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Fast Food Gets Literary: Jonathan Safran Foer Curates Writing For Chipotle Packaging

chipotlebagsYou might think that eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill is a little bit low brow. But they want to change that. The fast food chain is now featuring original essays written by influential writers on its restaurant packaging.

The author series is called “Cultivating Thought.” Jonathan Safran Foer curated the list of contributors. Participating writers will include:  Judd ApatowSheri FinkMalcolm GladwellBill HaderMichael LewisToni MorrisonSteve PinkerGeorge Saunders and Sarah Silverman. The pieces are all meant to be read in two minutes. The idea is to entertain people while they are scarfing down a burrito.

Here is an excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s Two-Minute Barn-Raising:

I grew up in Canada, in an area of Ontario where there is a large community of Old-Order Mennonites. “Old Orders,” as they are known, are a religious group who live as if the 20th century never happened. They avoid electricity, drive horses and buggies, leave school at 16, and bail hay by hand. They dress in plain black and white, with straw hats over clean-shaven faces, and when a neighbor’s barn burns down, they gather as a community to put it back up. When I was little, not long after we moved to Ontario, my father heard about a barn-raising down the road. He decided to join in.

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‘Insurgent’ Leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks List

insurgentVeronica Roth‘s Insurgent has returned to the top of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week, after being knocked out by Michael LewisFlash Boys last week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/14. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with books in the top three positions on the list.

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Michael Lewis, Mo Willems, & Emma Donoghue Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Flash Boys Mech 3p_r3.REV.for cat.inddWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 06, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis: “Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets.” (March 2014)

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Michael Lewis Claims the Stock Market is Rigged in New Book

Moneyball author Michael Lewis has a new book coming out about Wall Street called Flash Boys, in which he claims that the stock market is rigged.

In the book from W. W. Norton & Company, Lewis illustrates how high-frequency trading in the financial markets have caused the problem. Lewis was on 60 Minutes last night to discuss the issue. We’ve embedded the CBS interview above so that you can check it out.

Al Zuckerman Steps Down as Writers House Chairman

Literary agent Al Zuckerman will no longer serve as chairman of Writers House, the major agency he founded in 1974.

Current Writers House president Amy Berkower will serve as the new chairman and Simon Lipskar will be the agency’s president. Zuckerman will maintain his list of authors, including: Ken Follett, Stephen Hawking, Michael Lewis and the estates of Hermann Hesse.

Here’s more about his career, from the release: “Under his guidance, Writers House has grown from a closet-like space on West 42nd Street in New York City to two Victorian buildings on West 26th Street erected for the Astor family in 1872, with offices also in London and San Diego. Its staff has grown from one to 43, eight of whom have been with the company for more than 25 years.”

‘Hugo’ Nominated for 11 Academy Awards

Martin Scorsese‘s award winning adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick has lead the Academy Award nominations this year, earning 11 Oscar nominations.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what did you think of the film? Earlier this year, we wrote about Selznick’s personalized tours of the American Museum of Natural History.

The Best Picture nominees included a host of adapted novels. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of books adapted into Best Picture-nominated films.

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Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Unveiled

Today Amazon opened the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, allowing Amazon Prime members to rent up to one digital book per month with no due date. The library includes 5,000 titles, ranging from three books by Michael Lewis to Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games trilogy to Sara Gruen‘s Water for Elephants.

The library books can only be read on Amazon Kindle devices: the Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard or Kindle Fire–excluding readers on mobile devices and rival tablets. Customers can sign up for the $79-a-year Amazon Prime membership to access the library.

Amazon was frank about the terms of the deal with publishers: “Titles in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library come from a range of publishers under a variety of terms.  For the vast majority of titles, Amazon has reached agreement with publishers to include titles for a fixed fee.  In some cases, Amazon is purchasing a title each time it is borrowed by a reader under standard wholesale terms as a no-risk trial to demonstrate to publishers the incremental growth and revenue opportunity that this new service presents.”

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Amazon Books Editors Pick Top 10 Fall Releases

The Amazon books editors unveiled their top ten picks of the biggest releases coming out this fall.

Senior editor Chris Schluep had this statement: “This is one of the best seasons for literary novels to come along in several years … We’ve highlighted Murakami and Eugenides in our Amazon Editors’ Top 10, as well as three of the finest debuts–by Amy Waldman, Erin Morgenstern, and Chad Harbach–to come across our desks in a long time.”

We’ve listed all the books below–what books are you looking forward to this fall?

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Google eBookstore: A Kinder, Gentler Reviews Section?

Will Google eBookstore usher in a new era of kinder, gentler eBook review sections?

Back in March, Michael Lewis‘ bestselling book, The Big Short, had a contentious audience in the Amazon customer reviews section–facing pricing protests and angry critics.  In Google’s new eBookstore, the same book has zero one-star ratings (pictured on the left). Currently, his book counts 86 one-star ratings at Amazon (pictured on the right). At the same time, Amazon has 319 five-star reviews and Google eBookstore only has 28 five-star reviews.

Most of the Google  eBookstore ratings are drawn from the GoodReads community, a very supportive network for book lovers. Do you think this new set of ratings from Goodreads will help make Google a kinder, gentler reviews section? Or will the conversation grow more contentious over the next few months?

Analyst Defends eBook Windowing

peter_hildick.jpgToday at the Wharton School’s Future of Publishing conference, Codex Group president Peter Hildick-Smith mounted a passionate defense of windowing eBooks–encouraging the delay of digital releases to maximize hardcover sales.

According to Hildick-Smith, his audience research and pre-publication book testing company polled thousands readers, asking them if they would be more likely to buy a book with an “Only in Hardcover” sticker. When looking at the results, he noticed a more positive response to books marked with the “Only in Hardcover” sticker.

“I absolutely, one hundred percent believe that windowing is the only way this industry is going to survive,” Hildick-Smith told GalleyCat when asked about the experiment. “For whatever reason, the major publishers don’t agree … [simultaneous release] is lethal.”

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