Betty Ballantine, Who Helped Introduce Paperbacks, Dies at 99 – The New York Times

As a publishing team, she and her husband, Ian, set out in 1939 “to change the reading habits of America,” and to a large extent they did.

More millennials visited a public library last year than any other generation, study shows

A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 shows that more millennials used a public library than any other generation of Americans. The findings were cited in response to a Forbes op-ed making a case for Amazon replacing local libraries to save taxpayer’s money.

A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon – The New York Times

A Rediscovered Mark Twain Fairy Tale Is Coming Soon – The New York Times

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is an expansion of a recently discovered fairy tale by Mark Twain, written and illustrated by Philip and Erin Stead for Doubleday and Hartford, CT’s Mark Twain House, based on an outline and notes from the Twain archives at the University of California, Berkeley. It’s the only known fairy tale that Twain had written down after improvising it verbally for his daughters. It’s the story of a boy who gains the ability to talk to animals after eating a magic flower and goes on a quest to find a wicked king’s kidnapped son. It includes an argument between Twain and the story’s writer over how it should be completed. It will be published this fall by Doubleday.