Archive for January, 2013

2013 -Top five Predictions for Book Industry

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

It is the time of the year when intellectuals of book industry polish their crystal balls and make predictions for the coming year. What changes will take place in the book industry in 2013? Here are some of our estimations on what would happen in book industry this year.

Decline of E-book readers

After an amazing growth in the last few years, ebook readers market is sloping down alarmingly due to the unstoppable growth of multifunction tablets like ipad that have gained the ardent support of customers. The recent analysis of iSuppli shows that there was decline in the shipments of e-book readers in 2011 and it is supposed to be declined over two-thirds of its peak volume by 2016. Tablet shipments are certainly killing e-book reader sales and hit about 120 million units in 2012 just after two short years of its appearance in the market, and 340 million systems are expected by 2016.

Popular book retailers expand their global operations

All the popular bookstores would double their efforts to reach global market in 2013. Amazon has already extended its operating stores in about 10 countries. Barnes & Nobel launched their U.K. bookstore in 2012 and will most likely to make its presence global in 2013. In 2012, Apple extended the reach of the iBookstore to 18 new countries, bringing the overall reach of the Apple iBookstores to 50 countries. Furthermore, Kobo, global leader in e-reading, acquired by globally-minded Japan’s juggernaut Rakuten will expand its reach in 2013.

Rise in the self published books

Publishers’ refusal to provide adequate ebook support to libraries for fear that library e-book sales will diminish publisher’s ebook and print book sales through traditional sellers will create a window of opportunity for self-published authors. According to the new study of bowker (official ISBN Agency for the US) – authors are entering into self-publishing at an exceptional rate and the production of self-published books in America grew by 287 percent to235, 625 books since 2006. Authors will direct publish to their readers and it will help authors to achieve global distribution. Moreover, self-publishing will not only help authors to earn per-unit royalty rates of 60-70% net at lower prices than traditionally published authors but also help them to becoming a brand.

EBOOK Pricing will decline

The cost of e-book readers may be decline in 2013 due to three major factors.

1. The small number of reader eyeballs

2. Excessive supply of books and

3. Unlimited supply of other media devices

Manufacturers of ebook readers are more likely to continue to sell at production cost or even less in future to maintain their market. There are rumors in the industry that the lightest and an ultra-low-cost eReader- Txtr Beagle reader will be selling for as little as $13 along with operator subsidies in 2013.

IHS iSuppli believes that even with such low pricing, ebook devices will not recoup the fame they once had. However, the giant e-book reader manufacturers will insulate because they can regain some of their losses through the huge sales generated from other products available through their online store.

Indie ebooks will start driving more film & television projects

Books have always been a successful and well-liked source for film and TV producers. If a book is sold to film or TV producers before publication, the producers face the risk that they start production only to discover later that the story didn’t like by readers. A successful book lowers the loss on investment and helps in making a blockbuster movie. Moreover, a proven-best seller means the story is compelling and has already proven itself an audience-pleaser in the marketplace. We believe that indie authors will reach the market with the world’s top and most profitable future stories and may be these stories find its way to a movie theater near to you.

That’s what we believe is going to happen for sure in 2013. We welcome you all to add more predictions for the year by posting your comments below.

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10 Stunning Yet Thought-Provoking Minimalistic Book Covers

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

Minimalism is a popular approach in graphic design and illustration, in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect. It is widely used to create book cover designs that help readers focusing on the title and the theme of the book as well as the authors’ names. The minimalistic book cover designs are often simple and elegant, but highly thought-provoking, reflecting the essence of subject or content hidden between the covers.

We have shortlisted 10 Books that have pretty stunning and sharply focused minimalistic cover designs, hiding inside powerful themes and greatly engaging stories or contents. Here are the same:

In the Cut

Author: Susanna Moore

A masterpiece of literary suspense and sexual exploration. It is a story of Frannie Thorstin, a divorced English professor, who spends much of her time alone, working on a book about dialects and idiomatic language. One evening at a bar, Frannie stumbles upon a man and a woman engaged in a sexual act. A week later a detective shows up at her door. The woman’s body has been discovered in the park across the street. What follows is a chilling tale of lust and murder as Frannie finds herself drawn to the detective.

 

Flying Leap

Author: Judy Budnitz

Twenty-three stories introduce a startling, shimmering new voice in fiction. From a man persuaded to donate his own heart to his dying mother to the arc of a love affair conducted solely on a park bench to a brief history of women in the form of a fashion catalog, these stories provide short, sharp shocks as provocative as they are entertaining.

