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Weekly Roundup for 7/12/13


Every Friday, the Akashic team highlights industry news, reviews, and features from around the web. This week’s roundup comes to you from Akashic intern Melissa Bean!

The people over at Goodreads have complied an infographic about why people abandon books before the end. Are you the kind of person who has to finish a book once you start, it or are you a 100 pages-minus-your-age kind of person?

Whether you call it tongue-in-cheek humor or simply rude, a recent Buzzfeed list “28 ‘Favorite’ Books That Are Huge Red Flags” has gotten a slew of negative comments. GalleyCat has complied some of the angriest and funniest responses by readers.

Indie Publishing and indie Record labels have a lot in common: though they lack the size of the giant companies which dominate the literature and music industries, they have a personality and a drive that larger companies tend to lack. Flavorwire compares seven Indie Publishers to Indie Record labels.

The humor blog bent on giving books more accurate titles, Better Book Titles, turned 3 years old at the beginning of this month! Take some time and browse through to find gems like Eat Until You Feel Pretty (instead of The Very Hungry Caterpillar) or How I Met Your Mother (Oedipus Rex).

In 1963, Bruce McAllister, then sixteen years old, sent 150 authors a four-question survey about symbolism in their works. The Paris Review has compiled some of their responses, including those from Ayn Rand, Norman Mailer, and Saul Bellow.

In case you missed it: in the middle of Hyde Park there is now a giant statue of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy (from the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice which is hands-down the best adaptation of the book ever).

Spit Temple by Cecilia Vicuna, published by fellow Old American Can Factory publisher, Ugly Duckling Presse, has been Shortlisted for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation! Congrats Cecilia Vicuna and Ugly Duckling Presse!

Posted: Jul 12, 2013

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