Archive for December, 2008

Teen Reading

Teen Reading

Anyone who runs a teen book group won’t be surprised to hear that teens read differently from the rest of us.  For one thing,  they’re comfortable with different ways to “read”;  and for another,  they expect to participate in what they read. The Young Adult Library Services Association held its first  YA Lit Symposium  in Nashville on November 7-9. The theme […]

Nokia Audiobooks
By December 19, 2008 9 Comments Read More →

Nokia Audiobooks

I predict that the mobile phone will soon become the One Device to Rule Them All – just one gadget to carry for phone calls, music, eBooks, photos, games, GPS, video, and more. But most importantly, our cell phone will be our audiobook playback device, with Bluetooth connectivity to radio & stereo and instant downloads […]

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AudibleKids: Enhanced Audiobooks
By December 19, 2008 3 Comments Read More →

AudibleKids: Enhanced Audiobooks

Audible, the mega-retailer of downloaded audiobooks, launched AudibleKids last spring. The site is a portal for purchasing audiobooks for ages 0 to 13+up. It looks inviting and has lots of interactive features. It is searchable by category, age and grade level. Each title has a clip to sample. Users may create suggestions lists and write […]

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Celebrity Book Shopping!
By December 19, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Celebrity Book Shopping!

Who says celebrities don’t read!? Here is a link to a list I found on Huffington Post of what celebrities and writers are recommending you run out and buy! Enjoy!

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But I'm Sure He Was Perfectly Objective
By December 18, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

But I'm Sure He Was Perfectly Objective

In the book-review world’s equivalent of stunt casting, Tina Brown assigned Conrad Black to write a review of Michael Wolff’s The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch. Although Black is not primarily known as a book reviewer, he is the author of two books, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom […]

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The Gospel According to James Frey
By December 18, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Gospel According to James Frey

It’s the holiday season, and James Frey (Bright Shiny Morning, 2008) is the gift that keeps on giving. From The Guardian, and the headline says it all: “James Frey to write ‘third book of the Bible’.” James Frey is moving on from his drugs and booze-soaked memoirs to write the third book of the Bible, in […]

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Can You Give Away an Ending That’s Not There?
By December 18, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Can You Give Away an Ending That’s Not There?

(Some books are ruined if you know the ending. I personally feel you’ll be more likely to have a positive experience with this book if you do know the ending, so I’m going to reveal it. If you don’t believe me, stop here.)   You think it’s detective fiction, but it’s not. Sure, the hero […]

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The Master: Fiction as Biography
By December 18, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

The Master: Fiction as Biography

Recently my book group discussed Colm Toibin’s The Master, a fictionalized view into the life of the esteemed and deeply private writer Henry James. What surprised and in some cases pleased the readers was how deeply introspective Toibin’s portrait of James was. The term “speculative introspection” was bandied about and discussed. A number of questions […]

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Free Audiobook: Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson
By December 18, 2008 0 Comments Read More →

Free Audiobook: Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

Tor.com is the place to find the best in science fiction & fantasy. Great blogs, graphic strips, free ebooks and more. A new feature is Brandon Sanderson’s short story Firstborn – click the “Listen” link on the left of the screen to hear Sanderson and his wife read the short story aloud to you. Download […]

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Eggheads Have Egg on Face
By December 17, 2008 1 Comments Read More →

Eggheads Have Egg on Face

The poetry beat is getting more and more seedy. From The Independent (“Chinese ‘classical poem’ was brothel ad,” by Clifford Coonan): There were red faces on the editorial board of one of Germany’s top scientific institutions, the Max Planck Institute, after it ran the text of a handbill for a Macau strip club on the front page of […]

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