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Archives: February 2014

Public Theater Announces 2014 Shakespeare in the Park Lineup

delacorteThe Public Theater has announced the lineup for the 2014 season of Shakespeare in the Park.

From June 3rd to July 6th, Central Park visitors will enjoy Much Ado About Nothing starring Tony Award-nominated actress Lily Rabe as Beatrice. From July 22nd to August 17th, theater fans will watch King Lear with Academy Award-nominated actor John Lithgow in the title role.

Rabe is no stranger to Shakespeare in the Park. In the past, she played Portia in The Merchant of Venice (2010) and Rosalind in As You Like It (2012). According to The New York Times, Lithgow’s last appearance on the Shakespeare in the Park stage was as Laertes in a production of Hamlet (1975). Will you be queuing up on the infamously long line for one of New York City’s most beloved summer activities?

Apple Has Appealed eBook Judgement

apple-logo-248x300Apple has filed papers claiming the antitrust judgement against the company is out of date and will hurt consumers if it stands.

ABC News has the scoop: “Apple’s papers filed Tuesday refuted the antitrust finding, and said its entrance into the e-book market ‘kick-started competition in a highly concentrated market, delivering higher output, lower price levels, and accelerated innovation.’ Apple had also filed a request that the monitor’s work be suspended until the appeals court decides whether he was correctly appointed. A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled earlier this month that he can once again take up his work but under the limits decided upon by Cote.”

Earlier this month, Apple’s previous appeal was rejected by the court. Apple could pay up to $840 million in antitrust claims as a punishment for being found guilty of colluding with publishers to fix the prices of eBooks. In June, U.S. district judge Denise Cote found Apple guilty of the antitrust claims filed by the U.S. Justice Department. She also determined that 33 states were eligible to join in the suit.

Kaplan & Amazon Partner for Digital GMAT Text

kaplanKaplan Test Prep is partnering with Amazon to distribute a new digital GMAT course book. The Kaplan digital courses are available through Kindle apps on tablets, phones and online. This is the first time that these courses have been available on Kindle devices.

The course books allow students to take notes, highlight passages, look up words, search and track their progress. Users can sync their work across devices. For example, a student could start studying on a Kindle Fire and then open up the course book to the same page with their notes intact on their laptop.

Kaplan Test Prep is working with Amazon to develop similar digital test prep courses for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and other exams. These products are slated for release over the next few months.

Veronica Roth Leads iBook’s Top Paid Books List

37588Veronica Roth has three books on Apple’s iBooks top paid books in the U.S. for week ending 2/24. Divergent, Insurgent and Allegian made three of the top four slots on the list.

Every week Apple publishes the top selling books for the week including top paid iBooks, and the top selling audiobooks, as well as the top sellers by genre including Arts& Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Personal Finance, Children & Teens, and Comics & Graphic Novels.

We’ve included the entire list of top paid books after the jump.
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H.M. Ward’s Latest Novel Debuts on Self-Published Bestsellers List

hmwardH.M. Ward‘s latest novel The Arrangement 14 (The Ferro Family) has debuted on the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

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

Publishing Jobs: Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Storey Publishing

This week, Simon & Schuster is hiring an email marketing manager, while HarperCollins needs a senior marketing and brand manager. Storey Publishing is seeking a book designer, and SAGE Publications is on the hunt for a digital content editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Artist Plays on Sensory Elements of Books in New Work

paperAs eBooks become more popular, one common complaint is that they just don’t have the same scent or feel of a print book. London-based artist Paul Schutze has a new project on display that plays up the sensory elements of books.

The exhibit is called “Silent Surface” and focuses on how humans interact with print book. The project has three parts:  Paper (a book), Babel (a series of prints of books and pages) and In Libro De Tenebris (the book perfume).

Here is more about the project from the artist’s website:

This book is part of an ongoing project exploring the material life of all books.Editioned here in full colour and casebound with dust jacket, the book measures 32.5cm by 27.5cm. There are 85 pages of photographs. The book is limited to an edition of 40 signed and numbered copiesPrice – £80 + P & P.

‘Divergent’ Soundtrack Features Snow Patrol & Ellie Goulding

The full track listing for the Divergent movie soundtrack has been unveiled. A Facebook announcement has drawn more than 3,600 “likes.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the soundtrack contains hits by Snow Patrol, Kendrick Lamar, and Pretty Lights. The lyric video embedded above showcases Ellie Goulding’s original song, “Beating Heart.”

Goulding crafted “Beating Heart” specifically for this film adaptation. All together, she makes three appearances on this CD. The deluxe edition also features an additional Goulding song. What do you think?

Alice Hoffman, Lisa Marsoli, & Joey Chou Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

museum coverWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending February 23, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #8 in Hardcover Fiction) The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman: “Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s ‘museum,’ alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.” (February 2014)

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National Education Association’s Read Across America Takes Place March 3rd

NEACalling all children, it’s time to read! National Education Association’s (NEA) 17th Annual Read Across America event will take place on Monday, March 3, 2014.

The day is designed to encourage reading among school kids. Here is more about the event from the website: “The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, and community members together to share their love of reading. It’s never too early to plan your event and NEA’s RAA will be posting tips and resources to help you make your event Seussational.”

Schools, libraries and book stores are encouraged to host their own events to support the cause. For example, Barnes & Noble is hosting free story time events to support the national day of reading at stores across the country.

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