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Book News for Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's the kind of book news day where everything noteworthy fits into a teeny blurb...

  • NPR looks at National Book Award winner Richard Powers and his new novel, Generosity, calling it "his most whimsical, pleasurable novel to date, up to and including his curious twist on a happy ending."

    (Click here to read the interview with Richard Powers.)

  • NFI Research has posted a list of the top independent bookstores on Twitter. We like all of the stores listed herein, but we're *ahem!* most partial to the one with the top spot...
  • In the New York Times, Janet Maslin reviews Malcolm Gladwell's new book, a "greatest hits" collection called What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures: "This book full of short conversation pieces is a collection that plays to the author’s strengths."
  • The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog has some lovely suggestions for readers' favorite children's books that should be passed on to new generations. In case you're making your own list.
  • According to NPR's Monkey See blog, "The first 75 percent or so of John Ortved's The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History is brisk and engaging and likely to entertain Simpsons die-hards without breaking a sweat."

    Comic Book Guy called it, "Best. Unauthorized. Simpsons. History. Ever."

  • Meet Spring Design's Alex, "the first e-book reader powered by Google Android."

    Seriously, you'd better meet it. Once it develops sentient intelligence, it will become the unquestioned lord and master of all Earth. Get on its good side while you can.

  • Author Jack Kilborn (a.k.a. J. A. Konrath) reveals the inside dope on Kindle sales:

    My five Hyperion ebooks (the sixth one came out in July so no royalties yet) each earn an average of $803 per year on Kindle.

    My four self-pubbed Kindle novels each earn an average of $3430 per year.

    If I had the rights to all six of my Hyperion books, and sold them on Kindle for $1.99, I'd be making $20,580 per year off of them, total, rather than $4818 a year off of them, total.

    So, in other words, because Hyperion has my ebook rights, I'm losing $15,762 per year.

    Ouch. Is this the beginning of the end for publishers?

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
    Used Hardcover $8.95
  2. Generosity: An Enhancement
    Used Hardcover $3.95
  3. The Simpsons: An Uncensored,...
    Sale Hardcover $8.98

One Response to "Book News for Tuesday, October 20, 2009"

    Kathryn October 21st, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Speaking of great children's books, Books for Asia has a fun activity going on that allows those of us who know the pleasure and excitement of a great book to share that gift with children growing up in developing countries...

    Users vote for their favorite book to give to kids at an elementary school in Northern Thailand. The book with the most votes is distributed to every student at the school.
    A simple way to help, and help support literacy and the importance of exposing children to books early!

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