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Archives: October 2010

Follow Your Favorite eReader on Twitter

twitterlogo2323.jpgNow you can follow your favorite eReader on Twitter. Over at  eBookNewser, we’ve created a Best eReaders on Twitter list–linking to feeds for all the major digital reading devices.

Follow this link to see the complete list. In terms of readership, Amazon Kindle leads the pack with nearly 10,000 followers. Kobo has 7,000 followers and Nook has more than 2,600 followers. Apple doesn’t have an iPad feed, so we’ll never know how many Twitter users read on that device.

Add your favorite eReader feed in the comments. We will constantly update the directory, just like our other directories:

Best Book Reviewers on Twitter
Best Editors on Twitter
Best Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter Feeds
Best eBook News on Twitter
Best Library People on Twitter

Sterling Publishing’s Splinter Imprint Opens with Colleen Houck Fantasy Series

Splinter, Sterling Publishing’s young-adult imprint, will launch with a three-part fantasy series by Colleen Houck.

Breaking the tradition of publishing one book per year, the Tiger Saga will be available in its entirety by the end of 2011. Splinter will release Tiger’s Curse on January 11th, Tiger’s Quest on June 11th, and Tiger’s Voyage on November 11th. The books will be published in both hardcover and eBook formats.

Houck wrote Tiger Saga while waiting for vampire novelist Stephenie Meyer to complete her Twilight Saga. Houck explained on her website: “I was a bit overdramatic, but I was in despair. I felt like I’d just broken up with my boyfriend and I desperately needed to park my car outside his house to see what he was doing. Then, like the little red hen, I decided that if nobody was going to write another series like that, I’d do it myself.”

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Casey Kasem Narrates They Call Me Baba Booey Book Trailer

Legendary American Top 40 host Casey Kasem narrates the new book trailer for Gary Dell’Abate‘s memoir, They Call Me Baba Booey. The trailer is embedded above.

Dell’Abate–a Howard Stern Show producer–landed a six-figure book deal for his memoir back in April. Kasem’s voice reminds this GalleyCat editor of a simpler time before compact discs and MP3s, back when the pop music scene was much less crowded. It also reminds us of Scooby-Doo. Kasem voiced the character Shaggy for 28 years.

Here’s more about the book: “Growing up on Long Island in the 1970s, the youngest of three boys born to a clinically depressed mother, Gary learned how to fend for himself when under attack.  Obsessed with music, he listened with religious intensity to Casey Kasem’s Top 40 every Sunday morning, compulsively bought 45s of his favorite songs, and nerdily copied the lyrics into a notebook. Music became an ordering principle to his life, even as the chaos at home got out of hand.”

Casey Kasem Narrates They Call Me Baba Booey Book Trailer

Melville House Withdraws from Future Participation in Best Translated Book Awards

Citing the “predatory and thuggish practices” of Amazon, Melville House publisher Dennis Johnson has withdrawn his press from future participation in the Best Translated Book Awards. Last year the independent press won the fiction award for The Confessions of Noa Weber by Gail Hareven.

UPDATE: Award organizer Chad Post has responded to Melville House.

Last week news broke that will underwrite the Best Translated Book Awards, giving a $25,000 grant to the University of Rochester/Three Percent website to help fund the annual prize. “We must all hang together, or assuredly we will all hang separately,” explained Johnson in a passionate post about the award. What do you think?

Here’s more from the post: “[I]t’s clear to us that Amazon’s interests, and those of a healthy book culture, whether electronic or not, are antithetical. As most of us here at Melville House have also worked at indie bookstores — including such biggies as Booksoup, Shaman Drum, Brookline Booksmith and others — we feel this especially keenly: Taking money from Amazon is akin to the medical researchers who take money from cigarette companies.” (Via Publishers Lunch)

Ang Lee Casts Suraj Sharma as Lead in 3-D ‘Life of Pi’ Adaptation

A newcomer has landed the coveted lead role in Ang Lee‘s forthcoming  adaptation of Yann Martel‘s Life of Pi. Lee also confirmed speculation that the filmwill be shot in 3-D, exceeding the original $50 million budget.

USA Today has the scoop: “Lee cast Suraj Sharma, 17, a Delhi high school student who acted once in a school play, to play Pi Patel, the young man stranded after a shipwreck on a 26-foot lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, zebra, hyena and orangutan. Sharma was one of 3,000 teenage boys who auditioned.’”

