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On the Books: Bruce Springsteen lists his favorite reads

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– In August, Bruce Springsteen announced he would release an illustrated children’s bookOutlaw Pete will hit shelves Tuesday, and to drum up excitement, Springsteen talked to The New York Times about some of his favorite books. Some of Springsteen’s favorites make a lot of sense, given that he’s a champion of grandiose songs about daily life: He suggests Dostoevsky and Tolstoy as his favorite novelists of all-time, for their work on The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina, respectively. He also says he just finished Moby-Dick and Love in the Time of Cholera and loved both.

The interview wasn’t all about doom and gloom, however. Springsteen regretfully admitted that he didn’t read The Grapes of Wrath until “long after” he wrote the classic song “Ghost of Tom Joad.” And when asked which three writers he’d most want to host for a literary dinner, Springsteen named four—Philip Roth, Keith Richards, Leo Tolstoy, and Bob Dylan—adding that “the babbling in different tongues would be wonderful.” [The New York Times]

– Some other rock legends are publishing a book—but it ain’t no Outlaw Pete. Just in time for the holidays, Taschen Books will release Rolling Stones, “a definitive, authorized illustrated history of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band.” Get excited: The 500-page collection can be yours for a smooth $5,000. For five grand you’ll get the “sumo-size” 20-by-20-inch book, which includes essays, photographs, archival material, an introduction by former President Bill Clinton, and is packaged in a clamshell case. [L.A. Times]

– A new collaboration would appear to bode well for horror fans. Doubleday and Vintage books have announced they’ll be working with Blumhouse Productions, who have brought horror franchises like Paranormal Activity and The Purge to the big screen with micro-budgets. The new venture, Blumhouse Books, will makes its debut with a collection of short fiction from people in the horror film industry, including Ethan Hawke, Eli Roth, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, Chris Denham, and James DeMonaco. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City should go on sale in July 2015. [Publishers Weekly]

– As e-readers become more and more common, one problem seems to persist: Efficiently reading things like textbooks. Tackling a fiction novel is relatively easy, because users go through it in sequential order. But finding a particular recipe in a cookbook or the right chapter to study for an exam—that can be tougher. Google Play Books wants to fix that. The company announced a big update to its Android app that will bring scrubbing, a common feature on lots of other smartphone apps, to the realm of digital books. [The Verge]

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