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Novels Everyone Should Read: INFOGRAPHIC

Knowledge Is BeautifulWhat fiction books do you typically like to recommend? Designer David McCandless created an infographic called “Novels Everyone Should Read” for his new book, Knowledge is Beautiful.

Some of the titles featured in this image include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. (via The Huffington Post)
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The Fault in Our Stars Named Most Popular Book Within The Twittersphere

tfioscoverBookVibe has examined 80 million Twitter posts from the past 12 months. Quartz reports that the data shows that the most popular book on the Twittersphere is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Green’s hit young adult novel was mentioned in 1.2 million tweets. The books that made it onto the top 10 list are a mix of recently published hit titles and classic icons of literature; several of them have inspired highly successful film adaptations.

According to the article, “recent research suggests that film adaptations of books have the ability to influence people to read, so while critics may bemoan the latest adaptation of a book for the silver screen, the halo effect does increase the book’s readership which, at the end of it all, is exactly what the author wants.” Below, we’ve featured the full top 10 list—what do you think?

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Which Books Must You Read in Your Lifetime?: INFOGRAPHIC

GumtreeHave you ever made a bucket list for books? Gumtree.com has created an infographic called “12 Books You Should Read Before You Die.”

Some of the classic titles being featured include The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. (via The Mile Long Bookshelf)
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HarperCollins Releases an Enhanced eBook Edition of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

To Kill a MockingbirdHarperCollins has published an enhanced eBook edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

The company released the normal To Kill a Mockingbird eBook back in July 2014. The enhancement features on this digital book include a radio interview with Lee, footage from the 1962 film adaptation, audiobook clips performed by Sissy Spacek, and snippets from the Hey Boo documentary with appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, and Anna Quindlen.

According to The Associated Press, “HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis says the new Mockingbird edition had received 6,500 pre-orders, far more than for the usual ‘enhanced’ book. She says the publisher has sold 80,000 copies of the regular eBook, a figure comparable to print sales. Total worldwide sales exceed 30 million copies since the book’s 1960 release. Both eBook editions are priced at $8.99.”

Harper Lee’s Lawsuit Against Museum Settled

harperleeAuthor Harper Lee‘s lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum has ended. A federal judge on terminated the dispute on Thursday in an agreement that has not been made public.

The Guardian has the scoop: “In a statement, museum attorney Matthew Goforth said the agreement was confidential. He apologized on behalf of the museum for any suggestion ‘that Miss Lee is not in control of her own business affairs’, as some have publicly suggested. ‘To the extent that such an inference has been made, that inference is not proper and it is the museum’s opinion that Miss Lee is very much in control of her business affairs,’ the statement said.”

Lee filed a lawsuit against the museum claiming that they used her book To Kill a Mockingbird to profit through the sale of souvenirs and even using her book’s title as their web address.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird Will Be Published as an eBook

5737Harper Lee has come around on eBooks, and will finally allow To Kill a Mockingbird to be published digitally.

“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation,” she explained in a statement. Harper Collins will be publish the eBook on July 8th.

The news comes a year after Lee sued her literary agent for alleging that he received undeserved royalties from her book. The suit was settled in September. (Via The Guardian).

How High School Reading Has Changed Since 1907

Renaissance Learning has released its fifth edition of the What Kids Are Reading report. Among the many topics covered in the free report, it compared high school reading across the last century.

Below, we’ve linked to free eBook copies of the most popular books in 1907, 1923 and 1964. The complete report noted “a decline over time in the complexity of required texts for high school students.” Follow this link for an infographic summary of the research. Here’s more from the report:

Although our analysis is restricted to the  period of 1907 to 2012, there is evidence that writing has become less complex over the last several hundred  years. Complexity is impacted in part by average sentence length; books with longer sentences tend to be more  difficult to comprehend than books with shorter sentences … it is worth noting that just because the books students are being assigned to read are less complex than in  prior years, this does not necessarily mean that they cannot read or comprehend books at higher levels, nor can  we assume that assigning more complex texts would necessarily lead to improvements in achievement.

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Harper Lee Sues Literary Agent

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has sued agent Samuel Pinkus, alleging that he received undeserved royalties from her book. Bloomberg has the scoop:

Lee, who has failing eyesight and hearing, was residing in an assisted-living facility in 2007 after suffering a stroke when she signed a document assigning her copyright to Pinkus’s company, according to the complaint. While the copyright was re- assigned to Lee last year after legal action and Pinkus was discharged as Lee’s agent, he was still receiving royalties from the novel as of this year, according to the complaint.

The Bloomberg story also noted that the lawsuit named Gerald Posner, the author and former Daily Beast writer who resigned in 2010 after he was accused of lifting passages. According to Bloomberg, Posner “incorporated one of Pinkus’s businesses.”

75,000+ NPR Listeners Voted on Best YA Novel List

Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird is the No. 3 best YA novel ever written, according to NPR listeners. The 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list was, not surprisingly, led by the Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games. The Hobbit, The Catcher in the Rye, The Lord of the Rings and Fahrenheit 451 also made the top 10.

An impressive 75,220 NPR listeners voted. The contest began with listeners sharing their favorite titles, which resulted in a list of more than 1,200 nominations. Then a panel of book experts whittled this down to a list of 235 choices, which was then put back to NPR listeners to decide.

Panel members included: Pamela PaulThe New York Times Book Review’s features editor and children’s book editor; Diane RobackPublisher’s Weekly’s children’s book editor; Tasha Robinson, book editor for The Onion’s A.V. Club; and teacher and librarian Ted Schelvan.

Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. We’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the list–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 326 reports of “attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.” The list was part of the ALA’s 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report.

Here’s more eBook news from the report: “The rapid growth of ebooks has stimulated increasing demand for them in libraries, but libraries only have limited access to ebooks because of restrictions placed on their use by publishers. Macmillan Publishing, Simon and Schuster and Hachette Book Group refused to sell ebooks to libraries. HarperCollins imposed an arbitrary 26 loans per ebook license, and Penguin refused to let libraries lend its new titles altogether. When Random House raised ebook prices, the ALA urged it to reconsider.”

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