I hesitated to write this post because who wants to sign up for more email newsletters? I myself have finally taken the time to unsubscribe from some that I've let clutter up my inbox for years. Don't get me started on marketing emails...
But bookish newsletters fall into an entirely different category. They're full of articles I want to read about books, book publishers, and bookstores. Yet, I didn't realize these newsletters were being put out until I started working in the industry. Which is why I want to share them with you without hesitation. More book lovers should know about them!
Getting a daily dose of bookish news has been a real pleasure. I've gone from a passive reader to an engaged reader and it's made all the difference. I feel more connected to the world of books and the people who love them as much as I do.
Publisher's Weekly - Puts out a suite of ten different newsletters. My favorite and go to for book news is PW Daily: "Authoritative reporting of the day's most important information: big deals, personnel moves, sales information, and technology developments."
Lit Hub - Of the list, this is my favorite and the one I look forward to opening the most. "Literary Hub is an organizing principle in the service of literary culture, a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life. There is more great literary content online than ever before, but it is scattered, easily lost—with the help of its editorial partners, Lit Hub is a site readers can rely on for smart, engaged, entertaining writing about all things books."
Electric Lit - Despite the name being Electric Lit my brain always reads it as Eclectic Lit and I thinks it's more fitting. Their mission is to, "amplify the power of storytelling with digital innovation, and to ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture by supporting writers, embracing new technologies, and building community to broaden the audience for literature."
The Paris Review - More of a literary magazine than a source for news, though I've read some of the best social commentary in the essays they publish. "The Paris Review hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book. I think The Paris Review should welcome these people into its pages: the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and non-axe-grinders. So long as they’re good.”
Book Riot - About twenty different newsletters to choose from, Book Riot certainly offers the most variety and fun when it comes to books. "Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M. Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose."