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Book Bits:Tolino Shine e-reader, Joyce Carol Oates, ISBNs dissappearing? ‘Guilt,’ PEN World Voices

BookBitsLinda L. Richards writes in January Magazine, “With National Grammar Day zooming towards us March 4th, you’d best be careful where you put that apostrophe.” Wise words, Ms. Richards. We have the entire weekend to think about them and prepare for Monday, a day when everyone who is still saying “Its raining” instead of “It’s raining” will be sent to jail without passing GO or collecting $200.

Here are Saturday’s links:

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    News: German book retailers team up against Amazon with new eReader – “German book retailers have teamed up with Deutsche Telekom to produce their own eReader to challenge the dominance of in the growing market for digital books.” Reuters

  2. News: The New York Times Expands Flipboard Apps to Android & Kindle Fire, by Dan Rowinski – “The New York Times is expanding its mobile footprint. The Gray Lady announced today that it is launching its digital content on Flipboard to both Android and Kindle Fire tablets. The Times Flipboard content had previously only been available on the iPhone and iPad. ” Editor & Publisher
  3. accursedReview: “The Accursed,” by Joyce Carol Oats – “Oates (Sourland, 2010, etc.) finishes up a big novel begun years before—and it’s a keeper…Though it requires some work and has a wintry feel to it, it’s oddly entertaining, as a good supernatural yarn should be.” Kirkus Reviews
  4. Commentary:  International Standard Book Number (ISBN): Digital publishing may doom yet another analogue standard – “LOOK inside any book published since 1970 and you will find a number. But perhaps not for much longer. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN), invented in Britain in 1965, took off rapidly as an international system for classifying books, with 150 agencies (one per country, with two for bilingual Canada) now issuing the codes. Set up by retailers to ease their distribution and sales, it increasingly hampers new, small and individual publishers. Yet digital publishing is weakening its monopoly.” The Economist
  5. Feature: ‘I Urge You to Drop E67-02’: Course Syllabi by Famous Authors, by Emily Temple – “Every once in a while, one of eminent professor and author David Foster Wallace’s syllabi emerges on the Internet, and devotees head to their local bookstores. In that spirit, I’ve taken this opportunity to pull together a series of famous authors’ syllabi and reading lists. Who needs to go to college when you’ve got a list of texts from the best and a public library?” The Atlantic
  6. GuiltReview: “Guilt,” by Jonathan Kellerman, reviewed by Gerald Bartell – “In ‘Guilt,’ Jonathan Kellerman crafts a solid, poignant tale of violence and innocence” – The Washington Post
  7. Event: Announcing the 2013 PEN World Voices Festival – “With Salman Rushdie returning as chairman, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will bring more than 100 writers from around the world to New York City to discuss both their art and politics this spring, from April 29 through May 5. One major theme of this year’s edition of the festival, the ninth, will be the notion of bravery in those realms, with panel discussions and other events honoring writers who have shown courage in their lives and work.” PEN America
  8. Feature: A Festival of Cookbooks in the City of Light, by Mark Rotella – “For a book fair devoted exclusively to cookbooks, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better venue than, say, the Louvre Museum. And that was the case this past weekend when that the Paris Cookbook Fair took place in the Carrousel du Louvre, below the Pyramid.The fair brought in nearly 3,000 attendees to visit 102 booths of publishers, writers, and agents.” Publishers Weekly
  9. How To: The Logic Behind “-logic” and “-logical” by Mark Nichol – “Why does the English language allow one to select between, say, biologic and biological, neurologic and neurological, and technologic and technological? Why complicate our language lives with the choice? Is the universe malicious?” Daily Writing Tips
  10. frostReview: “The Art of Robert Frost,” by Tim Kendall, reviewed by Alexandra Yurkovksy – “The Art of Robert Frost indeed enjoyably treads a parallel path with the poems, via close readings strewn with expressions of an “ordinary” reader’s pleasures. A talented analyst, Kendall elucidates both the poems and his study’s underlying focus: ulteriority. Technically an invented term, ulteriority may be defined as Frost’s unique brand of irony. Splicing Frost’s words with his own, a device the author regularly employs to bolster his arguments (note well all the double quotes herein), Kendall asserts that Frost’s goal “‘to be a poet for all sorts and kinds'” was closely linked to “‘the pleasure of ulteriority’—that is, ‘saying one thing and meaning another, [or]…in terms of another.'” (p. 3) Frost’s notion and use of “ulteriority” is the heart of Kendall’s study, pulsing its significance among the essays. ” Poetry Flash
  11. News: Scientific American Sees Digital Boom, by TJ Raphael – “Founded in 1845, Scientific American is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in the United States and the brand has been working to extend its authority online through a variety of digital channels.” Folio



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