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June 7, 2007

New Location

Filed under: AbeBooks,admin — by michael @ 9:30 am

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Blog Relocation

Filed under: AbeBooks,admin — by michael @ 8:42 am

If moving offices wasn’t enough excitement over the last weeks, we are also moving Reading Copy to a new home. Going forward this blog will be found at:

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Hopefully this will go smoothly for everyone, and see you on the other side.

June 6, 2007

Inside Random House

Filed under: books,news — by Richard Davies @ 8:21 am

The New York magazine takes a look inside Random House, which publishes 67 books every day. Its 33,000-book backlist provides 80% of the publisher’s profits – that’s Chris Anderson’s Long Tail theory in action.

Cormac McCarthy interview

Filed under: author,interview — by Richard Davies @ 8:16 am

Oprah interviewed Cormac McCarthy yesterday, the AP has the details. It’s only the 73-year-old’s third interview in his entire career.

June 5, 2007

Chuck Palahniuk interview

Filed under: author,interview — by Richard Davies @ 4:27 pm

In the past three weeks, I’ve done a crash course in Chuck Palahniuk in order to prepare for an interview with the author. I read Rant (his latest book) along with Choke and I’m just about to finish Survivor tonight.

The interview is now live on and the writer, famous for Fight Club, has much to say. Rabies, car crashing for fun, minimalist writing and why people faint at his readings are all covered. I found him to be an interesting man – very quietly spoken, but extremely measured and thoughtful in his answers.’s bestsellers in May

Filed under: AbeBooks,lists — by Richard Davies @ 11:34 am

As usual our bestselling books on during May were a mixed bunch. The Great Gatsby still in demand after all these years…..

1 The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

2 The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

3 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

4 The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien

5 Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth by Peter Kelder

6 Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart

7 God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens

8 The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden

9 The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

10 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Fahrenheit 451 misunderstood

Filed under: author,books,writing — by Richard Davies @ 9:53 am

Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 is not about censorship, according to LA Weekly.

Oprah goes for Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Filed under: author,books,news — by Richard Davies @ 9:32 am

Publisher PhotoOprah hasn’t said so yet but apparently her latest book club pick is Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex. It’s a book I haven’t read by my colleague Julie, who sits two yards away from me, says: “It’s a tough book to get into at the start but is good.”

There then followed an office debate about what defines a weird book since Middlesex concerns a hermaphrodite in the 1970s.

June 4, 2007

2007 Quill Awards Nominees

Filed under: awards,books,lists,writing — by slaming @ 1:40 pm

Were announced this past weekend at the Book Expo America.  Five nominees in each of the 18 categories were listed for this years Quills

And the bet goes on…

Filed under: Harry Potter — by slaming @ 12:54 pm

Betting on Harry Potter is no new concept but one London-based bookie is so convinced that Harry will be one of the characters to snuff it in the Deathly Hallows that he has stopped accepting wagers for Harry and has shifted betting to the possible killers.

For those keeping tabs Lord Voldemort is at 2-1 odds, followed by Professor Snape at 5-2.

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