Martel published Life of Pi in 2001 with Knopf Canada after being rejected by five London publishers. At the time, he wrote the book to add purpose and direction in his life. Life of Pi went on to win the Man Booker Prize in 2002. (Via National Post)

Join the Fantasy Fantasy League

For years, sports fans have created fantasy teams for various sports, leaving fantasy novels out in the cold.

“I have no idea how baseball or football managed to usurp the fantasy game title for so long, but it’s time to take back the reigns,” wrote Michael J. Martineck this week, launching a Fantasy Fantasy League–letting fantasy readers pick the winners before the World Fantasy Award ceremony. Martineck is the author of The Mispellers and Cinco de Mayo.

Sign up here: “For now, here’s the Fantasy Fantasy League choices. Make your picks before midnight Oct. 30. If you figure them all correctly – based on the winners, as decided Oct. 31 at the World Fantasy Award Banquet – I’ll send you a signed copy of Cinco de Mayo AND a vintage signed copy of The Misspellers. If there’s more than one winner, I’ll be stunned. When I recover, I’ll randomize. Enter now, enter once. Help return the fantasy helm to the righteous, chaotic neutral, and evil hordes.”

Raghuram G. Rajan Wins Business Book of the Year Award

Raghuram G. Rajan won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for his book, Fault Lines. A £30,000 prize (approximately $47,300) accompanied the award.

The ceremony and dinner took place at New York’s famous Pierre hotel. During his acceptance speech he praised his publisher, Princeton University Press. Rajan said his wife had advised him on making the book easy-to-read. He thanked his two children, joking that had it not been for them, the book would have been written much faster.

The president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Vartan Gregorian delivered the evening’s keynote address. He mentioned the Harry Potter series, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Mark Twain, and T.S. Eliot.

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What to Read When You Finish the Millennium Trilogy

Thanks to the ongoing legal wars between the people Stieg Larsson left behind, readers only have three books from his bestselling series. With no fourth (or is it actually fifth) book to be published, what’s a reader to do?

Publishers Weekly reports that Random House will release a special box set with the entire Millennium series in hardcover format. The set will include an 85-page book entitled On Stieg Larsson. Contributors include his colleague Jonas Sundberg, his original Swedish editor Eva Gedin, and his friend John Henri-Holmberg.

Kurdo Baksi wrote the memoir Stieg Larsson, My Friend, which is already out in Sweden. An English translation will be available by the end of the year. An interview with The Star revealed that Larsson made Baksi a character in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Baksi noted: “That is the best thing I have done in my life. I’m very proud of that.”

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Mad Men’s Roger Sterling to Publish Memoir

Grove/Atlantic will publish Sterling’s Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man–the fictional memoir that Mad Men character Roger Sterling wrote during the television show this season.

The 176-page book will sell for $16.95. It will go on sale in November. Read an excerpt below and click to enlarge the cover image. Will you read a fictional memoir published by a character on this critically acclaimed show?

Here’s more about the book: Advertising pioneer and visionary Roger Sterling, Jr., served with distinction in the Navy during World War II, and joined Sterling Cooper Advertising as a junior account executive in 1947. He worked his way up to managing partner before leaving to found his own agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, in 1963 … Taken as a whole, Roger Sterling’s pithy comments and observations amount to a unique window on the advertising world—a world that few among us are privileged to witness first-hand—as well as a commentary on life in New York City in the middle of the twentieth century.” (Via Ryan Chapman)

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Turkish Publisher on Trial for Releasing Erotic Novel

Turkish publisher Irfan Sanci is on trial for breaking an anti-obscenity law. The Sel publisher released a translation of Guillaume Apollinaire‘s erotic novel, The Exploits of a Young Don Juan (Les Exploits d’un Jeune Don Juan).

According to The Guardian, the Geneva-based International Publishers Association will honor his efforts. He will receive an award from the organization’s Freedom to Publish committee on November 2nd at the Istanbul TUYAP book fair. Sanci’s reaction? “I am being punished in my own country but am also getting an international award. This is tragic.”

Apollinaire wrote poetry, plays, articles, and prose throughout his writing career. He published one of his most famous erotic titles, The Eleven Thousand Rods (Les Onze Mille Verges) in 1907. It was banned in France until 1970.