Posts tagged ‘New York Times’

Latest Book Club Titles

Just released on April 1, these brand new book club titles are perfect for your next reading group meeting:


Used Books: The Royalty Controversy

Half Price Books in downtown Berkeley, California.

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By Mandy Webster

Discount books. We all love to get a deal, especially on a good read. Some of the best deals can be found at rummage sales, online resellers like eBay and and in used bookstores. Chains like Half Price Books purchase used books for next to nothing and resell them at a price that is usually quite affordable to the general public.

However, many authors are unhappy with the fact that they earn no royalties from the re-sale of their books. To some, this is the Napster Limewire of the book world.

As with any controversy, there are two sides to this debate. Personally, I can understand the concerns of individuals on both sides. As a writer, I can understand why authors will wish to be properly compensated for their work. But a writer’s work is art. Unless, of course, they work in the corporate world, where they are paid by the hour and have no rights to the work produced while on the clock. Read more…

Book Review: It’s a Book! by Lane Smith

Cover of "It's a Book"

Cover of It's a Book

By Mandy Webster

It’s a Book! Lane Smith. Roaring Book Press.

After a mention by Kelly Rippa on Live with Regis and Kelly, Lane Smith’s children’s book entitled, It’s a Book! hit the NY Times Bestseller List and got stuck there.

This is a great read for those kids who have forgotten what a real book is all about in this digital age. I’m a bit of a bibliophile myself, so I love this book!

Sure, I love my technology, but I also love the feel of a real book in my hands. The turning of the pages, the  smell of the paper… No one can ever convince me that the book will become extinct, at least not in my lifetime. And, I hope my kids grow to love books as much as I do so humans can enjoy this Earthly, ethereal experience for generations to come. Read more…

Book Review: Tantalize

A Nine-banded Armadillo in the Green Swamp, ce...

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By Mandy Webster

Tantalize. Cynthia Leitich Smith. Candlewick, 2007, 2008

Cynthia Leitich Smith obviously read too many Twilight books (and possibly Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) before writing her YA gothic fantasy novel, Tantalize. The parallels between these stories are too apparent for this to be a fluke. If I hadn’t already suffered through two and a half of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire/werewolf tomes, I might have been able to take Smith seriously. But, by the time she began introducing were-armadillos into the story, I was through. Were-armadillos? Seriously? That’s when I gave up and returned Tantalize to the library. Read more…