In 2008, Karam Youssef established Kotob Khan Publishing to bring out a single book: a collection produced by participants in a creative-writing workshop. The workshop, run by poet and novelist Yasser Abdellatif, was one of several hosted by Youssef’s newly opened Cairo bookshop.
If you love old movies, books and music, you’ll be pleased to know that a very large collection of copyrighted content has entered public domain, allowing you to adapt or adopt — or simply enjoy — them for your own creative purposes.
During his career in the publishing industry, Brigham Young University graduate David Miles saw that many of the books he was helping distribute were out of reach for those who needed them the most — so he and his wife, Stephanie, decided to do something about it.
Author Seth McDuffee will never forget when his novel briefly surpassed The Martian as the top-selling book on Amazon’s humorous science fiction category in mid-December. This was no small feat considering Andy Weir’s novel has lingered around countless bestseller lists since his book was adapted into the hit film of the same name in 2015. McDuffee owes much of his literary success to Reddit, where he cultivated and marketed the story that would become Good Boy, the tale of a loud-mouthed, quick-witted so-and-so who dies during a zombie apocalypse.
First opened in Tokyo in 1927, the Japanese bookstore soon became a beloved brand, importing English-language books to its small Japan shop. Eventually it expanded across Asia and the United States, launching offshoots in San Francisco (1969), New York (1981), near Rockefeller Center, and more geared toward Japanese expats and visitors.
Much has been written about the struggles of music journalists in an ever-shrinking media landscape. A recent Longreads article called “Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone?” offered a typically grim roll call of publications that have either discontinued their print edition or shuttered entirely: Blender, Harp, Spin, URB, Paste, to name a few. At the local level, the outlook is even bleaker, with major alt-weeklies closing up shop and others gutting their staffs, budgets and page counts. And the ranks of music blogs, once major voices in new music coverage, have thinned since their mid-2000s peak.
For many students, this week saw the end of the Christmas break and a return to school. However, one school in Illinois, US, has taken a novel and eye-catching approach to motivating its students in the new year.
About 1,000 years ago, a woman in Germany died and was buried in an unmarked grave in a church cemetery. No record of her life survived, and no historian had reason to wonder who she was. But when modern scientists examined her dug-up remains, they discovered something peculiar — brilliant blue flecks in the tartar on her teeth.
And that has cast new light on the role of women and art in medieval Europe.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced that it collected approximately 1.2 million books during its 2018 Holiday Book Drive program. The books are being donated to more than 630 local charities across the country that provide services to children.
As our networked devices ping with global stories told from multiple perspectives, there’s a risk that certain voices might be drowned out – or lost completely in the noise. How do you maintain the storytelling traditions and the spoken literature of an oral culture in the digital era?