Tragedy for Books Around the World

The Independent reports on a devastating fire in Moscow at the INION (Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences). The fire is contained, but caused severe damage to the building housing the 14.2-million volume collection.

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Fire also destroyed books in Mosul. Books from the city’s Central Library have been carted away in trucks to a fiery death; and a University of Mosul library book bonfire at the hands of the Islamic State does not bode well for recorded history in Iraq these days. Ctvnews.ca reports.

More Book Headlines: Graphic History, YA Controversy, and 15 Signs of Book Addiction.

It’s as if they were reading my blog yesterday! (I wish..) The Independent reports on a new history of U.S. civil rights, as told in the style of a graphic novel. Read all about it and its 1950s comic book inspiration in A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form.

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting on the backlash received by a Governor General Literary Award-winning book for young adults. Read, Critics of ‘vulgar’ book for young adults want Governor General’s award rescinded to find out why there’s a petition to the Canada Council to have the 2014 award rescinded.

Lastly, you may be addicted to books. That’s not a bad thing, though! The Guardian shares 15 tell-tale signs to watch for if you’re still not sure this is you: 15 signs to prove you’re a book addict

Interesting tidbits to start your day: Ladybird Books and James Patterson

The books we have seen since our youth featuring adorable illustrations of carefree childhood are an eye-opening glimpse into the health and safety regulations of the past. Or, should I say, the lack of health and safety regulations of the past. The Telegraph’s article, Ladybird books from the 1960s that would be banned by today’s health and safety brigade examines four books in the Junior Science Series that were released between 1962 and 1964, showing all sorts of scenarios that would give any of today’s mothers heart palpitations.

James Patterson is making headlines again with promises of one lucky person getting his newest book, but having only 24 hours to read it – before it explodes. Read The Independent’s, James Patterson, world’s wealthiest author, charges $300,000 for ‘exploding book’ for more on that unusual gimmick.

News: ‘Netflix for Books,’ Choose Your Books With Care, and Interactive Children’s Classics

There is a lot of news relating to books out there right now! That’s something that always makes me happy. Here are some articles for you to peruse:

Publishers Are Lining Up Behind ‘Netflix for Books’ Services. But Why? on Wired.com is about two startup companies that have partnered with Macmillan, and who were already working with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. The question this article poses is, why do publishers agree to partnerships with bottom lines amounting to “an always-accessible lending library with an infinite number of copies?”

I found, Three thousand reasons to choose your reading carefully a very thought-provoking piece that really confirmed my feeling that a book I’m not enjoying isn’t worth my time. But what if it’s a classic? Or, what if a special person loved it, and thinks you will too? These days, with life being so hectic, is reading a book that you aren’t enjoying at all, really worth finishing?

Ann Arbor startup MagicBook aims to bring classic children’s books to life at mlive.com is an article about something that people like me have a tough time with. Part of me loves the idea of an interactive, almost living, version of children’s classic stories. It’s wonderful to see those old characters come to life. But… isn’t the point of books a means for children to develop an attention span? Interactive eBooks like this article talks about, make me think of the interactive Alice in Wonderland that came out a few years ago. It’s neat, it’s fun, but again…is it really necessary? It is counterproductive?

7 Tricks for Better Reading; 8 Agatha Christie Tidbits

Huffington Post’s article, 7 Reading Hacks To Improve Your Literary Skills has some very interesting things to say. And a few of them were sort of surprising, like tip #1: Don’t Read in Bed. I thought that was one of the better places to read, so I guess I need to add another item to my list of new year’s resolutions!

CBC.ca has published a few little-known facts about Agatha Christie in, Agatha Christie: 8 interesting factsIt’s not a long piece, but I enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite authors.

France; eBooks

Not surprisingly, books are back in the news with an article about Michel Houellebecq’s new book, Soumission (Submission)Michel Houellebecq stops promotion of new novel after Charlie Hebdo attack goes into some detail about the book in light of the attack in Paris on January 7, along with the author’s reaction to those events. It ends with a promise that the book will be out in English in September.

Time.com has just released an encouraging (to some) article about the fall of eBook popularity in E-books Go Out of Fashion As Book Sales ReviveThe article reports results from UK book stores, so let’s hope that trend spreads back across the pond, too!

Christmas Eve Book News

BBC News just released this very interesting article, entitled, E-books ‘damage sleep and health’ doctors warn. CBC.ca has also published an article on the subject, in Reading e-books at night may be ruining your sleep: study. It’s not too late to return those e-readers…

Released four days ago on Huffingtonpost.com, their article, Sadly, Rachel Maddow Just Insulted Every Independent Bookseller in America is written by bookseller William Petrocelli who took offense at the comments made on the Rachel Maddow Show on December 19. Ms. Maddow likened Sony’s failure to release the movie The Interview to bookstores in 1989 who refused to carry The Satanic Verses until the public outcry caused the books to be sold again. Mr. Petrocelli does not agree that this is a valid comparison.


A very merry Christmas to all who follow this blog and to casual observers! Thank You for making my first blog such a fun learning experience. I truly appreciate your interest and support, and wish you all the very best in 2015.

A Boon for Independent Bookstores; ‘Clifford’ author dies.

Author James Patterson completes donations totaling $1 million to independent bookstores. Click here to read Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies posted by NPR.org.

‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ author has passed away at age 86. He had a fall about three weeks ago, and was in a hospital in Martha’s Vineyard ever since. Read about his life and accomplishments in Norman Bridwell, ‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ creator, Dead At 86 at HuffingtonPost.com.