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NPR Books Grid: 12/3-12/9

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 19 (20 two weeks ago)

All Things Considered: 6 (4 LW)

Diane Rehm: 3 (2 LW)

Fresh Air: 2 (3 LW)

Morning Edition: 2 (2 LW)

NPR.org: 4 (4 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 1 (2 LW)

Tell Me More:  0 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 0 (1 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 0 (1 LW)

All Things Considered    Three Books … / Books to Rekindle Your Sense of Wonder
All Things Considered    Kingdom Under Glass    Jay    Kirk    Henry Holt & Co.
All Things Considered    Best American Short Stories 2010    Richard    Russo    Mariner
All Things Considered    Finkler Question, The    Howard    Jacobson    Bloomsbury USA
All Things Considered    My Guilty Pleasure: Sex, Drugs And ‘Life’ — The Year’s Best Guilty Reads
All Things Considered    My Guilty Pleasure: Fire    Hazel    Rossotti    Dover Publications
Diane Rehm    Rope and a Prayer, A    David    Rohde    Viking
Diane Rehm    My Nine Lives    Leon    Fleisher    Doubleday
Diane Rehm    Room    Emma    Donoghue    Little, Brown & Co.
Fresh Air    Maureen Corrigan’s Favorite Books of 2010
Fresh Air    Big Payback, The    Dan    Charnas    NAL Hardcover
Morning Edition    Happy Holidays, Voyeurs
Morning Edition    Tina Brown’s Must Reads
NPR.org    Book Club Picks
NPR.org    Ship of the Line    C.S.    Forester    Back Bay Books
NPR.org / Monkey See    Favorite Books of 2010: Sex at Dawn    Christopher    Ryan    Harper
NPR.org / Monkey See    Favorite Books of 2010: Sex at Dawn    Scott    Turow    Grand Central Publishing
NPR.org / Monkey See    Warmth of Other Suns, The    Isabel    Wilkerson    Random House
Talk of the Nation    Best American Comics 2010    Neil    Gaiman    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

December 10, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deals of the day

I think the brain fuzz is lifting, so here I am with the first non-NPR Books post in ages.  As you are all too aware, we — authors, publishers and booksellers alike — have been racking our brains trying to figure out how we can use existing, emerging and evolving social networks and other websites to promote and sell books.  So it was only a matter of time, I suppose, before someone jumped on Groupon.

Groupon, of course, is the site du jour: Google is supposedly chomping at the bit to acquire it, although some have questioned whether businesses can actually make money with it.  (Although don’t ask me about the numbers because math never was my forte.)  You may use Groupon, or any one of a slew of similar sites including BuyWithMe, LivingSocial, Yipit and Zozi. (Clearly not people we would want coming up with our book titles.)  Or, if you’re like me, you might have bought a Groupon(s) but never used it.  Then it expired and you lost the money.

This morning, Shelf Awareness ran a piece about a handful of independent bookstores taking issue with a large publishing house’s use of Groupon: in typical Groupon fashion, the house offered consumers 50 percent off their purchases.  The stores were out of sorts because they felt this cut them out of the picture (since no bricks-and-mortar store can afford to offer such steep discounts).

Personally, I’ve cooled on these “daily deal” sites.  Having signed up for what appears to be all of them several months ago, I’m now inundated daily with AMAZING DEALS!  Every day!!  Who knew I possessed the ability to ignore so many discounts?  Or that bargain shopping could be so hard?  (Although I do think interest-specific sites like Zozi — geared toward active consumers — can be slightly more effective in keeping users’ clicking.)

But what do you think?  Can we use these sites to get more books to more readers?  And is it more effective for the publishing houses or for individual bookstores to offer the discounts?  Have you used a Groupon (or other similar deal) at a bookstore?  Would you?

December 2, 2010 Posted by | Online Marketing | 6 Comments

NPR Books Grid: 11/12-11/18

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 20  (22 two weeks ago)

All Things Considered: 4 (4 LW)

Diane Rehm: 2 (3 LW)

Fresh Air: 3 (3 LW)

Morning Edition: 2 (2 LW)

NPR.org: 4 (6 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 2 (2 LW)

Tell Me More: 0 (1 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 2 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 (2 LW)

All Things Considered And The Pursuit Of Happiness Maira Kalman
All Things Considered You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know Heather Sellers
All Things Considered Sterling’s Gold Roger Sterling
All Things Considered Dirty Life, The Kristin Kimball
Diane Rehm Tablet & Pen Reza Aslan
Diane Rehm Luka and the Fire of Life Salman Rushdie
Fresh Air Decoded Jay-Z
Fresh Air Emperor of All Maladies, The Siddhartha Mukherjee
Fresh Air Franklin and Eleanor Hazel Rowley
Morning Edition Autobiography of Mark Twain, The Mark Twain
Morning Edition Revival Richard Wolffe
NPR.org Witness House, The Christiane Kohl
NPR.org Three Books To Help Grown-Ups Believe Again
NPR.org Create Dangerously Edwidge Danticat
NPR.org New In Paperback: Nov. 15-21
Talk of the Nation Jamie’s America Jamie Oliver
Talk of the Nation Hero Michael Korda
Weekend Edition Saturday Moonlight Mile Dennis Lehane
Weekend Edition Saturday Chicken Big Keith Graves
Weekend Edition Sunday Driving on the Rim Thomas McGuane

November 19, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NPR Books Grid: 10/29-11/4

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 22 (21 last week)

All Things Considered: 4 (3 LW)

Diane Rehm: 3 (2 LW)

Fresh Air: 3 (3 LW)

Morning Edition: 2 (2 LW)

NPR.org: 6 (6 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 2 (1 LW)

Tell Me More: 0 (1 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 0 (3 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 2 (1 LW)

All Things Considered Master Switch Tim Wu
All Things Considered Cleopatra Stacey Schiff
All Things Considered When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone Gal Beckerman
All Things Considered Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat Hal Herzog
Diane Rehm Here is a Human Being Misha Angrist
Diane Rehm $1,000 Genome Kevin Davies
Diane Rehm Must You Go? Antonia Fraser
Fresh Air Eelephant to Hollywood Michael Caine
Fresh Air How to Read the Air Dinaw Mengestu
Fresh Air Just Kids Patti Smith
Morning Edition Must You Go? Antonia Fraser
Morning Edition Atlantic Simon Winchester
NPR.org Lynd Ward Lynd Ward
NPR.org Cleopatra Stacey Schiff
NPR.org And The Pursuit Of Happiness Maira Kalman
NPR.org Three Books For The Contemplative Comic
NPR.org Smart Ass Joel Selvin
NPR.org New In Paperback: Nov. 1-7
Talk of the Nation Why? Because We Still Like You Jennifer Armstrong
Talk of the Nation My Life, As I See It Dionne Warwick
Weekend Edition Sunday Treehouse of Horror Matt Groenig
Weekend Edition Sunday I Found This Funny Judd Apatow

November 5, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NPR Books Grid: 10/22-10/28

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 21 (22last week)

All Things Considered: 3 (4 LW)

Diane Rehm: 2 (2  LW)

Fresh Air: 3 (4 LW)

Morning Edition: 2 (0  LW)

NPR.org: 6 (6 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 1 (1 LW)

Tell Me More: 1 (0  LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 3 (3 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 (1 LW)

All Things Considered Rival Rails Walter Borneman
All Things Considered Tasting Freedom Daniel R. Biddle
All Things Considered With a Little Help Cory Doctorow
Diane Rehm On the Outside Looking In Garry Wills
Diane Rehm Essential New York Times Cookbook Amanda Hesser
Fresh Air Life Keith Richards
Fresh Air Mind’s Eye, The Oliver Sacks
Fresh Air Finishing the Hat Stephen Sondheim
Morning Edition 40 G.B. Trudeau
Morning Edition Diamond in the Desert, A Jo Tatchell
NPR.org Bound Antonya Nelson
NPR.org New In Paperback: Oct. 25-31
NPR.org Amityville Horror, The Jay Anson
NPR.org False Friend, The Myla Goldberg
NPR.org / The Two-Way Decoded Jay-Z
NPR.org / The Two-Way Hint Fiction Robert Smartwood
Talk of the Nation First Family Joseph Ellis
Weekend Edition Saturday All Facts Considered Kee Malesky
Weekend Edition Saturday Hammersteins, The Oscar Andrew
Weekend Edition Saturday Wake of Forgiveness, The Bruce Machart
Weekend Edition Sunday Nightmare’s Prayer, A Michael Franzak

October 29, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NPR Books Grid: 10/15-10/21

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 22 (23 last week)

All Things Considered: 4 (3  LW)

Diane Rehm: 2 (6  LW)

Fresh Air: 4 (5  LW)

Morning Edition: 0 (2 LW)

NPR.org: 6 (5 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 1 (0  LW)

Tell Me More: 1 (0  LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 3 (1  LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 (1 LW)

All Things Considered Half Baked Alexa Stevenson
All Things Considered Where Good Ideas Come From Steven Johnson
All Things Considered On the Outside Looking In Garry Wills
All Things Considered Lost Peace, The Robert Dallek
Diane Rehm Brave, The* Nicholas Evans
Diane Rehm Shock of Gray Ted Fishman
Fresh Air Dangerously Funny* David Bianculli
Fresh Air Sleepwalk with Me Mike Birbiglia
Fresh Air To the End of the Land Daniel Grossman
Fresh Air Keys to Good Cooking Harold McGee
NPR.org What Technology Wants Kevin Kelly
NPR.org Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness, Only More So Mark Vonnegut
NPR.org Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, The Vol. II Rakesh Khanna
NPR.org New In Paperback, Oct. 18-24
NPR.org Our Kind of Traitor John Le Carre
NPR.org Three Grisly Tales Of Love And Death In Tinseltown
Talk of the Nation Running the Books Avi Steinberg
Tell Me More Hard Times Require Furious Dancing Alice Walker
Weekend Edition Saturday Jet Age Sam Verhovek
Weekend Edition Saturday How to Read the Air Dinaw Mengestu
Weekend Edition Saturday Autumn’s Promise Shelley Shepard Gray
Weekend Edition Sunday Washington Ron Chernow

October 22, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NPR Books Grid: 10/8-10/14

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 23 (30 last week)

All Things Considered: 3 (4 LW)

Diane Rehm: 6 (2 LW)

Fresh Air: 5 (1 LW)

Morning Edition: 2 (3 LW)

NPR.org: 5 (3 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 0 (5  LW)

Tell Me More: 0 (0  LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 1 (3  LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 (2 LW)

All Things Considered Our Kind of Traitor John Le Carre
All Things Considered Great House Nicole Krauss
All Things Considered Noma Rene Redzepi
Diane Rehm Backing into Forward* Jules Feiffer
Diane Rehm Making Our Democracy Work* Stephen Breyer
Diane Rehm Good Fight, The Walter Mondale
Diane Rehm Disintegration Eugene Robinson
Diane Rehm False Friend, The Myla Goldberg
Diane Rehm Brave, The Nicholas Evans
Fresh Air Gimme Some Truth* Jon Wiener
Fresh Air Fiery Trial, The Eric Foner
Fresh Air Gun, The C.J. Chivers
Fresh Air Great House Nicole Krauss
Fresh Air Nemesis Philip Roth
Morning Edition Extraordinary, Ordinary People Condoleeza Rice
Morning Edition Fannie Farmer’s Last Supper Chris Kimball
NPR.org Washington Ron Chernow
NPR.org Finkler Question, The Howard Jacobson
NPR.org New In Paperback, Oct. 11-17
NPR.org Fort, The Bernard Cornwell
NPR.org / Monkey See Finkler Question, The Howard Jacobson
Weekend Edition Saturday Zen Ghosts Jon J. Muth
Weekend Edition Sunday Perfect One-Dish Dinners Pam Anderson

October 15, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NPR Books Grid: 10/1-10/7

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Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 30 (28 last week)

All Things Considered: 4 (6 LW)

Diane Rehm: 2 (5 LW)

Fresh Air: 1 (6  LW)

Morning Edition: 3 (1 LW)

NPR.org: 3 (3 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 5 (3 LW)

Tell Me More: 0 (1  LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 3 (5  LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 2 (1  LW)

All Things Considered Warmth of Other Suns, The Isabel Wilkerson
All Things Considered Play Their Hearts Out George Dohrmann
All Things Considered Three Books To Help You Enjoy The Apocalypse
All Things Considered Nemesis Philip Roth
Diane Rehm Last Man on the Mountain* Jennifer Jordan
Diane Rehm Making Our Democracy Work Stephen Breyer
Fresh Air Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
Morning Edition Distinegration Eugene Robinson
Morning Edition At Home Bill Bryson
Morning Edition Book Your Trip: Nancy Pearl Picks Tales For Travel
NPR.org How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe Charles Yu
NPR.org Nemesis Philip Roth
NPR.org Vida Patricia Engel
Talk of the Nation Disappearing Spoon, The Sam Kean
Talk of the Nation No Ordinary Joes Larry Colton
Talk of the Nation Angel Island Erika Lee
Talk of the Nation Spiritual Envy Michael Krasny
Talk of the Nation Buzz Katherine Ellison
Weekend Edition Saturday American Grace Robert Putnam
Weekend Edition Saturday Growing Up Laughing Marlo Thomas
Weekend Edition Saturday Silent Season of a Hero Gay Talese
Weekend Edition Sunday Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter Tom Franklin
Weekend Edition Sunday Phone Book, The Ammon Shea

October 8, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

NPR Books Grid: 9/24-9/30

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 30 (28 last week)

All Things Considered: 6 (5 LW)

Diane Rehm: 5 (4 LW)

