This Week in Books #4: World Book Day and Hachette gets bigger

No video this week because I’m still sniffling and coughing. Which makes it difficult to record. But I do have two more topics to discuss today. I’ll dive right in.

The first is that Hachette, already one of the largest publishers in the US, acquired Perseus Books. Which means a huge publisher just got even bigger and one of the largest independent publishers is no longer independent. The deal adds several imprints to Hachette and probably more than $100M in revenue each year. How great it is for publishing, right?

The other topic is World Book Day. It was yesterday. The day celebrates all things books. Writers. Illustrators. Readers. Everything. And I think the founding organization also donates books or gives out book vouchers to kids. That’s nice, but there are way too many people who don’t take it seriously. What I mean is they tweet out stuff or post pictures on Instagram strictly to get likes or maybe new followers. They don’t care about actually promoting books. They don’t care about people who have no access to books while they consistently read the latest YA bestseller. And they don’t care about literacy. All they care about is their stupid social media accounts that amount to shit. If you want to be about promoting books and literacy, then be about promoting books and literacy. It’s actually really simple.

What do you think of a huge publisher getting bigger? Have any thoughts on World Book Day?

Ten Facts About Books for World Book Day (a day late)

Yesterday was World Book Day. At least that’s what popped up all over my WordPress Reader. I also happened to see at least one person call it Erotic Book Day. We’ll just assume she was trying to bring attention to herself because that can’t really be a thing. I surely hope not.

Anyway, yesterday was World Book Day. And I have no idea what we were celebrating. Was it someone’s birthday from a few centuries ago? Or maybe the original publication date of one of the most known works in history? I have no clue. But surely there’s some reason March 5th is the date. So in honor of the momentous day, here are ten “facts” about books. They’re from the UK and the list isn’t mine.

1. The Average UK household owns 203 books.

2. The British Library contains about 14 million books and needs roughly six miles of new shelf space every year just to add new items.

3. UK publishers release about 184,000 new or revised books each year.

4. Since 2011, sales of eBooks in the UK have overtaken sales of print books.

5. Jane Austen originally gave the nameĀ First Impressions to her book that was later published as Pride and Prejudice.

6. France has won more Nobel Prizes for Literature than any other country.

7. J.R.R Tolkien is said to have typed the whole of the LOTR with only two fingers.

8. In 2014, the town of Tuszyn in Poland banned Winnie-the-Pooh.

9. A 2013 survey reported that 18 percent of people don’t read print books.

10. “There is no friend as a loyal as a book.” -Hemingway

I think I took these from a UK tabloid because it really reminds me of Elite Daily. BUT these don’t seem too outrageous to think they aren’t somewhat true. So eh, just read the list knowing that I have no means to verify the accuracy of any of these statements. Well I could verify a few, but what fun would that be?

Happy Belated World Book Day!

On this day in 2014 I published Stop Choosing Between Writing and Reading.