Another few days of accumulated book and publishing related news culled from the around the world. Of interest in this installment, a piece on a publisher giving books away in exchange for a charitable donation and how German chidlren’s books are finding new fans around the world
- The Guardian does a little news piece on the Pontiff’s first children book: The Friend of Jesus.
- NPR finds a publisher close to home, Concord Free Press, giving away books for free in exchange for a donation to someone in need or charity.
- Sex at Oxford? Apparently plenty of it! The Telegraph asks how many lovers are too many after the release of a journalist’s tell-all book about her sexual conquests while at Oxford.
- With Young Adult and Children’s books exploding on many levels, the German market is finding their homegrown stories are having a broader appeal, according to Deutsche Welle.
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