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Amazon’s Russ Grandinetti Says Only Writers & Readers Are Necessary

amazon304Russ Grandinetti, senior vice president at Amazon & head of Kindle, thinks that the publishing industry is experiencing a major shift.

The Guardian published quote from Grandinetti over the weekend, in which the Amazon exec said: ”The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader. Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.”

Last week, more than 900 authors ran a letter to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The letter, which included signatures from bestselling authors Stephen KingMalcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins, asked Bezos to end the company’s dispute with Hachette. Amazon responded with an email to readers, calling readers to email the president of Hachette and demand lower eBook prices.

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE IT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED.

Cleary Wolters Inks Memoir Deal with HarperOne

OITNB coverCleary Wolters has landed a deal with HarperOne for her memoir, entitled Out of Orange. Wolters inspired the character Alex Vause on the Netflix original TV series, Orange is the New Black.

According to The Associated Press, “Wolters’ book would tell of her time in prison and her ‘complicated’ relationship with Piper Kerman, Wolters’ former friend and lover.” The publisher has scheduled a release date for May 2015.

Kiera Cass Announces Three New ‘Selection’ Projects

Kiera Cass YA AuthorWhen we last chatted with Kiera Cass, she did not breathe one word on the details of her future projects. Cass (pictured, via) recently announced that she has an additional novella and two full-length fiction books, all of which are set in The Selection universe, in-the-works. Follow this link to hear Cass’ video announcement.

Both of Cass’ forthcoming novellas, The Queen and The Favorite, will initially be published as eBooks. HarperTeen will then release a paperback print book in early 2015 with both of these stories and extra content. According to Cass’ blog post, book one, entitled The Heir, will come out in summer 2015. A new character will serve as the narrator for this novel as well as the follow-up.

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Global Second Languages: INFOGRAPHIC

graphicForeign rights and translations into other languages offer book authors and publishers a way to find new readers and in turn, sell more books.

While it is important to think about the first language in a foreign country, you may also want to consider that people in other countries might be willing to read your book in a language that is not their mother tongue. After all, many foreign nationals speak and read more than one language.

Movehub has created an infographic highlighting the second most common language for many countries around the world. This image can help you figure out if you need a translation at all. After all, it might be a lot of work to translate your book into Swedish, and many Swedes can read in English. We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump. Read more

Julia MacKay & Greg Freed Join Content Acquisition Team at Scribd

scribdappJulia MacKay and Greg Freed have joined the Content Acquisition team at eBook subscription company Scribd. MacKay will serve as the Manager of Content Acquisition based in Scribd’s New York office and Freed will serve as Content Operations Specialist in Scribd’s San Francisco headquarters.

MacKay comes to Scribd from Janklow & Nesbit Associates, where she spent 3.5 years working in foreign rights. Prior to her stint at the literary agency, she was an intern at Stephanie Dolgoff/Fletcher & Company. She has a BA in Government, Law & Society from Cornell University.

Freed has spent more than 8 years working in the publishing industry. He comes to Scribd from RosettaBooks, where he spent more than three years as the company’s  Director of Production and Distribution. He has also worked for Penguin and Scholastic. Freed has a BA in Great Texts of the Western Tradition from Baylor University and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

German Art Book Publisher Gestalten to Bring Children’s Books to U.S. Market

26407-1Gestalten, a German-based book publisher that specializes in titles on art, architecture, design and photography for adults, is launching a new imprint in the U.S. catering to children.

Back in April, the company launched its first line of children’s books under the name Kleine Gestalten. The Little Gestalten imprint will bring English-language versions of the publisher’s kids books to small readers in the U.S. market.

Publishers Weekly has the scoop: “Little Gestalten’s kickoff titles reflect the eclectic nature of the imprint, which will also include non-book sidelines. Debut releases include Elsa and the Night by Jöns Mellgren, a bedtime story about a girl who hides the night in her cookie jar; The Zoo’s Grand Opening: An ABC and Counting Book by Judith Drews, which introduces an alphabetical menagerie of zoo animals; andIssun Bôshi: The One-Inch Boy by Icinori, a Japanese fairytale.”

Mary Jane Karwoski & Annie Philbrick Join Binc Foundation Board

BInCLogos4Booksellers Mary Jane Karwoski and Annie Philbrick has joined the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Karwoski is currently Vice President of Human Resources for Books-A-Million, as well as president of the company’s charitable foundation the Associate Assistance Fund. “I am delighted to be joining the Board of the Binc Foundation, knowing how it has helped and supported people within the book industry for years,” stated Karwoski. “I look forward to learning, and to making a contribution as a board member.”

Philbrick is an indie bookseller, the owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT. She is on the board of the American Booksellers Association and has also served on the NEIBA Advisory Council for two years and was NEIBA President for the past two years. “Binc played a major role in our store’s survival after a Tropical Storm Sandy and has helped our booksellers with financial support and academic scholarships,” stated Philbrick. “I am therefore thrilled to serve on the Board and contribute in any way I can in return for their continued support. They are a generous organization in the book industry.”

‘Dear Malala, We Stand With You’ Acquired By Crown Books for Young Readers

Malala YousafzaiCrown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, will publish a picture book entitled Dear Malala, We Stand With You.

The story is written as a letter addressed to education activist Malala Yousafzai (pictured, via). Executive editor Emily Easton managed the acquisitions process and licensed this property from a Canadian publishing house called Second Story Press. The book is set to come out on January 6, 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “Written in the form of a photo-illustrated letter to Malala Yousafzai, two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, DEAR MALALA, WE STAND WITH YOU (by Rosemary McCarney and Plan Canada / Ages 4–8) is both a show of support and a call to action for girls around the world…In support of publication, Random House Children’s Books will make a donation to Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which aims to support millions of girls to get the education, skills, and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.”

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Lindsay Lohan Says Memoir Will Be a Trilogy

UnknownActress Lindsay Lohan is working on her memoir and she expects the story to be delivered as a three-part volume.

The book will be based on her journals, which she has been keeping since she was a child actor. In the book, she’ll talk about her family issue and drug problems, as well as work she has done with girls in India.

“I would never write to violate someone else or objectify them, that’s not my intention,” The Mean Girls star told MailOnline. “I like to write because it’s like therapy for me. I want to put a lot of photos and cool stuff, it will probably be like a trilogy, like Harry Potter because there’s so many.”

Lohan did not reveal if she was working with a publisher on the project. Lohan herself is the subject of two books. The Lindsay Lohan Story by Ally Croft and Lindsay Lohan: Talented and Troubled by Meredith Miller.

Lauren Oliver Launches the Ghostly Goodreads Challenge

tumblr_inline_n9j6b3iRja1ro2c9lWriter Lauren Oliver has launched the Ghostly Goodreads Challenge in honor of her forthcoming novel, Rooms.

Every time ten bibliophiles add Rooms to their Goodreads shelf, Oliver tweets out a new section of an original ghost story. She will continue writing this ghost story until Ecco releases Rooms on September 23, 2014.

Thus far, Oliver has unleashed more than twenty sections of her story. Readers can follow along with the hashtag #ghostlygoodreads.

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