Happy Thursday, all. This week has seen me immersed in #97 of the TIME 100 Novels - the 700 page epic A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring by Anthony Powell. The beauty of this reading challenge is the great exposure it provides to books that wouldn't otherwise be on my radar. As someone who LOVES the old classics, the TIME list is also a brilliant guide to more contemporary novels. Fortunately, now that I'm coming to the end of #97, I've managed to pull myself away for long enough to write this post!
'Amazon Accused of Big Brother Tactics Over Customer Reviews' by David Barnett (The Guardian)
Amazon has stepped up its monitoring of customer reviews in an effort to stamp out personal interest. The website is now watching for interactions of reviewers with authors on social media sites and using this as a reason to remove reviews on the basis of 'eligibility'. This is a problematic development for fans of books - if you want to contact the author, subsequent reviews of their books on Amazon may be banned on account of your 'personal relationship'. A change.org petition has been launched against Amazon's latest monitoring tactic.
'Netflix-Like Book Services Would Be Happy if You Read Less' by Davey Alba (Wired)
This article is a great dissection of the e-book subscription services, growing in popularity. The various platforms offering this sort of service are continuously evolving as lessons regarding reading habits are learned. Read this article to learn a little more about upcoming changes.
'Top Writing Tips for New Children's Authors from Top Editors' (The Guardian)
Are you a budding children's author? This article offers advice from 6 top children's books editors. A worthy read for anyone with an interest in the writing process and those techniques specific to writing books for children.
Writing Change: Words in Time of Conflict and Transition - 25 July 2015 (British Library)
As a student of human rights, I'm obviously interested in any place where my interests coincide. This discussion about the role of literature in conflict promises to be an interesting evening to consider the place of novels in times of great upheaval.
Literary Emporium (Etsy)
I am utterly obsessed with this shop. It has a fantastic array of literary-themed delights - notebooks, jewellery, and postcards, to name a few. If you're looking for a gift for a fellow bibliophile (or want to treat yourself), this should be your first stop!
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