The Book Scoop: Negative Reviews, Faster Books and DreamWorks


Here’s the weekly round-up of bookish news and articles that I found interesting. And it’s barely more than the first scoop of what’s available out there.

Smart People Discuss the Relevance of Negative Reviews
I’ve seen a few bloggers discuss whether there is a place for negative reviews. Are they still necessary in a world where there is something for everybody? Is it a waste of time? It’s certainly an interesting topic, and two smart people with the New York Times discuss the purpose of a negative review. They also link to some sources that have spoken up on this issue. It’s certainly worth checking out.

Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Has Critics
Last week, Amazon created their list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. When the news first broke of this list, people noted the variety of the books that made it. It wasn’t all classics, to be sure. Any such list is of course subjective. I suppose that this was such news as to make a CNN opinion article, discussing the merits of such a list. Was the list simply created to help boost sales? Probably, it is Amazon after all.

Oyster Adds Disney Publishing Titles
Oyster is growing its selection with the addition of Disney Publishing titles to their collection. It adds stories of Mickey Mouse and Phineas & Ferb to their Netflix-style business model. This likely increases the enticement to families to get a subscription as their kids can devour books without having to buy each title or make too many trips to the library. Hopefully this will encourage kids to read more!

We’re Impatient and the Publishing Industry Recognizes It
I was wondering why so many books were coming out so fast. I remember having to wait an entire year or more for the next installment in a series. As it turns out, it wasn’t just me becoming completely forgetful and that it is actually the case. To meet with this instant gratification trend, publishers are releasing installments of series in quick fashion. I imagine that this probably helps to keep people with a series. I’m not complaining about this trend, but I do wonder about the impact of a quick product turnaround.

Studio Behind Shrek to Launch Publishing Unit
DreamWorks Animation studio is behind Shrek and Kung Fu Panda will be taking their franchises into the book world with the launch of their new publishing unit. The studio has also acquired Classic Media library and Awesomeness TV network, which will contribute to the material produced by this publishing unit. They are joining the Perseus’ Publishers Group West.

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