Lynn Neary http://nwpr.org en In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors http://nwpr.org/post/dispute-hachette-amazon-aims-new-volley-authors Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. A fight between Amazon and the publishing company Hachette is getting nastier. Amazon suggested that while talks between the two companies continue, Hachette authors could get 100 percent of the sale price of their e-books. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 48806 at http://nwpr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat http://nwpr.org/post/authors-take-opposite-sides-hachette-amazon-spat You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/23/315279264/why-some-books-youre-looking-to-buy-on-amazon-arent-there">dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company</a> over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.<p>It all began when the publisher and Amazon were unable to reach an agreement on ebook prices. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 48490 at http://nwpr.org Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra' http://nwpr.org/post/almost-intermediate-adults-learn-lessons-late-starters-orchestra Transcript <p>LYNN NEARY, HOST: <p>By our measure, Ari Goldman is a successful man. A former New York Times reporter turned college professor, he is deeply religious and a happily married husband and father. But for all of that, there was something missing in his life. Goldman yearned to play a musical instrument.<p>ARI GOLDMAN: The cello is sort of the music of my soul. It's the instrument that speaks most directly to me. I never thought that I would be able to play a cello.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CELLO)<p>NEARY: Now, Goldman does play. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 47864 at http://nwpr.org Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books http://nwpr.org/post/court-oks-universities-quest-turn-more-digital-copies-books A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a group of authors, deciding in favor of a consortium of universities in a case that hinged on copyright law and provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The universities had allowed Google to make digital copies of more than 10 million books so that they could be searchable by specific terms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 47268 at http://nwpr.org Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing http://nwpr.org/post/amazons-pricing-dispute-sets-book-expo-buzzing The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 46878 at http://nwpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://nwpr.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 46609 at http://nwpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse http://nwpr.org/post/larry-mcmurtry-loves-west-knocks-cowboy-his-high-horse Larry McMurtry may well be the only Academy Award winner who used some of the precious moments of his acceptance speech to thank booksellers: "From the humblest paperback exchange to the masters of the great bookshops of the world, all are contributors to the survival of the culture of the book, a wonderful culture which we musn't lose," he told the audience in 2006 as he accepted the Oscar for his screenplay for <em>Brokeback Mountain</em> — which was based on a short story.<p>In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and an Oscar-winning screenwriter, McMurtry has been a booksel Wed, 07 May 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 45594 at http://nwpr.org Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse http://nwpr.org/post/larry-mcmurtry-loves-west-knocks-cowboy-his-high-horse-0 Larry McMurtry may well be the only Academy Award winner who used some of the precious moments of his acceptance speech to thank booksellers: "From the humblest paperback exchange to the masters of the great bookshops of the world, all are contributors to the survival of the culture of the book, a wonderful culture which we musn't lose," he told the audience in 2006 as he accepted the Oscar for his screenplay for <em>Brokeback Mountain</em> — which was based on a short story.<p>In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and an Oscar-winning screenwriter, McMurtry has been a booksel Wed, 07 May 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 45595 at http://nwpr.org Larry McMurtry Loves The West, But Knocks The Cowboy Off His High Horse One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized http://nwpr.org/post/one-nyc-indie-bookstore-survives-being-small-and-specialized New York City's Posman Books is bucking a trend. Other booksellers — both independents and big chains like Barnes & Noble — are closing stores in Manhattan, but Posman is getting ready to open its fourth store in the city. Sat, 03 May 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 45437 at http://nwpr.org One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless http://nwpr.org/post/grapes-wrath-75-its-depictions-poverty-are-timeless Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>:<p><blockquote><p>Men stood by their fences and looked at the ruined corn, drying fast now, only a little green showing through the film of dust. The men were silent and they did not move often. And the women came out of the houses to stand beside their men — to feel whether this time the men would break. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 44426 at http://nwpr.org 'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless