I never thought I’d be reading a book the size of the first iPod Touch until I came across the latest editions of John Green’s bestselling books. Marketed as Penguin Minis, these books have text that reads horizontally with onion-thin pages flipping upward. As a person who loves to lug books around, this would be a perfect option in theory. In execution, I was completely wrong.
I never thought I would hate a book format more than a poorly designed e-book, but Penguin Minis have come along to prove me very, very wrong. The point of these books is to be super easy to handle. Apparently, the “revolutionary landscape design and ultra-thin paper makes it easy to hold in one hand.”While I will admit that the book itself feels quite nice to hold in such a nontraditional way, trying to read the pages and flip from page to page is near impossible. The pages are so thin that there is no way I can successful grab onto only one, instead flipping an entire chapter.
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The text size is nothing to complain about unless you’re not used to reading mass market paperbacks with similarly thin pages and smaller print than typical paperback books or if you have particularly bad eyesight. I took issue with my bad eyesight combined with the small font and the thin pages. From a distance, it was hard to keep track of where I was on the page as the words from the pages before ghosted onto the page I was reading.
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On top of all of this, there are twenty-five skin-thin pages at the end of the book just hanging out. What does Penguin and John Green expect me to do with these? Write notes in them? Doodle my interpretation of Gus’s pre-funeral? Write my riveting review of the novel? What is the purpose of these twenty-five blank pages?
In conclusion, would I purchase a Penguin Mini again? Absolutely not. They may be perfect for reading on the subway during rush hour, but the thinness of the pages makes reading a two-handed activity, even for the most agile of readers. I will give them credit and say that it is probably one of the cutest books I will ever own and it will look preciously displayed on my bookshelf. It may just be a case of a format that Americans aren’t quite used to and with an audience that isn’t quite ready for another revolution in literary distribution, this time in the form of palm-sized books.
It’s been 150 years since Little Women was published. Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel has been embraced by generations of readers since its release and it remains one of the most popular children’s classics.
This coming-of-age tale introduced readers to the March sisters, four young women whose unique personalities and endearing tales quickly grabbed the hearts of readers. Through the highs and hardships of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, Little Women explores the struggle of leaving behind adolescence and entering adulthood, and the journey to find and accept one’s identity while facing the growing pressures of societal expectations.
In celebration of its 150th anniversary year, Vintage Classics and imprint of Penguin Random House will be publishing a special editionof the novel featuring a new and colorful cover.
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This special edition will not only reintroduce readers to the story of the March sisters, but it will allow readers to explore their later tales as it includes the novel’s sequel, Good Wives.
Priyanka Chopra is best known as an actress, singer, film producer, and philanthropist, but now she can add author to that list. The Quantico star took to Instagram this morning to announce her memoir, Unfinished.
Penguin Random House India, which will publish the book along with divisions in the United States and Britain, said: “We are committed to publishing strong female role models, and are immensely proud of having Priyanka Chopra on that list.”
Describing it as something that’s been on her bucket list, Chopra’s book will consist of personal essays, stories, and observations. When speaking about her upcoming memoir, Chopra said:
I was raised to be fearless when it came to opinions and I would like to tell my story in the hopes of inspiring people — especially women — to change the conversation, to shatter glass ceilings. Women are always told we can’t have everything. I want everything, and I believe anyone else can have it too. I’m proof of it.
Two survivors of the February 14th Parkland shooting, David Hogg and his sister Lauren, are publishing a book with Random House titled #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line. The book is set to be published by June 5th of this year.
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The book will not only reflect on the shooting that left seventeen dead, but will also focus on legislative actions that can be taken to prevent future gun violence.
Random House announced the book Wednesday, also including that all profits from the book will be donated to charity and community organizations. Random House will also be donating to the charity Everytown for Gun Safety.
Sarah Jessica Parker has recently partnered with Hogarth, the transatlantic imprint of Penguin Random House to produce her own line of books ‘SJP for Hogarth’ and hopes to publish books by both established writers and new voices. ‘A Place for Us’ is her first acquisition.
Fatima Farheen Mirza, a 26 year old graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop has written a book that deals with the tensions raised within an immigrant family when the daughter decides to marriage of love.
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Parker said that Mirza “allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith. Ms. Mirza painstakingly details the life of an Indian Muslim family in America and their children’s search to feel whole, fulfilled, and content.”
The Huffington Post noted that days after President Donald Trump issued his first attempt at a Muslim travel ban in February of this year, a group of nearly 80 literary agents issued an open call for submissions from Muslim authors in an attempt to “seek out unheard voices so that others can hear them.”
We can’t wait to read what’s sure to be a great debut, and to see what new and diverse voices Parker brings to the fore!