February 02 2016What is Lone Stars?Loan Stars is the new readers’ advisory service that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles
January 14 2016The Hot and Cold Book Categories of 2015 It's difficult to overstate the impact adult coloring books had on print sales last year, with the coloring-book craze driving large gains in several categories. The hottest category in 2015 was art/architecture/photography, which had a 60% increase in unit sales in 2015 over 2014 at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan.
December 16 2015Home Library Size Can Impact Student Reading LevelsPerhaps the strongest case for a household full of print books came from a 2014 study published in the sociology journal Social Forces. Researchers measured the impact of the size of home libraries on the reading level of 15-year-old students across 42 nations, controlling for wealth, parents’ education and occupations, gender and the country’s gross national product.
December 07 2015Long Line at the Library? It’s Story Time AgainWorkers at the 67th Street Library on the Upper East Side of Manhattan turn away at least 10 people from every reading. They have been so overwhelmed by the rush at story time — held in the branch’s largest room, on the third floor — that once the space is full, they close the door and shut down the elevator. “It is so crowded and so popular, it’s insane,” Jacqueline Schector, a librarian, said.
December 03 2015Penguin Random House Unifies E-book Terms for LibrariesEver since the merger between Random House and Penguin was announced, librarians have been left to wonder which terms of sale for library e-books would ultimately win out: Penguin’s cheaper, but limited licensing terms? Or Random House’s more expensive, but perpetual access terms? Now, we know: it will be the Random House terms.
November 16 2015New Shakespeare & Co. Owner Envisions a National Bookstore ChainDane Neller, cofounder and CEO of On Demand Books (the maker of the Espresso Book Machine), has joined what he regards as “the retail renaissance”: the move away from big-box stores to smaller venues with strong customer service. Read More...
November 16 2015Latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid Debuts as Global BestsellerFollowing its simultaneous 90-country-wide global release on Tuesday, November 3, the 10th Wimpy Kid volume from Jeff Kinney, Old School, has sold more than 1,000,000 copies in its first week, publisher Abrams reported.
November 09 2015Young People Read More Books Than Other Americans, Study ShowsAccording to a new Pew Research Center study, young Americans are more voracious readers than other age demographics. Eighty percent of citizens ages 18-29 have read a book in the last year, compared to 71 percent of those ages 30-49, and 68 percent for those ages 50-64.
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