Imagine a shadowy agency filled with experts and analysts. Their sole task: books.
Well, we’ve launched an addition to the B3 blog, a regular feature where we capture all the things literature-bookish related for the past few days. Some news will be breaking, others will be obscure factoids about the publishing industry that might have gotten overlooked in the online shuffle. So, the new feature will be hence forth known as the Bookish Intelligence Report. Enjoy!
How old is the novel? Well the folks at the Guardian newspaper in the UK tackle that question: The Novel is Centuries Older than We’ve Been Told.
Also on the other side of The Pond, the BBC writes a nice piece on theives and rare books: How Thieves Target Rare Books.
The first Facebook novel is being written cooperatively by German-speaking FB friends, according to Deutsche Welle: First Facebook Novel Blurs the Line Between Author and Reader.
In France, Le Monde gives us a view of the history of poker in a new book by Franck Daninos: New Poker Style
According to the Barcelona Reporter: E-book sales in Spain have shot up 500%
Also from Deutsche Welle a report on the contents of boxes once belonging to Franz Kafka. The contents, according to the German news operation, remain shrouded in secrecy but include four manuscripts: Secrecy Shrouds Kafka Manuscripts Amid Ownership Row