2011 Best Translated Book Award Winners Announced

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

Poetry: Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things translated from the Slovenian by Brian Henry Fiction: Tove Jansson’s The True Deceiver translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal Each winning author and translator will receive a $5,000 prize sponsored by Amazon.com From the press release: April 29, 2011 — The winning titles and translators for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards …

SURVEY: Have You Ever Bought A Book Because of Twitter?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Evidence that Twitter and social media can sell books is largely anecdotal, so we want the facts. Take our survey! By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-chief Scroll down to take the survey! Using social media to promote books, as discussed in today’s lead story, is less a novelty and more the norm. Naturally, the strategic application of twitter and social media can …

Reading in the Age of Screens

In Guest Contributors by Chad W. Post

Editorial by Chad W. Post Contemporary life is lived through screens. Initially, it was the TV that invaded our families and took over our free time. Now it’s computers, smartphones, tablets; it’s email, digital files, the cloud. For better or worse, the past quarter-century (or more) has powered a move away from the physical and into cyberspace — especially in …

Do Book Reviews Need a Numerical Rating System?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Most book reviews rely on a star system to rate books, but wouldn’t a more precise numerical system be better? By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead editorial Chad Post wonders whether book reviews that offer a clear numerical rating system would be more engaging to readers than reviews that don’t offer a clear “numerical baseline” against which readers can react. …

Amazon.com to Underwrite Best Translated Book Awards

In What's the Buzz by Chad W. Post

PRESS RELEASE from Open Letter Books: October 20, 2010: Amazon.com has awarded the University of Rochester/Three Percent website a $25,000 grant in support of the 2011 Best Translated Book Awards. This grant will support $5,000 cash prizes for both the winning translators and authors. Launched by Three Percent (http://www.rochester.edu/threepercent) in 2007, the Best Translated Book Awards aim to bring attention …