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Archives: June 2014

Bertelsmann to Stop Selling Books in German Speaking Market

derclubGerman media firm Bertelsmann SE will stop selling books in German-speaking markets in response to declining sales.

The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: “The company’s retail locations as well as the online store, branded under the ‘Der Club’ label, will cease operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by the end of 2015, spelling the end to almost all of Bertelsmann’s remaining bookselling activities. The decision isn’t only the latest sign of how digitization is changing the book industry, but also a farewell to the core business that had originally made the German publisher a media giant—the sale of books and other media via a “book club” subscription service.”

The Der Club e-commerce site is still functioning, but the entire operation is expected to shut down by the end of 2015.

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Guerilla Storytime Raids ALA

storytimelargeAt the American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas over the weekend, youth service librarians from Storytime Underground hosted a series of “Guerilla Storytimes.”

Around 50 librarians gathered on Sunday morning, sharing techniques for dealing with storytime challenges. They also taught songs, dances and rhymes that will make any storytime more interactive.

The interactive event launched at last year’s conference, reminding librarians, parents, teachers and caregivers how important it is to share stories with kids. We caught up with the team to pick up some storytime tips…

 

 

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Authors Dress Up as Their Favorite Storybook Characters For Photo Exhibit

storymuseumThe Storybook Museum in the UK has a new exhibit up by photographer Cambridge Jones featuring 26 British authors dressed up as their favorite storybook characters.

Readers are also encouraged to join in the fun and share photos of themselves dressed up as storybook characters in an online gallery.

Here is more about the event: “Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman metamorphoses into the Wicked Witch of the West. Terry Pratchett achieves outlaw status as Just William. And Neil Gaiman gets stripey as a well-known woodland creature. Other authors taking part include Julia Donaldson, Anthony Horowitz, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jamila Gavin, Charlie Higson, Shirley Hughes, Terry Jones, Geraldine McCaughrean, Michael Morpurgo, Terry Pratchett, Francesca Simon and Benjamin Zephaniah.” Read more

Chuck Klosterman, Zoraida Cordova, Don Wallace, & Dani Shapiro Get Booked

Black HatHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Books of Wonder will host a launch party for the final installment of Zoraida Cordova’s Vicious Deep trilogy, The Vast & Brutal Sea. Join in on Tuesday, July 1st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)
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Neil Gaiman Reads Two Stories & Sings at Carnegie Hall

4231596_origAuthor Neil Gaiman treated his fans to not one, but two stories during his performance at Carnegie Hall.

Gaiman read his version of Hansel & Gretel during the first half of the show. Toon Books will release the finished graphic novel, which features illustrations by artist Lorenzo Mattotti, on October 28th.

After intermission, Gaiman recited his short story “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” while the FourPlay Quartet played music and paintings by illustrator Eddie Campbell were displayed. At the end of the night, Gaiman sang the song “Psycho.” Follow this link to watch hear Gaiman’s singing.

US Publishing Industry Earned $27.01B in Net Revenues Last Year

aap-300x51The US book publishing industry generated $27.01 billion in net revenue in 2013, selling 2.59 billion units, according to a new report from the Association of American Publishers and BISG. This was down slightly from $27.12 billion in net revenue and 2.62 billion units in 2012.

BookStats Volume 4 revealed that the trade sector, which includes consumer fiction and nonfiction generated $14.63 billion in net revenue and represented 2.32 billion units sold. This was down slightly from 2012, in which the category brought in $14.98 billion in net revenue and 2.36 units were sold.

Here is more from the press release: “For 2013, Adult Non-Fiction was the fastest-growing Trade category, surpassing Juvenile (Children’s/Young Adult) which had been the growth leader for the past two years.  In formats, eBooks hit record volume numbers while revenue was flat; downloaded audiobooks hit all-time highs in both revenue and units.  In sales channels, publishers’ net revenue from sales of digital and print content via online retail is now ahead of revenue from brick-and-mortar retail.”

 

 

Stephen King’s Joyland Has Helped Emily Schultz Sell Her Backlist Novel

emilyschultzAuthor Emily Schultz has seen a new interest in her eight year old novel Joyland, thanks to Stephen King.

King released a book with the same name last year and since then Schultz has seen a spike in sales for her novel. She has created a Tumblr page to document the experience and highlight how she is spending the extra money that she has earned. Check it out:

That was cool, until a few King readers bought the e-book version of my novel by mistake and started leaving negative and confused Amazon reviews. I asked Amazon to change their search results to keep people from buying the wrong book but never heard back. Apparently there were a lot of confused readers as this week I got a—for me—big royalty check for those mistaken books. I’m not so upset anymore. Sure, it’s more a pleasant surprise than a fortune, and I’m stuck with those reviews, but I thought a blog detailing how we’re spending the Stephen King money would be a nice way to end this funny and strange story.

 

Simon & Schuster Expands eBook Lending Program

simonSimon & Schuster is expanding its eBook library lending program, after testing a successful pilot program with more than twenty library systems nationwide.

Now all of the publisher’s frontlist and backlist titles that are available as eBooks are available for public libraries across the United States to acquire for their collections. Each title acquired by a library for lending can be used for a year. These digital books can be checked out one at a time, in the same way that a print title can be.

Simon & Schuster is also using the service to help sell eBooks. Here is more from the press release: “In order to help support libraries, and for the convenience of patrons who might not want to wait until a popular new title is available, Simon & Schuster’s ebook program includes a ‘Buy It Now’ capability, which gives the patron the option to purchase a copy of Simon & Schuster eBooks through a library’s online portal, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale going to the library.”

Overbrook Entertainment Snatches Up Film Rights to New Jenny Han YA Novel

book-boysOverbrook Entertainment has picked up the film rights to Jenny Han’s young adult novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Screenwriter Annie Neal has been hired to write the script.

Deadline reports that the story stars “high schooler Lara Jean Song, who writes love letters to the five boys she’s ever loved and keeps them locked away in a hatbox until the day her letters are mailed, upending her real-life love life.” The book came out back in April 2014.

Han has announced on her blog that she has a sequel in the pipeline entitled P.S. I Still Love You. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has scheduled a release date for April 21, 2015.

Judy Blume to Pen New Book For Adults

judyblumeAcclaimed writer Judy Blume has been working on a new novel for adults. According to Blume’s website, this “complicated story” takes place during the 1950′s.

The New York Times reports that Alfred A. Knopf has scheduled it for release in Summer 2015. Blume’s editor Carole Baron promises that this project is “pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal.”

Not too long ago, Blume teamed up with her son Lawrence to write the script for a movie adaptation of her young adult book Tiger Eyes. During a promotional event, Blume revealed that she had an unfinished manuscript she started back in 2009. Perhaps, she’s finally putting the finishing touches on that project and soon it will be unveiled to the world. (via The Guardian)

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