Billfold Book Review: ‘How to Start Your Very First Business’

Still looking for that last-minute holiday gift for a child aged 9-12? I recently received a review copy of How to Start Your Very First Business, the newest book in the Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club series.

Physical Books Increase Kids’ Reading Performance—But at What Cost?

If we’re assuming you want to go all the way to the point of diminishing returns and collect 500 print volumes, you might end up spending over $3,000 on books.

Are Scholastic Book Orders Worth It?

I had an instant vision of myself as the Book Fairy, going to Scholastic Book Fairs and giving librarians handfuls of cash to redistribute as needed.

The Unprecedented Success Of, And Backlash To, A LITTLE LIFE

The success of such a lengthy book of literary fiction by a relatively unknown author is surprising. The backlash has been commensurately severe.

The Library Gets Me Every Time

What starts as a free pile of books ends up being a $15.50 pile of books and counting.

Where The Lost Books Are: Confessions Of A Compulsive Buyer

I know the guilt of bringing bags of books to the Strand selling counter which have never had their spines cracked, and which I sell back to the very place I bought them from without so much as a single dog-ear or coffee stain. I have whispered “I’m so sorry” and then traded my refund in for another set of books that would meet a similar fate.

Jill Talbot’s ‘The Way We Weren’t’ Describes Single Parenting and Privation in Academia

When I asked Talbot if she had any advice to share for Billfold readers considering a career in academia, she laughed for a very long time and then asked me to quote her as “laughing for a very long time.”

The Billfold Book Club: Karl Taro Greenfeld’s ‘The Subprimes’

It is hard to read the final chapters of Karl Taro Greenfeld’s The Subprimes and not think of Bree Newsome climbing the flagpole outside the South Carolina State House to take down the Confederate flag.

Amazon Pays Kindle Unlimited Authors $1.33 For Every Book Read

According to data put together by The Digital Reader, writers enrolled in the Kindle Owners Lending Library—a precursor to Kindle Unlimited, where Kindle owners could check out one book per month—earned $2.24 per borrow in June 2014.
On July 18, 2014, Amazon announced Kindle Unlimited. Payouts dropped to $1.81 per either read or borrow (the data is unclear) and continued to drop and fluctuate around this current low point of $1.33 per read.

KonMarie and Me

The first week of 2015, I decided to KonMarie my life. The concept of spring cleaning never made much sense to me. Spring brings flowers, allergies, sunny weather and a sun that doesn’t really set until at least 7 p.m. Spring is made for being enjoyed outdoors with the sun on your shoulders, not in your musty apartment, marveling at moths and finding new and inventive ways to store the scarves you stress-knit or the sweaters you bought when you were sick of everything else. It was decidedly winter out—cold, blustery, with traces of snow still on the ground. I decided that the new year was the best time.