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This Library Will Start Leasing Books…And That Actually Seems Cool

Libraries in Fulton County, Georgia (the home of the capital, Atlanta) have been toying with the idea of forerunning a program that would lease certain books to patrons as opposed to using the borrowing system. Apparently some libraries have been using similar systems for well over fifty years, but the release of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, a book detailing the inner-workings of Trump’s White House, has been cementing the idea in Atlanta further. 

 

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Fire and Fury created a massive stir in the world, and libraries have seen the effects first and foremost. Librarians suggest that using a leasing system would allow for them to own far more copies of a book than is typical without spending too much extra money or effort on having them put into circulation. This system would be beneficial when it comes to acquiring new, bestselling books that are in high-demand. Once the hype surrounding these books dies down, the libraries won’t be left with multiple copies that won’t be borrowed. Librarians say that these leftover copies would be sent and sold to bookshops, or put up for donation.

 

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In addition to benefitting the budget of the libraries, this leasing system would also benefit the loyal patrons. As is natural, when hype circles around any sort of book, movie, or television show, the amount of people wanting to experience said medium increases as well. The leasing system would essentially lower the amount of time people are entitled to borrow books, and would also disable them from the opportunity to renew the books they leased out. This system would give other readers the opportunity to experience the worlds that inhabit the pages within two book covers. 

 

We’ll see if such a system works out in a major city, and perhaps we can see such efforts being extended to smaller libraries as well. While the book borrower would indeed have to pay a decent price for the high-profile book they’re leasing, the proceeds would help provide the libraries some extra revenue. And keeping libraries alive should be a priority for everyone!

 

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Here’s How Stephen King Served Trump a Cold Dish of Revenge

It has been more than two months since horror author Stephen King joined Donald Trump’s infamous list of blocked Twitter accounts. Stern and steadfast as he is, King did not give up trolling and continued to voice his dislike of the President. 

 

Yesterday, King finally sought vengeance through one tweet:

 

This post is a reference to recent adaptation of King’s novels; while Mr. Mercedes is a 10-episode-long detective story, IT is originally based on King’s 1986 novel of the same name featuring the most terrifying clown of all time.

 

However serious the author sounds, how exactly this form of ‘blocking’ can be carried out remains uncertain. Nevertheless, his opposition against the President of the United States has gained more than 60,000 retweets and 200,000 likes. 

 

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James Comey, Former FBI Director, Will Release Book About “Ethical Leadership”

James Comey sure knows how to make headlines. Between his investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and possible Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Comey has become a household name. 

 

Publishers have taken notice. Flatiron Books will release Comey’s currently untitled book, which is expected to be finished in spring 2018.

 

Flatiron says the book will explore “what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” This may raise eyebrows on the left and right, as his decisions as FBI director were not without controversy. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken issue with Comey’s decision-making over the past year.

 

James Comey and Donald Trump shaking hands.

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The book will contain “yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.” His career stretches back much further than his position as FBI director. He also served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general during George W. Bush’s presidency.

 

James Comey and Barack Obama

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Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last month attracted 19.5 million viewers, and was dubbed “Washington’s Super Bowl.” During that hearing, Comey put on full display his extreme attention to detail. It will be fascinating to hear some of his currently unheard anecdotes, though, he will not be able to share classified information.

 

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Hillary Clinton’s New Memoir Looks at “What Happened” in the 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir has an official title: “What Happened.” Arriving September 12, the book promises a retrospective on the mistakes she made during the 2016 presidental election, and her surprising loss to Donald Trump. Specifically, according to publisher Simon & Schuster, Clinton will write from her perspective as the first female presidential candidate from a major political party during an election year “marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules.”

 

 

Per The Hill, the memoir will “double down on Russia’s interference and James Comey’s involvement in her stunning election defeat.” Though she has mostly been out of the public eye in recent months, this new book will spotlight her perspective on what exactly happened in the 2016 election.

 

Hillary Clinton doing a signing of "Hard Choices"

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Clinton’s first memoir with Simon & Schuster, “Living History,” was released in 2003. Her second, “Hard Choices,” came out in 2014, and recounts her time as Secretary of State under President Obama. “What Happened” is just over a month away, and may be Clinton’s most anticipated book yet.

 

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Book Sales Are Down. Is Trump to Blame?

Trump’s presidency was able to take the novel “1984,” over 60 years old, and make it a best seller again. The novel by George Orwell is still in the top 100 of the year, sitting comfortably at number 20 on Barnes & Nobles top 100 list, however not all books have been so lucky.

 

“I was sort of jokingly told that any books that weren’t political, dystopian, or both, weren’t really selling,” said author Alan Massey to New Republic, whose highly praised book hasn’t been selling like it should.

 

It isn’t that artists aren’t producing. Even though Trump has threatened to make cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, several artists, including Kathy Griffin and Broad City actresses Abbi Jacobson and Ilana, have been fighting back by bleeping out the president’s name in the upcoming season like you would a swear word.

 

In the same article from the New Republic, literary agent Monika Woods says that since near the end of 2016’s presidential race, “writers were booked on ‘Good Morning America’ and they had to be rebooked and rebooked and rebooked. Even New York Times bestselling authors with books out in Fall 2016 struggled.”

 

 

"Big Brother is watching" from 1984

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The reason “1984” has been doing so well is because of the “fake news” parallels between now and the novel. In “1984” the news is edited. Not in a way that there is fact-checking and spelling revision, but in the way that the past is changed by the government.

 

Art imitates life, and life seems to imitate art. Several times the administration has said one thing, and then the truth revealed it was a lie. One example is Kellyanne Conway defending Sean Spicer when he lied about the president’s inauguration crowd size.

 

This isn’t the first time the book has seen a resurgence. When Edward Snowden outed the privacy invasion by the National Security Agency in 2013, the book spiked in Amazon’s best sellers list.

 

Cover of book "1984"

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The publishers this year sold so many they had to print even more than planned. “We put through a 75,000 copy reprint this week. That is a substantial reprint and larger than our typical reprint for ‘1984,’” a Penguin spokesman told CNN.

 

Other books that have benefited for this country’s shady administration have included Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.

 

The story that took the novel’s desirable top position was “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance. The book was recommended by the New York Times for those who don’t understand the working-class whites who enabled Trump to win, but would like to.

 

Based on recent political events, it’s hard to know when dystopias and politics will stop trumping (forgive the pun) other books and give up some of the spotlight.

 

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