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NPR’s 2020 Book Concierge: Today In Books

NPR’s 2020 Book Concierge

For years now, NPR’s “best of” list has been done in this wonderful book concierge format that selects their favorite books (from NPR staff and trusted critics) and is formatted so you can easily select filters to find what you’re looking for. And this year there are 2,500 books including popular titles like Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and under-the-radar titles like Even As We Breathe by Annette Clapsaddle.

Waterstones’ Book Of The Year Announced

Waterstones, the British book retailer, has selected their book of the year, a historical fiction they say has the message of “hope through the darkest of times”: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Not new to prizes, Hamnet also previously won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Librarians & Advocacy Groups Push Amazon To Allow In-House Published E-Books For Library Purchases

Amazon doesn’t allow in-house published e-books to be purchased by libraries for patron check out, and librarians and advocacy groups are pushing them to cease the ban. Fight for the Future started a petition calling “for Congress to pursue an antitrust investigation and legislative action against Amazon for its ban on selling e-books to libraries.” Amazon claims it will be testing different pricing models with libraries.

The Gutenberg Bible and How to See it Online

If you’re curious about the the first book to be printed using moveable type, learn more about the Gutenberg Bible and how to see it here.