The Book Scoop: Nonsense, Hilary Clinton, and The Giver


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.

Apple CEO Calls Book ‘Nonsense’
A former Wall Street Journal reporter has written a book about Apple after interviewing past and current employees and business partners. It claims that the best days of the technology company’s best days are behind it. CEO Tim Cook denounces the book as ‘nonsense’ and that it fails to capture the true spirit of the company as well as anyone else associated with the company. Nonetheless, I expect that there will be plenty interested in reading this book to learn more about this illustrious company.

The Trailer for The Giver is Released and Some People Aren’t Happy
I have long given up hope that any movie adaptation of a thoughtful novel will likely end in huge deviations from the book’s original plot. I have learned to sever any memories of the book when going into its movie; they are two very separate mediums and different plots and purposes. Viewing the movies with that separation really eases the heartache when the movie butchers the canon. So, as to be expected, lovers of Lois Lowry’s The Giver are disappointed with the trailer for its movie. The movie has gone through quite the ringer in getting made and funded, and while now it will be released, it has taken on the feel of the wash of young adult dystopia movies. I find this very unfortunate. The Giver is a classic and it’s a little shameful that it has to be commercialized (the movie is all in color, instead of mimicking the main character’s color-blindness). It’s time to once again separate the movie from the book.

Hilary Clinton Could Name Book ‘Bossy Pantsuit’
Well, that’s highly unlikely, but in a recent speech at the Association of American Publishers’ annual meeting in New York, Hilary Clinton joked about some of the possibilities of the title of her book. There is a Washington Post contest where anyone can suggest names for her upcoming book slated to be released in June. Some of the suggestions are awesome. Her (and mine) favorite: “The Scrunchie Chronicles: 112 Countries and It’s Still All About My Hair.” Take that.

Are Books Losing the War with Technology?
I found this article, and I actually really disagree with it. But as someone who actually spends hours each week working on a blog that solely focuses on books, I think it’s safe to say that I am a bit biased. The author of this article in The Washington Post believes that books are threatened by technology. Our phones, computers, and televisions demand our attention to the point that books lose their appeal or don’t get the attention that they deserve. The author provides different mitigation strategies, but I’m not so entirely convinced that books are threatened in the first place.

What do you think?

  • Steph says:

    I agree with your note about the Giver and the two mediums. I loved the book and will see the movie but I do not expect it to have the same impact.

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