By Joni Di Placido

Happy Friday! Before we head into the weekend, let’s recap what’s been happening in the world of books this week!

The newest Kobo eReader, the Forma, officially went on sale this week! This one is a game changer. Waterproof. Durable. Lightweight. Ergonometric with page-turn buttons. If you’re in the market for a new eReader, you need to put this on your wish list, stat.

Kobo Forma

The lightweight Kobo Forma is available with either 8GB or 32 GB storage. Try Kobo Forma’s new page-turn buttons to read in either portrait or landscape mode. It has a sturdy 8.0″ HD Mobius Carta E Ink screen, is fully waterproof, and is equipped with ComfortLight PRO to gradually reduce blue-light exposure.

A reminder—because I will NEVER stop talking about libraries—that your local library gives you and your readers access to digital content! Encourage your readers to support their local libraries—and support you—by requesting your titles!

Own an e-reader or tablet? Borrow e-books, audiobooks from your library

You don’t need to be a bookworm to know e-book readers (e-readers for short) offer several advantages over their paper-based brethren: You can carry thousands of books on something thinner than most magazines, it’s possible to shop anywhere and anytime, you can adjust the font size and style to your liking, dictionary definitions are a tap away and many models are waterproof.

Sad news! Here’s hoping his legacy lives on for many years to come.

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library, has died ” MobyLives

“Take a book, share a book,” is the slogan written across teeny wooden houses filled with books on the street sides across the United States and 80 other countries. We encourage you to find the closest Little Free Library near…

We’ve been discussing translation a lot here recently. This article was a fascinating look at the nuanced world of literary translation. Language nerds, this one’s for you.

Why Translation Deserves Scrutiny

The desire for unanimity and solidarity among translators is understandable, and no doubt, at a deep level, we do all share a passion for literary translation and a wish that the practice thrive. This is why we invest so much time in learning our languages and working on our writing-so that our translations will be better.

The Paris Review attempting a new literary canon; listing 11 books centred on the trans experience

Toward Creating a Trans Literary Canon – The Paris Review

This fall, I’m teaching a course titled “Masculinity in Literature.” The small seminar is attended by men, all in their twenties, earning their college degrees while incarcerated.

Faber & Faber will publish a never-seen-before Sylvia Plath short story, “Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom,” in January 2019.

A Sylvia Plath Short Story That’s Never Been Published Before Is Finally Coming Out

If you love The Bell Jar and Ariel, you’re going to really dig this news. A Sylvia Plath short story that’s never been published before is finally coming out, and that’s big news for fans of the U.S.’s most tragic poet. Faber & Faber will publish…

90s classic The Virgin Suicides has a new cover for it’s 25th anniversary edition and it’s beautiful. Here is the copy that Tara managed to snag:

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Staff Reads & Recommendations

Tara Cremin, Author Experience Manager, Kobo Writing Life


“I’m currently obsessed with this book. It tells the story of the Beastie Boys but it’s not your average biography. Intertwined with stories told directly by Mike D and Ad-Rock (Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz) there is a graphic novel, maps, photos, a cookbook (?!) and contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze and so many more. It’s the most interesting music bio I’ve read and truly is just as unique as the Beastie Boys themselves.”

Any big news we should have included this week?

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Have a fabulous Halloween weekend! 


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