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Twitter Account to Tweet ‘The Great Gatsby’ in Its Entirety

EOAbUp_4_400x400Twitter user @ihatejoemarshal has set out to tweet F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel The Great Gatsby in its entirety, 140 characters at a time.

The Twitter account will post a tweet every day for five years. The first tweet went up yesterday.

 

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Simon & Schuster Joins Scribd & Oyster’s eBook Subscription Service Library

S&S 304Simon & Schuster has established a partnership with Scribd and Oyster.

Readers will now have access to the publisher’s backlist eBook titles. Some of the books now available through these two eBook subscription services include 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, and How to be Compassionate by The Dalai Lama.

CEO Carolyn Reidy had this statement in the press release: “Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher. We are delighted to work with Scribd and Oyster to offer this exciting new model for readers to find and read eBooks, and to do so in a manner that respects the value of our authors’ creative endeavors and supports our mutual goals of selling the most possible copies of their books.”

The Top of the Top Books Lists

One reader created a massive chart collecting and comparing the top 100 books mentioned across eleven different top 100 lists. Joseph HellerVladimir Nabokov and  F. Scott Fitzgerald led the rankings, appearing on ten out of the eleven lists.

You can explore the complete list at the Scribd link embedded below (along with how many times the individual books appeared on the eleven different lists). Below, we’ve also linked to free samples of the top ten books on this list. Check it out:

This post linked to 10+ “Top 100″ book lists from sources such as TIME magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Modern Library, etc. They were all in such different formats, and such different ways of being presented that I wanted to amalgamate all of these into one master “list” in order to compare them (thirteen lists in total since I also added in the first 100 of the Reddit’s 200 favorite books). I have since thrown this into a pdf file on Scribd if anyone is interested. My next step was to compare each of these and see what books are most recommended in top lists … I made one giant list that combined 11 “Top 100″ Book Lists.

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Robin Desser Takes 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

Alfred A. Knopf editorial director Robin Desser has won the 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

The Center for Fiction will present the award at its Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on December 11, 2013. Desser joined Knopf in 1988. She worked on debut novels by scores of great writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, David Guterson and Nam Le. Here’s more from the release:

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States. It honors Maxwell E. Perkins, of Scribner, one of the most important and admired editors in American literary history. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway are three of the many writers he supported over his long career.

(Photo via Michael Lionstar)

What Books Will We Remember in 100 Years?

With F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby on top of bestseller charts and in movie theaters this week, one reader wondered: What contemporary books will we remember in 100 years?

Reddit readers from around the globe offered suggestions about the books that they think will be read for another century. Below, we’ve created one of our literary mixtapes–linking to free samples of the suggested books.

What books would you add to this sprawling list? If you want to know why we still remember The Great Gatsby, read Haruki Murakami’s inspiring essay about the book.

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Why Haruki Murakami Translated ‘The Great Gatsby’

The great Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami once translated The Great Gatsby for Japanese readers. In Columbia University Press’ In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means anthology, you can read an essay he wrote about translating the book.

We’ve embedded the complete essay below. Murakami expressed his love for the novel, but also gave readers a peek into how he used his “imaginative powers as a novelist into play.” Just in time for the upcoming movie adaptation, read his thoughts about F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel. Here is an excerpt:

When someone asks, “Which three books have meant the most to you?” I can answer without having to think: The Great GatsbyFyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. All three have been indispensable to me (both as a reader and as a writer); yet if I were forced to select only one, I would unhesitatingly choose Gatsby. Had it not been for Fitzgerald’s novel, I would not be writing the kind of literature I am today (indeed, it is possible that I would not be writing at all, although that is neither here nor there) … Though slender in size for a full-length work, it served as a standard and a fixed point, an axis around which I was able to organize the many coordinates that make up the world of the novel.

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Stephen Colbert Starts ‘cOlbert’s Book Club’ with ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert plans to launch “cOlbert’s Book Club.”

For the first installment of this humorous “rip off” of Oprah Winfrey‘s book club, Colbert plans to discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will be his first guests on Thursday, May 9th. The video embedded above contains the full announcement–what do you think?

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Why Writers Should Read Rap Genius

Rap Genius scored $15 million in funding earlier this year, an investment to expand the community that loves to annotate rap lyrics.

Most writers don’t know it, but the site contains annotations for everything from 2Pac lyrics to F. Scott Fitzgerald prose to letters from Barack Obama to Chapter One of Genesis to Jay-Z lyrics.  The site has a simple goal: “Our aim is not to translate rap into nerdspeak,’ but rather to critique rap as poetry.”

Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam introduced the site at Mediabistro’s Social Curation Summit this week. If you want to annotate your favorite lyrics, you need to sign up for a Rap Genius account. If you want to add a song, poem, speech or story to the database, simply click “Add a New Song” button. You have to chose a rap, rock, poetry or other genre.

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Sourcebooks Brings Shakespeare into the 21st Century

In a move to make Shakespeare more appealing to students, Sourcebooks’ has built The Shakesperience, an interactive collection of classic Shakespeare made for kids who have kids who have grown up with DVD extras and iPads.

AppNewser has more: “The interactive eBooks, which were created using iBooks Author, bring Shakespeare’s plays to live with legendary performances that  are embedded alongside the text. Tracks from actors including: Kenneth Branagh, Orson Welles, and Sir Laurence Olivier are among them. The eBook also includes embedded translations of terms into modern day words.”

Othello alone has more than 1,400 embedded terms.

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‘Gone Girl’ Library

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn rocketed to the top of the Indie Bestseller List this week following some great reviews and BEA buzz.

The summer thriller is filled with enough suspense and twists to keep any beach reader happy, but it is also a book about writing. The main characters are avid readers, and they write letters, articles, journals, kid’s books and memoirs. The novel references other books, little Easter eggs nestled in the plot.

We’ve rounded up our five favorite book references in the thriller, building a spoiler-free library for anybody who wishes they could keep reading Gone Girl

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