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Archives: January 2014

‘The Rothschild Playbook’ Returns to Auction

rothschildprayerbookThe Rothschild Prayerbook, a Renaissance manuscript with illustrations from early 16th century artists including Gerard Horenbout and Simon Bening, is up for auction from Christie’s.

The last time the book went on sale back in 1999, it fetched $13 million setting a world record for its category.

Here is more about the book from the auction listing: “Among the highlights of this hand-painted Book of Hours is an exquisite miniature with the Virgin and child on a crescent moon, one of a group of illuminations by the painter Gerard David. Boasting an illustrious provenance, it joined the fabled collections of the Rothschild family in the 19th century.”

Scribd, eBook Subscription Service, Launches Kindle Fire App

scribdBook subscription service Scribd is introducing an app for the Kindle Fire. The app comes as the company is celebrating three million downloads of its Android app. In addition, the company revealed that mobile app usage is up 5x from December 2012 and that Scribd was accessed on 11 million unique mobile devices in December 2013.

The Kindle app comes from user demand. According to the company, more than 100,000 users asked for an app that is compatible with their Kindle Fire device in the last couple of months.

The new app means that Scribd can support all Kindle Fire models. The service does not have an app on any eInk based Kindles, because these devices don’t support third party applications.

 

Publishing Jobs: Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Kensington Publishing Corp

This week, Penguin Group is hiring a publicity manager for its Young Readers division, and John Wiley & Sons needs a digital global rights manager. Meanwhile, Kensington Publishing Corp is seeking a communications and marketing manager, as well as a director of sales. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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‘Jackrabbit Junction Jitters’ Makes Self-Published Bestsellers List

jackrabbitJackrabbit Junction Jitters by Ann Charles has landed on the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week at No. 5.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross to Compose ‘Gone Girl’ Score

gone-girl-book-cover-medNine Inch Nails rock star Trent Reznor and musician Atticus Ross will once again join forces to compose the score for the Gone Girl movie. Reznor confirmed the news with an announcement on Twitter.

Gillian Flynn‘s hit novel swept the bestseller lists throughout the summer of 2012. She worked closely with filmmaker David Fincher to change the ending of her book for the movie. The film adaptation comes out on October 03, 2014.

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Two Studios to Partner on an Adaptation of ‘Between Shades of Gray’

9780142420591HSorrento Productions and Tauras Films are partnering to work on an adaptation of Between Shades of Gray.

The two studios have optioned the film rights to Ruta Sepetys’ popular young adult novel. Ben York Jones, an actor and screenwriter, penned the script. Filming is scheduled to begin sometime in 2014.

Philomel, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, released the book in March 2011. We interviewed Sepetys and asked her about the research process for this historical fiction story. She talked about immersing herself with experiences such as spending time “in an old Soviet cattle car that was used for the deportations” and taking “part in a simulation experience in a former Soviet prison.” What do you think?

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‘Which Book Reader Species Are You?’: INFOGRAPHIC

bookloverWriting consultant Laura E. Kelly has created an infographic called, “Which Book Reader Species Are You?,” which explores different classifications of readers.

Check it out: “We all live in the Domain of Readers—but what species of book reader are you? This fun, appropriately wordy infographic is my homage to the classic Linnaean classification charts of plants and living things. In this case, we’re describing and classifying close to 50 reader species—from the folks who see books as precious display objects to those who sort of hate reading.”

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. Read more

Mary Pope Osborne, Armistead Maupin & Ishmael Beah Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

daysWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending January 19, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Children’s Fiction Series) Magic Tree House: High Time for Heroes by Mary Pope Osborne with illustrations by Sal Murdocca: “High Time for Heroes features Jack and Annie back in Egypt, still seeking the secrets of greatness for Merlin. This time they will meet the great nurse, Florence Nightingale, on her trip to Egypt that served as the inspiration for the choices that made her both famous and beloved.” (January 2014)

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Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Leaked Script

gawkerFilmmaker Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media for copyright infringement for providing links to his latest script The Hateful Eight.

The filmmaker made headlines for saying he would not make the movie after the script was leaked. Gawker’s Defamer blog covered the news and included a link to download the script.

The Hollywood Reporter has a copy of the lawsuit: “Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck,” it reads. “This time, they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.”

University of Rochester to Host ‘Human Library’ Event

humanlibraryThe University of Rochester in New York is hosting an event that will turn real people into books. It’s called the Human Library event and will take place on the college’s campus tomorrow.

The idea of the event it to get people who would not likely meet in their everyday lives to sit down and talk. Library patrons will be able to ‘check out’ a human for 30 minutes where they can sit together and listen to that person’s story. ‘Human Books’ are volunteers that have signed up to tell their stories to others in the library environment.

Check it out: “A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community with whom they might not normally interact. Visitors to a library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow and engage in conversation with a Human Book. Human Libraries promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds.”

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