The new eBooks include the titles: My Cousin Rachel, The King’s General, The Birds and Other Stories, Frenchman’s Creek, The Scapegoat, The Loving Spirit, Hungry Hill, Jamaica Inn, The Parasites, The Glass-Blowers, Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends, Don’t Look Now and Other Stories, Gerald: A Portrait, The House on the Strand, The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë, Myself When Young, The du Mauriers, The Flight of the Falcon, The Breaking Point, I’ll Never Be Young Again, The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall, Mary Anne, Julius, Rule Britannia, Castle Dor, The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories.
“We are delighted that the publication of Daphne du Maurier’s novels, stories, memoirs, and biographies in e-book for the first time will allow a new generation of readers to discover and enjoy these timeless works,” stated Terry Adams, Digital and Paperback Publisher of Little, Brown and Company.
Amazon’s film division Amazon Studios has created a new tool to help writers build scripts called Amazon Storybuilder.
The digital tool borrows from the paper notecard approach to writing story boards only it does it virtual. Screenwriters can create digital notecards and move them around on a virtual cork board. Writers can add text and photos to these notecards to help build out a story. The new resource comes after the launch of Amazon Storyteller, which turns scripts into storyboards.
The free tool is available online, as well as on their mobile devices. And don’t worry, Amazon doesn’t acquire the rights to any of these ideas just because you are using their tool.
“Technology is already transforming how filmed entertainment is produced and distributed, and many of the tools writers use to craft stories could become more accessible with a technology update–paper notecards are a perfect example,” stated Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios.
Scientist David Kroodsma hopes to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter for his memoir, The Bicycle Diaries: My 21,000-Mile Ride for the Climate. Kroodsma (pictured, via) will use the funds to cover the cost of hiring editing, designing, and self-publishing.
This book chronicles Kroodsma’s adventures on a bicycle tour across two continents. Throughout his journey Kroodsma gave talks and presentations on climate change. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:
“This book incorporates climate change in three ways. First, having an outreach project created a unique journey, as I sought out interesting people and had far more meaningful interactions than if I were merely biking without a project. Second, I studied how the places I visited could be affected by climate change, and the full-sensory experience of biking through them provided a firsthand and personal account of what is at risk. And third, such a trip changed the way I see this global issue, and the book shares this new perspective.”
The eBook subscription marketplace is getting busy these days with offerings from Oyster and Scribd that let readers pay a monthly membership fee in exchange for access to eBooks. Entitle is a new eBook subscription company to enter the market.
Unlike Oyster, which sells itself as the Netflix-for-eBooks and gives access to unlimited titles for $9.99 a month, Entitle’s customers pay for the number of eBooks they can access and then actually get to keep copies of the eBooks that they download for good (even after their subscription has ended). eReetah offers a similar model.
Entitle costs $21.99 a month for access to 3 eBooks or $27.99 a month for access to 4 eBooks. Members can access titles within the Entitle apps, which are available on iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook and Kobo devices. Like competitors in the industry, Entitle has more than 100,000 eBooks to choose from in its library.
American Zoetrope has acquired the film rights for Alysia Abbott’s memoir, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father (W. W. Norton & Company). Sofia Coppola will co-write the screenplay along with Andrew Durham. She will produce the film along with Roman Coppola.
The book is a coming-of-age story of a girl in 1970s and 80s San Francisco and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on her father’s life. “I love the book Fairyland; it’s a sweet and unique love story of a girl and her dad, both growing up together in 1970′s San Francisco. I think it will make an engaging and touching movie on a subject I’ve never seen before,” stated Ms. Coppola.
Brandy Rivers at The Gersh Agency, David Davoli of Davoli Law Firm, and David Patterson at Foundry Literary + Media represented Abbott in the deal. ICM Partners and the attorneys Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman represented Zoetrope.
The Atlantis Gene leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week for the second week in a row.
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.
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The Library Lovers League organized a “Books Vs. Billionaires” protest that took place on December 16th. Bibliophiles who took part in this “street theater flash mob” wore sandwich signs featuring book covers in front of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
The protesters spoke out against a proposal that would move many items in the New York Public Library collection to a storage unit in New Jersey. Follow this link to view a news clip from Pix 11. What do you think?
Here’s more from SaveNYPL.org: “The New York Public Library is in peril…Why? So the nearby Mid-Manhattan Branch, one of the country’s busiest libraries, can be sold to billionaire real-estate developers and replaced with a luxury tower. A much smaller Mid-Manhattan library would then be crammed into the space made available by evicting the research collection.”
Candlewick Press has launched “E-Volt.” This new Tumblr page focuses on curating young adult eBook deals.
Followers will receive information on digital book deals for both new releases and back list titles priced at $2.99 or lower. In addition, the children’s publisher also plans to write posts featuring fun content such as book excerpts, videos, and quotations from their own young adult list. Some of the books currently featured on the site include Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler.
Instead of doing a ‘best of’ list, this year NPR Books created an app that lets users match up different tags in order to find a book to read from NPR’s favorite 200 books of the year.
The tool lets you mix and match 21 different categories of reading. The media outlet did an analysis of what kinds of queries its readers were doing and found that the most common combination was the tag ‘Let’s Talk About Sex,’ with ‘Seriously Great Writing,’ a request that summons the books The Book of Goodbyes by Jillian Weise and All That Is by James Salter.
Here is more from NPR:
And here’s the kicker — while people browsing, say, biographies or science books were happy to do it from their desktops, a disproportionate number of you were looking up the sexy sexy books on mobile.