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Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital Imprint

alloyentertainmentAlloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, has partnered with Amazon Publishing to launch a digital-first imprint that will publish young adult and new adult novels, as well as commercial fiction.

The new imprint is called Alloy Entertainment. The imprint launches with three new titles: YA title Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand; coming-of-age story Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter and sci-fi fantasy adventure Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart.

Alloy Entertainment will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program, meaning that it will use Amazon’s marketing and distribution tools to reach readers.

 

 

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.”

NYPL to Display Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence

nypl logoThe New York Public Library is gearing up to exhibit a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence, which was handwritten by Thomas Jefferson.

The document will be on display in the Celeste Bartos Forum of the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street from June 27 to July 3. The exhibit is free. Here is more about the historic form: “The Declaration of Independence was completed on July 1, but before it was ratified on July 4, several changes were made to the text, including the removal of Jefferson’s lengthy condemnation of the slave trade, an excision intended to appease delegates from Georgia and South Carolina. In the days after July 4, a distressed Jefferson wrote out several fair copies of his original text and sent them to five or six friends. The Library’s copy is one of the two copies that have survived intact.”

It will also be part of a naturalization ceremony that is scheduled for July 2nd.

Samhain Publishing Changes Direction

samhainOwner Christina Brashear has returned as publisher of the romance imprint Samhain Publishing.

Brashear’s return is part of the imprint’s redirection. In a move to keep the publishing house agile in a growing eBook world, Brashear has restructured the editorial team. The imprint’s current publisher Lindsey Faber is leaving her post and will only stay on in a consulting role. In addition, Heather Osborn will transition from Editorial Director to freelance editor.

“As part of this reorganization, Samhain will be returning to its roots of finding and publishing best-­‐selling romance writers. The careers of New York Times best-­‐selling authors like Maya Banks and Lorelei James started at Samhain nearly a decade ago,” stated Brashear. ”Now that I’m back at the helm, I’ll continue to nurture and support our current authors while looking to find that next generation of best-­‐selling writers to take their work to the next level and continue to do what Samhain does best.”

Penguin Random House Unveils New Logo

Penguin Random House LogoPenguin Random House has unveiled its new logo.

The original logos of the 250 imprints within the company will be retained. The executives plan to print the new company brand image alongside the imprint logos on the spines of books. The animated video embedded below features several examples to illustrate how this would look.

Here’s more from the press release: “The new corporate wordmark underscores the importance of the written word to the company’s culture and work and will most often be paired with one of Penguin Random House’s 250 widely recognized and respected publishing divisions, imprints, and brands. The brand system, as this pairing design framework is called, is flexible and can be employed not just at the publishing level, but also territorially.”
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Cover Design Tips From the Pros

BEAHow does one create an iconic book jacket? Riverhead Books art director Helen Yentus Delete and Knopf designer Oliver Munday tried to tackle that question at a Book Expo America panel. We’ve collected three design tips that they shared during the discussion.

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Atria & United Talent Launch Keywords Press

keywordspressAtria Publishing Group has teamed up with United Talent Agency to launch a new imprint called Keywords Press.

The new imprint will publish books by “digital influencers.” The publisher will put out 6-10 titles a year, all of which will be available digitally and in print. Shay “ShayCarl” Butler, Shane Dawson, Justine “iJustine” Ezarik, Connor Franta and Joey Graceffa are the first authors on the imprint.

“Keywords Press is being built to work with new authors who not only have unique voices, but also have a special and direct relationship with their fans,” stated Judith Curr. “We believe that this generation of digital stars, who are unprecedented in how they’ve built their brands and relate to their audiences, gives us an opportunity to rethink the traditional publishing model.”

Phaidon is Hosting Art Show Based on Book in NYC

phaidonlogo200Art book publisher Phaidon has teamed up with The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) to host a series of art shows in different cities around the globe. The first, which opens today, will be held in New York at Pier 36/ Basketball City (299 South Street).

The program at the show is inspired by the Phaidon book Art Cities of the Future. Non-profits from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Detroit, will present interactive project spaces showcasing their work to facilitate creative communities in the economically-challenged cities. Beta-Local from San Juan will feature work from sound artist Joel Rodriguez. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s contribution will explore the impact of musician Sun Ra and artist Mike Kelley on the city.

The show will be up through the weekend.

Random House Launches Online Cookbook Store

Random-House 304Random House’s online community TasteBook has launched a new e-commerce site dedicated to cookbooks and books about food.

The Bookshop has more than 10,000 titles for sale from many different publishers. Readers can shop the site in 18 different categories including: celebrity chefs, entertaining, and memoir. Recipes featured on TasteBook and the TasteBook Blog will include links to cookbooks that they come from on The Bookshop. TasteBook community members can also use the store to build their own cookbooks. The site has a tool for creating custom recipe books which allows users to add their own personal recipes as well as recipes from the site for $34.95.

“We know that TasteBook’s half-a-million members are avid cookbook collectors who heavily rely on print cookbooks as tools and for inspiration,” stated Lilly Kim, Associate Director, Digital Channel Development, who has spearheaded TasteBook efforts at Random House. “The Bookshop provides cooking enthusiasts an easy way to discover and purchase new cookbooks. It’s a great resource for frequent and occasional cooks who seek out new flavors and inspiration for everyday meals and entertaining.”

 

 

Penthouse to Get Into Erotica Book Publishing

cleispressPenthouse is jumping on the erotica bandwagon. The X-rated media company has teamed up with Cleis Press for a new series of erotica novels called Penthouse Variations On. The series will feature six co-branded collections of erotica, each collection will have a theme. For example, the first title will be Penthouse Variations on Oral.

Co-founder of Cleis Press Felice Newman remarked, “We are excited by this opportunity to expand the readerships of both Cleis and Penthouse in this fresh cross-pollination of sex positive culture. Together, we plan to develop a unique series that will take the erotica market by storm.”

Publishers Group West will distribute the books. The books will come out this fall.

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