Bookstore sales slipped 1% in October, to $799 million, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first 10 months of the year, bookstore sales were down 1.5%, to $10.89 billion, compared to the same period in 2012.

For the entire retail segment, October sales rose 4.7%, while sales for the first 10 months of 2013 were up 4.2%

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HarperCollins is releasing HarperCollins Unbound, a new, free app for Apple and Android smartphones that allows consumers to scan HarperCollins print books for additional digital content.

Amazon has officially launched the bundling program it announced in September, Kindle MatchBook. The program, which allows customers to buy e-book editions of print titles (already purchased, or about to be purchased) in a price range topping out at $2.99, is, Amazon said in an announcement today, now available for 70,000 titles. MatchBook, which is available for titles published as far back as 1995, was announced with only 10,000 titles enrolled.

"Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like – the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian ‘improving’ literature – you’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant."

Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love

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Alamogordo High School in New Mexico has “temporarily removed” Neil Gaiman’s novel “Neverwhere” from its courses after the mother of a sophomore student complained about “inappropriate content.”

“I reviewed the language personally. I can see where it could be considered offensive,” said Superintendent George Straface, who is reviewing the complaint. “The F-word is used. There is a description of a sexual encounter that is pretty descriptive, and it’s between a married man and a single woman.” 

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Parody on Funny or Die: The Giving Tree Movie Trailer

I posted a brief review of Tawny Taylor’s My Alpha Billionaire (1-4) on goodreads. When I invoke the name of Maurice Chevalier in a review, it’s never a good thing.

I posted a brief review of Tawny Taylor’s My Alpha Billionaire (1-4) on goodreads. When I invoke the name of Maurice Chevalier in a review, it’s never a good thing.

Check out my newest Heroes & Heartbreakers article: “Murky and Glorious Pasts: Authors Who Switch Genres.” I write about Julie Garwood, J.R. Ward, Meg Cabot, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, and Kate Cross. 

Check out my newest Heroes & Heartbreakers article: “Murky and Glorious Pasts: Authors Who Switch Genres.” I write about Julie Garwood, J.R. Ward, Meg Cabot, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, and Kate Cross.