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3:24 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Change Is The Only Constant In Today's Publishing Industry

Penguin and Random House, two of the biggest players in publishing, announced in October that they would merge.
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Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

The publishing industry has been in flux for years. First chain stores, then Amazon, then e-books — many forces have combined to create dramatic change in the traditional publishing model.

Mike Shatzkin is the founder and CEO of the publishing industry consulting firm Idea Logical. He says one of the biggest changes happening in publishing right now is the planned merger of two of the biggest players in the field, Penguin and Random House — with whispers of further mergers to come.

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Books
3:23 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing?

About three-quarters of public libraries offer digital lending, but finding a book you want can be frustrating — every publisher has its own set of rules.
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Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

Have you ever borrowed an e-book from a library? If the answer is no, you're a member of a large majority. A survey out Thursday from the Pew Internet Project finds that only 5 percent of "recent library users" have tried to borrow an e-book this year.

About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association, but finding the book you want to read can be a challenge — when it's available at all.

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The Reading Life
1:39 am
Tue December 25, 2012

The Reading Life Celebrates the Holidays

Some of the books from Lisette Oser's collection.

The Reading Life celebrates the holidays with Marigny Dupuy and Meghan Kelly, founders of the Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans, talking about A Christmas Carol; designer Lisette Oser, who collects small, beautiful Christmas books; and poet Melinda Palacio, whose new book is How Fire Is a Story, Waiting.  

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The Sound of Books
11:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Yat Dictionary

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new volume from New Orleans poet and satirist Chris Champagne — The Yat Dictionary.  

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Books
1:49 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Debra Shriver, Dave Brinks, and a Naked Girl

 

This week on The Reading Life: Debra Shriver, author of In the Spirit of New Orleans, Bella Blue, who is part of the troop of Naked Girls Reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and poet Dave Brinks, whose new collection is The Secret Brain.

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Best Books Of 2012
5:23 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

The Year's Best Science Fiction Crosses Galaxies And Genres

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:01 pm

This was a good year for cross-genre pollination. It was packed with brilliant books that stretched the boundaries of what counts as science fiction and fantasy — and even what counts as fiction itself. Authors like Ken MacLeod and G. Willow Wilson spun tales that begin as near-future dystopian science fiction, only to turn abruptly into fantastical tales of supernatural creatures. Call it magical cyberpunk realism.

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The Sound of Books
11:44 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New Orleans photojournalist and jazz historian John McCusker — Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz.

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The Reading Life
1:50 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Holiday Gift Books

This week on The Reading Life: Booksellers Donna Allen of Maple Street Book Shop, Judith Lafitte of Octavia Books, and Britton Trice of Garden District Book Shop offer holiday gift book suggestions, and Susan has some of her own.

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Books
3:07 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Rothbart Wears His Idiotic Heart on His Sleeve

Author Davy Rothbart reads humorous and sincere stories about life on the road, the people he meets, and the relationships that develop.

Traveling to 79 cities in 99 days is no task for an idiot. But luckily, writer Davy Rothbart isn't one. You might think otherwise based the title on his new book, My Heart is an Idiot, but Rothbart's disarmingly intimate personality has allowed him to connect with people across the country for over a decade. On Friday night he'll be performing at the AllWays Lounge in New Orleans.

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The Sound of Books
2:26 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New in New Orleans Architecture

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Tulane architecture professor John Klingman: New in New Orleans Architecture.

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