Group Read of Brothers Karamazov Begins Today on Project D

In What's the Buzz by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams “Alexi Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of a landowner from our district, Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, well known in his day (and still remembered among us) because of his dark and tragic death, which happened exactly thirteen years ago and which I shall speak of in its proper place.” And so begins our journey into Fyodor Dostoevsky’s …

Could Door-to-door Book Sales Be Revived in the US?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the success of door-to-door book sales in Brazil. It wasn’t that long ago when it wasn’t uncommon to see an encyclopedia salesperson walking the streets of your neighborhood going door-to-door with his or her sample case. Of course, that sales channel has disappeared in the US . . . whether whether this is …

One Book To Rule Them All on Twitter

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A month ago a call went out via the Twitter #1b1t asking for nominations for titles for what amounts to a global Twitter book club. The event, organized by Jeff Howe at Crowdsourcing.com, turned up dozens of nominations and for a while there it looked as if Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 going to win. Now wouldn’t that have …

What Booksellers Want

In Global Trade Talk by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg On Thursday in New York City, a panel of three independent booksellers told a room full of marketers and publicists that free pizza will get teens to read (and buy) a book, that promotional posters and bookmarks are mostly just clutter, and why they aren’t selling e-books in their stores. The event, called “What Booksellers Want,” was …

Taking Issue with Newsweek’s Non-Book Club

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Hold on for a second as I get up on my soap-box…okay. I appreciate any media outlet that supports books through reviews, interviews with writers, listings of upcoming books, bestseller lists, or any other kind of support, but Newsweek’s column “We Read it (So You Don’t Have to)” and William Boot’s column on bestsellers in “The Daily Beast” are both …

Are Online Book Clubs as Satisfying as Real Life?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Kathy L. Patrick, founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, discusses how she expanded her small town book club into an international juggernaut. It is likely the single biggest “meet and discuss” book club in the world. Of course, there are online book sites, such as GoodReads.com, LibraryThing, and others that foster discussion …