Wednesday News: Best picture books, Africa’s growing book culture, more investigation of B&N, writer postcards from the past, and debate over the novella
“With everything from a sweeping biography of Nelson Mandela to a story about a unicorn that can make it rain cupcakes, 2013 was another great year for picture books. This is particularly notable because 2013 was the first full year after the death of the legendary Maurice Sendak and marked the 50th anniversary of his classic Where the Wild Things Are.” Huffington Post
Less than ten years ago, I was presenting at an Oxford Round Table discussion, and one of the scholars from Africa was soliciting American universities for discarded computers that could be sent to Africa to feed their growing tech needs. It’s going to be interesting to see how the continent continues to build their technological infrastructure and how digital publishing and online technologies more generally affect the book culture, which many have perceived to be significantly underdeveloped.
“‘The proliferation of smartphones across Africa, combined with the inevitable burst into e-commerce, means that we would be foolish to ignore what is about to happen with publishing in Africa,’ said Jeremy Weate, of Abuja-based Cassava Republic, publisher of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
A romance imprint entitled Ankara Press and an original crime series, Cassava Crime, are due for release later this year with the focus on an e-reading audience, while Max Siollun’s Soldiers of Fortune, a non-fiction work charting Nigeria’s recent military history, has been published digitally as well as in hardback.” BBC News
“The investigation concerns whether Barnes & Noble and certain of its officers and/or directors have violated Sections 10b and 20a of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.” 4-Traders
“It was Parris-Lamb who contended that the novella really isn’t anything unique in its own right, merely a term used to denote a short novel. He spoke about the tradition of publishing novellas. Usually too long for magazines, too short for most houses to publish economically, it has taken on a taboo quality. With the recent options for digital publishing, most literary agencies would rather market a “novella” as a novel, so as not to trivialize the work. Why demote a work to novella status when it can be marketed as it’s more prestigious older brother?” Publishers Weekly