Friday, June 2, 2017

Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Sherlock and Other Books in the News (June 2, 2017)

Brand new Vellum picks a fight for prettier (e)books
E-books are a lot of things. Convenient. Good for the environment. Usually cheaper than printed books. One thing they’re rarely accused of is being good-looking. Ugly books is what 180g is declaring war on with a completely revamped, 2.0 version of Vellum. Oh, and in the process, they’re adding support for making wood-pulp books, too.

Birth Rates Now at Historic Lows...and the New Anne of Green Gables
There was no Department of Labor and Department of Human Resources to "protect" them from living full lives. Kids in those days were regarded as valuable because they were tangibly productive. They worked, gained skills, and produced for their families or otherwise worked for businesses here and there. They were assets. As they gained skills, discipline, and a work ethic, they could become ever more valuable to their custodians and communities. This is a major reason why people wanted them. And the kids, in turn, were socialized to be grateful to their benefactors whether at home or work.

The Yellow Press, the Fake News of 100 Years Ago
For a while the liberty of the Press seemed justified. It is justified no longer. The licence which it assumed has led to far worse evils than those which it was designed to prevent.

'Captain Underpants' author writes his books in a Japanese cave

YouTube Partners With Book Publishers To Get Kids To Read More

New Bill O'Reilly 'Killing' book takes on American Revolution
The seventh book in the best-selling history series, co-written with Martin Dugard, is titled Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence. It will be released on Sept. 19 by Henry Holt.

Plot Twist! John Grisham's New Thriller Is Positively Lawyerless

Amazon's 15 best-selling mystery books by ranking

Record industry sexism exposed in new tell-all book
A new book seeks to expose rampant sex and drugs in the music industry — not only enjoyed by artists, but by the misogynistic record-company executives who sign them to their labels.

Was Dickens Really a Socialist?

Early Van Halen Manager to Tell All in New Book
The manager who took care of Van Halen’s early years has promised to present a no-holds-barred account of the band’s rise to fame in an upcoming book.

Clinton campaign tell-all may become TV series

A New Tolkien Book Was Inspired by the Author’s Own Romance
Anyone who’s been longing for a return to Middle-earth is in luck.
On Thursday, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released a new illustrated book that draws on the archives of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy epic and its predecessor, “The Hobbit.” The new book, “Beren and LĂșthien,” was compiled and edited by Christopher Tolkien, the third son of the author.

Tolkien’s translation of Jonah to be published
Tolkien was a collaborator on the Jerusalem Bible, the first authoritative Roman Catholic edition of the Bible translated into English, first published in 1966.

Lichfield author Hugh Ashton pens new Sherlock Holmes book
Hugh Ashton, who moved to the city last year after spending 28 years in Japan, has released Some Singular Cases of Mr Sherlock Holmes with Inknbeans Press of California.

New book 'Anatomy of Innocence' allows wrongfully convicted to tell their stories
In recent years, wrongful conviction stories like the ones in “Serial” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” have captivated audiences. The characters in these stories are ordinary people. That's what makes the stories so intriguing – this could happen to anyone.

Crime-solving lessons from the Great Detective himself
Even nine decades after his original creator penned his last tale, the solver of mysteries, scourge of criminals, and saviour of the wrongly-accused...

Sherlock Holmes belongs to us all: Supreme Court declines to hear case
Benedict Cumberbatch has inspired a new generation of Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock." Courts have determined Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective is in the public domain.

Recently Deceased Gregg allman was a Sherlock holmes fan
"What I really liked was getting read to." His favorite was Sherlock Holmes stories. "I have a book back there that has every single one of them."

Tolkien book Beren and Luthien published after 100 years
A new novel by Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, prompted in part by the horrors he witnessed in World War One, has been published a century after it was first written.

Jane Austen's lesbianism is as fictional as Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a hack in search of a headline cannot resist conjoining Jane Austen’s name with the word “lesbian”.

