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Archives: September 2010

Parenting Book Deal Inspires Barrage of Commentary

New+York+Magazine+cover+7+10.jpgYesterday we reported that Jennifer Senior landed a book deal with Ecco after her New York magazine cover story, “All Joy and No Fun: The Parent’s Paradox,” earned 1.5 million hits on the magazine’s website.

Gawker wrote about our story, wondering: “Could this be the start of an anti-parenting cultural backlash?” That post spawned nearly 200 comments. What do you think? Is parenting worth it? Will you read the book?

Our Facebook readers had plenty to say. Cat Robinson had these thoughts: “I think the direct correlation is that we lose bits and pieces of ourselves in the titles we carry. We are someone’s wife, someone’s husband, someone’s parent, and it’s that loss of identity that brings along unrest with life. Rediscovering it is painful, but will bring a new joy. It’s an interesting premise.”

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Chloe Moretz Rumored to Star in the ‘The Hunger Games’ Film

Movie executives hope the adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ popular young-adult series, The Hunger Games, can emulate the Twilight‘s phenomenal success. At the moment, rumors say that Chloe Moretz will star as heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Moretz has extensive acting credentials with roles in 300 Days of Summer, Kick-Ass, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But, some protests have surfaced because Moretz’s fair complexion and blond hair doesn’t match Katniss’ description in the YA series. Writer Peta Jinnath Andersen asked: “Is Hollywood whitewashing the Hunger Games?” Her post cited directly from the book, which described Katniss with “straight black hair, olive skin [and] … gray eyes.”

The embedded video names two other actress choices to be Twilight movie stars, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

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Amazon Prepares eReader App for New BlackBerry Tablet

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As BlackBerry unveiled the new PlayBook tablet, our eBookNewser blog broke the news that Amazon already has an app ready for it.

You can check out the specs, shape, and details on the new 7-inch tablet with an LCD screen at this link.

UPDATE: eBookNewser has more about a Kobo Blackberry app from Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis: “The app will let readers Shop with a friend, read with a group, exchange passages, and discuss the book in real-time.” WattPad will have a new app for the tablet device as well.

Here’s more from the post: “Today, book retailer said that it will launch a Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer. Like all Kindle apps, the app for the BlackBerry PlayBook will let customers access their account across platforms and read on multiple devices. The big question that remains is will Apple release an iBookstore app on the PlayBook, since the new tablet will be a direct competitor to the iPad.”

Barnes & Noble Founder Maintains Control of Board

barnes-noble-logo1.jpgBarnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio and supporters have defeated investor Ronald W. Burkle‘s attempt to secure more spots on the company board. After a shareholder vote, Riggio and his two nominees, Dave Golden and David Wilson, will sit on Barnes & Noble board.

According to the New York Times, the Riggio family owns 36 percent of Barnes & Noble while Burkle owns 19 percent. In an effort to limit Burkle’s power, Barnes & Noble launched a “poison pill” plan. A Delaware court judge approved the strategy in August. At this meeting, Burkle’s investment firm Yucaipa Companies also asked that the poison pill limitations be raised to 30 percent, but that was also rejected.

Barnes & Noble will now proceed with an auction. The Wall Street Journal quoted director Patricia Higgins: “Yucaipa is welcome, as are all interested parties, to make a bid for the Company. All interested bidders should contact our financial advisors at Lazard.”

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Literary Agent Ralph Vicinanza Has Died

photo23.jpgLiterary agent Ralph Vicinanza passed away last Sunday at age 60. A memorial service will take place this Friday.

Vicinanza (pictured, via Suvudu) represented many writers, including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Connie Willis, Robin Hobb, and many others. Vicinaza also has credits as a producer for his work on the television series, FlashForward.

Fantasy novelist Shawn Speakman wrote in a blog entry: “Ralph was easily one of the best agents I sent my book to. He was open, offered great advice, and responded immediately to any questions I had. That level of professionalism is hard to come by. For Ralph, it was his signature.” (Via SF Site)

Amazon Unveils Kindle for the Web

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Today Amazon launched Kindle for the Web, allowing readers to sample books through a web browser instead of a Kindle interface.

eBookNewser has more: “In addition, bloggers and website owners who are participants in the Amazon Associates Program can embed samples of Kindle books on their sites. These website owners will earn referral fees from Amazon when customers complete book purchases using the links on their websites. Authors Karen McQuestion and John Miller already using the new service on their blogs. Consumers can read a free sample of their Kindle books on their sites.”

What do you think? Digital Book World tweeted this morning: “This may actually qualify as game-changing.”

How to Keep Track of Book Series

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The website FictFact has created an enormous database of serial fiction, keeping track of the order and release dates of your favorite series so you don’t have to.

Readers often complain that the proper reading order is never marked on their favorite fantasy, detective, or romance series. Now FictFact will do all the work. For instance, if you wanted (like this GalleyCat editor in 8th grade) to read the entire 40-book Spenser private detective series by the late, great Robert B. Parker, you could follow this link to see the entire series laid out in order.

Here’s more about the site: “FictFact is a tracking site focused on book series. Let us know what books/series you’ve read and we’ll let you know what you need to read next and what’s coming out soon. Registration is free, so let us know how you like it, and what series, books & authors we might be missing. FictFact is a Brain Scan Studios project.” (Via Lifehacker)

Mark Zuckerberg, Comic Book Hero

Zuckerberg.jpgWith The Social Network‘s film release date looming close, who hasn’t heard the name Mark Zuckerberg floating around? Now the Facebook founder has his own comic book.

Bluewater Productions will release Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook in December. The comic was written by Jerome Maida, penciled by Sal Field, and the cover was designed by Michal Szyksznian. Bluewater plans for a 48-page finished product priced at $6.99. The comic attempts to answer the question, “Who is the real Mark Zuckerberg?”

Maida commented: “Rightly or wrongly, Mark dealt harshly with some people on his way to where he is today. As we see, he left many people feeling betrayed. I try my best to be fair here. No one is totally innocent in this story. I try to represent each of the major players’ point of view.”

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Gene Hackman Lands Book Deal for Western

9780312587598.jpgActor Gene Hackman has sealed a deal to publish his next novel with Pocket Books. Entitled Jubal’s Bounty, the new Western takes place in 19th century of New Mexico–recounting the adventures of “a brave young hero who is forced to take the law into his own hands after the murder of his family.”

Deputy publisher Anthony Ziccardi acquired the worldwide rights to the book, and the deal was negotiated by Noah Lukeman of Lukeman Literary Management. The book will be published in July 2011.

Here’s more about Hackman’s literary career, from the release: “Prior to Jubal’s Bounty, Hackman co-authored three novels, Wake of the Perdido Star (1999), Justice for None (2004), and Escape from Andersonville (2008) and received critical acclaim for his historically accurate, elegant writing.”

Celebrate Banned Books Week

This past Saturday kicked off Banned Books Week, an 8-day celebration of books targeted for censorship and complaints.

There are many ways to take part in this annual event. The Crash Pad puppets celebrated with a video (embedded above), spreading an anti-censorship message for Internet viewers everywhere. The New York Times published ten of other ways to celebrate.

Here are three of our favorite suggestions from the article:

-Research the history behind the challenges.
-Write a personal essay recording your experiences reading a banned book.
-Create a book club around banned books.

UPDATE: Housing Works is throwing a party tomorrow: “Mike Edison (author of I Have Fun Everywhere I Go), Herald Price Fahringer (First Amendment lawyer and activist), and Richard Nash (Cursor publisher) headline a presentation celebrating the American Library Association’s ‘Banned Book Week.’”

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