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Book News: iPad Reactions, Salinger and Zinn, and More

Book News Round-up:

  • NPR's Neda Ulaby pays tribute to J. D. Salinger, whose death we announced earlier today.

    And here's the New York Times obituary for Howard Zinn, whose death we announced yesterday. It's been a hard week for great writers.

  • France is honoring Albert Camus, who died 50 years ago this month, even as a fight rages over a plan to move his remains.
  • Lost amid the iPad hubbub yesterday was the unveiling of GalleyCat's new book review feature: "GalleyCat Reviews will include a variety of daily book review content: 300-500 word original book reviews, excerpted book reviews from partners, and curated posts linking to the best book reviews on the web."

    Click here for your first batch of reviews.

  • Publishers Weekly reports that the Digital Book World conference has yielded little concensus in the way of ebook pricing, noting: "The average price paid for trade e-books is $8.76 and sales after the magical $9.99 drop off steeply."
  • The revised Google Books deal gets slammed by Amazon and others.
  • This has probably kicked around for a while, but I've only just now discovered a website for the Bechdel Movie Test, based on a system created by writer/artist Alison Bechdel (Fun Home, Dykes to Watch Out For).

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  2. iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  3. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  4. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For...
    New Hardcover $25.00
  5. The Catcher in the Rye
    Used Trade Paper $7.95



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