Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Book News, In Brief

To Kill A Mockingbird has been voted The Greatest Novel of All Time. Fun fact about this book: Harper Lee and editor Tay Hoff worked together for three years, writing and rewriting TKAM. How long does the average writer/editor touch-up take today?

The New York Times published a piece yesterday analyzing Amazon.com's bullying power, and what it means for the future of the book industry. The Times describes the online monolith's newest method of dealing with rebellious publishers as "nuclear" -- as in, instant annihilation.

C is for Criminal! Via The Huffington Post: Bill Clinton, who entered Family Circle's 5th Presidential Bake-Off against Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama, appears to have stolen his recipe for oatmeal cookies from Betty Crocker. Click here to compare.

We've recently started dealing in used books at The Inkwell. The two things you learn real fast are that everybody has old Harlequin Romance novels, and that most of the other books you're offered are total crap. Not so with the Bethlehem Area Public Library in PA. At a recent book drive, an anonymous donor dropped off a first edition of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. Heck, we'd have given them a least a dollar for it.