Literary Links: March 22 – 28

Happy Saturday, readerkins! Start off the weekend right with five literary links from the last week.

1. Amy Poehler will serve as honorary chairwoman for World Book Night 2014! Her cool points are off the charts, and this makes me love her even more.

2. Alice Munro was honored with a commemorative Canadian coin to celebrate her being the first Canadian to win the Nobel in literature. Although it’s a silver five dollar coin, this limited edition coin is being sold for $69.99. I don’t entirely get the concept of special “coins” that cost exponentially more than they are worth, but it’s cool that Munro is being honored.

3. Reed Exhibitions announced BookCon, a show within a show that will take place on the last day of BEA. Replacing Power Reader Day, BookCon will appeal to a younger, non-trade demographic. This will be my first year attending BEA, so I can’t compare BookCon to Power Readers Day, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out — especially since Amy Poehler will be speaking!

4. Verso Books announced that they are now selling ebook/paper book bundles on their website. I’m so excited that someone is finally doing this! Bundles are the future, and it will be interesting to see how Verso handles it.

5. A judge announced two new rulings in the Apple ebook price-fixing case. She granted class action status and rejected two of Apple’s expert witnesses for trial. I don’t have too many thoughts on this, but it’s a nice update — and it will certainly be nice for customers to receive damages if (when) Apple loses.


Literary Links: 2/22 – 2/28

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). Continue reading