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A BN Baby, A Microwave Cookbook, and an Appeal to Boycotters

Bookish Baby News

Early this week, a pregnant book shopper in a Los Angeles’ Barnes and Noble gave birth amidst the bookshelves.  According to USA Today, fire fighters arrived on scene and helped to deliver a healthy baby boy, after establishing that time had run out to make it to the hospital.

Apple Not Loving the Numbers

The potential damages of Apple’s price fixing scandal could cost the company more than originally anticipated, Publisher’s Weekly, reports.  Apple attorneys are lamenting that the $307m damages estimate made by Stanford economist Roger Noll, upset that it is more than 40% higher  than the original $218.9m estimate the plaintiffs stated in July.

Iran Plans to Ease Censorship 

Thursday morning, The Guardian shared news that Iran could be expanding the list of titles available under the new president, Hassan Rouhani.  Books that were previously banned by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from being stocked or published will be reevaluated, and new decisions will be made.

Ja Rule Wants to Write A  Microwave Cookbook

The hit rap artist, Ja Rule has expressed his interest in turning his microwave cooking skills (as learned during his recent jail experience) into a cookbook, for everyone to enjoy.  The National Post goes on to share how he would join the ranks of other rap artists with a love for the culinary world, Coolio and 2Chainz who have already released their own cookbooks.

The Ender’s Game:  To Boycott or to Embrace?

Earlier this summer when news broke of Ender’s Game author’s anti-gay stance, activist group Geeks Out called for boycotting the book based movie being released next Friday.  While Orson Scott Card’s homophobic history and his article comparing Obama to Hitler have deterred some potential movie-goers, there are some voices asking for the boycott to be called off, including attorney, writer and HuffPost columnist, Emma Ruby-Sachs, and the award-winning writer/LGBT campaigner Dustin Lance Black  (of Milk).

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August 26, 2013: A Proposal, A Book Club, and Salinger, Continued

A Revisited Proposal

The Department of Justice has released a revised and softened proposed injunction for the price fixing scandal involving Apple and several large publishing companies.  Instead of the original five year ban on agency deals, restrictions now range between two to four years.  Judge Cote requested a revised injunction against Apple that should “avoid unnecessary hindering” the market, despite noting the severity of their actions concerning lack of remorse. Instead, it is now Macmillan’s turn to take the full brunt of the penalties, with the longest restriction on new deal negotiations: a period of 48 months.  The full story comes to us from Publisher’s Weekly, which you can read here.

TODAY’s New Book Club

The  TODAY Show has launched a brand new monthly book club for Adults.  Hopes are raised high that the TODAY Book Club will offer the same potential and successes as the Oprah’s book club. Publisher’s are also praising this development for the opportunity to showcase “books that don’t normally get exposure” on the TODAY show. Previously, authors and books featured on the show relate to the news or entertainment industry.  A segment like this will cast more light on fictional works such as the Book Club’s first featured novel: The Bone Season, by 21 year old author Samantha Shannon.  Read the full article here on PublishingPerspectives.com.

JD Salinger in the Spotlight

Celebrated author and literary recluse, JD Salinger drew new attention after news of a film and biography was announced.  While accounts from Salinger himself  continued to write well after his retirement, he never published a new book after the 1960′s… but that may be about to change.  According to David Shields and Shane Salerno, the biographers of JD Salinger, a series of posthumous releases are said to be published after 2015.  The Guardian has the full story here.

Quebec’s Plan to Save Small Bookstores

Quebec’s potential plan to regulate the price of books is under fire.  The argument in favour of regulation is to prevent “an oligopoly consisting of three or four multinational companies”.  The plan to save small bookstores however is being challenged, with arguments that regulatory price increases will actually hurt them.  Read the full story here.

Breaking Bad Literary Love

Lauren Eggert-Crowe assembled a reading list, sure to be loved by fans of the AMC drama Breaking Bad. You can check out her Breaking Bad (and Beyond) Reading List on TheMillions.com, although this is not the first reading list regarding the popular anti-heroes. On August 8, 2013 ZolaBooks.com shared Breaking Bad’s Good Reads on their blog, a breakdown of the literary references made over the course of the television series.

