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Fourth Annual Best of the Best of 2016 Lists

As soon as December 1 hits, and in a few cases even earlier (I’m looking at you, Publishers Weekly), the internet is filled with lots of hot, cold, and lukewarm takes of what was the best of the year. It’s tradition by now, and we here at Trendsetter both like to keep with tradition ourselves and acknowledge that the best kind of best of lists are the ones that have to do with books. So, without further ado, let’s begin with what some of the best (as very scientifically determined by […]

Third Annual The Best of the End of the Year “Best of” Lists of 2015

Don’t worry, lists remained popular in 2015, and I’m willing to bet they’re not going anywhere in 2016 either. This was my third time compiling the best of the bookish best of lists. And each year I’ve done this, I’ve loudly commented to my coworker that there are too many lists this year, and I’m never going to be able to choose between them all. But the reality is, most of you reading this site, you’re book people, and you already know what a lot of the picks will be […]

Profiles in Publishing: Ángela Ruiz Robles

Name: Ángela Ruiz Robles Birthdate/Place:  1895, Vallamanín, León, Innovator Associated With: World’s first “E”-Reader Claim to Fame: A teacher and a mother of three, Robles was teaching typing, shorthand and when she invented the “Mechanical Encyclopedia” in 1949, an analog precursor to current E-readers. She hoped to lighten the weight of books that schoolchildren had to carry to school everyday and make reading more accessible for everyone. However, due to Spain’s stagnant economy at the time, her innovation was not prioritized and never received the right funding to reach the market. Many historians still credit […]