French Books USA: Week in Review

September 4, 2014 | By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Books by the Numbers
The 2014 French rentrée littéraire saw the release of 607 novels, an increase since last year’s rentrée. Reading all of those titles would take about 40 years!

Railroad Reads
The French national rail network SNCF launched the world’s first electronic library for public transportation. Passengers can use the (digital) platform to pick e-books that match their travel time.

Famous writer dies
American journalist Herbert Lottman passed away in Paris last Wednesday. He was 87. A longtime contributor to Publishers Weekly and the French journal Livres Hebdo, he also penned biographies, including Albert Camus: A Biography.

A Children’s Classic Goes Digital
Le Petit Nicolas is headed not only to school, but also onto your smartphones and tablets. E-bookworms of all ages can now enjoy a collection of 16 stories entitled La Rentrée du petit Nicolas in digital format.

Our Books, Our Shelves
The latest trend in the online book community is the Infinite Book Challenge: YouTubeing yourself listing as many book titles as possible in 60 seconds. Meanwhile, on Twitter, proud book owners are posting shelfies, which are, you guessed it—pictures of their book shelves.


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