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‘Edge of Eternity’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Ken FollettEdge of Eternity by Ken Follett has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/22/14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Maze Runner by James Dashner also held top positions on this list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

Sophie Kinsella Signs Deal For YA Novel

Sophie KinsellaShopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (pictured, via) has landed a deal for her first young adult novel. Finding Audrey will  be released in Summer 2015 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Annie Eaton, the fiction publisher at Random House Children’s Publishers, negotiated with Philippa Milnes-Smith and Araminta Whitley at the LAW literary agency. Eaton secured acquired United Kingdom and Commonwealth rights.

Here’s more from The Bookseller: “Finding Audrey, described as a mix of ‘family comedy, romance and personal discovery,’ is about a teenage girl recovering from social anxiety. Along the way she is helped, and sometimes hindered, by her chaotic family.”

Josh Funk Endorses Band Books & Banned Books

Children’s books author Josh Funk wants to celebrated Banned Books Week by speaking out against censorship. In the video embedded above, Funk (pictured, via) endorses both “band books” and “banned books.” What are your favorite books that have received either challenges or bannings?

Publishing Jobs: HarperCollins, Perseus Books, TASCHEN America

This week, HarperCollins is hiring a marketing manager, while Perseus Books needs a special sales assistant. TASCHEN America is seeking a west coast sales representative, and is on the hunt for an editorial assistant for its education division. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Authors Speak Out on Climate Change

shutterstock_42962044Climate change is in the air, literally and figuratively, in people’s marches across the country, at the United Nations, and in cars with diplomatic plates all over New York City.

So what is the literary crowd thinking?

The New York Times posed the questions:

“What is your greatest worry about climate change? What gives you hope?” Read more

Jeff Smith Talks About Book Banning in a Reading Rainbow Guest Post

Jeff SmithHow did comics creator Jeff Smith react when he found out the Bone series made it to the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books?

Smith wrote about his feelings on the censorship in a guest post the Reading Rainbow website. He also talks about how much of a positive impact that reading has had on him. Here’s an excerpt:

“The worst part about my book being banned is that I hate to think of what would have happened if those Peanuts books that inspired me to become a cartoonist were taken away from me when I was a kid. I’m so grateful to have been inspired by those comics, and I’m so very lucky that I’ve had the chance to inspire other young people to try making comics of their own too.”

 

Journalist Leslie Bennetts Lands Deal For Joan Rivers Biography

Joan RiversVanity Fair entertainment reporter Leslie Bennetts has landed a deal with Little, Brown to pen a biography about the late Joan Rivers. Rivers (pictured, via) died in early September 2014.

Prior to her passing, Bennetts met Rivers several times. According to The New York Times, Bennetts explained in a statement that she was drawn to this story because “Rivers’s career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy…”

To write the book, Bennets plans to conduct interviews with friends, other comedians, and business associates The publishing house has scheduled a release date for 2016.

Neil Gaiman On Terry Pratchett’s Angry Side

Terry Pratchett BookNeil Gaiman has written the foreword for Terry Pratchett’s forthcoming collection, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected NonfictionThe Guardian published a section of Gaiman’s piece where he talks about Pratchett’s “angry” side. Here’s an excerpt:

“There is a fury to Terry Pratchett’s writing: it’s the fury that was the engine that powered Discworld. It’s also the anger at the headmaster who would decide that six-year-old Terry Pratchett would never be smart enough for the 11-plus; anger at pompous critics, and at those who think serious is the opposite of funny; anger at his early American publishers who could not bring his books out successfully.”

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Tony Robbins to Publish His First Book in Almost 20 Years

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins, a renowned author and speaker on personal development, has written his first book in almost two decades.

Simon & Schuster will release Money: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom on November 18, 2014. With this project, Robbins (pictured, via) aims to help readers attain financial freedom. He interviewed 50 financial experts to write this book. To learn more about Robbins, check out his TED talk.

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Malcolm Gladwell Speaks Out Against Amazon

amazon304Many members of the literary community have shown great concern about the Amazon vs. Hachette dispute. In an interview with the Financial Times weekend magazine, Malcolm Gladwell spoke out in disapproval of the online retail giant’s retaliatory actions.

While Gladwell did not voice an opinion about the actual feud, he objects to Amazon’s practice of making Hachette’s books unavailable for purchase and delaying order shipments. Gladwell “thought Amazon wanted to be nice to me. I thought their endgame was to woo authors. So, then why are they sabotaging us?”

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