Friday, December 11, 2009

Book News, In Brief

The winners of this year's Pimp My Bookcart awards have been announced. Although highly impractical, my favorite is The Lexington Public Library's third place winner.

An 87-year-old WWII veteran who stole one of Hitler's art books back in 1942 has come forward to return the book. Cuz heaven forbid a genocidal madman's possessions go missing.

In an effort to assist the nation's countless crumbling brick and mortar bookstores, HarperCollins has announced that they will join Hatchette and Simon & Schuster in delaying the e-book release of certain titles.

On the flip side, US magazine and newspaper publishers Conde Nast, Time, Hearst, Meredith, and News Corp. just announced that they would soon be launching a digital newsstand for "the electronic devices of the future."

The Guardian UK is out to hurt some feelings, asking their readers to list their picks for The Worst Books of the Decade. Then, as if to put a preemptive halt to the haters of hate's hate, they went and asked their readers to share their favorites.

Alfonso Frazetta, the no-acclaim son of legendary cartoonist and illustrator Frank Frazetta, was arrested on Thursday after driving a backhoe into an Allentown, PA museum owned by his father. The 52-year-old disappointment was attempting to steal $20 million worth of his pop's paintings.