Hello lovelies! This week I’m trying out a new feature called Literary Links! Each Friday I’ll be rounding up five fascinating bookish news stories from the week.
1. The VIDA numbers are in! Each year VIDA (Women in Literary Arts) surveys the gender disparity of literary publications, tallying book reviewers, authors reviewed, bylines, and names on the cover. It’s depressing to see how male-dominant many of these publications are (I’m looking at you, The Atlantic, New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, New Republic, and The Nation, with your 75%+ male staffs), but it’s also heartening to see other publications move closer to equality (Tin House rocks the count with 56% women, and Paris Review is the most improved from last year’s count).
2. Book Riot published the results of its Reading Habits Survey! Book Riot surveys are always intriguing, and this one offers some great stats on how many books people read per year and what percentage of their reading is done with e-readers vs physical books.
3. Apple filed to appeal the July 2013 ruling that found the company guilty of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. They claim that, rather than stifling competition, the iBookstore encourages competition in an e-book industry dominated by Amazon.
4. Amtrak introduced “writers’ residencies” on its trains. Writers get to take long round-trip rides (the test run was from NYC to Chicago and back) for free! This is just so happymaking. Read the article to find out why trains make a great environment for reading.
5. As of this week, the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold 100 million copies worldwide and spent 100 weeks on the NYT bestseller list. It’s the fastest-selling series in Random House’s ENTIRE history. I am excited that there are books that get this many people to read… but why does it it have to be THESE books?
Feel free to share your favorite bookish news story of the week in the comments!