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Archives: March 2014

Watch It, Read It or Tweet It: How Americans View and Share News: INFOGRAPHIC

infographicInkHouse and GMI, a Lightspeed Research company, have created an infographic called Watch It, Read It or Tweet It: How Americans View and Share News, which explores how readers consume news.

The graphic features new research that delves into American news consumption. According to the survey, 60 percent of Americans read or watch 3 to 10 news stories a day. The research also revealed that 56 percent of those surveyed still pay for a print news subscription and 68 percent of those people subscribe to a local newspaper.

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

Verso Books to Sell eBooks Direct to Consumers

versoVerso Books will begin selling eBooks directly to consumers worldwide beginning this April. The publisher expects the site to bring in £200,000 (approximately $333,000) in revenue during the first year.

The publisher will sell the books from its website. The eBook catalog will include both new titles and backlist titles. The site will offer eBook bundles that correspond with print purchases.

The eBooks will use Booxtream’s “social DRM” technology which works on most eReaders and apps. The eBooks will be watermarked with details about the license and who bought it. Readers can redownload books they have already purchased if they update devices.

“Verso has found a new, radical way of selling books—for the first time, our readers can choose which title to read regardless of format, print or digital,” stated Verso’s Managing Director Jacob Stevens. “We know that our core readership would like to support radical publishing directly, and we hope that this new approach will benefit our writers, readers, and colleagues across the industry.”

 

Reddit to Ban Discussions of Select Books

redditbooksReddit has updated its policy, banning a list of classic books from the subreddit discussion of books including: 1984 by George Orwell, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.

“There has always been one problem in /r/Books that is constantly brought up by the community, which is that the same books are brought up over and over. Good discussion is stifled by repetition. Well, we’re going to combat that problem,” explains the announcement.As of April 1st, discussions started involving books on banned books list will be deleted, and repeat offenders will be kicked out of the forum.

As some commenters point out, the ban is set to take place on April 1st, so this could just be an April Fool’s Day joke. We’ve reposted the entire list of banned books after the jump for you to explore further. Reddit also pointed out that this list could grow.

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Psi & Walking on Eggshells: Coming Attractions

stainHere are some handpicked titles from our Coming Attractions page. Want to include your book? Just read our Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers post for all the details.

Walking on Eggshells by James Marrelli: “Based on traumatic events from early childhood in 1974, the reader will follow the path of the author as he walks on eggshells up to the year 1998 when he is forced to come to terms with the events that shaped his life. It is a true story showing how real love between a young husband, whose mind is wounded from the past, and his young wife, conscripted at an early age to carry a heavy cross, can conquer anything.” (September 2013)

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St. Mark’s Bookshop Hopes to Raise $50K On Indiegogo

st marksSt. Mark’s Bookshop, a New York City-based independent bookstore, plans to move to a new location within the East Village neighborhood.

To help generate the money for a financial push, the owners have turned to the crowd-funding site indiegogo. According to the indiegogo page, the funds will be used to “build out the space and pay for moving costs, as well as maintaining its inventory for the remaining months at 31 Third Avenue.”

Some of the rewards that are up for grabs include signed first edition books by Junot Diaz, Patti Smith, and Paul Auster. The campaign will run until April 26, 2014.

Publishing Jobs: Sixth & Spring Books, Penguin, SAGE Publications

This week, Sixth & Spring Books is hiring a managing editor, while Penguin needs an associate publicist for DK. SAGE Publications is seeking an acquisitions editor, and World Scientific Publishing Co. is on the hunt for an acquisitions editor, too. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Chuck Palahniuk Reveals Cover For New Book

41iuTktJUQL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Chuck Palahniuk revealed a photo of his upcoming novel Beautiful You! today on his website. The book’s design takes its inspiration from Andy Warhol.

Doubleday is putting out the book in October. The book is about a sex toy company and boasts the tagline, ”A billion husbands are about to be replaced.” Check out the book’s description:

Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka “Climax-Well,” a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What’s not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You.

Jacky Klein Joins Phaidon Press as Commissioning Editor for Art

03faafcJacky Klein is joining Phaidon Press as Commissioning Editor for Art in June. Klein will be based in the publisher’s London office but will also be present on a regular basis in Phaidon’s New York office.

Klein comes to Phaidon from Thames & Hudson, where she served as Commissioning Editor, overseeing the publication of art history and contemporary art books, as well as the World of Art series, among other projects. Prior to working in publishing Klein has held role as a curator for the Tate, Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries.

“I am so pleased that Jacky will be joining Phaidon as she brings with her a wealth of experience across the arts and I am confident that she will be a fantastic addition to the team at what is an extremely exciting time for the company,” stated Emilia Terragni, Publisher at Phaidon Press.

Klein’s appointment comes on the heels of news that Phaidon has hired a new CEO.

George R.R. Martin Releases New Chapter of Book Online

gameofthronesTo help build excitement around the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, author George R.R Martin has released a new free chapter of his upcoming novel Winds of Winter.

The chapter is titled “Mercy.” This is the second free chapter that he has released from the book.

Here is more from Martin’s blog: “The new chapter is actually an old chapter.  But no, it’s not one I’ve published or posted before, and I don’t even think I’ve read it at a con (could be wrong there, I’ve done readings at so many cons, it all tends to blur together).  So it’s new in that it is material that no one but my editors (well, and Parris, and David and Dan, and a few others) have ever seen before, but it’s old in that it was written a long time ago, predating any of the samples that you have seen.  The first draft was, at any rate.  I’ve rewritten it a dozen times since then.”

 

Harriet the Spy Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary With Art Exhibition

coverLouise Fitzhugh’s classic children’s book Harriet the Spy turns 50 this year and to celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is hosting an exhibit.

The Amherst, Massachusetts-based museum will be showcasing original art from the book from May 20 through November 30, 2014. The exhibition, which is currently on display at The Forbes Galleries in New York through May 3rd, includes original illustrations from the books Harriet the Spy, as well as the sequel The Long Secret. The exhibit will also showcase a watercolor painting of Harriet’s favorite tomato sandwich, as well as letters between Fitzhugh and her publisher Ursula Nordstrom at Harper Collins.

Random House Children’s Books released a 50th anniversary edition of Harriet the Spy on February 25th to celebrate as well.

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