In other scant news this week, Huffington Post poses an alarming question - Could Selling A Used Book Become Illegal? Granted, the case they present is a tad squeaky - a student seems to have made quite a bit of money selling used foreign editions of textbooks to US students, but still 1) why is it not enough for publishers to get paid once per book? and 2) what about sites like Fishpond, which many of us have been using to buy Aussie books? Are those illegal too?
This is not only a holiday season, but a book awards season as well. Morris announced its finalists the other day. (This award honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.) Unlike with the National Book Awards finalists this year, we actually have read and liked some of these books (3 out of 5!).
"24 year old Jimmy Hailler is camping out in my head. It’s not just his story, but a bit of a four hander and it will definitely be an adult one rather than YA. It’s interesting that I didn’t know where Jimmy and his life was until I played with circumstances in Froi and Quintana’s life."
Did you ever suspect that ALL popular YA is essentially fanfiction? Book Riot has developed a (conspiracy) theory.
And now, the rest of the news that can be grouped due to their relative smuttiness:
The Bad Sex Award Winner 2012 was announced. (Feel free to enjoy multiple gems at the end of the article, in a slide show).
E. L. James was named PW's Publishing Person of the Year. Haha. It's unclear if anyone benefited from something as unsavory as refurbished fanfiction quite as handsomely as James. But we are more interested in having a bit of fun instead of celebrating James' "achievements: