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Capstone Young Readers to Launch New Young Adult Imprint

switchCapstone Young Readers will launch an imprint specializing in the young adult genre. Switch Press will offer readers both fiction and nonfiction titles.

The editors plan to acquire eight to twelve manuscripts on a yearly basis. Some of the books featured on the inaugural list include The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets by J.A. Buckle, and The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling. The publisher has scheduled these titles to be published in the Fall 2014 season.

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The Wikipedia Books Project Aims to Print Site

wikipediabookPediaPress is hoping to raise $50,000 on IndieGogo for a major undertaking that would turn the entire English Wikipedia into a 1,000 volume print collection which would be available for public exhibition.

Each book of The Wikipedia Books Project will contain about 1,200 pages. The volumes will have continuous page numbers, so the final books could reach into the millions in terms of page numbers.

The hardbound books would be shelved on a book case more than 32 feet long and 8 feet high.Here is more from the project’s Indiegogo listing: “The books will be first exhibited at Wikimania London in August 2014. Wikimania is the annual conference of the Wikipedia community. The conference and therefore the exhibition are open to the public. This years venue will be the Barbican Centre, a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its type in Europe.”

 

 

Richard Bach Calls Kindle Singles: ‘Publishing on Skates’

bachRichard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, published a Kindle Single called Illusions II:  The Adventures of a Reluctant Student last week.

In an interview with Thin Reads,Bach explained why he went with this format. “Kindle Singles is publishing on skates,” he said. “It prints like lightning; our book meets readers in hours.  I’ve spent so many years waiting for publishers to consider whether they wanted to print a book of mine, making contracts, taking months to fit it into the Fall list or the Spring list, fitting it into an advertising plan.   I’ll take the fast lane, please.”

The work is a sequel to his 1977 bestseller. The new book focuses on Bach’s near-death experience in a plane crash in 2012.

Game of Thrones Action Figures at Barnes & Noble

gameofthronesHBO Global Licensing and Funko have created a line of action figures based on the characters in HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones. These figures are available for sale exclusively through Barnes & Noble for a limited time.

The collection has six action figures – The Jon Snow Legacy Action Figure; The Daenerys Targaryen Legacy Action Figure; The Hound; The Tyrion Lannister Legacy Action Figure; The White Walker Legacy Action Figure; and The Ned Stark Legacy Action Figure. The toys are being timed to support the release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season, on DVD and Blu-ray which hit shelves next week. They cost $19.95.

Here is more about the action figures from the press release: “Each action figure features more than 20 points of articulation and its own removable accessories. All action figures in this collection are recommended for ages 17 and over. The Game of Thrones Legacy Collection features the following highly articulated action figures.”

DreamWorks to Launch Children’s Books Imprint

DreamWorksDreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will launch its own children’s books imprint called DreamWorks Press. Emma Whittard has been selected to run this new publishing venture.

The imprint’s list will focus on titles based on the movie studio’s popular properties including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar. In the past, DreamWorks had licensed several of these properties to traditional book publishers. Prior to the launch, the organizers had to work on recovering the rights.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg explained that “the last 18 months have been about expansion and diversification. Reading with a child is still a cherished experience. And giving kids e-books with interactive elements has shown itself to be a growth business in publishing.” What do you think?

Philosophers Launch a News Site

philosophersmailThe School of Life has created a new news site called The Philosophers’ Mail, which looks a lot like The Daily Mail but has a very unusual take on headlines.

Rather than just report big stories, the team of journalists are writing these stories from the point of view of  philosophers. For example, today’s headlines are: “How Much We Wanted Amanda Knox to Get Away With It,” “Kristen Stewart’s Socks Provide Lesson in Friendship,” and “One Bowl of Dutch Strawberries Could Save Your Relationship.” The site categorizes news into various themes including: Perspective, Tragedy, Disaster, Virtues, Capitalism, Shopping, Utopia and Relationships.

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Vidahlia Press is Hosting Prison Writing Contest

inkVidahlia Press and Publishing House is hosting their first prison writing contest called INK. The contest is open to anyone that has served time in the last year and is accepting submissions in five categories: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction and Graphic Novel.

More than 2,000 federal and state correctional facilities throughout the country plan to participate in the contest. The deadline for submissions is February 1st and the winners will be announced on July 4th.

The winning submissions will be part of an anthology, which will be published on Pubsoft’s digital publishing platform. The winners will also get tuition covered for a year for an online or correspondence fine arts or creative writing program. Pubsoft is assisting Vidahlia and their INK: Prison Writing Contest

 

Simon & Schuster Signs Book Deal With 3D Gun Maker

codywilsonCody Wilson, the creator of the first 3D-printable gun, has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for $250,000, according to a report in Forbes.

The working title is Negative Liberty, and will be a nonfiction account of  Wilson’s mission to create the first 3D-printable gun.

“The whole point to me is to add to the hacker mythology and to have a very, very accurate and contentious portrayal of what we think about the current political situation, our attitude and political orientation, a lasting remark,” Wilson told Forbes. “It won’t be a manifesto. But culturally I hope to leave a couple of zingers…a touchstone for the young, disaffected radical towards his own political and social development, that kind of thing.”

Crowdfund Your Book With Pubslush

pubslushAre you looking for funding for your book? Check out Pubslush, a crowd funding platform specifically for books.

Using the platform, you can create a listing page for your book, as well as an author page to help tell readers what you are all about. Then you decide your funding goal, as well as the duration of time you’d like to run the campaign. Like on Kickstarter, you can build  prizes and rewards for your sponsors. once your listing is up, readers can access it on the site by browsing books. The site features books in many genres.

The company just released a new level of membership called Pubslush Pro, a program that allows publishers to make branded crowdfunding pages. This level of access gives publishers access to quantifiable data on customers.

Vintage Books to Publish Book on Edward Snowden

vintagebooksVintage Books, an imprint of , will publish a book about Edward Snowden next month called The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.

Luke Harding, an award-winning journalist for The Guardian, will author the book that tells the story of the man who broke and continues to leak news of The NSA’s massive technology spying program.

Here is more from the press release: “The first, and definitive, book on Edward Snowden, THE SNOWDEN FILES deftly synthesizes many disparate sources and strands of this story into one cohesive insider narrative that reads like an espionage novel.  THE SNOWDEN FILES will be published by Vintage Books as a paperback original on February 11, 2014.”

The book will be available as a paperback and an eBook in the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, China, Korea, Norway, Holland, Portugal and Japan.

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