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Archives: March 2012

Bronze Lorax Statue Stolen from Dr. Seuss’ San Diego Estate

A bronze statue of The Lorax has been stolen from the grounds of the late Dr. Seuss‘ San Diego estate. The statue reportedly weighs 300 pounds and stands three feet tall.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Seuss’ step-daughter and the sculptor who created the art piece, wants “very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs.” Dimond-Cates made two Lorax statues; one for the San Diego estate and one for the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden (pictured).

In an interview with Reuters, San Diego police lieutenant Andra Brown revealed that the police have not yet determined whether this is a prank or a theft. The police have observed that the ”evidence at the scene suggests that the thieves rolled the statue down the hill to an adjacent property, where it was likely loaded onto a waiting vehicle.”

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Children’s & YA Hardcover Sales Up 69%

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) net sales revenue report for January, the children’s and young adult categories saw massive growth in January.

The categories saw a nearly 69 percent increase in hardcover sales and almost 62 percent increase in paperback sales compared to the same period last year. Overall trade sales jumped by 27 percent, up from $396 million in January 2011 to $503.5 million this January.

Check it out: “While Children’s/Young Adult physical format Hardcover and Paperback both saw strong double-digit growth ( and 61.9% respectively), AAP’s first monthly data on Children’s/YA eBooks showed a massive +475.1% increase from 2011 to 2012. Some publishers have attributed this to the availability of more options for devices aimed at those demographics as well as a number of popular new releases.”

Cover Unveiled for New Lemony Snicket Book

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has unveiled the cover for Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the new book by Lemony Snicket. What do you think?

The artist Seth created the cover and will provide more illustrations for the book. Seth has published a number of comic books, including Palookaville and It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken. As we previously reported, this is first book in Snicket’s forthcoming new series All the Wrong Questions. The title will be released in hardcover, eBook and audiobook in October.

The release included a publicity message from Snicket (the pen name of author Daniel Handler): “I suggest extreme caution … The distribution of this cover image should be on a need-to-know basis, limited to librarians, booksellers, readers, e-readers, educators, journalists, muck-rakers, bloggers, tweeters, men, women, and children.”

20% Of Global Readers Bought eBook In Past 6 Months

British and Australian eBook readers are more likely to download adult fiction, while digital readers in India and South Korea are more likely to download professional/business and academic/textbooks, according to a new report from Bowker Market Research’s Global eBook Monitor study.

In the study, Bowker looked at consumer attitudes about eBooks among the online population of ten countries Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. and found that more than 20 percent of global readers had bought an eBook in the past six months. And while, not everyone has adopted digital books, most people are aware that they exist. According to the report, 80 percent of respondents know that books are available for download.

eBookNewser has more: “eBook adoption should continue. According to the report, more than 50 percent of respondents from India and Brazil plan to buy an eBook in the next six months. In addition, about a third of respondents in the U.K. and U.S. plan to do so. Even 20 percent of French survey respondents plan to do so.”

INFOGRAPHIC: What Your Kindle Cover Says About You

Author Ryan Gielen has made a funny info graphic that describes “what your Kindle cover says about you,” making fun of the stereotype of how you can judge a reader by their eReader cover. The above graphic shows what it means to carry a Moleskine Kindle cover.

Follow this link to see what it means to carry a Timbuk2 Kindle Message bag, and this link for more.

Henry James Has Generated the Most Scholarly Writing

Over at Commentary, you can find a list of the American writers ranked by the amount of scholarly writing they have generated over the last 25 years. Henry James leads the list–scholars have written 3,188 pieces about his work.

Many of these writers have free eBooks available online. We’ve created a list below linking to free digital book editions of works by these writers.

Here’s more about the list: “Over the past 25 years, Henry James has been the top-ranked American writer, according to the latest MLA International Bibliography. More than 3,000 pieces of scholarship have been devoted to him in whole or part since 1987 … Here are the top American writers as determined by the amount of scholarship on each. In brackets is the rise or fall of each writer when compared to his or her ranking since 1947.”

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Web Programming Comic on Kickstarter

Writer Nate Cooper hopes to raise $2,500 for a 120-page book entitled Website Bootcamp Adventure Comics.

This instructional comic book aims to teach web programming concepts such as HTML, CSS and WordPress Basics in a fun way. The funds will be used to pay artist Kim Gee for the book’s artwork. Above, we’ve embedded a video about the project–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “The comic is based upon a manuscript Nate spent writing over several months and has been added to over the course of several weeks teaching real people just like you how to build a website. The ideas contained herein are mostly conceptual with a lot of references to external sources in order to learn more. It’s a kind of tips and tricks version of website building that covers a broad range of topics from HTML to SEO to CMS. By putting it in comic form we hope to make it easier to digest for the causal reader/beginner.”

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‘The Art of War’ Adapted as a Graphic Novel

Writer Kelly Roman and illustrator Michael DeWeese adapted Sun Tzu‘s The Art of War into a graphic novel. To promote the comic book version of the famous military treatise, Roman and DeWeese had a doctor draw their blood in front of a live audience in New York City.

The blood was then used to stamp sample chapter-giveaways. Comics Alliance reports that clear tape was put on top of the blood for sanitary purposes. The curious can view this video about the event on YouTube.

According to an email sent by Roman, “the book integrates Sun Tzu’s iconic text into a story set 20 years in the future when China is the dominant economy and the financial industry is militarized.” HarperCollins’ Harper Perennial imprint will release the book on July 31st in trade paperback format. Follow this link to read the first three chapters.

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Harry Potter eBooks Now Available for $7.99

Today Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Pottermore revealed that the beloved Harry Potter series is finally available in digital formats. The individual books sell for $7.99 each–well below the price for the average bestselling eBook.

Follow this link for the Amazon books. Follow this link for the Barnes & Noble books. The books are DRM free, but come with a special digital watermark “that relate to the book, to the purchaser and the purchase time. This allows us to track and respond to possible copyright misuse.” According to Pottermore, the books will be available in English, with French, Italian, German and Spanish coming soon.

Here’s more from the Pottermore site: “We have partnered with the following services to make it easy to send your Harry Potter eBook to your account. (Subject to reading service availability in your country.): Sony Reader online account (US and Canadian based customers only). Amazon Kindle (available in most countries). Barnes & Noble NOOK (US and Canadian based customers only). Google Play (This service is currently available in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States). The accounts are linked during the download process … Please note you can link to one account per reading service.”

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James Patterson Sends 200,000 Books To Troops

Bestselling author James Patterson has donated 200,000 books to American troops stationed overseas.

This involved moving 20,000 boxes of books from Indiana to Georgia to California. The massive shipment was eventually sent to military bases and veterans’ hospitals overseas.

On his Facebook page, Patterson explained what this entailed: “It’s my hope these books will be some small token of our appreciation—and hopefully a welcome and well-deserved piece of entertainment after all they’ve done and are doing. It’s their service that makes freedom—to vote, to have families, to make a living, even to read—possible in the first place.”

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