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Free Samples of 2014 Eisner Award Winning Comics

Eisner LogoThe winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced. Follow the links below for free samples of books by some of the winners.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples won the prize for “Best Continuing Series” for Saga. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker came out on top in the “Best Reality-Based Work” category for The Fifth Beatle. Matthew Inman took home the “Best Digital Comic” award for The Oatmeal.

Here’s more from the press release: “Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 26th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2014 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics retailer Kathy Bottarini (Comic Book Box, Rhonert Park, CA), author/educator William H. Foster (Untold Stories of Black Comics), reviewer Christian Lipski (Portland, OR Examiner), Comic-Con International board member Lee Oeth, library curator Jenny Robb (Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum), and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist/critic James Romberger (Post York, 7 Miles a Second).”
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Teaser Trailer Out For ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1

Lionsgate has unleashed a teaser for Mockingjay Part 1. The video embedded above offers glimpses of former head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, District 13 leader Alma Coin, and the reluctant rebel Katniss Everdeen.

Prior to the unveiling of this trailer, the movie studio released two “Panem Address” videos with victors Peeta Mallark and Johanna Mason standing beside the evil President Snow. This film adaptation will hit theaters on November 21, 2014. (via Vanity Fair)

Jenny Milchman & Lori Rader-Day Get Booked

Mystery OneHere 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.

Writers Jenny Milchman and Lori Rader-Day will appear together at the Mystery One Bookstore. Meet them on Monday, July 28th starting 7 p.m. (Milwaukee, WI)

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Apple Buys Book Recommendation Startup BookLamp

booklampApple has reportedly purchased the book recommendation engine BookLamp, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, stating: ”Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

BookLamp.com did not confirm the acquisition, but left a thank you message for its community on the site. “As of today, though, the BookLamp.org site – which has served as a technology demo for the Book Genome Project – will no longer be available as our company evolves its mission.”

The Book Genome Project helps readers discover new books based on similar titles. If it is adopted into iBooks, the tool could help Apple’s eBook platform improve its recommendation experience.

George R.R. Martin Will Not Write an Episode For ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5

georgerrmartinDuring Comic-Con International, author George R.R. Martin revealed that he would not be penning an episode for Game of Thrones season five. Ever since the HBO show began, Martin made it a practice to write one script each season.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin revealed that the reason for this decision is because “I have this book that I need to finish.” Book fans will be relieved to hear that Marin wants to focus on the highly anticipated A Song of Ice and Fire title, The Winds of Winter. Not too long ago, Martin expressed his extreme distaste for people who speculate that he may pass on before wrapping up his epic book series.

Comic-Con weekend also meant the unveiling of a video (embedded below) featuring all the new additions to the Game of Thrones cast. The new characters who will appear in the forthcoming seasons include Doran MartellTrystane MartellThe High SparrowMyrcella BaratheonAreo HotahYezzanNymeria “Nym” SandTyene Sand, and Obara Sand (to be played by Keisha Castle-Hughes). Thus far, this video has drawn more than one million views on YouTube and over 42,000 “likes” on Facebook. Follow this link to watch the season four blooper reel.

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Publishing Jobs: ABRAMS, HarperCollins, Rowman & Littlefield

This week, ABRAMS is hiring a publicist for its adult imprint, while HarperCollins is seeking a marketing coordinator. Rowman & Littlefield needs a publicist, and Bauman Rare Books is on the hunt for a rare bookseller. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Simon & Schuster Forms Distribution Partnership With Regan Arts

reganartsSimon & Schuster has formed a sales and distribution partnership with Judith Regan’s new imprint Regan Arts, a new division of Phaidon.

Under the terms of the agreement, Simon & Schuster will take care of the world-wide sales and distribution for Regan Arts titles in both print and electronic media. Regan Arts spent the spring hiring staff and working on new titles and is gearing up to launch its first books this fall.

“We are delighted to welcome Regan Arts and its authors to Simon & Schuster,” stated Steve Black, Vice President, Client Services for Simon & Schuster.  ”Our sales and distribution infrastructure are poised to provide them with the best possible service and help them to reach the widest possible audience.  We look forward to a very productive partnership.”

Liberio Lets You Make an eBook From Google Drive

liberioWant to make an eBook based on files in your Google Drive? A new eBook conversion tool called Liberio has hit the market that lets you do just that.

The platform, which is free with a Google account, allows you to turn any text-based document into an ePUB file directly from Google Drive.  The tool will keep your text format, fonts and images as they are in the Google file. There is even a tool to design your own cover or use a template cover.

Check it out: “We want to make the publishing of eBooks easy for everyone.No matter if you are a teacher, student, designer, artist,engineer or tinkerer, creating and publishing your own booksis now only a push of a button away.”

Judge Not Satisfied With Apple eBook Settlement

doj304U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is not satisfied with the settlement that requires Apple to pay $450 million to  put an end to the eBook price fixing case.

Reuters has the scoop: “…she found ‘most troubling’ a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. The company agreed to the settlement to avoid a trial after losing a number of appeals.

Anti-Porn Group Calls ’50 Shades of Grey’ Film Deceiving

Fifty Shades 200Morality in Media, a anti-porn watchdog, has launched a campaign against the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. The film’s trailer was released yesterday and the criticism comes in response to the release.

The organization claims that the film “deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.”

Here is more from the organization’s statement: “A warning to the women lining up to see this film: There is nothing empowering about whips and chains or humiliation and torture. Women as a group will not gain power by collaborating with violent men. Women would be serving only as an agent to further their own sexual degradation, handing themselves on a silver platter to exactly the sort of men who want to use and abuse them, and take away their power.”

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