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What Makes for a Brilliant Book Cover? A Master Explains
September 24, 2014

If you find yourself in a bookstore, Peter Mendelsund can be hard to avoid. His dust jackets wrap big-name contemporary releases like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. He's created ingenious covers for reissues of Dostoyevsky, Kafka, and other literary giants, updating a wide swath of the canon with a striking, graphic look.Cover, a new monograph of Mendelsund's work, showcases the designer's uncanny talent for capturing entire books with succinct, compelling imagery-a talent that has led some to deem him the best book designer of his generation. 

Yawn No More: Americans and the Market for Foreign Fiction
June 11, 2014

As proven by the conversations at BookExpo America, American publishers, editors and readers may finally be coming around to embracing more foreign literature.

Nose-guard. Knouse-gourd. Knausgaard. Karl Ove Knausgaard's name was on everyone's lips. Some were uncertain how it should be pronounced and said as much, other simply raved about the Norwegian author and his six-part autobiographical novel. From the evening cocktail parties with a view that stretched out to the Statue of Liberty to the climate-controlled floor at BookExpo America (BEA), Knausgaard inevitably would be mentioned.

Book publishers finally get a reason to party
May 30, 2013

The number of parties has dwindled and there are fewer blockbuster celebrity authors, but the actual business of book publishing looks a little brighter this year.

Book Expo America, which kicks off at the Javits Convention Center today, is designed to bring independent booksellers together so that publishers can hype books they think will be big sellers in the coming months.

Yesterday, the Alfred A. Knopf imprint announced “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” the third book in British writer Helen Fielding’s mega-selling series about the travails of a single woman. The first two books became international sensations in the 1990s

Volunteers to Give Away a Half Million Free Books on Tuesday, April 23rd
April 23, 2013

From Kodiak to Key West, Concord to Carlsbad, Grand Forks to Galveston, in 6,200 towns and cities across America, more than 25,000 World Book Night U.S. volunteers will go out and personally hand out a half million free books to new or light readers on one day: April 23, 2013.

Mark Z. Danielewski's 'The Fifty Year Sword' enhanced e-book will change the way we read ebooks
December 3, 2012

We hear a lot of stories here about how this or that ebook is going to fundamentally change the ebook. And to varying degrees these books do and don't tweak the paradigm, so we take such news with a grain of salt.

But when Mark Z. Danielewski reinvents the ebook, we take notice. On Slate's Future Tense blog, Kim O'Connor reports that the author's new The Fifty Year Sword is "a key project in [Pantheon's] strategic development plan and a category changer in the realm of digitized adult fiction."

Color us intrigued.

—Brian Howard

 

Twitter Personalities We Love for E-Books, Writing and Publishing
October 31, 2012

As a social media manager, my content consumption habits tend to get wildly out of control if I’m not careful. And a lot of readers face this same issue.

When we first started looking into TeleRead’s reading habits, we learned that a great majority of you continue to rely on word-of-mouth to find new e-books. In the digital age, weeding through the crowded muck can be overwhelming, to say the least.

So to help ourselves—and yes, you too—we’ve curated a quick list (in no particular order) of our favorite heavy hitters on Twitter

The Bookbinders’ Guild of New York Celebrates Book Show’s 20th Anniversary
May 1, 2006

The New York Book Show, which awards quality in the design, graphics, production, printing and binding of books, is considered by many people in the industry to be one of the most prestigious events on the annual book-publishing calendar. The Bookbinders’ Guild of New York staged the annual event—which is celebrating its 20th year—March 20th at Café St. Barts on Park Avenue in New York City, and this year, unlike the previous few, it didn’t even snow. A great white tent covering the outdoor terrace, which serves as an outdoor cafe when the weather is warmer, greeted those who attended the show. On