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The Story of Pottermore

Friday, November 23, 2012

Michael Shatzkin, publishing futurist, tells us the story of Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's one-woman attempt to challenge the mighty Amazon.

Harry and The Potters - This Book is So Awesome

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Studio 360

Jaron Lanier: You Are Not a Network

Friday, November 23, 2012

Jaron Lanier is a pioneering computer scientist, a creator of virtual reality, a musician, and the author of You Are Not a Gadget, which takes a skeptical view of the role we have given technology in our lives. Lanier worries that it discourages originality and uniqueness in the generation ...

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On The Media

How Publishing and Reading Are Changing

Friday, November 23, 2012

Publishers are trying to adapt as the book industry changes dramatically, and they're doing so in the face of rapidly changing reading habits among consumers. Brooke talks to journalist David Streitfeld and publishing industry analyst Mike Shatzkin about the changing reading landscape and the ongoing war for readers’ attention.

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On The Media

Life After Publishers

Friday, November 23, 2012

As a newly minted editorial assistant at Norton, writer Tom Bissell was able to resuscitate an out-of-print novel called Desperate Characters by Paula Fox. In Bissell's new book, Magic Hours, he wrote about how, paradoxically, that experience shook his faith in publishing. Brooke talks Bissell about whether we as readers will miss the publishing industry, imperfect as it is, if it disappears.

Julian Smith - I'm Reading A Book

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On The Media

The Problem of Knock-Off Books

Friday, November 23, 2012

Buying a cheap knock-off is not just a problem with watches and hand bags—if you go onto Amazon's website to buy the latest bestseller, you might accidentally end up with an imitation book. Bob speaks to Fortune senior editor Stephen Gandel, who looked into the knock offs on Amazon, and found a number of books that he says were clearly meant to confuse people by trading off of more popular titles.

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On The Media

Is Amazon A New Monopoly?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Without the ability to work together, industry watchers say the 'Big 6' publishers won’t be able to stop Amazon from pricing books as the company sees fit. Brooke speaks with Barry C. Lynn, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, who believes that the DOJ decision opens the door to an Amazonian monopoly in the book industry.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Video: Questions for Tom Wolfe

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and the new novel Back to Blood sings a little, praises Michael Lewis, and cringes at the word issues.

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The Takeaway

'The Patriarch': The Complicated Legacy of Joseph P. Kennedy

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Joseph P. Kennedy, the powerful patriarch of the Kennedy dynasty, died in 1969, but the legacy he left behind has continued to fascinate, and puzzle, historians as well as his own descendants. David Nasaw cuts through the myth surrounding the elder statesman in his new biography, "The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy."

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The Takeaway

'Art of Betrayal' Reveals the Secrets of the MI6

Friday, November 09, 2012

As Daniel Craig storms the screen as James Bond in "Skyfall" this weekend, MI6, the British Secret Service, is once again on America's mind. Gordon Corera reveals the secret history of MI6 from World War II to the present in his new book, "The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6." 

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Here's The Thing

Andrew McCarthy

Monday, November 05, 2012

Most people know Andrew McCarthy for his roles in "St. Elmo’s Fire" and "Pretty in Pink" as a member of the Brat Pack, but those movies were only one stop on Andrew McCarthy’s journey.

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Features

Penguin, Random House Announce Merger

Monday, October 29, 2012

German media company Bertelsmann will own 53 percent of the new firm, Penguin Random House; Pearson, which owns Penguin, will control the rest. The merger, subject to regulatory approval, is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2013.

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Studio 360

Paul Elie: Reinventing Bach

Friday, October 26, 2012

In the new book Reinventing Bach, Paul Elie explores how performers and recording artists of the last century — including organist Albert Schweitzer, pianist Glenn Gould, and cellist Pablo Casals — kept teasing out the new in Bach's 300-year-old music. Bach left room for ...

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WNYC News

'Take This Job And Planet!': Why Clark Kent Quit His Day Job

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Now that Clark Kent's abandoning print journalism for the web, our comics blogger ruminates on the reasons for his decision, and wonders where it might lead.

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WNYC News

America's Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Young Americans are reading more than just status updates and 140-character tweets. A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that among 16- to 29-year-olds, 8 in 10 have read a book in the past year. That's compared with 7 in 10 among adults in general.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nick Hornby on the Reading Life

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nick Hornby talks about his popular column in the Believer magazine, which chronicles the books he’s read, bought, skimmed, and meant to read. His new book of essays, More Baths Less Talking, is about his encounters with the reading life.

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Studio 360

American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kurt Andersen follows the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discovers places in the Land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.

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Features

Thousands Line Up For Rare Rowling Appearance

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Long lines snaked around New York City Tuesday as J.K. Rowling made her only U.S. appearance promoting her new book for adults, The Casual Vacancy. NPR's Margot Adler reports that while the crowds were large, they were overjoyed to meet the woman who created Harry Potter.

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Studio 360

Why Do We Blush? and Other Scientific Mysteries

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What is antimatter? Why do we age? How do migrating animals find their way back home? These are some of the 75 questions answered in The Where, the Why, and the How. More than a technical Q&A, the answers in this book come from both scientists and artists. ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

October's Book: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

David Mitchell, two-time finalist for the Booker Prize, joins us to talk about his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas. The story is told through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, and written in a different style. Novelist Michael Chabon called it “not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too.”

If you have a question for David Mitchell, leave a comment below! 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Season: Books

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

James Hannaham, Village Voice book reviewer and author of God Says Noshares what books he's looking forward to this fall.

 

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