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Archives: January 2013

Charles Stross Lands ‘Major Six Figure Deal’ for New Trilogy

Science fiction novelist Charles Stross has inked a “ a major six figure deal” with Tor Books to publish a new trilogy set in the alternate history world of his Merchant Princes series.

Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates negotiated the deal. “I couldn’t be happier than if a sequel to Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land was discovered,” quipped senior editor David Hartwell in the release.

Here’s more about the series: “Tor published the first six books in the series to great acclaim beginning in 2004 and looks forward to publishing the new books starting in 2015 … In 2008, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman devoted an entire article to analysing the series from an economic standpoint, and, in 2009 attended the World Science Fiction convention, opening the show with a 75-minute conversation with Stross.”

Reading Can Boost a Child’s IQ by More Than Six Points

After looking at eight different studies of childhood development, researchers recently concluded that “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points.”

The findings were revealed in Perspectives on Psychological Science this month, in an article entitled “How to Make a Young Child Smarter: Evidence From the Database of Raising Intelligence.”

A team of researchers examined studies about childhood intelligence, pulling out recommendations for “interactive” reading with kids.

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Amazon.com Versus the Amazon River

Do you think Amazon.com is a major force in the world?

The webcomic xkcd compared the outflow of the Amazon River to Amazon’s massive shipping powers, discovering that Mother Nature dwarfs the online retailer (comic embedded above).

If you want to extend the metaphor, here’s more about the Amazon River outflow from the National Science Foundation:

The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume; it also has the largest drainage basin on the planet, accounting for some one fifth of Earth’s total river flow. Because of its vast dimensions, it’s sometimes called “the river sea.” The Amazon River’s outflow covers an area more than twice the size of the state of Texas for several months each year, said Ajit Subramaniam, a biological oceanographer at Columbia University

Free Samples of the ALA Youth Media Award Winners

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate has won the prestigious John Newbery Medal and Jon Klassen has won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat at the American Library Association’s annual Youth Media Awards.

We’ve linked to free samples of the winning books below.

If you want more books, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the NBCC finalists, the most overlooked books of the year, the 2012 Man Booker Longlist, the Best Science Fiction of the Year, the Best Mystery Books of 2012and the Best Business Books of the Year

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Pride & Prejudice Turns 200

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can download a free eBook edition or a free audiobook copy of the novel.

Here’s more from the BBC: “It has one of the most famous opening lines in literature, it turned Colin Firth into a heartthrob and it spawned a zombie spin-off. Now Pride & Prejudice  has reached the venerable age of 200…First published by Thomas Egerton in 1813, Pride & Prejudice  was Jane Austen’s second novel.”

According to the article, Austen dubbed this work her “own darling child.” UK readers purchase approximately 50,000 copies every year. In honor of this occasion, we’ve put together a list of three ideas on how fans can celebrate.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Seeks Senior Designer

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is hiring! The company is on the hunt for a senior designer to join its New York team.

In this role, you’ll work with the company’s marketing and publicity teams to conceptualize design board books and picture books, as well as a range of promotional materials like ads, displays, brochures and posters. Additionally, you’ll review press proofs and prototypes, while providing guidance to marketing production as necessary. Read more

Stephen King Publishes 99-Cent Kindle Single About Guns

Stephen King has published a 99-cent Kindle Single called “Guns,” a short essay about gun violence in America that “constructs his argument for what can and should be done.”

In the essay, King wrote frankly about Rage, a novel he released under the pen name Richard Bachman about a boy who takes a high school classroom hostage with a gun.

Four different teenagers cited the book after attacks on their schools and King decided to remove the book from publication.

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Children’s & YA Hardcover Sales Up 24%

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for September 2012, hardcover sales revenue in the children’s and young adult category rose nearly 24 percent compared to the same period last year–rising to $440 million (AAP chart embedded above).

In contrast, adult fiction and nonfiction hardcover sales declined 1.5 percent in September. Children’s and YA also saw a 177 percent jump in digital sales while the adult category grew 36 percent.

While adult fiction and nonfiction paperback sales increased by nearly 8 percent, mass market paperback sales continued to slide, dropping by more than 16 percent. Below, we’ve embedded a chart below that breaks down adult fiction and nonfiction sales by category as well.

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David Baldacci to Lead Virtual Field Trip at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Bestselling novelist and 39 Clues contributing writer David Baldacci will guide a virtual field trip at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Some of the items that will be featured on this tour include the Lewis and Clark compass, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch and the Star-Spangled Banner. This free webcast will air on March 5th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT.

On the same day, Scholastic will release book six of The 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers series which is written by Baldacci.

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HarperCollins to Move Offices in 2014

HarperCollins has signed a new lease for office space at 195 Broadway. According to short statement from the publisher, they will move in spring of 2014.

The building was the old headquarters for AT&T, built in 1923.

Here’s the complete statement from the publisher: “We are excited to return to the neighborhood where Harper Brothers founded what is now HarperCollins in 1817, and begin our third century of publishing where it began so many years ago.”

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