Jane Friedman, whose profitable and apparently joyous reign at HarperCollins abruptly ended this week, is not widely known to the general public. But the CEO's departure stunned, and saddened, an industry that regards her as the most energetic, optimistic and collegial of executives.
Jean Hannah Edelstein Says Don't put age ranges on children's books: "Because of this life-shaping experience - and a later one when another teacher went into a panic that I was losing my innocence when I was caught reading Les Miserables - I particularly welcomed the news that authors at the Hay festival last week banded together to protest about an outrageous scheme to print recommended age ranges on children's books.
Nate Anderson Says Libraries, foundations, and groups like the Internet Archive are arguably more interested in offering truly open access to resources, but without major funding from companies like Microsoft, will such projects remain viable in the long term?
If you're like me (and you know you want to be) you know what's best for children. Not just your children, but all children. Here's some more good folks just like me.
Parents: 'Burn Journals' Too Hot For School: Some parents in Lake County are complaining about a book they claim is too racy to be on the shelves of school libraries.
In today's Observer Review, Robert McCrum writes about the effect of the last decade on the world of books. On balance, he thinks change has served global literature well: "What's not in doubt is that it's a huge democratic moment: more people than ever before are being able to share their ideas and feelings with a global audience, and to engage in a vivid contemporary dialogue about the meaning of culture, in books, film, music, theatre and art."