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Archives: July 2012

Why Readers Pirate eBooks

One confessed eBook pirate asked the Reddit community an important question: “eBook pirates, how do you justify what you do?

We’ve collected seven responses below, complete with links to the comments thread. Publishers, authors and readers should all pay attention to these rationalizations–they will play an important role in the future of publishing.

If you are an author or publisher struggling with pirates, check out our two posts about dealing with piracy: How To Fight Book Pirates and Writers Engage with eBook Pirates.

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Man Booker Longlist Samples & Hunger Games Flowchart: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including self-published bestsellers, Jack Daniel’s cease-and-desist and The Hunger Games flowchart (embedded above)

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1. Hunger Games Flowchart
2. Self-Published Bestseller List
2. The Dark Knight Rises Spoilers Released
3. SoundCloud Advice for Writers
4. Encyclopedia Brown Author Donald J. Sobol Has Died
5. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
6. Jack Daniel’s Sends Author ‘Most Polite Cease & Desist Ever Written’
7. Free Samples of the 2012 Man Booker Longlist
8. How a Charles Dickens Novel Inspired The Dark Knight Rises
9. The Writer Magazine to Go on Hiatus After 125 Years
10. Cracked Looking for Writers

J.K. Rowling Reads ‘Peter Pan’ at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

The “Isles of Wonder” opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics (directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle) made a nod to British literature.

Actor Kenneth Branagh (who plays Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter films) recited a passage from William Shakespeare‘s The Tempest. A parade of nurses, doctors and child patients with books followed in rolling beds.

Author J.K. Rowling read a selection from J.M. Barrie‘s Peter Pan. After Rowling’s reading, a giant-sized Lord Voldemort popped up. A crew of women dressed as Mary Poppins wielded umbrellas and banished the Harry Potter villain.

Click here to find out when you can watch the opening ceremony in your neighborhood. Follow this link to view photos from the ceremony. What do you think?

First Graf Friday

Everything hinges your first paragraph. A well-crafted first paragraph can convince a reader to buy your book or a magazine subscriber to read your article.

To celebrate the art of the first paragraph and our new SoundCloud page, we are proud to present the first installment of First Graf Friday–your chance to listen to stories from around the world, all read by their authors.

Our first installment is embedded below. Our readers shared everything from mysteries to memoirs to paranormal romance to literary fiction. Click on the square “MB” comment icons on the player to locate a specific author.

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Explore Soho Press’ Upcoming YA Imprint

Independent publisher Soho Press will be launching a young-adult imprint called Soho Teen. Follow this link to access Soho Teen’s digital sampler.

The imprint will debut in January 2013 with a mystery title called What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard. The inaugural list also includes five other titles.

In an interview with blogger Cynthia Leitich Smith, editorial director Daniel Ehrenhaft explained his vision for Soho Teen. Here’s more from the interview: “We’re publishing one book a month, so that each gets the special care and attention it deserves. And while we publish a broad range of YA fiction, every story must have a mystery at its heart. That said, our titles include sci-fi, the paranormal, a dystopian, some contemporary realistic fiction (some humorous), and a star-studded anthology to benefit the literacy non-profit 826nyc. So there’s plenty of diversity!”

eBook Giveaway at The Intouchables Film

To help promote the new film The Intouchables, The Weinstein Company and Weinstein Books are giving away a free eBook with movie ticket sales.

In exchange for buying a ticket to the film, theater goers who buy a ticket to see the film between July 27 and August 3 will get a code to redeem a free copy of the eBook You Changed My Life: A Memoir, a memoir by Abdel Sellou, the man whose life the film is based on.

Weinstein Books Publishing Director Georgina Levitt explained: “The stories Abdel shares in his memoir will undoubtedly move, entertain, and touch the hearts of all readers. We thank our partners who have joined us in bringing this book to everyone who experiences The Untouchables over the next week.”

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How Art Can Inspire Fiction

Historical fiction writer Tracy Chevalier gave a TED Talk called “Finding the Story Inside the Painting,” exploring three paintings that inspired her writing.

We’ve embedded the video above–what paintings have influenced your writing?

While writing Girl with the Pearl Earring, Chevalier looked at Johannes Vermeer‘s painting and asked these questions : 1. Does the model love the artist? 2. What type of relationship does the model share with the artist? 3. How was the girl chosen to model in the artist’s studio? 4. Considering her plain clothes, how was the model able to attain the pearl earrings she wears? 5. How does the girl’s love for the artist affect the other characters involved?

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Fifty Shades of Grey & The Hunger Games Blamed for Sales Decrease at Penguin

Penguin’s worldwide profits totaled £441 million for the first half of 2012, dipping by £16 million compared to the same period last year. Pearson, the corporate parent of Penguin, revealed these stats in its half-year earnings report.

Here’s more from the release: “Penguin’s first half trading was affected by three factors: a lighter publishing schedule, the exceptional performance of competitor bestsellers The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey and continued pressure on physical book publishing and retailing. We expect Penguin’s publishing and its competitive performance to be stronger in the second half of the year, and we expect the structural change to continue. In the second half, Penguin will continue to take action to adapt to the rapidly-changing industry environment and will be expensing integration costs associated with its acquisition of Author Solutions.”

Penguin US counted 132 bestsellers during the first half of the year, down from 157 bestsellers in 2011. The company noted that Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben, Charlaine Harris, John Green and Jenny Lawson all scored hits. Self-published novelists Tracey Garvis Graves and Sylvia Day both inked book deals with Penguin and were cited as bestsellers during the same period.

Amazon Falls Short of Q2 Wall Street Estimates

Amazon reported that net sales were up 29 percent in the second quarter of 2012, totaling $12.83 billion. However, they missed Wall Street estimates of $12.9 billion in sales.

The company noted that Kindle Direct Publishing authors had scored 20 spots on Amazon’s list of the top 100 bestselling Kindle titles. The quarter also included an estimated loss of $65 million as the company acquired Kiva Systems.

Here’s more from the release, looking ahead to next quarter: “Net sales are expected to be between $12.9 billion and $14.3 billion, or to grow between 19% and 31% compared with third quarter 2011. Operating income (loss) is expected to be between $(350) million and $(50) million, down from $79 million in the comparable prior year period.”

Blueberry Miller Files & Torch Ginger: 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.

Neurotica by Sue Margolis: ”Anna – a 37-year-old mother of two in desperate need of a tummy tuck, breast lift and open pore surgery – is about to spend the next few weeks committing adultery for the pure joy of it – and with hilarious results. But there’s a catch. Anna still loves her husband. And by setting out on her lone quest, she’s putting her marriage at risk…” (June 2012)

The Blueberry Miller Files by A. Yamina Collin: ”From popular book/lit blogger A. Yamina Collins comes a dynamic collection of short stories that portray the humor, awkwardness, and tragedy of the human condition, with a multi-ethnical cast; including a negligent father who learns the hard way that family doesn’t always stick together… an African-American Anglophile with too much time on her hands and unrealistic aspirations of literary glory…and a relationship guru who discovers that first loves are hard to forget…” (July 2012)

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