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Archives: January 2012

Barnes & Noble Stores Will Not Stock Books Published By Amazon

Barnes & Noble has decided not to stock books published by Amazon in their physical stores, keeping the new publisher out of the country’s largest network of brick and mortar bookstores.

Bloomberg Businessweek senior reporter Brad Stone called it “a declaration of war,” breaking the news with a statement from B&N’s chief merchandising officer, Jaime Carey. The bookseller will offer Amazon titles in their online store. Last week, Amazon revealed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will distribute print books from Amazon Publishing.

Check it out: “Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain eBooks to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have prevented millions of customers from having access to content. It’s clear to us that Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self interest.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Barnes & Noble, Apress, Random House

This week, Apress needs a senior coordinating editor, while Barnes & Noble is hiring a manager of digital content. Random House is hiring a manager of national accounts in its online sales department, and Jones & Bartlett Learning is seeking a production specialist in its media services department. Get more details below and find additional job opportunities on mediabistro.com.

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Emily Williams Moves To BN.com

Emily Williams has left Publisher’s Marketplace to join Barnes & Noble as manager of international content and digital products for BN.com.

In her new role she will manage international content and digital content for Barnes & Noble’s e-commerce website. Williams served as digital content producer at Publisher’s Marketplace in 2011.

Prior to that she was a contributor to F+W Media‘s Digital Book World and before that she worked as a contributor to Publishing Perspectives. She also worked as a senior scout for Maria B. Campbell & Associates.

Paulo Coelho: ‘Welcome to Download My Books for Free’

Signing a blog post as “Pirate Coelho,” bestselling author Paulo Coelho has joined a promotional program at the infamous file sharing site, The Pirate Bay.

Coelho praised the piracy site and urged his readers to download his work on peer-to-peer file sharing sites. The decision has already generated hundreds of comments–what do you think?

Check it out: “The Pirate Bay starts today a new and interesting system to promote arts. Do you have a band? Are you an aspiring movie producer? A comedian? A cartoon artist? They will replace the front page logo with a link to your work. As soon as I learned about it, I decided to participate. Several of my books are there, and as I said in a previous post, ‘My thoughts on SOPA,’ the physical sales of my books are growing since my readers post them in P2P sites. Welcome to download my books for free and, if you enjoy them, buy a hard copy – the way we have to tell to the industry that greed leads to nowhere.” (Image via)

S*** Agents and Editors Say

For the last few weeks, “S*** People Say” videos have swept through YouTube, spawning trend pieces and anti-trend pieces.

The trend has finally arrived at the publishing industry with a S*** Agents and Editors Say video. Everybody from aspiring writers to publishing professionals can find something to smile about here–all the content is safe for work.

The video was created by Foundry agent Brandi Bowles, Folio agent Michelle Brower and Da Capo editor Katie McHugh.

Susan Cain, Lane Smith & Thanhha Lai Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending January 29, 2012–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Quiet by Susan Cain: “At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled ‘quiet,’ it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.” (January 2012)

(Debuted at #15 in Children’s Interest) Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai: “This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.” (February 2011)

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Neil Gaiman & Todd McFarlane Settle Decade-Long Dispute

Fantasy authors Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane have settled their decade long dispute about who owns the copyright to Spawn characters that Gaiman created for McFarlane’s comic book in a guest appearance.

In 2002, Gaiman filed his first suit claiming that he co-owned Medieval Spawn, among other characters that he had created. In 2010, Gaiman won a suit in which a judge determined that he should be paid royalties.

The Daily News has more about the settlement: “Jeffrey Simmons, one of Gaiman’s attorneys, said terms of the agreement were confidential … ‘This is intended to put an end to the whole thing. It’s fair to say both parties are pleased to have this resolved,’ Simmons said.”

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Debbie Reynolds Lands Book Deal for Tell-All

Movie star Debbie Reynolds has inked a deal to publish a tell-all memoir with HarperCollins. Publication is set for 2013.

Unsinkable will be her second book with the publisher, following 1988′s Debbie: My Life. Trident Media Group CEO Dan Strone negotiated the deal with senior vice president Lynn Grady. Executive editor Jennifer Brehl will edit.

Here’s more from the release: “At the end of her 1988 autobiography, Debbie: My Life (Morrow), Debbie Reynolds talks about finally finding love with her third husband, calling him ‘brave, loyal and loving.’ Her marriage seemed like a great success until she discovered that her husband had his mistress stashed at the Stardust just down the street from Debbie’s own newly opened Las Vegas hotel. She then learned that he’d embezzled all the proceeds from her business, in addition to many other betrayals. When she confronted him, she barely escaped with her life. For the third time, Debbie would suffer a divorce that left her emotionally and financially bankrupt.” (image via)

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Fake Cormac McCarthy Interviewed at The Atlantic Wire

The Atlantic Wire has posted an interview with Michael Crossan, the aspiring writer from Scotland who briefly fooled the Twittersphere by pretending to be novelist Cormac McCarthy.

As we reported last week, the fake account convinced hundreds of Twitter users, even managing to fool a Twitter executive before the account was suspended. In both those links, we archived the fake tweets for posterity.

Here’s more: “I did a search for Cormac McCarthy. I realized the chance of Cormac having a Twitter feed were remote. Cormac is religiously private. Of course there was no Cormac on Twitter. The idea flashed to create a parody Cormac feed. I created the account and did a search of the Twitter literati. I came across Margaret Atwood’s tweets. I had read and admired her novel The Handmaid’s Tale. As Cormac I tweeted her as I imagined he would do. I think Cormac is noble and sincere and blunt. I tweeted Margaret — ‘Please excuse my intrusion’ — and it escalated from there.” (Via HuffPost Books)

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Occupy Wall Street Library Sending Books to Tucson

The Occupy Wall Street Library and Occupy Tuscon are raising funds to redistribute books that have been removed from Tucson Unified School District.

Last year, Arizona passed the controversial H.B. 2281, a bill banning school curriculum “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.” Along with the bill, a number of ethnic studies books have been removed from school district shelves (list follows below).

Check it out: “Acting in solidarity with OccupyTucson and the students, parents, and teachers of the Tucson Unified School District we are going send copies of the banned texts to Tucson for distribution. Lots of copies. As many copies as we can find and buy. We respect the rights of authors and publishers, so all copies will be completely legally purchased though an independent bookseller or directly from the publisher. Donations of the these texts are, of course, welcomed. We’ll be collecting funds via the WePay link on this page. Any amount will be gladly welcomed and all donations will go toward the purchase of books or shipping books.”

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