 

Oil

Author: Matthew Yeomans

Intended to investigate the role of oil in America, author Matthew Yeomans spent a day without oil, only to stumble before exiting the bathroom (petroleum products play a role in shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, and contact lenses). When this book was published in cloth, it was quickly recognized as the wittiest and most accessible guide to the product that drives the U.S. economy and undergirds global conflict. The book sparked reviews and editorials across the country from the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and The Nation to Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, Wired and others.

 

Accident: A Philosophical and Literary History

Author: Ross Hamilton

Accident, Ross Hamilton claims, is the force that makes us modern. Tracing the story of accident from Aristotle to Buster Keaton and beyond, Hamilton’s daring book revives the tradition of the grand history of ideas.

 

Black Lab

Author: David Young

David Young, the distinguished poet and translator, offers us a gorgeous cycle of poems attuned to the Midwestern seasons; to weather both emotional and actual. Young’s expert shaping of this world, in which, as he writes, “We’re never going to get God right. But we / learn to love all our failures on the way”, becomes for the reader a fresh experience of life’s mysterious goodness and of the abundant pleasure of the language that embodies it.

 

Homo Zapiens

Author: Victor Pelevin

When Tatarsky, a frustrated poet, takes a job as an advertising copywriter, he finds he has a talent for putting distinctively Russian twists on Western-style ads. But his success leads him into a surreal world of spin doctors, gangsters, drug trips, and the spirit of Che Guevera, who, by way of a Ouija board, communicates theories of consumer theology. A bestseller in Russia, Homo Zapiens displays the biting absurdist satire that has gained Victor Pelevin superstar status among today’s Russian youth, disapproval from the conservative Moscow literary world, and critical acclaim worldwide.

 

An Ethics of Interrogation

Author: Michael Skerker

A full length assessment of the “act of interrogation”. In this important new examination of a controversial subject, Michael Skerker confronts a host of philosophical and legal issues, from the right to privacy and the privilege against compelled self-incrimination to prisoner rights and the legal consequences of different modes of interrogation for both domestic criminal and foreign terror suspects.

 

sex.lies.murder.fame.

Author: Lolita Files

Gifted with rock star looks and a genius IQ, Penn Hamilton has been inspiring awe since he was a baby. Now he’s ready to take on the world and claim his rightful place in the midst of celebrity as a Writer. Rapper. Model. God. Unfortunately, the world’s not quite ready for him. Sparks fly when Penn meets Beryl Unger, high-powered editrix to literati and glitterati alike. Sparks fly even higher when he meets one of Beryl’s authors, superstar romance author Sharlyn Tate. Two women, one man. A man with no boundaries, who will stop short of nothing –even brutal, vicious murder– to have the success and adulation he so desperately desires.

 

Naked Economics

Author: Charles Wheelan

This book makes up for all of those Econ 101 lectures you slept through (or avoided) in college, demystifying key concepts, laying bare the truths behind the numbers, and answering those questions you have always been too embarrassed to ask.

 

A Million Little Pieces

Author: James Frey

This is James Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab. At the age of 23, Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24.

Five Bestselling Books on Philanthropy

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

We have complied today a list of Books on Philanthropy, which we have found very thought-provoking yet bestselling. If you’re a person with philanthropic spirit, you should make home for these books on your bookshelf. Read out the following books and learn how philanthropy can bring a change in our society to make it a better place for all.

Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results - A decade ago, Thomas J. Tierney left Bain & Company to cofound The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit focused on helping donors and nonprofit leaders to develop and execute strategies to accelerate social change. In this book, Tierney pools his hands-on knowledge with Duke professor Joel L. Fleishman’s expertise to create a much-needed primer for philanthropists and the nonprofit organizations they support. Drawing from personal experiences, researches spanning 20th and 21st centuries philanthropy, contemporary interviews, and Bridgespan’s extensive field work, this groundbreaking book presents the definitive guide to engaged philanthropy.

Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World - Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to action. This book is an inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. First, it reveals about the extraordinary and innovative efforts that have been made so far by companies and organizations, and by individuals to solve the problems and save lives both “down the street and around the world. Then, it urges us to seek out what each of us, regardless of income, available time, age, and skills, can do to help; to give people a chance to live out their dreams.

Start Something That Matters -Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world—all at the same time.” In this book, Blake Mycoskie asserts that you don’t have to be rich to give back and you don’t have to retire to spend every day doing what you love. You can find profit, passion, and meaning all at once—right now. Through the story of TOMS, one of the fastest-growing shoe companies in the world, Blake presents the six simple keys for creating or transforming your own life and business, making you enable for –from discovering your core story to being resourceful without resources; from overcoming fear and doubt to incorporating giving into every aspect of your life.

