Book Review: Why Poetry Matters Beyond Mere Money

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini Reviewed by Mark Garcia-Prats In the opening line of his book, Why Poetry Matters, Jay Parini concedes, “Poetry doesn’t matter to most people.”  That comes as no surprise to anyone aware of poetry’s relevance (or lack there of) in popular culture. Contrary to popular belief (especially among poets), poetry is not “under attack,” writes Parini, …

What Have You Done to Get an Early Look at a Book?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Literary scouts, as discussed in today’s feature article by Emily Williams, like much of those in the publishing industry, work in mysterious ways. For them, as well as for agents, editors, and almost anyone else in the publishing chain, getting the earliest possible read on a book—whether as a proposal or manuscript—is a key part of becoming …

Kirkus Reviews: The End

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Jerome Kramer So that’s it for Kirkus Reviews, huh? Is this really necessary? Or a good idea? Seventy-six years after Virginia Kirkus launched her ground-breaking advance-review publication with the mission of letting booksellers and libraries know which upcoming titles should be added to their collections, its conglomerate owner, Nielsen Business Media, is ceasing operations of the brand. Kirkus …

Are Prepub Reviews Irrelevant?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about the demise of Kirkus Reviews, former Kirkus managing director Jerome Kramer asks “whether the industry still needs advance reviews the way it used to?” Kirkus was known among the major journals that published pre-pub reviews—Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist—as the “mean” one. Kirkus didn’t sugarcoat its reviews, which may, in the …

Global Trade Talk: UK’s Bookseller is Safe; Nuances to E-Book Release Delays; Sherman Alexie Slams E-books

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers Weekly reports that, in the wake of the demise of Kirkus Reviews, questions have been asked about The Bookseller, which like Kirkus, is owned by Nielsen. “The spokesperson said there are no plans to close that publication or to change the publication schedule of the magazine that covers the U.K. book market,” wrote PW. The Wall …

Saving the Earth 100 Book Reviews at a Time

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Sharon Glassman Back in the Seal and Crofts 70s, my Sunday School class tucked quarters into cardboard trees to pay for real trees in the deserts of Israel. The simple, seemingly magical idea of Me = Tree captured my Ecology-T-shirt covered heart. So, when I got a request to become a fan of Eco-Libris on Facebook and learned that …

What’s The Buzz: Bloggers Must Disclose Freebies; HuffPo Does Books

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Federal Trade Commission in the United States has released new rules stating that bloggers who write reviews must now disclose when they’ve received a free product from a company in exchange for promotion. Non-compliance, as Publishers Marketplace points out, can result in as much as an $11,000 fine. Among …

Global Trade Talk: Dan Brown, What Else?

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reports that in the UK, Waterstone’s will open two hours early to sell the only 200 signed copies of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol shipped to the UK. Waterstone’s is also staging a stunt at their London store by having World Champion Speed Reader Anne Jones become the first person in the UK (besides employees …