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The Most Checked Out Ebooks and Audiobooks of 2020: Today in Books

Overdrive Announces Most Checked-Out Ebooks and Audiobooks of 2020

In what was a banner year for digital lending at public libraries, the actual lists of what people where checking out the most look pretty predictable. Outside of the expected big titles, it is the appearance of social justice books like White Fragility and So You Want to Talk About Race that stand out. In terms of perhaps more under-the-radar hits, I think In Five Years and Wow, No Thank You lead the way.

Publishing Employees Feel That Diversity Efforts Are Taking Hold

Publishers Weekly has surveyed employees in the book business and has found that most seem to think things are starting to move. Three-quarters of them say that diversity efforts have increased in the last year at their houses, and that percentage is higher among the larger publishers. Still a long way to go, but this suggests that all the talk about diversity initiatives is just talk. For now.

NBA-winner Barry Lopez has died

Best known as a travel and environmental writer, Barry Lopez died Christmas day after an extended battle with prostate cancer. His most well-known book, Arctic Dreams, is the kind of book that doesn’t come around often. Travel, philosophy, literature, and memoir all rolled into one. Michiko Kakutani said of it, “Arctic Dreams is a book about the Arctic North in the way that Moby-Dick is a book about whales.”

Before you head off for your (socially-distanced) New Year’s plans, check out the kinds of bookish facemasks out there. If we need them, might as well have some fun with them.

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2020 Was ACTUALLY a Good Year for the Book Business: Today in Books

Bookshop.org’s Releases List of Their 50 Best-Selling Books

Bookshop.org, which was founded to provide a superior off-the-shelf digital storefront for independent bookstores, announced their 50 best-selling titles of the year. It is sort of the list you might expect, but the most interesting item isn’t a book: it’s the running count of the amount of money Bookshop.org has funneled to independent bookstores since launching in January—more than $10 million.

Books by the Foot provides…well, that.

Check out this fascinating profile of Books by the Foot, a Washington-DC area supplier of whole collections/decorations/sets/zoom backgrounds of books. From politicians to celebrities to movie sets, clients come to Books by the Foot to buy in bult that thing that comes with an interesting bookshelf (or at least a stocked bookshelf at all).

What Does it Mean that, on the whole, 2020 was a pretty good year for book sales?

If you’ve been paying attention (and since you are reading a newsletter about book news, I am guessing you have), it won’t come as a huge surprise that book sales have been darn strong this year. Audio, YA, gardening were all big winners, and as you might expect travel was down big. Probably it doesn’t mean much other than if you were a thing that people could do at home, you held up sort of ok.

Thanks to Hachette for sponsoring today’s edition of Today in Books. Go here to enter for a chance to win one of their best-selling books of the year, or just click the image below:

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Win a Blind Date with a Book!

We’re giving away 5 blind dates with a book to 5 lucky Riot readers (one book per winner)!We send you a surprise title, you read and love it (hopefully)!

To win a blind date with a book, just sign up for Read This Book, our upcoming newsletter that will give you one book recommendation per week.

This sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories). Entries will be accepted until 11:45pm, October 31, 2019. Winner will be randomly selected. Complete rules and eligibility requirements available here.

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Win the Best Mystery/Thrillers of the Year So Far!

We’re giving away the ten best mysteries and thrillers of the year to one Riot reader!  Check out the prize list below:

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

Flowers over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

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Win $100 to Spend at the only Romance-Only Bookstore in the U.S!

We’re giving away a $100 gift card to The Ripped Bodice, the U.S.’s only romance-exclusive bookstore!

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Win THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean!

 

We have 5 copies of The Library Book by Susan Orlean to give away. To enter, sign up for the Annotated newsletter. And here’s what that is: a newsletter for people who are interesting in stories about books, reading, and language. It’s a new companion newsletter to our Annotated podcast, which is sort of like This American Life, but for books. Each episode explores an interesting bookish story–the kind of story we think you’ll like if you are interested in The Library Book.

If you haven’t tried Annotated before, a great place to start is The World’s Most Glamorous Librarian. It tells the story of Belle de Costa Greene, who became one of the most influential librarians in America, and lived her entire adult life with a secret that could have ruined her career.

You can find Annotated on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever else you like to get your podcasts.

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Win Book Riot’s Favorite New Kid Lit Series!

We’re giving away the first two books in Roshani Chokshi’s new middle grade series the Pandava Quartet (the second two aren’t out yet!) to five Book Riot readers!

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Win Six Months of Audible!

 

We’re giving away six months of Audible to one reader who signs up for our Audiobooks newsletter! (If you’re already an Audible subscriber, you’ll get six credits—same if you’re new.)

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Win $100 to Spend on Young Adult Lit!

What’s Up in YA? is our biweekly newsletter about all things young adult literature, and we’re giving away a $100 gift card to Amazon to support all (well, some of) your YA purchasing! Just sign up for the newsletter below to enter, and enjoy young adult new release news, interviews, backlist recommendations, and deals!

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Win MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite!

We have 5 copies of Women’s Prize-shortlisted novel My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite to give to Book Riot readers.

A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends

“Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

 

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