Just Browsing for September.20.2013

Just Browsing for September.20.2013

news on writing, publishing, and books from around the web…

+ Book agent and longtime industry presence Janet Kobobel Grant asks, Does it make sense to publish digital only?

+ A book that Time Magazine once named one of the Top 100 English language novels of all time was just banned by a North Carolina School Board for a lack of “literary value.”

+ Speaking of banned books, did you know that Banned Books Week is a thing? It is, and it starts on Sunday

+ The smart folks at Think Traffic offer up 10 Ways to Become a Better Writer.

+ Did you miss the finalists for the 2013 National Book Awards? Here are the ten finalists for fiction and nonfiction, along with the cover art for each book.

+ Ever listened to Sting and wondered about his favorite authors and books? Wonder no more.

+ If you’re looking for a way to fund the completion of your book through pre-sales AND potentially catch the eye of a publisher in the process, apply here to be a part of the CrowdScribed launch happening next month.

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  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    Brian, I’d say that the word “banned” is not quite correct here. Other nations have truly banned books, removing the ability of citizens to read them, either by making it illegal to possess or own such books, and destroying existing copies.
    In this case, a school district has removed this book for school libraries, saying it doesn’t belong in their schools. People can still get the book from city libraries, or by purchasing the book from bookstores or online retailers. Nobody is going to get arrested for possessing a copy. Police cannot invade your house and burn any copies they find. I don’t think this qualifies as a “banning.”

  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    Additionally, the complaint about the book was originally from a parent, concerned that the sexual content, as well as the harsh language, was inappropriate for kids. So it wasn’t just about the book’s alleged lack of “literary value”