Fresh Air: 6 (4  LW)

Morning Edition: 1 (4  LW)

NPR.org: 3 (3 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 4 (3 LW)

Tell Me More: 1 (1 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 3 (2 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 1 (2  LW)

All Things Considered Thomas the Tank Engine Wilbert Awdry
All Things Considered Even Silence Has An End Ingrid Betancourt
All Things Considered Fall of Giants Ken Follett
All Things Considered Room Emma Donoghue
All Things Considered Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead Rick Meyerowitz
All Things Considered You Must Read This / If I Stay Gayle Forman
Diane Rehm Sarah* Robert Gottlieb
Diane Rehm My Lie Meredith Maran
Diane Rehm Secret History of MI6, The Keith Jeffery
Diane Rehm Origins Annie Murphy Paul
Diane Rehm Audacity to Win, The David Plouffe
Fresh Air Parallel Play Tim Page
Fresh Air Juliet, Naked* Nick Hornby
Fresh Air Stalling for Time Gary Noesner
Fresh Air Aftershock Robert Reich
Fresh Air Poisoning the Press Mark Feldstein
Fresh Air Your Republic is Calling You Young-Ha Kim
Morning Edition Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk David Sedaris
NPR.org Sarah Robert Gottlieb
NPR.org Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk David Sedaris
NPR.org Poisoning the Press Mark Feldstein
Talk of the Nation Almost Chimpanzee Jon Cohen
Talk of the Nation Grace of Silence, The Michele Norris
Talk of the Nation Antony and Cleopatra Adrian Keith Goldsworthy
Talk of the Nation Growing Up Laughing Marlo Thomas
Tell Me More Warmth of Other Sunds Isabel Wilkerson
Weekend Edition Saturday I Curse the River of Time Per Peterson
Weekend Edition Saturday Don’t Quit Your Day Job Sonny Brewer
Weekend Edition Saturday Dogfight, A Love Story Matt Burgess
Weekend Edition Sunday Shooting in the Wild Christopher Palmer

October 1, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NPR Books Grid: 9/17-9/23

Anyone who emails me the imprints of all the books listed (or houses if no imprint is available) will win the NPR Books Grid for the prior week that includes, in addition to the information below, interviewer, pub date, imprint, genre, post-interview Amazon ranking, pre-interview ranking (if the book was mentioned on Shelf Awareness and I was able to look up the number before the interview), and interview hyperlink.

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TOTAL book stories for the past week: 28 (29 last week)

All Things Considered: 5 (6  LW)

Diane Rehm: 4 (4 LW)

Fresh Air: 4 (4  LW)

Morning Edition: 4 (3  LW)

NPR.org: 3 (6 LW)

Talk of the Nation: 3 (4 LW)

Tell Me More: 1 (0 LW)

Weekend Edition Saturday: 2 (1 LW)

Weekend Edition Sunday: 2 (1 LW)

All Things Considered Proofiness Charles Seife
All Things Considered Man With the Golden Touch, The Sinclair McKay
All Things Considered Grace of Silence Michele Norris
All Things Considered My Guilty Pleasure / Haunted Wisconsin Michael Norman
All Things Considered Three Books To Take You Back To The Renaissance
Diane Rehm I Curse the River of Time* Per Petterson
Diane Rehm Sarah Robert Gottleib
Diane Rehm Choke Sian Beilock
Diane Rehm Even Silence Has An End Ingrid Betancourt
Fresh Air Lost Dogs, The Jim Gorant
Fresh Air Big Girls Don’t Cry Rebecca Traister
Fresh Air Half Empty David Rakoff
Fresh Air C Street Jeff Sharlet
Morning Edition Storyteller Donald Sturrock
Morning Edition Grace of Silence Michele Norris
Morning Edition Half Empty David Rakoff
Morning Edition Modern Fairies, Dwarves Goblins, and Other Nasties Lesley M.M. Blume
NPR.org Official Preppy Handbook, The Lisa
NPR.org Gold Boy, Emerald Girl Yiyun Li
NPR.org Woman with the Bouquet, The Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Talk of the Nation Invisible Gorilla Christopher Chabris
Talk of the Nation Calculus Diaries Jennifer Oullette
Talk of the Nation Patti Lupone Patti Lupone
Tell Me More Warmth of Other Sunds Isabel Wilkerson
Weekend Edition Saturday Personal History of Rachel Dupree, The Ann Weisgarber
Weekend Edition Saturday Too Big to Fail Andrew Ross Sorkin
Weekend Edition Sunday Two First Novels, 10 Years In The Making
Weekend Edition Sunday Book of the Dead John Mitchinson

September 24, 2010 Posted by | NPR Books Watch | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment