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A letter to our readers:

Amazon is involved in a commercial dispute with the book publisher Hachette, which owns Little Brown, Grand Central Publishing, and other familiar imprints. These sorts of disputes happen all the time between companies and they are usually resolved in a corporate back room.

But in this case, Amazon has done something unusual. It has directly targeted Hachette’s authors in an effort to force their publisher to agree to its terms.

For the past month, Amazon has been:

—Boycotting Hachette authors, refusing to accept pre-orders on Hachette’s authors’ books, claiming they are “unavailable.”

—Refusing to discount the prices of many of Hachette’s authors’ books.

—Slowing the delivery of thousands of Hachette’s authors’ books to Amazon customers, indicating that delivery will take as long as several weeks on most titles.

As writers—some but not all published by Hachette—we feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation. Moreover, by inconveniencing and misleading its own customers with unfair pricing and delayed delivery, Amazon is contradicting its own written promise to be “Earth’s most customer-centric company.”

All of us supported Amazon from when it was a struggling start-up. We cheered Amazon on. Our books started Amazon on the road to selling everything and becoming one of the world’s largest corporations. We have made Amazon many millions of dollars and over the years have contributed so much, free of charge, to the company by way of cooperation, joint promotions, reviews and blogs. This is no way to treat a business partner. Nor is it the right way to treat your friends. Without taking sides on the contractual dispute between Hachette and Amazon, we encourage Amazon in the strongest possible terms to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business. None of us, neither readers nor authors, benefit when books are taken hostage. (We’re not alone in our plea: the opinion pages of both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which rarely agree on anything, have roundly condemned Amazon’s corporate behavior.)

We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers.

We respectfully ask you, our loyal readers, to email Jeff Bezos, c.e.o and founder of Amazon, at, and tell him what you think. He says he genuinely welcomes hearing from his customers and claims to read all emails from this account. We hope that, writers and readers together, we will be able to change his mind.

(from Douglas Preston, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Amanda Foreman, John Grisham, James Patterson, Anita Shreve, Scott Turow, Anne Applebaum, Clive Cussler, Richard North Patterson, Simon Winchester, and other authors)

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… And then they were happy.  Forever. The end. 
(a resurgence of Eleanor & Park feelings this week. sigh.)


… And then they were happy.  Forever. The end. 

(a resurgence of Eleanor & Park feelings this week. sigh.)

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Today we’d like to welcome David Soman to Penguin Teen Meet the Illustrator! His latest book, Three Bears in a Boat, is one of our absolute favorites this summer. Whether or not you’re on the beach, you’ll feel like you are after looking at David’s gorgeous blue (Cerulean! Prussian! Ultramarine!) illustrations. David, the illustrator of Ladybug Girl, is a total master of color, and we’re excited for you to find out more about his life as an artist, illustrator, and art historian!

Name: David Soman 

Book: Three Bears in a Boat

Date Available: Now available in stores!

What media and materials do you use to create your illustrations?

For Three Bears in a Boat, I used watercolors, colored inks, and colored pencils, but it all began with just a pencil!

What’s your favorite color and why?

Well, this is a hard question! I can’t really say I have a favorite color (the other colors might get jealous!). I guess it changes depending on my mood. For this book, I really liked playing with the color blue. It’s amazing how many kinds of blue the sea and the sky can be. Sometimes the blue is warm and soft (a color called Cerulean blue), sometimes it’s a little greenish (a color called Prussian blue), and sometimes it’s just really rich (a color aptly named Ultramarine blue).

Who’s your favorite artist or illustrator, living or dead and why?

Oh buoy (excuse the boating pun), this is another hard one. I actually am a bit of an art history buff, and in my studio I have a huge bookshelf filled with art books. But for this book, I looked at the paintings of Winslow Homer and Joaquim Sorrolla for the seascapes, and Richard Scarry’s and Maurice Sendak’s picture books for the bears. And Elizabeth Zwerger, always Elizabeth Zwerger.

Where do you do your work?

I work in a studio up the hill from my house. It’s close enough to go to work in my pajamas, but far enough so that I can’t keep going to the refrigerator to eat more cake (phew!)

Aside from the text of Three Bears in a Boat, where did you find inspiration for your illustrations?

Some of my favorite childhood memories are the times I spent at the beach on Fire Island; long open days of wind and sun and the sound of the waves. And sometimes (but not enough!) we would go out in little sunfish boats, skipping across the water in the bay.

Also, I grew up across the street from the Museum of Natural History, and spent a lot of time looking up at the Alaskan Brown Bear in the North American wing.


Thanks, David!

Order Three Bears in a Boat.

Check out David’s artwork from the Ladybug Girl series here.

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I hate when the media makes The Hunger Games look like a battle for love. Get your bullshit fantasies away. This is about murder, over powered government, and a girl trying to change the way things are. News flash not every girls fantasy is to find true love.

the irony here is that our media is doing exactly what the Capitol did in the books; downplaying the murder, focusing on the bullshit love story

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When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.

Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.

— from Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books by Kelly Jensen (via bookriot)

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Book nerd jewelry is my favorite type of jewelry

"She is too fond of books" bracelet - $30.00

The Book Thief necklace - $15.00

Book worm necklace - $12.95

Book and tea cup necklace - $18.00

Stack of book locket - $17.73

Stack of book earrings - $17.22

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Reviewing is an ART that takes a lot of time and practice. This is 101. 


Reviewing is an ART that takes a lot of time and practice. This is 101. 

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Is there a book you wish you could read again for the first time?>


Is there a book you wish you could read again for the first time?>

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