ever Happens"
Richard Powers, "2006: Out of Body, Out of Mind"
Anthony Bourdain, "2007: Foodie Nation"
Colum McCann, "2008: Titles of the Times"
Mary Karr, "2009: The End"
- All Booked Up: The Times has a year-end update about the progress of a book-a-day blogger:
Nina Sankovitch, the Connecticut woman who resolved to read a book a day for a year, finished up with Pete Dexter's Spooner, her 365th book of the year that began on her 46th birthday, Oct. 28, 2008. She celebrated her first day of not having to read a book by rereading one of her favorites, Diana Athill's Somewhere Towards the End.
Sankovitch has plenty to celebrate. In addition to a whole lot of publicity, she got a regular book-blogging gig on the Huffington Post and has signed (wouldn't ya know it) a book deal!
Book News Round-up:
- Last week's guest blogger, Amen, Amen, Amen author Abby Sher, talks with Rachel Kramer Bussel about her book and her lifetime struggle with OCD.
- The Daily Beast solicits best-of-the-year book lists from the likes of Tina Brown, Christopher Buckley, Nathaniel Rich, and others.
- Come on, one more big, long best of 2009 list! You can do it — you're almost there! This one comes from NPR's Fresh Air.
- In a case of what has been politely termed "awkward timing," the audiobook version of Tiger Woods's 2001 bestselling how-to guide, How I Play Golf, is due in May. No word on whether a new and updated chapter called "How I Play the Field" will be added, with advice on juggling girlfriends.
- How to clear out that clutter of books and decide what to keep and what not to keep.
- Is that really a photograph of JFK sunning himself on a boat with naked ladies circa the mid-'50s? Check out the evidence and decide for yourself. [Update: It's a hoax.]
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