10 best Agatha Christie murder mysteries
The world’s most renowned murder mystery writer Agatha Christie has many as 66 detective novels to her credit. She is one of the largest selling authors till date and has also written 150 short stories, plays, and created two of the world’s most admired sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Murder in mind: Why Agatha Christie was cruel, not cosy
The crime writer was appalled by fluffy TV adaptations of her books, says author Andrew Wilson
The Queen of Crime was also so appalled by Margaret Rutherford’s comedic version of Miss Marple that she said she was “sick” and “ashamed” of her decision to sell the rights to MGM.

Pinkerton: Reagan Rising, Carter Falling: a New Book Offers Lessons for Trump from Two Presidents
“For conservatives, it was their Camelot.”  Those words appear as the epigraph to Craig Shirley’s new book, Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980.  This is the fourth book of Reagan biography from Shirley, a longtime conservative political operative and p.r. maven who has reinvented himself, in the last decade, as a popular but also scholarly author.

7 Revelations from ‘Shattered’: New Book Detailing Hillary Clinton’s Failed Campaign
A new book released this week, titled Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, details the story behind Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential run against Donald Trump.

The curse of Frankenstein was against science by Matt Ridley
Mary Shelley’s masterpiece spoke to a fear of progress but ideology and superstition have spawned far worse monsters

Technology, creativity, and ‘Frankenstein’
A fresh look at ‘Frankenstein’
What does it mean to play god? What are the moral responsibilities of the scientist? These are some of the questions raised by Mary Shelley’s 1818 masterwork “Frankenstein,’’ ones that
resonate as much now as two centuries ago.

Book Police Are Inherent to Public Schools
In her illustrious book, The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2004), Diane Ravitch discusses her outrageous experiences as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board. She illuminates several of the problems created for children and society by the language police and presents strategies for an improved system.

Why Does Mike Rowe Love This Economics Book?
They say that authors are not the best judges of their greatest work. Only the wisdom of time can determine that. This seems especially true of Henry Hazlitt. Seventy years after he wrote Economics in One Lesson, the book is still going strong. Most recently, it was recommended by Mike Rowe.

New Book on Edgar Allan Poe Exhumes the Celebrated author.

Print sales might be rallying, but don't get complacent
In many ways, the worst thing to happen to book publishing has been the persistent strength of print books and the drop in sales of ebooks. Namely, the stalling of the digital transformation of the industry.

Beatles book goes behind the scenes of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' 50 years after album's release
To commemorate one of the most innovative albums of all time, former rock and roll journalist and music executive Brian Southall penned “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, the Beatles and the World in 1967.”

How many punches did Ali take? New book counts them all.
Among the questions Jonathan Eig wanted to answer in his upcoming biography of Muhammad Ali was this: How many punches did Ali take during a career that ended with him devastated by Parkinson's?

Caitlyn Jenner talks of suicide, secrets in new book
Caitlyn Jenner opened up Monday about her frank new memoir detailing her now 2-year-old transition and the bumps along the way, including her three failed marriages, thoughts of suicide while she was relentlessly pursued by paparazzi and, finally, freedom to be her true self.

Rare Aleister Crowley book could raise £1,000 for Shrewsbury charity shop
A Shrewsbury charity bookshop is set for a windfall after receiving a rare work by legendary English occultist Aleister Crowley.

Amazon introduces Amazon Charts for books
Amazon’s new rating system for the book market is seeking to challenge the decades-long dominance of the New York Times bestseller status

Amazon launches Amazon Charts to track bestselling books

eBooks vs. paper books: Which one is the best?
According to the Pew Research Center, 28 percent of Americans in 2015 had read an eBook in the past year. The site stated that this percentage has steadily increased within the past five years alone.

Ebooks Losing Their Lead Against Print, Says Infiniti Research
Ebooks have many advantages over their print counterparts, such as easy storage and portability, as well as a generally lower price. For some time, publishers and bookstores feared that ebooks would make print books obsolete, threatening to put many people out of business.

'Jane Austen: The Secret Radical'
How Austen novels are ‘revolutionary at their heart’

How Jane Austen's mystery woman was edited out of history

After Bill Gates recommended a book on Twitter, it shot to the top of Amazon's bestseller list
As the Washington Post noted, Steven Pinker's 2011 “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” was the No. 1 bestselling book on the online bookstore as of Tuesday morning, following Gates' imprimatur, delivered as part of a 14-tweet thread aimed at recent college graduates.

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