Books & Reviews

Sunday, 25 January 2015

’Saint Odd’ debuts at top spot on US bestsellers list

2015-01-25 The final book in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series, “Saint Odd”, shot straight to the top of the US bestseller list on Thursday, pushing Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See” into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores,...

Book on Sonia Gandhi finally released in India

2015-01-25 ONCE again, Sonia Gandhi is on the front page in India. But this time the reclusive politician – one of the world’s most powerful women – isn’t plastered across the country’s raucous newspapers. Rather, she is on the cover of a “fictionalised...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

’All the Light We Cannot See’ retains perch atop bestsellers list

2015-01-18 WORLD War Two novel “All the Light We Cannot See” held on to the No 1 spot on the US bestseller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Amazon exec hopes for peace with publishers

2015-01-18 THE overseer of Amazon.com’s Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace. With a months-long standoff between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over e-book revenues settled and a multiyear agreement in place, Amazon senior vice president...

Crime writer Ruth Rendell ‘critical’ after stroke

2015-01-18 BRITISH crime writer Ruth Rendell, the author of more than 60 books in a career spanning five decades, was on Thursday in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a stroke, her publisher said. “She is in hospital under expert care in a...

Sunday, 11 January 2015

’All the Light We Cannot See’ claims top spot on bestseller list

2015-01-11 World War Two novel “All the Light We Cannot See” toppled John Grisham’s “Gray Mountain” from the top of the US best-seller list on Thursday after three weeks in the No 1 spot. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and...

China to publish Tibetan encyclopaedic dictionary

2015-01-11 CHINA plans to publish its first encyclopaedic dictionary of the Tibetan language beginning in late 2015, according to the China Ethnic Publishing House on Thursday. The dictionary includes 13 volumes, covering technology, medicine, phonology,...

Zuckerberg’s book club choice send sales rocketing

2015-01-11 FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (pic) decision to shift his “media diet towards reading books” with the launch of a Facebook reading group has had a “seismic” effect on the sales of the first title chosen for consideration . The End of Power is...

Sunday, 4 January 2015

‘Grey Mountain’ still at apex of bestseller list

2015-01-04 JOHN Grisham’s “Grey Mountain” ended the year with the top spot on the US bestseller list for the third week in a row on Wednesday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States...

Separated @ Birth tellstwin sisters’ reunion saga

2015-01-04 INFORMATION overload, privacy concerns, and identity theft are just some of the many reasons netizens have taken to swearing off social media platforms, be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. But it’s also easy to forget how social media can and has...

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Amazon’s best-selling holiday author

2014-12-21 Knock knock. Who’s there?  IT SOUNDS like the usual setup for a knock-knock joke: Who is the best-selling author on all of Amazon.com this holiday season? Rob Elliott. Rob Elliott who? Yet it’s no laughing matter for Rob Teigen, a father of five...

John Grisham’s ‘Gray Mountain’ climbs to top of best-seller list

2014-12-21 JOHN Grisham’s “Gray Mountain“ bounced James Patterson’s “Hope to Die” from the top of the US best-seller list on Thursday, pushing it into second place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

2014-12-21 ANOTHER major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com. Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed this week that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books. The deal will allow Macmillan to set prices for e-...

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Hachette tests book sales via Twitter

2014-12-14 Publishing giant Hachette said it was launching a test programme allowing consumers to purchase books on Twitter without leaving the messaging service. The French-owned group said it would work with the technology firm Gumroad to enable the...

Shaken to the core

2014-12-14 IT was 1964 and J Edgar Hoover’s FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) obviously had a reputation to maintain – did it want to be associated with a fictional spy who has “beautiful women presenting themselves to him in scandalous attire”? The...

Patterson’s ‘Hope to Die’ stays on top of bestseller list

2014-12-14 JAMES Patterson’s “Hope to Die” topped the US best-seller list on Thursday for the second consecutive week, ahead of John Grisham’s “Gray Mountain”. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across...

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Insights into the city

2014-12-07 Author: Kris WilliamsonGenre: Non-fictionPublisher: Fixi Novo MALAYSIAN publisher Fixi’s popular KL Noir series is completed this month with the release of this fourth and final volume. In Yellow, we are promised stories that are “sick and twisted...

‘Five-second rule’ newest addition to Oxford dictionary

2014-12-07 IN A sign that palates and culinary repertoires are becoming increasingly international, editors at Oxford Dictionaries have added a few foreign foods including arancini, carne asada and guanciale into their online database. In the latest...

James Patterson’s ‘Hope to Die’ debuts atop US best-seller list

2014-12-07 JAMES Patterson’s Hope to Die debuted at the top of the US bestsellers list on Thursday, pushing David Baldacci’s newest thriller, The Escape, into third place. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Strange Glimmerglass

2014-11-30 Author: Marly YoumansGenre: FictionPublisher: Mercer University Press FANTASY and myth mix with classic whodunit in Glimmerglass, the latest novel from poet and South Carolina native Marly Youmans. This is only detective fiction, though, in the...

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