Who Makes the Most?

This week, Forbes Magazine announced the top ten earning authors of 2013. Really, there weren’t too many surprises, from authors who’ve been on the list for ages, and a few newer (although extremely popular) ones. There are books about wimpy kids, books that were too steamy for many, books about a quirky historical researcher and books with an extremely funny detective.

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As Forbes points out, many of these authors publish multiple books each year…as in four or five!  It’s a HUGE number, but it certainly contributes to their overall earnings. The other main factor is that these authors write very commercial books (aside from E.L. James, although one could argue her books have made the genre popular).

So which authors made the the Top Five?

1. E.L. James at $95 million

2. James Patterson at $91 million

3. Suzanne Collins at $55 million

4.  Bill O’Reilly at $28 million

5.  Danielle Steel at $26 million

For the entire list, click on one of the book covers in the photo above.  It’s fascinating!

Published in: on August 20, 2013 at 1:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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J.K. Rowling Up To It Again!

By now, I’m sure many of you have heard of J. K. Rowling’s surprise “secret” book!  After the Harry Potter series, expectations were so high for another book, that it was almost impossible for her to publish anything that would live up to the series. 

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THE CASUAL VACANCY got mediocre reviews at best, even though it probably would have done quite well if an “unknown” author had published it.  So, what did she decide to try? Writing a book under a pseudonym so there was no pressure.

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING is a crime novel published under the name of  Robert Galbraith. Rowling has said she enjoyed being able to sit back and read the reviews and listen to the praise without all of the stigma that went with VACANCY. And while she was happy to keep the secret under wraps, it was a stealthy reviewer who put the information together (Rowling’s editor and publisher were the same for Galbraith0′s book), and decided it was too much of a coincidence.

You can read more about the book and Rowling’s reaction right here.  And if you’d like to read the book, we have a copy in the library already. Drop by to put your name on the waiting list!

 

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J.K. Rowling’s handwritten notes for her Harry Potter book (via Bookninja)

The books we read don’t start out that way. Usually, an author will go through a great deal of revision before getting to the final product.  But just how they outline their books or work on revision is different for every author.  Take a look at this great article on famous authors and their handwritten notes for books that became classics.  It’s amazing!

Book Art

We’ve all see art made from old books and books that have beautiful art.  Here’s a new twist—gorgeous collages made using books. Artist Ekaterina Panikanova takes books and decides what the picture will look like. Then, she might paint or draw the picture across many books, on one or two books, or use a combination of books with art already in them to incorporate into her work. The result is exciting and beautiful to look at.

enhanced-buzz-6589-1371848042-29You can find more of her work here.

Published in: on July 3, 2013 at 8:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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Is Anything Missing?

Time Magazine recently listed their Top 12 All-Time Great Summer Reads. It includes books from the last 40 summers. Some are expected, some are debatable. Which ones do you agree with and are there any great summer reads that you think are missing?

“What defines a summer read? To us, it’s the kind of buzzed-about book that seems to flourish in warmer months, equally ubiquitous on beaches and in subway cars.” Editors at Time
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Published in: on June 26, 2013 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Radiation. Are you worried?

Everyday in the news, it seems there are more warnings about radiation in common items we use everyday. Events like Chernobyl and Fukushima are thankfully, not that frequent. But how much radiation are you getting in your everyday life, and should you be worried about it?

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This book is new to the library this month. RADIATION : WHAT IT IS, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW by Dr. Robert Peter Gale and Eric Lax.  The authors go through a variety of hot topics related to radiation sources, and try to debunk the myths and make sense of what you are really being exposed to. If you’re concerned, drop in and pick up this book or put it on hold. You might be worrying for nothing!

If you’re interested, Time Magazine did a great photo shoot on Chernobyl and what it looks like 25 years after the disaster. You can find the photos here.

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