Monthly Archives: June 2014

French Parliament Passes “Anti-Amazon Law” for Online Book Sales

On June 26th, French parliament members passed a law forbidding a combined 5% discount and free shipping on books. After a final unanimous vote by the senate, the Parliament adopted the so-called “Anti-Amazon Law,” that will abolish free shipping for books purchased online and shipped to France.  (Note: the 1981 Lang law established a prix unique du liver – “single book price” — allowing for a maximum discount of 5% on books under certain conditions.)

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John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter

If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

steinbeckalifeinletters.jpgNobel laureate John Steinbeck (1902-1968) might be best-known as the author of East of EdenThe Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters constructs an alternative biography of the iconic author through some 850 of his most thoughtful, witty, honest, opinionated, vulnerable, and revealing letters to family, friends, his editor, and a circle of equally well-known and influential public figures.

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Why I Will Always Love Paper Books

Why does anyone love anything?

Think about it: why do you love the things you love? Try to answer that question in a clear and logical way.

It’s hard, right? But just because you can’t write a detailed list about why you love what you love doesn’t mean the love is any less real.

Take my love of paper books for example. I love those print monsters. I have quite a collection of them, and every time I pack up and move somewhere new I have to carry them around. Any of you who have had to pack and carry boxes full of books know how deceivingly heavy they are. My collection is strictly based on personal value. I’ve gotten rid of books I never read or didn’t like. There’s no use in keeping things that don’t add to your life — especially when you have to literally carry them around. So the print bricks I carry made the cut, they are those I actually care for.

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Best literary put-downs: Margaret Mitchell tops poll ahead of Jane Austen and Shakespeare

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When it comes to witty, often stinging put-downs in literature, Margaret Mitchell is the boss. A new poll of 2,000 adults crowned the late US author queen of the verbal “burn” for a famous line uttered by Rhett Butler in her 1936 classic Gone with the Wind.

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Do women matter in Hemingway’s world?

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What kind of a writer would Hemingway be if he were living today? Definitely a hard-drinking one, carousing all hours when he wasn’t dodging bullets in Syria or Iraq. He’d doubtless feature on Granta’s list of 20 best American writers under 40 – he was a mega star by 30. And he’d probably still be an inveterate womaniser.

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