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Out of Print Kicks Off 4th Annual Book Madness Literary Tournament

heroOut of Print, an online retailer that sells t-shirts and tote bags featuring old book covers, has launched its fourth annual Book Madness tournament, a game in which readers can vote on their favorite books.
The theme this year is “Hero vs. Villain.” Inspired by college basketball’s March Madness, readers can complete a bracket to compete against over readers. This the contest pits classic characters against each other and readers can vote on the likes of Harry Potter versus Atticus Finch.

Brackets can be submitted through Sunday, March 23rd. Winners can compete for the chance to win a $500 Out of Print gift card among other prizes. Voting runs March 24th through April 7th. Follow this link for more details.

 

Photos of People Holding Book Covers Over Their Faces

corpusBookseller at Skylight Books in Los Angeles Emily Pullen created a very cool Tumblr page back in 2008, and it is alive and well.

Corpus Libris is dedicated to photos of people holding book covers in front of their faces aligned proportionally. The photos are pretty amazing, as images from book covers are split with images of real people. To submit a photo, here are the instructions: “Just take a book and hold it in front of your body.”

Follow this link to browse this incredible collection of images. (Via Paste Magazine).

Veronica Roth Leads iBook’s Top Paid Books List

37588Veronica Roth has three books on Apple’s iBooks top paid books in the U.S. for week ending 2/24. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegian made three of the top four slots on the list.

Every week Apple publishes the top selling books for the week including top paid iBooks, and the top selling audiobooks, as well as the top sellers by genre including Arts& Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Personal Finance, Children & Teens, and Comics & Graphic Novels.

We’ve included the entire list of top paid books after the jump.
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James Patterson Donates $1M to Indie Bookstores

jamespattersonAuthor James Patterson pledged to give $1 million to help support indie bookstores back in September, and those checks have begun to go out.

More than 50 stores across the country will benefit from this generous grant.

“Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country’s literature,” he explained in a statement. “The work they do to support schools and the rest of their communities leaves a lasting love of reading in children and adults. I believe their work is vital to our future as a country. What are we if we don’t have our own literature? I couldn’t be happier to, very humbly, support booksellers in their mission. Maybe that’s because it’s my mission as well.”

Sports Illustrated to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Swimsuit Issue With Book

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Sports Illustrated and Time Home Entertainment are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Swimsuit Issue with a new book.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful is a 304-page book featuring more than 500 photos of bathing beauties from across the decades.

The issue launched as an eight-page travel piece, before becoming a top selling annual issue for the magazine with a circulation of more than 70 million readers. Models in the book include: Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, Elle Macpherson, Tyra Banks and Brooklyn Decker among many others.

‘The Rothschild Playbook’ Returns to Auction

rothschildprayerbookThe Rothschild Prayerbook, a Renaissance manuscript with illustrations from early 16th century artists including Gerard Horenbout and Simon Bening, is up for auction from Christie’s.

The last time the book went on sale back in 1999, it fetched $13 million setting a world record for its category.

Here is more about the book from the auction listing: “Among the highlights of this hand-painted Book of Hours is an exquisite miniature with the Virgin and child on a crescent moon, one of a group of illuminations by the painter Gerard David. Boasting an illustrious provenance, it joined the fabled collections of the Rothschild family in the 19th century.”

Experts Break Down the Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal

book-proposal-2_articleAs part of this week’s Profit From Your Passion series, yesterday we offered advice on how to get your book proposal off the ground. Now that you’ve got an outline in your head for your nonfiction book idea, the next step toward attracting a publisher is to sit down and compose the formal proposal. Although easier said than done, the process can actually help you narrow your focus, determine what your unique angle is — and help you stay organized.

We talked to seasoned writers, agents and editors about the basic elements of a nonfiction book proposal, mistakes to avoid and more. The takeaway is that your book proposal shouldn’t be taken lightly:

One thing [Brian Klems, author and online editor for Writer’s Digest] wishes he’d known ahead of time was that writing the proposal, even after having done most of the research, takes a really long time. “I thought the hard part would be writing the book, and that I’d knock out the proposal in one night. A friend of mine said no, don’t do that… don’t hand it in, give it a couple of days to sit down and start going over it. This is your one shot, you want to get it as right as possible.” In light of how we writers tend to be perfectionists, however, he adds, “You always feel like you can improve, but at that point, you do have to cut yourself off and say, it’s time for me to put it out there.”

For more information on how to write a compelling nonfiction book proposal, read: Getting Started on Your Nonfiction Book Proposal.

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How to Get Your Book Proposal Off the Ground

a12000So you’ve got a great idea for a book. Congrats! Before you plunge right in, you’ll want to take some time to craft a book proposal. A few questions to ask yourself: Do you have some knowledge of the publishing industry? Could you be considered an authority on the subject of your book? Are you ready to wholeheartedly promote your book for about a year following its release?

In the third week of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, we talk to three leading industry experts, who discuss the various stages of the book-proposal process.

Rachelle Gardner, literary agent at Books & Such, states that you’re likely ready to write a book when you’ve spent years “thinking about [your topic], studying it, writing about it, both in your personal journals and in public spaces, possibly speaking to audiences about it, getting a degree in it or building a career around it.” Your own expertise is an essential selling point in the eyes of an agent or editor. Gardner adds, “You’re ready to write a book when you know what everyone else is writing about your topic, and you are confident that you have something fresh to add to the conversation.”

For more information on the book-proposal process, read: Laying the Groundwork for Your Book Proposal.

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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Was The Bestselling Book of 2013: USA Today

inferno304Dan Brown‘s Inferno was the bestselling book of 2013, according to USA Today‘s Bestsellers list which tracked book sales in the US from Dec. 31, 2012-Dec. 29, 2013.

Divergent by Veronica Roth was No. 2 on the list. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney reached No. 3 on the list. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks was No. 4 and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was the No. 5 bestselling book of the year.

Here is more from USA Today:

Of the best sellers tracked by USA TODAY each week, 80% were fiction. That’s the highest since the list was begun in 1993, breaking 2011′s record of 78%. The top non-fiction book of 2013 at No. 9 was Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Their 2012 book, Killing Kennedy, continued to sell last year, finishing at No. 61.

Author Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is Fundraising For Indie Bookstore Owner’s Cancer Treatment

scottmeyerYA author Elizabeth Cody Kimmel has launched a fundraising campaign to help independent bookseller Scott Meyer pay for his cancer treatments.

“The average out-of-pocket expenses for an insured cancer patient can exceed over $1,000 a month,” she explained in a statement. “The thought of how the family will pay for medical bills, living expenses and college costs while keeping Merritt Books open should be the last thing on their minds, as they focus on getting Scott through the next step, which is radiation treatment.”

Kimmel has created the “Book Lovers for Scott” fund through Giveforward.com to help collection donations for the Meyer family. Here is more about Meyer’s role in the book community from the crowd funding page: Read more

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