The music industry, that is, the long-held model of major label distribution, is still recovering from the mighty rattle of online file sharing (-or what some deemed “music piracy”)… Now, it seems the publishing industry, in our case, books, is facing the same kind of bumpy buccaneering. A scan of this week’s book news – (and a reminder about an upcoming Book Party)
- ZDNet reports on guarding against online book-pirating: Publishers get ready to go to war with Poland’s version of MegaUpload
Also, on the E-book newsfeed:
- Good-E-Reader reports: India’s getting into the E-book game, fast-tracking the potential one-day obsolescence of printed books – Penguin Publishing making a major eBook push into India – predicting “the largest catalogue of Indian books in digital format by the end of the year.”
Judging books by their “covers”
- Are your eyes beginning to blur as you scan across our New Book shelf? The Atlantic started wondering: Why Do So Many Recent Novels Look Alike? Are we being invaded by a blase horde of Book Cover Clones
Chuckles between chapters
- I don’t know about you, but if you’re like me (or my father) we can tend to get a bit grumpy when the weather breaks the triple digit mark… In need of a good laugh? NPR Books can tickle your literary funny bone this week, a thoughtful-LOL: Laughing Matters: Five Funny Books With Substance – (All of which, I might remind you, are accessible with your humble-yet-magical library card). Might I recommend, while you’re here, David Sedaris’ uproarious essays: Me Talk Pretty One Day?
Fine Dandelion Wine
- and finally… Ray Bradbury biographer / author / professor Sam Weller remembers the recently deceased poet of sublimely supernatural, sci-fi/thriller-blending, suburban surrealist adventurism – on the Huffington Post:
P.S. – How’s your Summer Reading going, over all? Have you entered your finished reads into our prize contest at the Circulation Desk? Are your young readers signed up for our awesome Summer Reading (Dream Big!) programming?
Wanna come to a Book Party at the Emory? We’re talking about the Pulitzer Prize winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay –