Wow -- both your girls are moving right along on the reading front. And having a good time doing it.
We also loved the Golly Sisters and their distinctly juvenile form of sibling bickering. There are three Golly Sisters books, two of them now sadly out of print. In Hooray for the Golly Sisters, May-May and Rose encounter a river separating them from a town where they're scheduled to perform that evening. The opening lines provided us with another of those family literary references:
It comes in handy when faced with any large body of water."Big river," said May-May."Very big river," said Rose.
Some interesting developments are afoot this week in the world of bookselling. You eloquently discussed some of Amazon's predatory practices back before Christmas. Now they're putting the squeeze on some book publishers to cut the prices at which they sell to Amazon. Last week, Amazon stopped selling e-books from Independent Publishers Group because it refused to cave to Amazon's demands. "It wasn't reasonable. There's only so far we can go," said the head of IPG, a distributor which sells books for hundreds of small publishers. Our store gets many titles, including the wonderful Alfie books and Dogger by Shirley Hughes, from IPG.
This is all cheering because from my point of view Amazon has seemed so unstoppable in its efforts to monopolize book sales in all forms. Smart people are figuring out how to keep bookselling a varied and open marketplace.From my point of view as an editor and publisher, this is also about supporting the connection between booksellers and book buyers. Hand selling has always been a necessary, integral part of the business, particularly with children's books. And it's still the hand selling, the independent booksellers and word of mouth that can create a best seller. Amazon might sell them, but independent booksellers are the ones who create them.