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Archives: July 2012

Sara Fawkes Climbs Self-Published Bestsellers List

Erotica author Sara Fawkes climbed our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week with her new book, Anything He Wants 4: Collateral Damage. The release also propelled the first book of her series up our list.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we have compiled lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

We update these lists every week, tracking how writers perform inside these booming marketplaces. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you are an author, check out our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post and our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post.

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Add A ‘Buy This Book’ Widget To Your Website

Looking to add a “Buy this book” widget to your website? Ted Weinstein Literary Management has built a widget that can help you do so quickly and easily. AppNewser has more: “The button will feature a number of retailers that sell the book, so that readers can buy from their preferred vendor.”

Twliterary has more about the idea: “Our friend and colleague Laurie Abkemeier has been a vocal advocate of the idea that everyone in publishing with a website should link to all the major book retailers, not just one. So to make this as easy as possible, the web gurus at Diverse Design built us a small ‘Buy this book’ widget and we are pleased to make it available for anyone to use.”

Follow this link for the four step process.

Jonah Lehrer Resigns at The New Yorker

Author Jonah Lehrer has resigned from his post at the New Yorker after confessing that he fabricated Bob Dylan quotes for his book, Imagine: How Creativity Works.  You can sample the Dylan section of the book at this Google Books link.

Lehrer confessed after journalist Michael Moynihan contacted him for a story in Tablet. According to The New York Times, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt “will halt shipment of physical copies of the book.”

The Times’ Media Decoder blog has a statement from Lehrer: “The quotes in question either did not exist, were unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes. But I told Mr. Moynihan that they were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan’s representatives. This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic. When Mr. Moynihan followed up, I continued to lie, and say things I should not have said.”

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Peter Jackson Makes The Hobbit a Trilogy

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson revealed today that his adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit adaptation will be a trilogy.

Here’s more from the director:

We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life.  All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’  We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance.

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Andrea Cremer Inks Erotica Book Deal

YA author Andrea Cremer has landed a book deal with Penguin Group (USA)’s Dutton imprint to write an erotica trilogy for adults. The not-yet-titled first book will be available in October 2013.

Cremer established her career as a YA author with the Nightshade trilogy, a fantasy series starring teen werewolves. The new adult books will be set in this Nightshade universe.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Dutton publisher Brian Tart negotiated the deal with InkWell Management literary agents Richard Pine and Charlie Olsen. Associate editor Jessica Horvath will edit the books.

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Batman Meets The Lion King

CraveOnline‘s Brad Hansen remixed the audio track from the Dark Knight Rises trailer with scenes from Disney’s The Lion King–earning nearly two million views for his oddly captivating parody.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

If you want to learn more about the movie, read about how Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities inspired director Christopher Nolan and download a free copy of the eBook.

Atria Books Teams Up with Short Books to Launch UK Lit Imprint

Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint has entered into a trans-Atlantic co-publishing agreement with UK indie publisher Short Books.

Under this new partnership, Atria intends to bring “the best in contemporary British writing” to North American readers. The new imprint, Marble Arch Press, will launch in fall 2012. Each year, 12 titles from Short Books’ UK list will be selected for publication within the US and Canada in both print and digital format.

Here’s more from the release: “This is the first international co-publishing agreement for Atria. Under the Marble Arch banner, British authors including Justin Webb, Emma Craigie, Betsy Tobin, Sofka Zinovieff and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall will now see their titles appearing in the US market. The name Marble Arch Press refers to the well-known London landmark near Hyde Park, and is also a nod to Atria’s own Washington Square Press imprint (Washington Square having its own “marble arch” monument).”

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Random House Releases Dr. Seuss Drawing App

Random House Children’s Books has released a digital coloring book app from the Dr. Seuss collection.

The Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat Color & Create app features classic Dr. Suess characters like the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and Fish. With the app,  young readers can digitally color, take photos, throw digital confetti and create effects. The new activity app is currently on sale for $1.99.

Dr. Seuss apps have done well in iTunes. Digital publisher Oceanhouse Media has released a number of eBook versions of the classic kids books, many of which have ranked on iTunes top list. According to data from AppData, Oceanhouse Media’s The Cat in the Hat eBook app is currently the No. 49 top free app in the books genre and the No. 31 top free iPad app in the books genre.

Boring Books Hashtag Makes Twitter Trend

The #BoringBooks hashtag was trending Twitter recently, drawing responses that included Lord of the Flies, 50 Shades of Grey, as well as puns on book titles like Charlotte’s Website.

The Paris Review‘s Tumblr page has linked to a number of funny puns of books. Check out some of their favorites:

“Aesop’s Tables”—@FakePaulCola

“One Hundred Years of Solitaire”—@Dr_Dmo

“Crime and Probation”—@larrymeath

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Cloud Atlas Trailer Drives Book Sales

A long trailer for Cloud Atlas has been released online, giving us a glimpse of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the adaptation of David Mitchell‘s award-winning novel. Follow this link to watch the trailer at Apple.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the trailer has driven some new interest in the book, making it the seventh most popular book on Amazon: “To cash in on the renewed interest, Random House has ordered a new paperback printing of 25,000 copies, to hit stores before a special movie-tie in edition of the book is released in September. Currently, “Cloud Atlas” has 227,000 paperback copies in print in the U.S.”

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? The film comes out October 26th. Follow this link to see cast photos from the movie as well. The Matrix creators Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (the creators of The Matrix) directed the movie.

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