Archive: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

In E-Bookstores, Does Size Matter?

Barnes & Noble hoped for a splash this week when it announced it was launching the world's largest e-bookstore. While the move does kick up some dust in the marketplace for e-books, it's worth noting that Barnes & Noble's claim to record-shattering size has left some industry observers ho-humming. Barnes...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 24, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Who Said It? Words of the Influential in New Books

We're fortunate to have pouring through our office here at Book World a steady flow of new books highlighting the exploits of influential figures, past and present. Some are written by these very same people, hoping to convey their contributions or ideas in words of their own choice (or those...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 23, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Romance Novels Still Fighting for Respect

Last week I received an uncomfortable honor, the kind I'm not sure I should include on my résumé. At their annual conference in Washington, the Romance Writers of America presented me with the Veritas Award. It's "given annually for the article that appears in print or in another medium...

By Ron Charles | July 22, 2009; 5:16 AM ET | Comments (7)

In the Classroom: What Kids Read About Politics

Politics, as we know, is a big, sloppy subject muddied by opinions from all camps. So how do you teach it in the schools? We're asking universities and local public and private schools to let us know what books students read in their government and politics classes, in addition...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 21, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Why Another Barbara Boxer Novel?

Barbara Boxer's debut 2005 novel, "A Time to Run," did not please the political right. The National Review called it "stupendously awful," full of "liberal pablum," a book that "sounds like a talking-points memo distributed by the DNC, a form of literature that is arguably a sub-genre of fiction." Some...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 20, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)


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