Weekend Links – Piles of Books

The Write 4 Kids blog links to Publishers Weekly’s list of top-selling children’s books. The names are mostly the same for both print and eBooks, which leads them to the question: are digital books really hurting print sales, or are they just extending them?

And speaking of kid’s books… As you may know, I wrote my own review for the hilarious picture book, Beauty and the Squat Bears. I enjoyed it, but I’m not a kid. So how do kids feel about this book? Manga Bookshelf found out when Melinda Beasi’s 7-year-old niece, Jia Li, posted her own thoughts.

Going back to what seems to be my regular topic of Japan, Shelf Awareness gives a Japanese reading list. The books on the list are meant to help readers better understand the nation that is currently having such a hard time of it. Also, it has unfortunately and inevitably added more books to my “To Read” list. Sigh.

Also on Japan, Tony Yao of Manga Therapy looks at how manga magazine publishers, like Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump and several Kodansha magazines, are publishing there magazines online for the Japanese readers who are incapable of getting themselves the current issue. This of course begs the question, will this be a model Japanese publishers will follow in the future? It also causes me to wonder if this will be a way for the Japanese publishers to legally give digital manga to American fans by offering their own translations.

Finally, A Game of Thrones will be on HBO soon. It’s based of a fantastic fantasy series, that somehow not everyone in the universe reads. On a Topless Robot Daily List, Sean T. Collins gives the 10 Reasons Why You Should Read George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. I’d give my own recommendations for the book at its sequels, but my feelings for them are so intense all I can usually say is “It’s good. Read it. READ IT.” Sean T. Collins is much more eloquent.


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