Here’s something that may interest Haruki Murakami fans: Knopf Doubleday just put up the book trailer for “1Q84”, Murakami’s latest book.
While I don’t think I’ll be getting an ebook reader anytime soon, I have been known to patronize the format every now and then, mostly if they’re in the public domain and available on Project Gutenberg. Which is why it’s quite sad to hear about the death of its founder, Michael Hart. (Source)
We all know that reading is good for you and that it helps you understand other points of view and empathize with people. But did we really need to have a group of scientists tell us about it? Researchers at the University of Buffalo say that “reading fiction improves empathy”. In other news, the sky is blue. (Source)
Finally, The Guardian has a great essay about the current rise in popularity of the Bronte sisters. I, for one, think it is because the new Jane Eyre adapatation has Michael Fassbender in it. And if by some weird reason you don’t know who Michael Fassbender is, check him out under the cut. (Source)
Here’s the trailer for Daniel Radcliffe’s newest movie, “The Woman In Black”. The movie is based on Susan Hill’s 1983 novel of the same name. This isn’t the first time that the novel has been adapted to another medium; there’s a 1987 theayer version by Nigel Kneale that is still being staged today.
Has anyone of my readers gotten their Pottermore email yet? Because my owl seems to have disappeared somewhere in the vastness of the internet. I am jealous of all the people who’ve already experienced what it’s like inside. Tidbits from The Guardian and Snitchseeker just ain’t cutting it anymore. (Source 1, Source 2)
And since we’re talking about the Snitchseeker anyway, I hope you guys know that they’re giving away a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter. They don’t usually ship the letter outside of the States, and the contest rules are ridiculously easy, so go ahead and test your luck! (Source)
The Register is reporting that the ebook versions of the “Harry Potter” series will be bundled with Sony’ newest e-readers. (Source)
Yet another Potter-related item: a print-on-demand group called PublishAmerica is threatening to sue J. K. Rowling for defamation, because she put out a press release denying that she had any relationship with group. Why’d she have to do that in the first place? Because PublishAmerica sent out a letter to its clients claiming that they could have J. K. Rowling comment on their books for a fee of $49. The whole story is over at the Writer Beware blog. (Source)
Today in book banning news: A Virginia school board has removed “A Study in Scarlet” from a sixth-grade reading list because a parent complained it was anti-Mormon. Not to worry — those kids can always download it from Project Gutenberg anyway. (Source 1, Source 2)
Finally, National Book Store is bringing Nicholas Sparks to the country this October! Sparks will be in the country for a book signing tour, but so far that is the only detail that National Book Store has ironed out. I haven’t read a Nicholas Sparks novel ever (I know), but I will admit to crying while watching “A Walk to Remember”. I may have even perused some fanfic. (Source)
I’m a twentysomething who loves reading books, whether they’re good or bad. I started out stealing books; now I review them.