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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Stephen Colbert Interviews Hachette Author Edan Lepucki

As part of his battle with Amazon, Stephen Colbert has been promoting the book California by first time novelist Edan Lepucki.

His goal was to help Lepucki land on The New York Times bestsellers list – a rare occurrence for a first time novel – even though the book was not available for sale on Amazon due to fierce negotiations with her publisher Hachette. The push worked and the title has landed the third spot on the list, despite not being available through the nation’s largest online book site.

To celebrate the success, Lepucki was on The Colbert Show last night to discuss her success. On the show, she recommended the debut novel Sweetness No. 9 by Stephan Eirik Clark, another Hachette book that is currently not available on Amazon. We’ve embedded the clip above for you to enjoy.

Jack White is Getting Into the Book Business

thirdmanbooksWhite Stripes frontman Jack White has launched a book publishing company called Third Man Books.

The imprint launches with a poetry collection entitled Language Lessons, co-edited by Chet Weise and Ben Swank of Third Man Records, White’s record label. Poets that contributed work to the collection include: Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright and Adrian Matejka. The title consists of a book, 5 broadsides of poems intended for framing, along with two vinyl records. The records feature musical recordings by artists including: William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark and Sampson Starkweather.

According to the publisher’s website: “Third Man Books, Like Language Lessons, will be fearless, imaginative, and eclectic. We hope to be a welcome addition to what is already a very compelling and thrilling independent American literary landscape.”

Scholastic’s Revenue Grew 2% in 2014, 8% in Q4

Scholastic LogoScholastic’s total revenues for fiscal 2014 reached $1.82 billion, representing a 2 percent increase from $1.79 billion in 2013. The company also revealed that its fourth quarter revenues for the year were $549.3 million, up 8 percent from the $506.9 million in revenue that the company brought in during the fourth quarter of 2013.

The company also revealed that its Book Clubs revenue rose 12 percent during 2014 and that its  education technology sales grew by 9 percent during the year.

The publisher expects their momentum to continue into 2015. Here is more from the press release:

In fiscal 2015, Scholastic expects revenue growth and enhanced profitability across the majority of its businesses and channels.  In its children’s book businesses, the Company’s outlook reflects expectations for continued growth in its re-positioned book clubs and increased revenue per fair in its book fairs unit.  Scholastic also expects the recent success of Minecraft to continue, with two additional titles and a boxed set scheduled for release later this year, as well as new titles in many of its bestselling series, like Captain Underpants and Star Wars: Jedi Academy.

Oyster Now Available on Web & Mobile Browsers

web_reader_2eBook subscription service Oyster has expanded beyond apps and is now also available on the web and mobile browsers.

The news comes a week after Amazon revealed that it was getting into the eBook subscription business, steep competition for Oyster who so far has been leading the way in the Netflix-for-books business. According to Oyster, June was the company’s biggest month during which its total subscriber base grew by 35 percent. The company also revealed that there are more than 3 million pages read on Oyster a day.

The new platform will help make it more accessible to readers that do not have smartphones or tablets to read on.
“Knowing that about a third of ebook readers regularly read on the web, we’ve had our sights set on this launch for some time,” explained Eric Stromberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Oyster, in a statement. “This marks an important next step on our mission to provide the best product on as many devices as possible.”

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Trailer Revealed

Focus Features has released the trailer for the film adaptation of E.L. James’s bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey film. The stars of the erotica film Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were on TODAY this morning to premiere the trailer. We’ve embedded the trailer above for you to check out.

The film is slated to come out on Valentine’s Day 2015 and it features a new recording of Beyoncé’s hit track Crazy In Love.

7.5% of Book Buyers Are Buying Less From Amazon Due to Hachette Dispute

amazon304Amazon’s dispute with Hachette is causing about 7.5 percent of book buyers to buy less from the online retail giant and 1.4 percent of book buyers are buying more, according to figures based on research from Peter Hildick-Smith of the Codex Group.

The research, which includes feedback from about 5,300 buyers, found that slightly more than 39 percent of respondents reported that they are aware of the dispute and among those book buyers. Nineteen percent of these consumers reported buying less books from Amazon, while 4.4 percent of these consumers revealed that they are buying more from the books from the Seattle-based bookseller.

Forbes has more: “The Codex group also found out where those book buyers were going. About half the shifted buying went to Barnes & Noble, independent bookshops, barnesandnoble.com (the online store for Barnes & Noble), used bookshops and Costco, in that order.: (Via Forbes).

Grove Atlantic Acquires Book of Mormon Producer’s Self-Published Book

UnknownGrove Atlantic has acquired Kevin Morris’ collection of stories White Man’s Problems, along with a novel that Morris is currently working on.

The Book of Mormon co-producer self-published White Man’s Problems on Amazon earlier this year. The book includes nine short stories, each one about a different man ”whose outward success masks inner turmoil that complicates their lives and often baffles those around them.”

Morgan Entrekin, publisher and CEO of Grove Atlantic, met Morris at a book party for Morris’ debut title thrown by mutual friends in New York City earlier this summer. Entrekin took a copy of the book and was impressed with what he read, so he took Morris to lunch which led to a two-book deal. ”I think this is the first time we have acquired a self-published book,” stated Entrekin.

Reading Habits on the Toilet: INFOGRAPHIC

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 10.54.56 AMDo you read while you go to the bathroom? The Reader’s Edge has created an infographic called ” Reading Habits on the Toilet,” which explores the preferred habits of readers in the bathroom.

Check it out: “Are you guilty of texting on the toilet? Perhaps you’re a bit more traditional and you prefer a book, or magazine. The average person spends about 30 minutes in the bathroom every day, and according to a recent survey, 75% of Americans are using their cell phones in the bathroom, whether they are reading an email, text, or using an app. Additionally, 24% admitted that they will not go to the bathroom without it. So what exactly is everyone reading these days? Check out our awesome infographic about bathroom reading and see for yourself!”

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

Free Samples of the Man Booker Longlist

manbookerThe Man Booker Longlist has been revealed for 2014. While a number of the titles will be released later this year, we’ve collected free samples of many of the books on the list.

The shortlist will be revealed on September 9th and the winner announced on October 14th.

If you want more free book samples, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of 2013 Man Booker Longlist and the 2014 PEN Literary Award Nominees.

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‘Sweet Addiction’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

sweetaddictionSweet Addiction by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week for the second week in a row.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

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