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Online Supersleuths

Friday, July 11, 2014

There's an estimated 40,000 unidentified human remains in the United States. When writer Deborah Halber heard this figure, she did some research and discovered a thriving community of internet sleuths who spend hours trying to attach names to these John and Jane Does. Brooke speaks to Halber about her new book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases.

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A Comics Artist Is Taking On Amazon

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Artist Anders Nilsen wades into the increasingly public dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

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France Outlaws Free Shipping On Books Bought Online

Friday, June 27, 2014

France's parliament passed a law this week that's been nicknamed "The Anti-Amazon Law." 

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Pulp Non-Fiction

Friday, June 27, 2014

‘Tis the season to update those summer reading lists. If you’re in the mood for a certain kind of deep intrigue, you can always add some True Crimeyou know, the glossy paperbacks full of crime, punishment, and ordinary people behaving badly that decorate the supermarket checkout aisle. But don’t let those foil covers fool you, says Salon senior writer Laura Miller, much True Crime rises above mere pulp. Bob speaks to Miller about why she defends True Crime.

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Amazon Says It is Delaying Your Book Orders To Better Serve You

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Of all the ways to defend its tactics in its battle with the publisher Hachette, framing them as customer service feels like the least convincing one.

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Bad Campaign Memoirs

Friday, April 25, 2014

It used to be that politicians' lives were recounted after their careers, by professional biographers. Today, writing a memoir has become de rigueur for political aspirants looking to garner votes. Manoush speaks with Politico's Casey Cep, who says these books amount to little more than press releases that consistently fall flat.

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The Future of Oral History Projects

Friday, January 31, 2014

Brooke speaks with Jack Dunn, the Director of the Boston College News and Public Affairs office about what Boston College has done to protect the tapes from the Belfast Project and the future of academic oral history projects.  

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The Myth of 'Blue Monday,' The Campaign for Creationism, and a Lying Cyborg Telemarketer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Journalists converge on two of their favorite wintertime topics, extreme weather and 'Blue Monday.' The FBI re-brands itself and much more.

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Amazon’s War on Bigfoot Erotica

Friday, December 27, 2013

Not sure how I missed this last week, but there’s a nice piece by Eric Spitznagel about how monster erotica writers are struggling in the wake of a crackdown on their work by Amazon. 

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The Digital Bible

Friday, November 22, 2013

The best selling book of all time is going digital. As a successful mini-series and downloadable app, the Bible seems to be as popular as ever. Brooke speaks with writer Thomas Larson about the importance of the spoken Word and the effect of new media on its "holiness".

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Amazon Would Like Independent Bookstores To Sell Kindles

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Amazon announced a new program this week for independent booksellers. The deal: bookstores sell Kindles, and Amazon gives them a small cut of the sale plus commission on the buyers' first two years of eBook purchases.

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Technology Making Us "Smarter Than You Think"

Friday, September 20, 2013

With every advance in technology, skeptics lament the loss of a more meaningful and simpler time, arguing that attention spans are shrinking and critical thinking is corroding. But in his new book, Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better, journalist Clive Thompson offers a different take. Brooke talks with Thompson about how all of the YouTube videos, blogs, Twitter feeds, Wikipedia pages – from the mundane to the informative – have produced a unique human intelligence. 

Brad Mehldau - Blackbird

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Book Country

Friday, September 06, 2013

Book Country is a website from Penguin Random House that enables thousands of amateur writers to exchange manuscripts and notes. Some even go on to get their work published. It's like an online MFA program from the comfort of your laptop. Bob speaks to Molly Barton the Global Digital Director for Penguin at Penguin Random House, and Carl E. Reed, an active Book Country user, about the site.

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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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Publishing: Adapt or Die

Friday, November 23, 2012

An update of On the Media's annual look at the publishing industry that originally aired in April, including fears of Amazon becoming a monopoly and the little publishing house standing up to it, a Pulitzer snub for fiction, and the problem of knock-off books.

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No Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Friday, November 23, 2012

This year, for the first time in 35 years, there was no Pulitzer Prize awarded for fiction.  Was it a bad year for novels? Is the Pulitzer selection process broken? Is it a dire sign of things to come for the fiction industry?  Author, Salon senior writer and past Pulitzer fiction judge Laura Miller explains to Bob which way to read the Pulitzer’s non-award.

Papa Razzi and the Photogs - I Like the Books of Jane Austen

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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 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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