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Archives: September 2011

Change Your Boring Workout into a Zombie Story

Gaming company Six to Start has raised over $50,000 to build, Zombies, Run!, a storytelling app for Apple and Android smartphones that changes the hours you spend jogging into an interactive zombie story. The more you run, the deeper you move into an action-packed zombie story (video embedded above).

Six to Start CEO Adrian Hon will join us at the Publishing App Expo December 7-8, sharing advice about real-world mobile apps publishers interested in this new kind of storytelling.

Here’s more about the game: “Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android where you help rebuild civilisation after a zombie apocalypse. By going out and running in the real world, you can collect medicine, ammo, batteries, and spare parts that you can use to build up and expand your base – all while getting orders, clues, and story through your headphones … You receive orders and hear the story told through radio messages and voice recordings between your own custom playlists. Missions last around 20-30 minutes in real time and there’ll be over 30 unique missions in Season 1.”

Temple Boy & A Monster Calls: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our New Books section. Want to include your book? Just read our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post. Don’t forget to include your title’s exact release date and a link.

Temple Boy by Heidi Cullinan: “Though he’s lived his whole life in a monastery, temple boy Aurel doesn’t believe in God — not until he wakes up knowing with stone-cold certainty God is dead. Then yet another god appears and he tells Aurel he’s a god too, and that it’s up to him to save the world.” (September 2011)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd & illustrated by Jim Kay: “At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting … From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.” (September 2011)

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How Should Publishers Respond to eBook Errors?

Today Amazon wirelessly replaced the eBook version of Neal Stephenson‘s Reamde after readers found errors in the $16.99 eBook.

One customer called for a 75 percent refund: “this level of carelessness is inexcusable on economic grounds. I’d expect to find format errors and mangled content in a pirated ebook, not in a $17 Kindle edition. When I purchase an ebook at a price point so close to the print version, the publisher rakes in far more profit than from a print title. To then turn around and offer shoddy, incomplete text in that pricey Kindle title shows an arrogant disregard for economics, the reader, and the distribution channel.”

The Awl reprinted Amazon’s emailed response, explaining how to update your copy of the book. How do you think publishers should respond to errors in new eBooks?

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Watch the Kindle Fire in Action

Yesterday, Amazon introduced a touchscreen color tablet to the market called the Kindle Fire. Like the Nook Color, the device is an Android-based tablet that lets users read books, listen to music and watch movies.

At eBookNewser we have posted several videos of the new unit, which ships November 15th. Follow this link to check out our video of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos demonstrating the new tablet at a presentation to the press yesterday. Follow this link to see Amazon’s new commercial for the device.

Follow this link to see Russ Grandinetti, VP of Kindle Content at Amazon, demonstrate how the magazine stand works on the new device. (Notice that the lights from the event hall keep glaring off of the screen, a real departure from Amazon’s attack on the iPad’s reflective screen).

Courtney Love Lands Book Deal for Memoir

Controversial rock star Courtney Love has landed a deal with HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint for a “tell-all” memoir. The music video embedded above features Love singing with her band, Hole.

Love will collaborate with writer Anthony Bozza on this project. In the past, Bozza has co-authored books with musical artists Tommy Lee, Slash and INXS. Deputy publisher Lynn Grady negotiated the deal with literary agent David Vigliano.

Here’s more from the release: “Although Love is often associated with deceased husband, music legend and front man of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, she has had an incredible artistic career of her own crisscrossing into music, film, popular culture, and fashion…The as yet untitled memoir will offer a no-holds-barred look into Love’s life from childhood to the present day.”

‘One for the Money’ Trailer Released

The first official trailer for the adaptation of Janet Evanovich‘s One for the Money has been released. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

The movie will hit theaters on January 27, 2012. Julie Anne Robinson directed the film. Stacy Sherman, Karen Ray and Liz Brixius wrote the script.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Katherine Heigl stars as [Stephanie] Plum, an accidental bond-enforcement agent. Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) plays her love interest Joe Morelli, while Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) plays her other love interest Ranger. Plum’s kooky grandmother, Grandma Mazur, is brought to life by Debbie Reynolds.”

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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Macmillan, Perseus Books, BenBella Books

This week, Macmillian is hiring a director for its Quick and Dirty Tips series, while Perseus is hiring a designer for its Basic Books Group. BenBella Books needs a production manager/production editor, and Random House is searching for a designer in its advertising and promotions department. Get the details on these gigs and more below, and find additional just-posted jobs on mediabistro.com.

For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Amazon Introduces $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

At a press conference in New York this morning, Amazon unveiled four new devices — The $79 eInk Kindle, the $99 Kindle Touch, the $149 Kindle Touch 3G and the $199 Kindle Fire tablet.

The Kindle Touch and the Kindle Touch 3G will compete with the Nook Touch and the Kobo Touch. It is your basic black-and-white eInk eReader device with a touch screen. It has a new feature called X-ray, which is a deeper version of definition lookup.

It links topics in the books to background content things like Wikipedia entires. You can preorder these devices today, they ship November 21st.

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Authors Help 11-Year-Old Boy Raise Money for Cancer Research

19 romance writers have published the collection Author Moments to raise money for Harry Help Others, a cancer research fund founded by an 11-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor.

Young Harry Moseley (pictured, via) has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in his campaign. Authors Help Harry have a blog for the project. You can buy the collection at Smashwords and Amazon.

Here’s more about the book: “Author Moments is a collection of essays written by these talented writers … From the New York Times bestselling lists to the writer who is just beginning their quest, you will find this anthology filled with generous writing advice and anecdotes. It won’t matter where you are on your road to publication or even in your life journey, Author Moments will fill you with love, laughter and a renewed hope that all things are possible when you care enough to come together and make a difference.”

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The Moth Expands to Louisville, Pittsburgh & Ann Arbor

The Moth StorySLAM Storytelling Series has expanded to Louisville, Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor.

See all the October events here. Although the series already regularly hosts events in Chicago, the organizers will also double the series’ presence in that city. The storytelling slam already runs in New York City, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

Here’s more from the release: “Kicking off on September 27th, the monthly Louisville StorySLAM will take place at Headliners Music Hall on the last Tuesday of every month. Pittsburgh’s StorySLAMs will commence on October 11th and will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at Club Café. Ann Arbor’s StorySLAM series will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at Circus. Chicago’s existing StorySLAM series will be expanded with a new installment every third Monday of the month at the Haymaker Pub & Brewery.”

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