Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Book News, In Brief

Summer's over and the schools are back in session. You know what that means -- it's book banning season! For an up-to-date accounting of your state's self-righteous indignations, check the ALA's Map of Book Bans & Challenges.

Viva la resistance! French publisher Hachette has spoken out against the self-appointed 'future of books,' claiming hardback books could be killed if Amazon's e-books and Google's digital library force publishers to slash their prices. has created an algorithm that compiles a book's Amazon sales rankings, customer reviews, and search hits on Google, creating a Terminator-approved list of The 100 Best Business Books. Yes, fellow bookstore clerks, our shelf-talkers are now positively passe.

Stephenie Meyer is finally responsible for a good book selling. A new edition of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, -- blurbed on the front cover as the 'favourite book' of Twilight's Bella and Edward -- is currently topping the British bestseller charts.

Update: Super Punch has photos of HarperCollins' Wuthering Heights w/ Twilight-inspired cover art!