Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Eclectic Lover Posted on June 11, 2010 @ 7:15 am 11 comments

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer is available as a free online read from June 7th to July 5.  Click on the title for the website.  It’s not downloadable.  The hardback went on sale on June 5th.  If you are curious about it’s sales numbers, has the numbers here.

Just in time for summer beach reads, there is a waterproof case for the Kindle eReader.  Gizmodo has a picture of it here.  Kinda pricey, but probably worth it if you want to read by the pool or at the beach or anywhere else that there’s a risk of water damage.

The New York Times has an article about competition between ebook readers and doesn’t even mention the Sony Reader!

The British Library has acquired the archive of J. G. Ballard for it’s collections.  It’s expected to be fully accessible by summer 2011.  Here’s the BBC article.

The 2010 Anthony Award nominations have been announced.  The winners will be announced on October 17.

Amazon’s list of Kindle bestsellers is now split into two: Paid and Free eBooks.  I like this.  If you are looking for free eBooks the list is very handy! has a neat article, “What Americans Used to Read” with top ten lists of books from several different decades, going back up to 100 years ago.  I love book lists.

I enjoyed all the comments last week about eReaders.  Thanks for joining in the discussion.  Remember that your comments on our non-giveaway posts (like this one!) get you entered in our monthly book giveaway.  See the full rules here.

This week’s question is about book lists since we have a few in the news this week.  There was an awards nomination list, a bestseller list and a retro list with past bestsellers.  The question is:  Do you pay any attention to book lists?  Do you look at bestseller lists or award lists when you want to find a book to read?  I’m curious about what effect book lists have on people’s reading.

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  • detweilermom June 11, 2010 at 8:03 am

    No I don't look at book lists really for my personal reading. I do look lists for ideas for my 15 yo daughter though.

  • Blodeuedd June 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Sure I look at lists now and again but these days I get all my ideas from bloggers

  • ColleenFL June 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

    @detweilermom – Good point! I can see that book lists might be helpful for parents.

    @Blodeuedd – Go bloggers!

  • Lovie June 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I don't pay any attention to book list. Most of my books are from favorite authors, or I have read a review and it sound good.

  • Camille June 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    It doesn't mention the kobo either! lol *facepalm* How comprehensive was their research? Can't trust an article that doesn't even cover all the bases when 'comparing'!

  • ColleenFL June 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    @Lovie – Thanks for sharing your views on book lists.

    @Camille – I agree. It was quite a short article also.

  • Jenny N. June 12, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I usually don't but if I do come across a list I would look over it and make note of some of the books that might interest me.

  • Beth June 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

    For me those best seller lists are not necessary. I do my book choosing by the blurb(and sometimes the excerpt).
    I do like it, though, when a favorite author makes it on to the lists because that increases their chances of future contracts which means more books for us to read.

  • ColleenFL June 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

    @Jenny N. – Good idea!

    @Beth – Excellent point! I also love to see them get the recognition of their talents by making it onto an awards list.

  • Melissa (My words and pages) June 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I have not been a Twilight fan, as I have not read the books yet. 😉 But, friends on mine love the series. So, I was telling them last weekend about the new book which they didn't know about. And when we were googling it to show them we found the site that said the book was free on line for a month. That is cool! Thanks for all this info!

  • ColleenFL June 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

    @Melissa – Thanks for stopping by!

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