‘Shelf-help’ books set to fill publishers’ coffers in 2014 – So what’s the winning literary trend for 2014? According to this article by Vanessa Thorpe, it’s “shelf-help” books, which seem to be a clever repackaging of self-help books, but perhaps with a more philosophical bent. Thorpe points to the success of psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves, which was even chosen to be a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. It’s Grosz’s publisher (Vintage) that seems to have coined the new phrase, even releasing a series called “Shelf Help,” which includes books by Andrew Solomon, Julian Barnes, and others.
“There is a complementary trend too: for self-help in fiction. The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud prescribes Ernest Hemingway for a headache and Daphne du Maurier for low self-esteem. This guide grew out of the London-based School of Life’s bibliotherapy course, a session with a cross between a librarian and a therapist who compiles ‘an inspirational reading prescription that’s tailor-made for you.’ Berthoud and Elderkin describe fiction as ‘the purest and best form of bibliotherapy’.”The Guardian
Christmas Delivery Fiasco Shows Why Amazon Wants Its Own UPS – This makes perfect sense, especially when you consider that Prime membership is such a great deal in terms of winning customer loyalty. If Amazon had its own shipping arm, well, those conspiracy theories about world domination may just get some traction. *cue bad pun about timely delivery of the apocalypse*
“Jeff Bezos’s wild plan to deliver packages using drones has been way overhyped. But grocery delivery service Amazon Fresh is very real. Amazon isn’t depending on UPS or any other delivery service to get heads of lettuce and bundles of carrots to your door. It’s using its own trucks, driven by its own employees (or contractors). “Wired
More Proof That The Kindle Fire Is The Fruitcake Of Tablets – Although I bought a first generation Fire myself (precisely because I could not afford an iPad at the time), I can’t rebut the idea that Fire is still kind of a second-choice tablet. Which is too bad, because the new ones look pretty snazzy and are substantially less expensive than the iPad. But I did, in fact, encourage a friend to buy one for her niece this Christmas. Heh.
“Flurry, which measures mobile application analytics, says the Kindle Fire activations were up 24X on Christmas day versus a normal December day. (This is actually down compared to years past.)”Business Insider
As Winter Rolls In, One Critic Recalls ‘The Wind In The Willows’ – Here’s a blast from the literary past: New York Times Books Review editor Parul Sehgal writes eloquently about Kenneth Grahame’s early 20th century masterpiece, The Wind in the Willows. I dare you to read this post and not immediately indulge in a re-read.
“That brings me to the book’s most enchanting paradox. Winter finds us slumberous, cumbrous and bundled up, but we lean hardest on our books and friends in this season. We return, like Mole, to the essence of things.” NPR
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