From here & there

Boy, time flies, eh? Another week has whizzed by. Its time for that weekly culling of news & information from the world of books.

Online retailer Barnes & Noble has announced a textbook rental service for college campuses in the US. Barnes & Noble said books will rent for 42.5 percent of their original price, so a $100 book would cost $42.50 to rent for the entire term! Duh, you haven’t visited Avenue Road yet!

If nothing sells like sex & crime, Tamil pocket novels that cater to this genre are laughing their way to the bank every month. Full story here.

It appears that authors do not consider themselves brethren. Titled ‘Panditji’s Pundit’ here’s author Arvind Adiga’s article providing fodder to those who wish to attack Tharoor.

For those of you who feast on books about the Raj era, here’s a book that adds masala to the spice. Er, is it spice to the masala? Anyway. A new book, Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidante, is a non-fictional account of the intense friendship between Britain’s Queen Victoria and her Indian munshi. The book, which was brought out by Rupa in India, was released in the capital recently.
We think here’s a germ of an idea for companies in India selling breakfast cereal. Independent Irish firm The O’Brien Press has teamed up with cereal manufacturer Kellogg’s and bookseller Hughes & Hughes to encourage reading through a ‘Storytime’ promotion. Six books published by the press will be made available to readers for free, if they collect vouchers from packets of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. They can then be ordered and collected from any local Hughes & Hughes branch, where there will also be ‘Storytime’ author events.
Simon & Schuster imposing four-month delay on e-book versions of major upcoming releases. The company has announced that for around 35 of its major releases coming early next year, the e-book iterations won’t be out until four months after the physical releases!
So what were the trends of the year 2009 as far as books were concerned? Here’s a take on this.
We’ve saved the worst news for the last. Are books being banned on US-Canada flights? Flight safety being stretched to the limits, is what some folks would say.
See you next week! Cheers!
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