Amazon Announces Its Best Books of the Year 2012

Amazon Announces Its Best Books of the Year 2012

News by Dean Fetzer November 14, 2012
In its annual feature, the book giant has listed its editors’ picks for the top 100 Best Books of the Year, as well as Top 10 lists in more than 24 categories.

The Bottom Of The Barrel: The 10 Worst-Ranked Books On Amazon

Column by Dave Reuss September 14, 2012
If there are winners, there are bound to be losers.
Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books In DNA

Better Than An eReader: Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books In DNA

News by Dave Reuss August 21, 2012
If you thought the font was small on the Nook, you're in for a bad time...
Author Humiliates Lazy Student Online, Creates Great Buzz

Author Humiliates Lazy Student Online, Creates Great Buzz

News by John Jarzemsky August 14, 2012
Author DC Pierson has responded to a student attempting to get out of reading his debut novel on a Yahoo! message board.

Your Publisher Has Folded...Now What?

Column by Brandon Tietz July 12, 2012
Book deals are signed all the time, but what do you do when your publishing contract is cancelled? LitReactor examines such a case.
Tricking Tweens Into Reading Classics

Lipstick On Literary Pigs: Tricking Tweens Into Reading Classics

News by Dave Reuss June 28, 2012
In an effort to fool children into reading classic literature, old books get sexy new covers.
The Top 88 Books That Shaped America

The Top 88: Library of Congress Announces Its List Of 'Books That Shaped America'

News by Dave Reuss June 22, 2012
The Library of Congress just released the list — how many have you read?
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Can't Remember The Title Or Author Of A Cherished Book? Maybe This Website Can Help...

News by Rob Hart June 21, 2012
A community forum at LiveJournal seeks to help reunite people with the books they've lost. You post details you can remember, and users try and help figure out the original title and author.

Book Readings: Bar vs. Bookstore

Column by Brandon Tietz June 15, 2012
Two readings: one book store, one bar. Which was better? Well, it depends on if you prefer alcohol or silence more.
Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Announced

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Announced

News by Kimberly Turner June 5, 2012
Oprah announced a new version of her bestseller-making book club on Monday with the selection of 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed (aka "Dear Sugar" advice columnist). Publishers and your mom rejoice.
Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society

Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society (aka Books & Boobs)

News by Kimberly Turner May 30, 2012
Dedicated to "keeping reading sexy," NYC’s Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society is a group of women who get together to enjoy good books and exercise their right to go topless in public.
Amazon announces the most well-read cities

Literate Locations: Amazon Announces The Most Well-Read Cities

News by Dave Reuss May 16, 2012
The list is out. Did your town make it in?
Rolling Words Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg, Author of "Book," Wants You To Roll It Up And Smoke It

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen April 6, 2012
For many of us, the idea of ripping pages from a book is sacrilege. For Snoop Dogg, it's the goal--because his new book, called 'Rolling Words,' is made of, well...I'll let you guess.
Bowling Ball Books

Artists' Project Creates Books That Are Unreadable Murder Weapons

News by Rob Hart March 28, 2012
Los Angeles-based artist Eddy Sykes is creating book sculptures out of old bowling balls. They look very cool.
Lord of the Flies cover contest

'Lord Of The Flies' is Getting a Makeover, Courtesy of Actual Teenagers

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 28, 2012
Faber & Faber let teens try their hand at Designing the new cover for William Golding's 'Lord Of The Flies'. Turns out, they ain't half bad!

They Do Not Move: Why Boredom is No Excuse

Column by Jack Joslin February 23, 2012
Can boredom be a useful part of reading?
Book Giveaway: 'Wild Thing' by Josh Bazell

Book Giveaway: 'Wild Thing' by Josh Bazell

News by Joshua Chaplinsky February 6, 2012
LitReactor is giving away two copies of 'Beat The Reaper' sequel 'Wild Thing' by Josh Bazell, courtesy of Reagan Arthur Books.

The Girlie Show: Are Literary Women Finally Getting The Recognition They Deserve?

Column by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 3, 2012
In 2010, a series of infographics reminded the literary and publishing world how male-dominated the industry is. Does the success of books written by and featuring females in 2011 change all that?
Ken Kesey statue in Eugene, OR

Another Literary Birthday: 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' Is 50, Too

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen February 2, 2012
'A Wrinkle In Time' isn't the only book that's turning 50 this year. Ken Kesey's iconic 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' is having an anniversary, too. It, however, is not going on a blog tour.
World Book Night 2012

Spread Your Love Of Books On April 23 During 'World Book Night'

News by Rob Hart January 31, 2012
World Book Night was held in the United Kingdom last year--and it was such a success, the program has been moved to the United States, with the goal of giving out 1 million books.
Flame Alphabet Giveaway

'The Flame Alphabet' Book Giveaway Winners

News by Joshua Chaplinsky January 18, 2012
LitReactor is giving away two copies of 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus, courtesy of Knopf. Here are your winners.
A British publisher wants to make parts of 'Mein Kampf' available to Germany

Publisher Bringing 'Mein Kampf' Back To German Readers

News by Rob Hart January 17, 2012
A British publisher wants to print excerpts of 'Mein Kampf' in Germany, even though the book is banned there. He believes doing so will dispel some of the 'black magic' surrounding the book.

Can't Everyone In The Publishing Industry Just Get Along?

Column by Rob Hart January 16, 2012
We spend a lot of time arguing over what's better--print vs. eBooks, traditional vs. self-publishing, indies vs. Amazon--but can't we just agree that both sides have their benefits?

ATTACKED! One Writer's Response to Criticism

Column by Ed Sikov January 13, 2012
Writers love to dish it out, but can they take it? Ed Sikov tells the tale of a writer scorned and the dropping of the other shoe. How do YOU deal with criticism?
'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus

Book Giveaway: 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus

News by Joshua Chaplinsky January 13, 2012
LitReactor is giving away two copies of 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus, courtesy of Knopf.