Footnotes, July 2022: Book links from around the web
At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover: This website lets you read the first page of a book – if you’re hooked, click the reveal button to find out the title and author.
- Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort and his son-in-law Jared Kushner both have books out. Sparks are flying. Again.
- Inside the new trending gig economy: freelancers in Nigeria, and China are writing massive amounts of … Werewolf erotica for the US market.
- Want in? Here’s a course on how to write a werewolf bestseller.
- Speed reading has a cool new moniker – ‘Bionic Reading’ – but it’s still a scam.
- A storm is brewing: the four titans of corporate publishing are suing the Internet Archive for theft and ‘mass-scale copyright infringement’.
- Crypto bros want to reimagine books through the blockchain (because of course they do).
- Also, artificial intelligence programs are generating genre fiction now.
- Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk has been accused of classism and snobbery, after saying she writes her books ‘for intelligent people’ and that ‘literature is not for idiots’.
- Best job in the world? A luxury Maldives resort is hiring a ‘barefoot bookseller’ – applications are open for those wanting to escape to an island paradise surrounded by books for a year.
- Prince Harry has finished ‘writing’ his ‘juicy’ memoir, ie his ghostwriter has, and now everyone’s waiting for the big reveal: who’s in it??
- From heroin addiction to heroine addiction: How Jane Austen saved my life.
- Our brains are mush. Leading to multiple thinkpieces on how to fall back in love with reading. Maybe this one will work.
- And when you’re done reading that, take this quiz to find out which under-the-radar book you should read next.
- ‘DRM is bad news for our technological future’ – author Cory Doctorow explains why none of his books are available on Audible (and why Amazon owes him $3,218.55).
- This just in: the anti-ebook pearl-clutchers are right – reading on paper is linked to vastly superior achievement outcomes.
- Hey, we came across this tweet by someone we probably should have heard of, but hadn’t until that moment. *shrug emoji*
- And finally, the case of the acclaimed South African novel that ‘borrows’ from Samuel Beckett.
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