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Archives: August 2012

Donna Tartt Novel Not Coming This Year

Donna Tartt fans will have to wait for her next novel.

Little, Brown acquired her untitled third book nearly four years ago, scheduling a 2012 release date. We confirmed that the book won’t be coming this year, but a new publication date has not been set. Tartt has earned a dedicated audience with two novels, The Secret History and The Little Friend.

Here’s more from the original release: “The new novel, as yet untitled, is a story of loss and obsession about a young man, guilt-stricken and damaged after the death of his mother, and the growing power that a stolen piece of art exercises over him, drawing him into an underworld of theft and corruption where nothing is as it seems.” (Image via Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

Kobo to Help Independent Bookstores Sell eBooks

Kobo revealed a new partnership with the American Booksellers Association today, giving independent bookstores a new way to sell eBooks.

The program will launch 400 participating bookstores, all of them using Kobo’s collection of nearly 3 million digital books. ABA members will share in the revenue on every sale.

Indie bookstores can only sell digital books through Google currently, but that program will end early next year. Kobo’s new program will start in October. Here’s more from Kobo:

By partnering with the nearly 2,000 ABA-member stores, Kobo continues its successful strategy of working with booksellers around the world, and America’s indie booksellers grow their ability to discover and deliver great reads, in any format, to their customers … The program includes valuable training, in-store merchandising, marketing, sales, and logistics solutions to help independents be successful. ABA members will also be able to offer ebooks directly to their customers online.

Suzanne Collins Hits Bestseller List with 8 Year Old Book

Author Suzanne Collins has grabbed the #11 spot on the USA Today’s bestseller list with a book she published eight years ago.

The Hunger Games novelist hit the chart with her 2004 release, Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles Book One, following a special sale. Have you read this older series?

Here’s more from Book Buzz: “Why the high spot for a book that made the list only once before, back in 2007, at No. 140? Perhaps because Amazon.com on Saturday offered the e-book for a one-day-only price of $1.99, 62% off list price.”

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How To Read Amazon Review Graphs

Frustrated by a rising tide of paid book reviews on Amazon, Reddit user Onewatt created the chart embedded above–do you agree with the breakdown of reviews?

The chart has earned an eye-popping 127,000+ views online since it was first posted. They explained the chart simply: “After reading that 60% of amazon reviews are bought and paid for, this is how I read review graphs for books.”

The whole debate began when The New York Times explored the world of paid book reviews in a long article. In a follow-up post, we reminded readers that some major bestsellers have earned at least 150 one-star reviews on Amazon.

One Story Raising Money for YA Literary Magazine

The team behind the One Story literary magazine hopes to launch a new publication aimed at young-adult fiction readers called One Teen Story. They aim to raise $5,000 on Kickstarter to cover the costs of running the magazine during the first year.

One Teen Story will be available in both digital and print formats. The first eight issues will feature the work of a high-profile YA author including Wicked series author Gregory Maguire and If I Stay author Gayle Foreman. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “There is currently no literary magazine for readers of young adult literature that features work by established and emerging YA writers. While there are some great magazines for children like Stone Soup and Highlights, those magazines are geared towards readers under 13. One Teen Story will be for both adults and teens age 14 and older who enjoy reading young adult fiction.”

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Government Printing Office Partners With Apple On eBooks

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), the agency that helps federal agencies produce books and reports, has teamed up with Apple to sell federal eBooks via iTunes. GPO agencies are already selling eBooks through Google, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Diesel eBooks, eBookpie.com, Ingram, and Zinio.
GPO has instructions on its website about how to buy its books from Apple. Check it out: “ To purchase an eBook from the Apple iBookstore, you must first download iTunes to your device and set up an account. Next, you must launch iTunes, then click on the Books tab in iTunes Store. Finally, type or paste the Electronic ISBN of the eBook into the iTunes Store search box and purchase as usual.”
AppNewser has more: “The partnership launches with a couple of titles including: Ponzimonium: How Scam Artists are Ripping Off America; On Course to DesertStorm; and the Appendix, Budget of the United States FY 2013.”

Navy SEAL Book To Come Out Early

Penguin’s Dutton imprint has moved up the publishing date for the Navy Seal memoir about the  killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Originally slated for an October release, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden was then supposed to come out on September 11th, but will now be out on September 4th.

Publisher’s Weekly has more: “In a statement, the publisher said the publication was moved up ‘in response to the overwhelming excitement in the marketplace,’ and Dutton ‘now feels it is important to put No Easy Day on sale and let the book speak for itself.’”

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Why Self-Published Authors Need Editors

As the number of self-published books grows, indie authors need editors more than ever. Kirkus Reviews launched new editorial services this year, one way for self-published authors to polish their work.

In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu podcast, we spoke with Kirkus editorial director Perry Crowe about these new offerings. Press play below to listen…

Crowe explained: “Having been the indie editor at Kirkus and seeing lots and lots of self published books, I’ve seen some very basic mistakes–like confusing different versions of their/there/they’re and punctuation issues.  There are simple things that need to be caught because it jars the reader out of the reading experience.”

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Publishing Jobs: Cambridge University Press, Crown Trade, Bloomsbury

This week, Cambridge University Press is hiring a promotions director, as well as a senior editor of psychology. Meanwhile, Crown Trade needs a senior designer, and Bloomsbury Publishing is seeking a senior commissioning editor of design. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Madavor Media Acquires The Writer Lit Mag

Madavor Media, a niche-focused media company based in Boston, has acquired the literary magazine The Writer, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. Through the deal, Madavor has gained the rights to the print, web, and digital properties of the magazine from midwestern media company Kalmbach Publishing.

VP/Group Publisher for Madavor Susan Fitzgerald mentioned plans for expansion, stating: “We will continue to deliver the quality and authoritative content readers and advertisers expect, and we intend to take both magazines to new and engaging places.”

In March, The Writer celebrated its 125th year anniversary. The magazine was founded in Boston and was run independently until it was sold to Kalmbach Publishing in 2000. Since then has been run out of the Milwaukee area. Since 2007, Jeff Reich has served as the publication’s editor-in-chief. Authors who have graced the pages of the magazine include: Ray Bradbury, Patricia Cornwell, Jonathan Franzen, Gail Godwin, Pete Hamill, Stephen King, Sinclair Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Perry, May Sarton and John Updike. (Via Sarah Weinman)

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