Sales conference recap. E-books vs. e-books. Recommendations for Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo, and FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics by Simon Olive and Robbi Rodriguez.
Many thanks to BOTNS friend Melissa Klug for filling in while Ann is sick with the head cold from hell.
The sound quality of this episode is not up to our usual standards because it was recorded over the phone. There are a few places where the sound drops out for a moment, and I seem to have a slight echo throughout the podcast, but I hope it won’t interfere with your enjoyment of the episode!
Sales Conference Recap
Ann and I are both just back from sales conference, and it was a particularly wonderful week, where we heard about books coming out September – February. We also got to hear Carl Hiaasen, Jodi Picoult (her new book, Leaving Time, is wonderful), Nicholas Kristof, and Sheryl WuDunn speak. There are so many wonderful books coming this Fall/Winter, I couldn’t possibly mention them all, and I especially didn’t want to tease to books that aren’t coming out for nearly a year. So, a few books I’m particularly looking forward to are:
- Neil Patrick Harris’ Autobiography (watch for a big title and cover announcement by mid-May)
- Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix, a haunted house story set in an IKEA-like megastore.
- The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskins, a stunning debut mystery set in Minnesota.
- Make It Ahead, a new Barefoot Contessa cookbook from Ina Garten
Washington by Ron Chernow, read by Scott Brick, is Melissa’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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In this case, the “E”s refer to electronic books, and what we’re calling enhanced physical books. There are many ways to consume a book these days: physical, electronic, and audio, and more and more publishers are using each form to its fullest extent. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst is a physical book with a conversation between two people written in the margins, along with physical maps, notes, and letters that have been inserted between the pages for the reader to discover. Night Film by Marisha Pessl includes many images that add much to the spooky feeling of the book. It seems that both of these would lose something in the translation to audiobook. However, audiobooks can add so many layers of their own, with voices, multiple narrators, and/or music as was done with the audio of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Riverhead Books created a very special, limited, and expensive edition of Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, with a three-dimensional slipcase. This video shows you how it was made:
And finally, on the lower end of the price spectrum are special editions of books done simply with nicer cover stock, deckle edges, french flaps, and other distinctive physical elements. Melissa mentions the Penguin Classics Deluxe edition of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.
Two Books We Can’t Wait For You to Read (20:46)
Melissa recommends Provenance:How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. It’s a book that she’s had on the shelf for some time. She found it completely fascinating and was sucked in, despite the fact that she rarely reads non-fiction, and has no particular interest in the art world.
In a shocking move, I recommend a graphic novel: FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics by Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez. Imagine a world where physics doesn’t always follow the rules. Wormholes appear at random. Time moves more slowly in some places. A localized gravity failure leads to the creation of a bubble universe. It’s a fun, complex, political graphic novel, perfect for fans of the TV show Fringe.