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A Book-World Wish List for 2014

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As 2014 approaches, I think about what I would like to see happen in the world of books. I know they often say, “Be careful what you wish for,” but here are my wishes for the coming year. 1. The artificial distinction will no longer be made between “literary” fiction and well-written fiction in any genre. 2. There will be a renaissance of independent bookstores across the country. 3. People who love reading will generously fund their local libraries. 4. Amazon, Goodreads and other online sites will abandon their “star” ratings of books. These shortcuts are a misleading way of trashing, bashing or praising books. 5. More readers of all genres will participate vigorously in online group discussions. 6. People who…

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