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A nationwide effort launches to turn ‘book deserts’ into literary oases

“The National Book Foundation is teaming up with publishers and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education to make “book deserts” a thing of the past.The literary organization, best known for presenting the annual National Book Awards, joined its partners Thursday announcing the Book Rich Environment Initiative, which will donate books to residents of public housing nationwide.” (via LA Times)

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A Legacy of Botanical Art and Books

“The late Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was half of one of the nation’s most renowned philanthropic art-collecting couples. She and her husband, banking scion Paul Mellon, were major benefactors behind museums such as the National Gallery of Art. Their personal collection overflowed with masterpieces.Still, one of her most profound sources of beauty involved digging in the dirt.” (via WSJ)

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Library officials say no to graphic version of Clinton book

“Stirring up a bit of a ruckus, Alachua County library officials have rejected a request to add a new book to its shelves. The collections department, which buys books for the library, decided to not buy “Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel,” a book about alleged corruption by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Resident Ann Lhota said she requested the book when it reached the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for graphic novels. Lhota believes the library’s decision is political.” (via Gainsville Sun)

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Algorithms Could Save Book Publishing—But Ruin Novels

“JODIE ARCHER HAD always been puzzled by the success of The Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So what was it, then? Something magical about the words that Brown had strung together? Dumb luck? The questions stuck with her even after she left Penguin in 2007 to get a PhD in English at Stanford. There she met Matthew L. Jockers, a cofounder of the Stanford Literary Lab, whose work in text analysis had convinced him that computers could peer into books in a way that people never could.” (via WIRED)

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Pew: Print Books Still More Popular Than Ebooks and Audiobooks

“Sixty-five percent of Americans have read a print book in the last year, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, more than double the share that has read an ebook (28 percent) or listened to an audiobook (14 percent).According to the survey, 73 percent of Americans have read a book in the last 12 months, a figure that has remained consistent since 2012. But nearly 40 percent of Americans read print books exclusively, compared to just 6 percent of Americans who are digital-only.” (via DBW)

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