*+-The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissmann speculates that Amazon bought Goodreads to access the site’s group of super fans, readers who buy a lot of books and influence even more purchases.
*+-Asians may identify more closely with success stories akin to the American Dream than with the colonial values left by Europeans in the last centuries, writes Duncan Jepson.
*+-Research is showing that book sales around the world are in general decline and in some countries people are said to have simply stopped reading. What’s to blame?
*+-For the fifth year in a row, UK book revenue is down, as consumers switch from print to digital formats and from physical shops to online retailers, even for print purchases.
*+-The publishers of UK’s Stork Books argue that major publishers and the media in the UK and USA underestimate the audience for translated books and are making a big mistake.
*+-The Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) and St. Cloud State University are surveying LGBT readers about the books they read and how they find them. Here’s how to participate.
*+-According to a study released recently by the Pew Research Center, 60% of Americans aged 16-29 still use their public library, and 83% read a book in the past year.
*+-You wouldn’t be mistaken in thinking that red state/blue state map of America is the same way publishers see the country, as readers/non readers. But is it right?
*+-With competitive bookstores, strong sales and three major languages – Hebrew, Arabic and Russian – Israel’s small but vibrant publishing industry is on the rise.
*+-What role does the physical copy have in the digital world? For many it does indeed serve as a reminder, a souvenir, of the initial reading experience.