This week in the publishing world…
Kobo Quarantines Self Published Authors
After highly unflattering news coverage regarding several pornographic publications, Kobo pulled several self-published titles from the digital shelves on October 15, BBC News reports. A spokesperson for Kobo has insisted that the move is not a form of censorship, but an effort to “protect the reputation of self publishing as a whole”. Self-published
McDonald’s Celebrates Literacy with Happy Meals
From November 1st to November 14th, McDonald’s will be distributing an expected 20 million books with their happy meals, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Four original titles will be released with the popular kids meals and will not be sold outside of the promotion. This promotion will position the fast food chain as one of the top children’s book distributers.
Neil Gaiman: “We Have an Obligation to Imagine.”
Author Neil Gaiman gave a lecture earlier this week discussing the importance of libraries, reading fiction for pleasure, and daydreaming. Gaiman spoke at The Reading Agency’s annual lecture series at the Barbican in London, England on Monday, October 14th. An edited version of his lecture can be found on The Guardian.
Eleanor Catton Wins the Man Booker Prize
Catton, the youngest author ever to win the prestigious award was honoured for her book, “The Luminaries”. The Luminaries is a stylistic tale of mysterious and seemingly linked occurances in a New Zealand gold-mining town. It is also the longest book to ever receive the Man Booker Prize, a hefty read at 848 pages long. Publishing Perspectives has the full story available.
Noel Gallagher: “Fifty Shades of Grey? Fifty shades of s–t.”
The 46 year-old musician, known for his previous successes with the rock band, Oasis doesn’t like fiction. At all. In an interview with GQ Magazine, Gallagher expresses his extreme distaste for fictional books and their authors, book sellers, and owners, completely baffled by their use and offended by their “snobbery”.
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