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Possible Pottermore Memos Leaked

Two confidential documents concerning J.K. Rowling‘s mysterious Pottermore website have surfaced. A memo was reportedly sent to the Times UK by mistake and it describes the site as “a sophisticated online game” involving a treasure hunt.

Here’s more from paidContent.org: “The Times UK notes that it is ‘not clear whether the treasure hunt is Pottermore itself, or merely a marketing drive for another product,’ and it is also unclear whether the memo was actually accidentally leaked or is simply a savvy marketing ploy.”

With less than 19 hours to go until Rowling’s official announcement about the site, Harry Potter fans have been speculating that the site could be an eBookstore or a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).

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Jack Kerouac Joins T.S. Eliot on Top Grossing App List

Over at eBookNewser, we have been tracking the Top Grossing iPad apps in the books category for the past two months.

So far, comic book apps and Bible apps tend to dominate the list, which isn’t a big surprise. Digital comic books benefit from the rich media afforded in an app format and the Bible is one of the top grossing books of all time in print, so why not in app form?

But over the past couple of weeks, classic literary works have also been popping up on the list. Penguin’s new app for Jack Kerouac‘s On The Road launched on Saturday and is already number 4 on the list. When T.S. Eliot‘s The Wasteland was released as an interactive app two weeks ago, the poem made Apple’s Top Grossing Apps list on its first day and has remained in the Top 10 ever since.

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Dirk Nowitzki Stars in New Dallas Mavericks Book

Triumph Books has released Mavericks Stampede: Dirk Leads Dallas to the 2011 NBA Championship by Rob Mahoney.

This book drops days after the Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 National Basketball Association finals. The eBook costs $9.99 and a print copy costs $14.95. Mahoney runs The Two Man Game, an ESPN blog dedicated to the Dallas Mavericks.

Here’s more from the release: “The Mavs were led by Dirk Nowitzki, one of the league’s most underappreciated superstars. The hard-working German forward and his veteran supporting cast-including Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, and Shawn Marion-executed coach Rick Carlisle‘s game plan nearly flawlessly in rolling to a well-deserved title. Packed with stunning color photography, this championship commemorative details every game of the thrilling postseason and profiles the Mavericks’ leading personalities, including Nowitzki, Terry, Carlisle, and colorful owner Mark Cuban.”

Narrative Urge Mystery Hits Atlanta

In Atlanta, envelopes containing handwritten notes, strange codes, story excerpts, and ten-dollar bills have been popping up in random spots recently.

According to Scoutmob Atlanta, the story excerpts are derived mostly from the works of local writers. The happy recipients have set up a Wikipedia page to try to crack this mystery.

The mystery writer goes by the name “Narrative Urge.” Scoutmob Atlanta interviewed the writer about his or her goals for this project.

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Huffington Post Blogger Lawsuit Adds Four Writers

Four new writers have joined the class-action lawsuit filed by Jonathan Tasini (pictured, via) against The Huffington Post. The suit argues that the online publication “was unjustly enriched by valuable content provided by over 9,000 writers while outwardly engaging in deceptive business practices by hiding the value provided by its contributors.”

The new plaintiffs included:  filmmaker and writer Molly Secours, writer Tara Dublin, marketing expert Richard Laermer, sports writer Billy Altman. HuffPo lawyers have already filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Attorney Jeff Kurzon elaborated in the release: “These new class representatives are the consummate cross section of The Huffington Post’s content providers … The class representatives are talented, well-respected writers who should have more opportunities to be compensated in the digital age instead of fewer.” (Via PaidContent)

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Artist Drawing Every H.P. Lovecraft Monster

Over at Yog-Blogsoth, artist Michael Bukowski has been drawing every monster from the pantheon of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft.

On the side, we’ve embedded a picture of the Grotesque Woodchuck, a monster from Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out Of Space.” However, you owe it to yourself to check out the entire series at his blog. Warning: A few of the drawings are NSFW.

Here’s more about the Grotesque Woodchuck: “In February the McGregor boys from Meadow Hill were out shooting woodchucks, and not far from the Gardner place bagged a very peculiar specimen. The proportions of its body seemed slightly altered in a queer way impossible to describe, while its face had taken on an expression which no one ever saw in a woodchuck before. The boys were genuinely frightened, and threw the thing away at once, so that only their grotesque tales of it ever reached the people of the countryside.” (Via Reddit)

How Independent Bookstores Can Use Google & Groupon

Today we interviewed Green Apple Books co-owner Pete Mulvihill, finding out how his bookstore uses Google and Groupon to build sales during this difficult time for independent booksellers.

This week, Mulvihill will host a Technology Petting Zoo at his bookstore, helping customers explore Google eBooks on a variety of platforms and sample the new technology.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview, as Mulvihill shared his experience of crafting a Groupon deal: “We were a little hesitant to use Groupon because the margins in bookselling are  worse than other things you see Groupons for … the economics didn’t seem feasible at first. But the response surprised both us and Groupon.”

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Gallery of Elaborate Literary Tattoos

Buzzfeed compiled a list of 20 bibliophile fans and their “20 Awesome Literary Tattoos.”

The list features people who have acquired highly elaborate tattoos paying homage to titles such as Breakfast of Champions by Kurt VonnegutFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs.

According to an interview we did with tattoolit bloggers Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge, authors Kurt Vonnegute.e. cummings, and William Shakespeare enjoy great popularity amongst tattooed readers.

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Is Dystopian Lit Still Going Strong?

The New York Times recently profiled three young-adult dystopian titles: Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Crossed by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. All of these authors have published in the past, but fans of dystopian fiction can also expect some new novels from debut authors.

The video embedded above features the book trailer for Divergent, the first book in Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy. Roth describes the book as being a story about “choice and identity.” According to Publishers Weekly, Roth’s agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe pitched it as “The Hunger Games meets The Matrix.”

Lauren DeStefano‘s Wither kicks off The Chemical Garden trilogy; it features a world where people are bound to a limited lifespan and strict marriage guidelines. In June, Elana Johnson will publish Possession. The story stars Vi, a rebellious heroine hellbent on thinking for herself. Will dystopian lit continue to rule or will Greek myths dominate?

Kendall Daddo Writes Kids’ Stories on Lunch Napkins

Storyteller Kendall Daddo blogs children’s stories he writes and illustrates on lunch napkins.

Daddo began drawing on lunch napkins for his then three-year-old daughter. He explained in an email: “While she was in elementary school I wrote a story to her on her lunch napkin each day. Soon, all of her friends in her lunch group were gathering around to find out what was going to happen next in the story.”

The first set of napkins features a story called “Hedginald Q. Phitch – One Extraordinary Hedgehog.” The second story, which is still in the works, chronicles Hedgie‘s second adventure.

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