Give a Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World -With open hearts and open hands, we gave what we could, and a little became a lot.” Drawing on her twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Wendy Smith shows in this book how easily we can dip into our pockets and, with just a few dollars, can change the world. A highly thought-provoking book, it not only contains remarkable and inspiring stories of how small donations are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of millions both here in the United States and around the world, but also lays out where and how to start giving from today.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time - Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools, especially for girls, that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

Well, this is our selection for the best Philanthropy Books, but you please feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments section.

Some Bestselling Puzzle Books for Your Mental Exercise

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

It’s not just your body but also your mind that need regular exercise to function properly with their bests. The brain needs some stimulus to work out qualitatively on regular basis. And, the best way to keep our brain active and properly exercised, besides working and studying, is to solve or answer some really teasing logic and puzzle most frequently.

Here is a list of some bestselling Puzzle Books from our well-assorted inventory, covering an exciting range of mathematical puzzles and reasoning, and crosswords. Pick any book(s) from this list and start exercising your brain on times that suit you. All the following books are selling well and indeed, are enjoyable reads.

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles - The noted expert and longtime author of Scientific American’s Mathematical Games column selects 70 of his favorite “short” puzzles. Enthusiasts can challenge their skills with such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, Bronx vs. Brooklyn, and dozens more puzzles involving logic and basic math are complied here. Complete solutions also included.

Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles - Only an elementary knowledge of math is needed to enjoy this entertaining compilation of brain-teasers. It includes a mixture of old and new riddles covering a variety of mathematical topics: money, speed, plane and solid geometry, probability, topology, tricky puzzles and more. Carefully explained solutions follow each problem along with 65 black-and-white illustrations.

The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations - Most popular Russian puzzle book ever published. Marvelously varied puzzles ranging from simple “catch” riddles to difficult problems. Lavishly illustrated with clear diagrams and amusing sketches. Edited for English-readers, while retaining warmth and charm of original.

Logic Puzzles to Bend Your Brain - Logic, math, and fun come all wrapped up in one tricky puzzle package. Each little story gives you just enough information to determine what’s bigger, who weighs more, how much gets sold, and lots of other confounding brain twisters. To make it just a little easier, every puzzle has a chart to help you organize and work out the all facts in your possession.

Mathematics, Magic and Mystery - Famed puzzle expert explains math behind a multitude of mystifying tricks: card tricks, stage “mind reading,” coin and match tricks, counting out games, geometric dissections, etc. Probability, sets, theory of numbers are clearly explained here along with more than 400 tricks that anyone can do.

Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd - Bizarre imagination, originality, trickiness, and whimsy characterize puzzles of Sam Loyd, America’s greatest puzzler. In this groundbreaking book, Sam presents a selection from fabulously rare Cyclopedia includes the famous 14–15 puzzles, the Horse of a Different Color, and 115 others in various areas of elementary math. 150 period line drawings are also included in this book to support each puzzles.

Mensa Guide to Solving Sudoku: Hundreds of Puzzles Plus Techniques to Help You Crack Them All - Here it comes: a revolution in sudoku solving! This is by far the most complete guide to cracking these addictive puzzles ever produced, with tricks even the experts won’t know. While most books might have a few pages of introduction before proceeding straight to the sudokus, this one covers it all: hidden pairs, naked pairs, X-wings, jellyfish, squirmbag, bivalue and bilocation graphs, turbot fish, grid coloring, and chains. Every single one is here, and much more too, including the exclusive Gordonian logic methods (Gordonian rectangles and Gordonian polygons) that will turn even the hardest puzzles into a breeze. And, of course, there are hundreds of sudoku for practice.

The New York Times Ultimate Crossword Omnibus - The biggest book of crossword puzzles-ever! From The New York Times, the gold standard of crossword puzzles, comes this new collection containing a stunning 1,001 puzzles of all levels of difficulty, enough for even the most determined crossword fanatic. Old fans and new alike will find that the puzzles within are sure to excite, delight, confound, amaze, amuse and enlighten.

The Brainiest Insaniest Ultimate Puzzle Book! - Kids love puzzles, and parents love their kids to love puzzles. So, here comes a puzzle book for kids from Puzzability –the premier puzzle-writing company whose mind-benders have appeared regularly in The New York Times and Disney Adventures, and repeatedly in The New Yorker and Martha Stewart Kids. This is a rich, original, and entertaining category-killer book with over 250 puzzles on every imaginable theme and subject. Fully illustrated in color, here is a bonanza of mazes, word games, visual and logic puzzles, and more.

Top 7 Books that will be Made Into Movies in 2013

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

Here is a list of 7 books that are picked to be adapted into major motion pictures in 2013, offering you a chance to read them before they hit the big screen in coming months of this year. Take a look:

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks – It is evident from the past record that the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novels always enlarges the size of his fandom. This romantic epic is the story of a mysterious young woman with a dark past who arrives in a small town in North Carolina with single-minded to keep from any new relationship. But despite her best efforts, she finds herself in the catch of love and consequently, of her dark past again. February 8, 2013, is set to be the release date for Safe Haven.

 

Carrie by Stephen King - This groundbreaking horror story by Stephen King follows a mistreated high school student, Carrie White, who has telekinetic powers that nudges her towards vicious need for revenge, leading her to punish her tormentors. One of King’s most shocking tales, this becomes a classic horror work of fiction. The first movie adaptation of this King’s debut novel came out in 1976 and is considered as a classic. Now, its remake is set to be hit movie theatres on March 15, 2013.

 

The Host  by Stephenie Meyer – Earth has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading “soul” who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie dreams and thinks of the man she still loves, her host falls in love with him too. Soon Wanderer and Melanie, reluctant allies, set off to search for the man they both love Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature involving only two bodies, “The Host” will not disappoint “Twilight” fandom. The film adaptation of The Host, going to release on March 29, 2013, would definitively be a good treat for Twilight fans.

 

World War Z  by Max Brooks - The up and coming monster is the zombie, and this science-fiction novel has covered this nemesis of human civilization in quite a broad ways. The last Zombie War almost wiped out humanity, but Max Brooks is on a mission to take down first-hand experiences of the survivors on every corner of the globe. Set many years later, this book chronicles the tales of individuals who survived the battle and the aftermath that followed. It’s movie adaptation is decided to be released on June 21, 2013.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – When Clary Fray heads out for a night at Pandemonium Club in New York City, she never expected to witness a murder, even less so one committed by three teenagers sporting strange tattoos and weapons she’s never seen before. But when she calls the Police, the body vanishes and she isn’t sure whether to trust what she saw. After her first encounter with a group she later learns are called Shadowhunters, Clary assumes she’ll never see them again and that is until her mother disappears all of sudden, and now she needs answers. This fantasy fiction is going to hit the big screen on August 23, 2013.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. We can see this unusual island of Guernsey on the big screen as the renowned director Kenneth Branagh is to release the film adaptation of this historical novel this year, though no release date has been set yet.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole – This is the story of a brazen, befuddled antihero, Ignatius J. Reilly who is the involuntarily entertaining, completely mislead, yet strangely likable, adult student still living in his mother’s home in New Orleans. While searching for a job, Reilly encounters with a number of mishaps that brings him into contact with strippers, philanderers, and other comedic characters. That is when he learns about the imbecility of people, and ponders his greatest achievement, “The Journal of a Working Boy.” This Pulitzer Prize winning literary fiction is going to become a motion picture this year but its release date is yet to be decided.

10 Facts About J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most common names that can be found on almost every bookshelves. Most of the book enthusiasts know him for his master works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings TrilogyThe Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. He is widely regarded as the father of the “modern fantasy literature”. We all love him for the high fantasy he created in his works.

Today, on the occasion of his 121st birth anniversary, we’ve dug out some worth knowing facts about John Ronald Reuel Tolkien that we think every fans of Tolkien would love to know about. Here goes the same:

From Lifetime

1.  Since Tolkien saw himself as a scholar first and then a writer, he didn’t share the enthusiasm for the success and fandom of his fantasy fiction works. It always displeased him that his scholarly works went largely unknown by the general public, who rather flocked to his fantasy writings. He never expected his stories to become popular, but by sheer accident a book called The Hobbit, which he had written some years before for his own children, and eventually became popular enough to  for the publishers to ask Tolkien to produce a sequel.

2.  Writing fantasy fiction was simply a hobby to Tolkien. He rather give importance to his scholarly works, which included Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics, a modern translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and A Middle English Vocabulary.

3. He was pretty romantic. At age 16, Tolkien fell in love with Edith Mary Bratt, who was three years older to him. His guardian, a Catholic priest, was horrified that his ward was seeing a Protestant and ordered the boy to have no contact with Edith until he turned 21. Tolkien obeyed, pining after Edith for years until the fateful evening of his twenty-first birthday when he wrote to Edith a declaration of his love and asked her to marry him. She broke off her engagement to another man, converted to Catholicism, and the two were married for the rest of their lives. As per Tolkien’s will, their shared tombstone has the names “Beren”and “Luthien”engraved on it, referring to a famous pair of star-crossed lovers from one of the fictional worlds he created.

4. Tolkien’s relationship with C.S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia), was not in that shape as it seemed to be. His fellow Oxford don, C.S. Lewis  is often considered as his closest friend and confidant throughout the lifetime. But the truth is, the pair had a much more troubled relationship. Initially, the authors were in close friendship, but their relationship got soured as Tolkien perceived Lewis to have anti-Catholic leanings and scandalous personal life. Nevertheless, the two did resolve to some degree in later life, Tolkien did hardly appreciate Lewis’s writings. He objected strongly to C. S. Lewis’s use of religious references in his stories, which were often overtly allegorical.

5. Tolkien loved to participate in club events. Wherever he worked, he was personally initiated the formation of literary and scholarly clubs. For example, he formed the Viking Club during his tenure as a professor at Leeds University. And, when he was at Oxford, he created the Inklings, a literary discussion group.

6. A philologist by profession, he invented languages for fun. Language and grammar for Tolkien was a matter of aesthetics and euphony. In his writing, he widely used the languages he created on his own. The most developed of them  are Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin. A notable addition came in late 1945 with Adûnaic or Númenórean, a language of a “faintly Semitic flavour” He even wrote many songs and poems in his fictional languages. The popularity of Tolkien’s books has had a small but lasting effect on the use of language in fantasy literature in particular, and even on mainstream dictionaries, which today commonly accept Tolkien’s idiosyncratic spellings dwarves and dwarvish (alongside dwarfs and dwarfish), which had been little used since the mid-19th century and earlier.

7. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972. In the same year Oxford University conferred upon him an honorary Doctorate of Letters.

 Post-Life

8. The works of Tolkien have been kept publishing posthumously almost as prolifically as when he was alive. His scribblings and random notes, along with manuscripts that he never troubled to publish, have been edited, revised, compiled, redacted, and published in dozens of volumes after his death. Tolkien’s son Christopher published a series of works based on his father’s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts that brought to us Tolkien’s posthumous works like The Silmarillion, The History of Middle Earth, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Hurin, and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun.

9. Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.

10. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945″.

The Cambridge Introduction to John Milton

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Guest Author: Dr. Stephen B. Dobranski, Professor at GSU

Today’s readers often struggle to understand and appreciate the works of John Milton.  Although he is one of the most important and influential writers in English literary history, some readers are intimidated by Milton’s reputation, his period’s apparent remoteness, or his works’ grand yet subtle style.  Milton also wrote in unfamiliar genres and modes—such as epic, ode, and pastoral—and his works contain classical and biblical allusions that seem increasingly obscure to a twenty-first-century audience.

I wrote The Cambridge Introduction to John Milton (Cambridge University Press, 2012) to make Milton’s works more accessible and enjoyable for modern readers.  I want to explain and to help readers analyze not just Milton’s writings but also the period in which he lived, and the dynamic relation between his writings and his historical circumstances.  This book’s other goal is to show why Milton matters—by illustrating the music of his verse, the richness of his language, the complexity of his characters, and his original engagement with theological, philosophical, and political issues that continue to resonate in our current culture.

 Among the book’s highlights:

•  Includes a detailed chronology of Milton’s life and writings informed by the most recent scholarship

•  Contains lively, lucidexplanations of the history and culture in which Milton wrote

•  Contains shaded boxes with detailed summaries and close readings of his major works

•  Contains separate chapters examining Milton’s poetry and prose

•  Contains original arguments and analyses of his context and major works

•  Includes an annotated section on “Further reading”

•  Contains a concise but detailed overview of Milton’s life and critical history

•  Emphasizes Milton’s social practice of writing

A Professor in the Department of English at Georgia State University, Dr. STEPHEN B. DOBRANSKI teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in John Milton, early modern literature, and textual studies as well as introductory courses in British and world literature. He conducts his primary research on John Milton and seventeenth-century print culture. Dr. Dobranski is the author of Readers and Authorship in Early Modern England (2005), winner of the SAMLA Studies Award; Milton, Authorship, and the Book Trade (1999); and A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton: “Samson Agonistes” (2009), winner of the John T. Shawcross Award. He also co-edited Milton and Heresy (1998) and edited Milton in Context  (2010), both winners of the Irene Samuel Memorial Award. Most recently, he completed The Cambridge Introduction to Milton (2012), which he wrote about in this post.

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