April 15, 2014

Coming of Age | Collection Development

Coming of Age | Collection Development

Coming of Age. Rites of passage such as quinceañera, bar/bat mitzvah, and prom are honored in cultures worldwide. These 23 resources share advice on how to celebrate; from the April 1 issue.

Tom Clancy: Remembering a Technothriller Master

Military fiction icon Tom Clancy died October 1 in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 66. With the publication of The Hunt for Red October in 1984, the former insurance agent was catapulted into the spotlight when President Ronald Reagan commented that he enjoyed the book. Clancy’s descriptions of military weapons and strategies were […]

New Worlds to Explore | Genre Spotlight

New Worlds to Explore | Genre Spotlight

Judging by the upcoming fall publishing season, there will be plenty of speculative fiction titles to sharpen readers’ minds, but no one particular trend is leading the charge. Sf and fantasy has attracted a far more diverse readership than ever before, and publishing success can be found by exploring that diversity. Military sf and space opera stage a revival, fantasy goes dark, and digital publishing is here to stay.

Q&A: Sarah Peed

Q&A: Sarah Peed

As publishing evolves and writers turn to digital outlets to create and distribute new works, major publishers like Random House Publishing Group, a division of the newly formed Penguin Random House, have committed to finding these new authors and delivering exciting fresh content to today’s most tech-savvy readers. Sarah Peed is the associate editor at […]

Arts & Humanities Reviews | June 1, 2013

Arts & Humanities Reviews | June 1, 2013

Reviews of Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith, In Harmony: The Poet of Shame and Guilt, and Abstraction, plus a full list of Arts & Humanities titles from the June 1 issue.

Dan Brown’s Dante: Positioned to Dominate Best Sellers

Dan Brown’s Dante: Positioned to Dominate Best Sellers

LJ reviewer Jeff Ayers on the king of the historical thriller, he’s back!

A Battle Joined: Gettysburg | May 15, 2013

A Battle Joined: Gettysburg | May 15, 2013

To coincide with the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, check out these recent titles.

Fringe Politics: Hate and Extremism | Collection Development

Fringe Politics: Hate and Extremism | Collection Development

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) states that since the year 2000 the number of hate groups in the United States has increased by 69 percent. A new report released by the center in March 2013 shows that the number of patriot and militia groups has skyrocketed from 149 in 2009 to an astonishing 1,360 in 2012. The SPLC is an excellent resource for identifying trends in far-right fringe groups (ironically, there is a video on the American Family Association’s website that suggests the SPLC is itself a fringe political group). SPLC is the go-to resource for those looking to get a basic understanding of fringe political movements in the United States.

Thirty Essential Poetry Titles for Spring 2013

Thirty Essential Poetry Titles for Spring 2013

Exciting new works for National Poetry Month and beyond.

Following the Digital Clues: Mystery Genre Spotlight

Following the Digital Clues: Mystery Genre Spotlight

The world of mystery is ever-popular and ever-evolving. Whether a classic “whodunit,” a cozy, a police procedural, or something in between, crime fiction still draws readers nationwide. In a brief survey of 232 public libraries conducted by LJ, 55% of respondents reported that mystery continues to be the most popular genre in terms of circulation. The survey also found that in print fiction collections, 24.1% of materials are mysteries.

What is new this year is that mystery titles make up over 20% of library ebook collections. And like their print counterparts, the highest circulating subgenres in mystery ebooks are police procedurals and cozies. However, 57% of the survey respondents do not purchase e-original mysteries (perhaps owing to a lack of review coverage and issues of discovery?); chief e-mystery purchase influencers are high-demand titles, user requests, and cost.