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NPR Books Reveals Book Concierge App to Help Navigate Best Books of the Year

nprappNPR Books has released a new web app designed to help readers discover what they might like to read among NPR’s best 200 books of the year. The Book Concierge lets you mix and match from 21 different categories of reading. You can combine your moods to come up with what will fit.

When you launch the app, you are greeted with view a visual feed of book covers for all of NPR’s top books of the year. Then on the left hand side bar you can pick and choose tags. For instance, mix “Cookbooks & Food” with “Comis & Graphic Novels” will result in the recommendation that you check out Relish by Lucy Knisley. If you mix “Seriously Great Writing,” with “Memoir & Biography” and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, Fosse by Sam Wasson, I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman are among the recommendations. You can link to reviews of the books after you’ve made your choices and see who at NPR recommends the book.

Try it out, it’s a fun way to browse the “best books of the year.”

 

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Free Samples of the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

Andrew Krivak has won the $10,000 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction for The Sojourn and Adam Hochschild took the $10,000 prize for nonfiction for To End All Wars. 

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation also picked two runners-up: Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin and Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo. All the winners will be celebrated at a ceremony hosted by journalist Nick Clooneyin Dayton on November 11th.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the books named as finalists for the prestigious prize.

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Bloomsbury eBook Sales Up 70%

Bloomsbury Publishing, the British publishing company that published the Harry Potter books, reported that its global eBook sales rose 70 percent year-over-year, during the period of March 1 through May 31st, 2012.

The company issued its Interim Management Statement last week, and revealed that print sales during the same period fell by 2 percent. ThisisMoney.co.uk has more: “Last year print sales were £78.9million and those for ebooks were £5.7million, meaning that if the latest trends continue throughout the year, they would result in an overall rise in turnover. Crucially for profits, ebooks should provide a higher margin.”

Bestselling titles that helped the publishing house during the period include: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall‘s River Cottage Veg Everyday!, Wisden CricketersAlmanack 2012, Double Cross by Ben MacIntyre, Heston at Home by Heston Blumenthal and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.

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Free Samples of the Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

The New York Public Library has revealed the five finalists for the 2012 Young Lions Fiction Award, a $10,000 prize awarded each annually to a writer under 35-years-old.

Follow the links below to read free samples of the books.

Open City by Teju Cole (Random House)
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale (Twelve/Hachette Book Group)
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press)
Swamplandia! By Karen Russell (Alfred A. Knopf)
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)

National Book Award Finalists: Free Samples

The National Book Award finalists were revealed today on the Think Out Loud radio show. We live blogged all the action. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the finalists.

Here’s more about the announcement: “The twenty Finalists for the 62nd National Book Awards will be announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s morning radio program, Think Out Loud, in front of a live audience at the new Literary Arts Center in Portland, Oregon.”

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