Livre du Jour

06 juin 2015

Publishers, Amazon ask court to dismiss 'illogical' e-book price-fixing suit

In separate filings late last week, lawyers for the Big Five publishers and Amazon asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of a conspiracy to fix e-book prices. In their September 17 filings, lawyers for Amazon and the Big Five publishers insist there is no evidence of any...

2021 Booker Prize Shortlist

Six titles made the shortlist for this year's Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious prizes for English-language literature. This year's finalists were chosen from 158 novels published in the U.K. or Ireland between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021. The 2021 winner,...

Pearson Education sues Chegg, alleging 'massive' copyright Infringement

Pearson Education this week filed suit against textbook service Chegg for copyright infringement, alleging that Chegg's popular subscription study service illegally appropriates Pearson's end-of-chapter textbook questions. In a complaint filed September 13 in federal court in New Jersey,...

Obituary Note: Michael Newton

Michael Newton, who wrote several hundred westerns, thrillers and men's adventure novels, died on September 6. He was 69. Diagnosed with an untreatable hereditary kidney disease in 1988, Michael lived normally until declining health forced him into home dialysis in 2013. From there, he gained...

National Book Foundation honoring Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl, the former librarian and "energetic champion for readers across the country," is the 2021 recipient of the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community "for her expansive service to readers and the literary community." Presented by the...

9/11: 20 years in books

In an extensive article, Carlos Lozada, nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post and the author of What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era, looks back over 20 years of books relating to 9/11. In summation, he writes: In The Forever War, Dexter Filkins describes a...

Racism in the Dewey Decimal System

... The quickest possible glance reveals the racism in the Dewey Decimal System. We'll use the religion section as an example. The 200s encompass all religion, nominally, although the problems with this premise are obvious. ... Each Dewey heading encompasses ten major subjects, dividing each...

What makes a book 'appropriate' for school?

Author Nikki Grimes responds to the news that a school district in Leander, Tex., has removed her memoir, Ordinary Hazards, from the curriculum due to what they deemed "inappropriate content." "... Censors will find nothing salacious, graphic, or gratuitous in Ordinary Hazards. I...

Some fall books moved to 2022 due to paper shortages

A recent report in The Washington Post warns, "book publishers, dogged by paper shortages and shipping delays, are pushing fall releases into early next year." Ingram, a major book distributor, issued a statement noting that "the book industry, like all physical goods industries, is...

Obituary Note: Caroline Todd

Caroline Todd, who wrote many bestselling series with her son Charles under the pen name Charles Todd, died on August 28. Todd and her son published the first book in the Ian Rutledge series, A Test of Wills, in 1996. The book won the Barry Award from Deadly Pleasures mystery magazine and was...

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