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August 12, 2013: Occupy Amazon, Ron Swanson & The Mobile Library

American Booksellers Association Takes a Stand Against Amazon

Owen Teicher, the CEO of the American Booksellers Association penned a proposal to its members on Saturday, asking everyone to take a stand, publicizing the business practices of Amazon that are hurting the country.  The full letter and listed evidence can be found on bookweb.org by clicking here.

Despite a number one ranking among several demographics, as well as President Barack Obama’s speech championing the corporation, studies, reports, and closer examinations are revealing the darker side of the e-commerce giant.

Owen Teicher has presented his case against the corporation with evidence, arguing that retailer’s experience with Amazon is not what it should be.  He believes booksellers have a large role to play in changing that.

Apple Denied Stay of Proceedings, Deferral of  DoJ Proposal

Friday afternoon, Apple was denied a stay by the court that would halt all proceedings pending their appeal of the price-fixing scandal.  Their proposed schedule for damages was also denied by Judge Cote, stating that Apple has had over a year to gather evidence and expert analysis, “The defences are either there, or they’re not”.

The court also chose to defer the proposal of remedies issued by the Department of Justice, asking both sides to attempt to come closer to an agreement, confirming that an injunction would indeed be made.  While expressing her concern about a lack of repentance from Apple as well as the involved publishers, Judge Cote stressed her desire to not allow a lengthy injunction to inhibit future innovations. Click here to see the full story issued by Publisher’s weekly.

Wendell Berry awarded Literary Lifetime Achievement Award

This year’s Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award winner was announced this morning to be activist, author, poet and essayist, Wendell Berry.  Kentucky-based, he is the author of such works as: Hannah Coulter, That Distant Land, and The Mad Farmer Poems.

No stranger to prestigious recognition, Berry was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2011 by President Barack Obama.  His writings contain themes of the decline of rural living, post- depression and World War II, and a history of being “violent in our use of land”.  For Huffington Post’s full article, click here.

Nick Offerman’s Summer reading Summary

Last week on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the notable wood-worker, and even more notable actor, Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation) extended his assistance to students who have yet to complete their summer reading.

He delighted the audience with his brief descriptions of famous literature such as: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, and Moby Dick.  You can watch the full clip of Offerman’s Summer Reading Recap here.  Like the sound of these classics?  You can find them free in the Sumbola Bookstore.

Books on Bikes: Seattle’s Library Goes Mobile

Aiming to keep the library alive it the community, Seattle Library’s Books on Bikes program is bringing the library services to popular community events around the city.  Less convenient than transporting books by car- librarian Jared Mills was looking to appeal to the bike culture as well.

While online reading platform’s like Sumbola offer convenience and an active online community, an involved and responsive library in any community is something we can all celebrate.  For the full story available on NPR, click here, or visit the Books on Bike’s webpage found here.

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August 7: Amazon Bookworms & Draconian Proposals

Apple Reacts to the DoJ’s Proposal

Last Friday, August 2nd, the Department of Justice released their proposed remedies for the Price Fixing Scandal.  Their primary requests include:

  • Termination between Apple and five publishers (Hachette Book Group (USA), HarperCollins Publishers LLc, Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC- Macmillan, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster Inc.)
  • A five year ban prohibiting Apple form entering new e-book distribution contracts
  • A two year allowance for other e-book retailers to link their e-book apps to their own bookstores
  • A Court appointed external monitor (whose salary and expenses are to be paid by Apple) to ensure Apple abides by the aforementioned instructions and “catch any anti-competitive activities before they result in harm to consumers”.

The complete proposal put forward by the Department of Justice can be found here.

Apple has reacted strongly to the DoJ’s proposal calling the measures “Draconian and a punitive intrusion into Apples business…” Still maintaining that they have broken no anti trust laws, Apple states further that “in any event, the conduct for which the court found it liable has ended and cannot recur as a result of the publishers’ consent decrees”.

Apple was found to have violated section one of the Sherman Act on July 10; the remedies hearing will be held on Aug. 9, 2013.  The full story can be found here on Publisher’s Weekly.


The Biggest of the Bookworms in Canada

Last Tuesday, Amazon released their list of most Well-Read Cities in Canada with Vancouver, BC taking the top of the list on a per-capita basis.  It was Saskatoon, SA however that showed the greatest love for Canadian authors placing third on the over all list.   See the full article here, proudly posted by the Vancouver Sun.


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