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The Fault in our Stars: Most popular book on Twitter in 2014

I bookmarked this then forgot to share it, according to Bookvibe the most popular book on Twitter last year was The Fault in our Stars by John Green (with 1.2 million tweets mentioning it). I haven’t read the book yet, but I have seen the movie. It’s very sad.

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69% read printed books

Pew reports: “E-book reading is growing, but printed books still dominate the reading world. 28% of American adults ages 18 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 17% in 2011. Still, 69% read a printed book, about the same as last year. Only 4% of readers are “e-book only” readers. The vast majority of e-book readers also read a printed book.”

However, it’s important to note that “print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits.”

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2014 Caldecott Medal Winner & Honor Books

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The 2014 winning book for the Caldecott Medal has been chosen. The selection Locomotive, illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. In addition, several books were chosen as the 2014 Honor Books:

  • Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press
  • Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC
  • Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

About Locomotive

All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad.

From the committee: “The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Marion Hanes Rutsch.”

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2014 Newbery Medal Winner & Honor Books

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The 2014 winning book for the Newbery Medal has been chosen. The selection is Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, written by Kate DiCamillo and published by Candlewick Press. In addition, several books were chosen as the 2014 Honor Books:

About Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Comic book fan and natural-born cynic Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a flying, superhero, poetry-writing squirrel, join forces to overcome Ulysses’ arch-nemesis, Flora’s mother and encounter a quirky cast of characters. Through poignant, laugh-out-loud episodes, this homage to comic books is a testament to the power of love.

From the committee: “Our dedicated committee of 15 considered hundreds and hundreds of titles in our quest for the best books for children, and I am delighted with our selections,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Elizabeth C. Orsburn.

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The Most Popular Books of All Time (infographic)

The Most Popular Books of All Time

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Sell classic ebooks with customized covers

It turns out that you can now sell your own copies of classic books with your custom-designed covers. PaidContent reports that a new initiative from from DailyLit/Plympton, the Harvard Book Store and the Creative Action Network will let people create their own covers for public-domain books which can then be sold in print and digital. The initiative is called Recovering Classics.

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Top 10 Most Read Books in the World (Infographic)

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