Worldreader has a lofty goal: eradicating global illiteracy. So far they’ve reached 13,000 kids in Sub-Saharan Africa by giving them e-readers loaded with local and international books. John Risher of Worldreader joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss their mission and how learning to read can improve children’s lives. Continue reading
On July 22, literary agent Andrew Wylie announced an exclusive partnership with retailer Amazon to begin selling digital versions of many classic backlist titles by authors such as Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, Evelyn Waugh, Hunter S. Thompson, Salman Rushdie and many others, that would be accessible only on Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.
Publishers — big houses and small independents alike – have lately turned to video to generate buzz and advertise their new releases. Over the past few years, book trailers have been gaining in popularity as publishers hope to cash in on the ubiquity of YouTube and the payoffs of viral marketing.
Washington Post publisher Katherine Weymouth apologized to readers for a controversy over the newspaper’s plan for a series of corporate-sponsored policy dinners at Weymouth’s home. Media experts mull the implications of the scandal. Continue reading