According to BookNet Canada, we now know what the average book buyer looks like. Am I going to tell you here? Nope. I can say that they are of a female persuasion…
Fake rage over. Shakespeare is 400 years old so let’s give his stories a facelift. I’m excited by the list of authors so far (Gillian Flynn, Margaret Atwood, Jo Nesbø and Jeanette Winterson) and laughed at some of CBC’s suggestions (E. L. James writing Othello) while giddily praying some were true (George R. R. Martin writing Macbeth). Bring on the revamped Shakey!
Another author to voice their opinion on this issue but this author is the YA prophet, John Green. I’ve got nothing against the guy and haven’t read his books aside from the very popular, The Fault In Our Stars, but if Green made a statement about e coli, the media would jump on it like a dog in heat. Or a superhero fanatic on advance tickets to the Avengers sequel. You get the idea.
Game of Thrones series editor, Anne Groell, hinted that there might be 8 instead of 7 books in the series. That’s all well and good but how about we get those original 7 done first, yes?
A lot of it. 1.5 million in 24 hours if we’re going to get specific. It is all for the children.
Still sad it wasn’t called Random Penguin…
BEA 2014 + BookCon
This past weekend was a whirl wind of books over at BEA 2014:
- The numbers are in! Attendance of professionals was down 1% but BookCon attracted 10,000 human bodies.
- Not everyone was a fan of BookCon. Quite a few weren’t actually.
- The #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel at BookCon was a smash success and new initiatives were announced. The campaign isn’t over!
- Speaking of diversity in publishing, there was another diversity panel at BookCon. Yippy!
- A panel at BEA discusses the disparity of the genders in the industry. Boo to boy books/girl books.
- There was talk of technology and books.
- Amazon/Hachette battle dominated the water cooler talk.