More bad economic news:
- Starbucks to stop brewing decaf after noon to save $400 million. Amazing that so much decaf coffee goes to waste. Decaf will now be available only upon request after 12:00 pm.
- School sales are dropping due to worsening economic situation in urban areas and sharp decrease in federal funding. Let’s hope that getting more money to schools for crazy things like books will be a top priority for Congress and the White House.
- Small press comic books are feeling the pinch as Diamond Comic Distributors who distributes English-language comic books will only distribute the title if the minimum advance order from comic books is $2500. The previous minimum was $1500. At least one publisher, A Wave Blue World, will be offering the individual comic books online for free and then sell a collected edition. Let’s hope that the free seeds bear rich fruit for small print publishers.
- Neil Gaiman was awarded the Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book. The Newbery recognizes the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature and is considered to be one of the most prestigious literary awards in the business. The Newbery has been under fire for not recognizing books accessible to the intended audience: children.
- There is a new graphic novel out that retraces the election. It looks to be of a decidedly liberal bent. I wish it had come out at Christmas time. It would have been an awesome Christmas gift.