Today in books and publishing: Dave Eggers' new book gets a rave review, photos of people reading books on the subway, self-publishing, and books about aliens.
Fun things to look at, the "People reading books on the subway edition." Underground New York Public Library collects photos of people reading on the subway in New York City. It's a pretty great reminder that a lot of city dwellers do still adore the printed word, not to mention a gauge of what people are actually reading. On Wednesday, Ourit Ben-Haim, the blogger and photographer behind the site, answered a few questions about it for Tumblr Storyboard. Ben-Haim said, "To read is to be willing to engage ourselves towards discovery. Reading any book demonstrates this willingness. When I see the Reading-Riders, I see people who are contemplating description of new possibilities. In this way, every book says that its reader is simply great." So much book love! [Underground New York Public Library]
Penguin nabs a self-published best-seller. Following in what appears to be a trend wrought in part by Fifty Shades, Penguin will announce Friday that they've signed Iowan Tracey Garvis Graves to a two-book deal on the success of her self-published debut, On the Island. The house has "reissued Island, about a 30-year-old teacher and her 16-year-old male student shipwrecked together, as an e-book with new material, and will release the paperback July 10." Graves' next book, Covet, will be out in December 2013, and an Island movie is likely forthcoming—it has been optioned by MGM. But as salacious as the book may sound, Graves has told the press, "I don't want everyone in Des Moines to think I wrote this 'pervy' book. They are both very likeable, selfless characters." [USA Today]
Apropros of that: How to self-publish. CNET's David Carnoy offers 25 things you need to know if you want to get on this book bandwagon. The piece, originally written in 2008 and updated most recently Wednesday, features his own story of self-publishing and, of course, the main draw: those 25 tips. [CNET]
Books for people who love aliens. There are two new making-of books out there: The Book of Alien and Prometheus: The Art of the Film. "One is an example of how to do a making-of book wrong, and the other is an example of how to do it right." [Collider]
Take a moment and look at these adorable Hunger Games illustrations. They are worth it. [How Are You I'm Fine Thanks]