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Bibliophile Socials & Writing Workshops Get Booked

Tongue & GrooveHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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The Book’d in Burbank social gathering will feature mystery, romance, and young adult author readings. Join in on Thursday, July 24th at Theatre Banshee from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Los Angeles, CA)

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Amazon Reveals Kindle Unlimited eBook Subscription Service

kindleunlimitedAfter rumors have been flying all week about Amazon getting into the eBook subscription business, the online retail giant has confirmed the service and has revealed the details. Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited, a new eBook subscription service that operates as a kind of Netflix for eBooks. The service is available on Kindle devices, as well as on Kindle apps.

Kindle Unlimited gives members access to more than 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of Audible audiobooks for $9.99 a month. This is a larger collection than Oyster, an eBook subscription service that has been taking off this year, which offers 500,000 eBooks in its library and don’t have an audiobook offering. Kindle Unlimited subscribers will receive a complimentary three-month Audible membership, which gives Amazon the ability to provide these members with access to audiobook titles.

Amazon is currently offering a free 30-day trial period so that customers can try out the new service.

Oyster Responds to Amazon’s Entry Into eBook Subscription Market

oyster_iphone_book304Oyster, a leader in the Netflix-for-eBooks business, has responded to news that Amazon has entered the burgeoning new marketplace.

“We’re not surprised,” explained Eric Stromberg, CEO and Co-Founder at Oyster, in a statement. “They have pivoted from transactional to subscription-based in other media, and have had limited success. They really paved the way in ebooks, and it’s exciting to see them embrace the market we created as the future of books.”

Amazon’s new service, Kindle Unlimited, will compete directly with Oyster’s eBook subscription service. Both companies charge about $10 a month in subscription fees for unlimited access to their entire library. Oyster’s collection consists of more than 500,000 titles and Amazon’s boasts more than 600,000.

Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Sensation Signs Book Deal

unlockingthetruthUnlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band of soon-to-be eighth graders, has signed a book deal with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Charisse Jones, a co-author of dancer Misty Copeland’s memoir Life in Motion, has signed on as writer. Jane Startz of Jane Startz Productions and Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers brokered the deal whose terms were not disclosed.

“The book is important to us because we will get to share our journey with the world and inspire both kids and adults, and show that if you work hard your dream just might come true,” explained the band in a statement.  ”And it is an amazing opportunity to tell the world what friendship is about.  We are more than just a band; we are the best of friends proving that the whole is bigger than the individual.” Read more

Singapore Comes Around on Banning Gay Children’s Books

logo_nlbThe National Library Board of Singapore has stopped plans to destroy and remove children’s books featuring gay and lesbian characters from its shelves. While one of the three banned titles has already been destroyed, the other two will not be destroyed and will instead be moved to an adult section of the library.

NBC News has more: “‘I have also asked NLB to review the process by which they deal with such books,” [Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob] Ibrahim said. The library had previously said that the books went against ‘social norms’, with the majority of Singaporeans appearing to be against same-sex relationships.”

The books in question include: And Tango Makes Three; The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption; and Who’s In My Family: All About Our Families. It is not clear, which book was destroyed and which remain.

The change of heart comes after fierce opposition to the ban from activists on Twitter with the hashtag #FreeMyLibrary, as well as an open letter criticizing the decision published online which collected thousands of signatures.

Bill O’Reilly to Narrate His Upcoming Audiobook

billoreillyOutspoken Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly will be the voice for his upcoming audiobook edition of Killing Patton, the fourth book in his bestselling history series which he wrote in collaboration with Martin Dugard.

Macmillan Audio, the audiobook publisher revealed that O’Reilly was in the studio to record his book this week. The audiobook and print edition of the title comes out on September 23, 2014. O’Reilly’s other audiobooks in the series have done well in the past. Killing Lincoln, was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2011; Killing Kennedy was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2012 and Killing Jesus was the top selling audiobook in the world in 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Bill O’Reilly back in the studio recording Killing Patton,” stated  Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher of Macmillan Audio. ”His powerful narration and this fascinating topic are sure to be another bestselling combination.”

Fifteen Unpublished Elmore Leonard Stories to be Published Posthumously

authorWeidenfeld & Nicolson and The Orion Publishing Group will publish fifteen previously unpublished stories by the late author Elmore Leonard.

The stories, which will be published in conjunction with HarperCollins, are slated for publication in the fall of 2015.

The works come from Leonard’s early years. Here is more detail from ElmoreLeonard.com: “Largely written during his years as a copywriter at a Detroit advertising agency, these stories find Leonard exploring far-flung locations – from the bars of small-town New Mexico to a military base in Kuala Lumpur – and unforgettable characters, several of whom recur in his published work. With razor-sharp dialogue and headlong pacing, these stories reveal a master who honed his craft from a very young age.”

 

 

Gene Luen Yang: ‘Our world is colorful, so our books should be too.’

Gene Luen YangWhen we last spoke with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, his advice for writers is to “give up TV.” Since then, he has been hard at work on a collaborative project with artist Sonny Liew reviving the story of an Asian American superhero called The Green Turtle. First Second, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, released the print edition of The Shadow Hero earlier this week. We spoke with Yang (pictured, via) to learn his insights on diversity, collaboration, and mapping out a career in publishing. Here are the highlights…

Q: How did you land your first official book deal?
A: My very first book deal was for a two-issue comic book miniseries called Duncan’s Kingdom. It was written by me and drawn by the amazingly talented Derek Kirk Kim. It was published by Image Comics in the late 90’s. The story is now a part of The Eternal Smile, published by First Second Books.

A friend of ours named Jimmie Robinson was already published by Image. Jimmie has done several comics through the years, including Bomb Queen, Evil & Malice, and Five Weapons. He sent our submission directly to his editor. Throughout my cartooning career, friends have played key roles.

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NYPL to Host the ‘Over Here: WWI & The Fight For The American Mind’ Exhibit

NYPL 42nd StThe New York Public Library will host a history exhibition called “Over Here: WWI And The Fight For The American Mind.”

According to press release, Michael Inman served as the curator of this exhibit. Visitors will enjoy posters, sheet music for popular songs of that era, literature, clips from propaganda movies, sound recordings of speeches, and more.

This display opens on July 28th inside the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. This date was deliberately chosen to remember the 100 years that have passed since Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, a decision that ignited World War I. What do you think?

Scholastic Education Has Appointed Lee Peters as SVP of Strategic Marketing

12a79c4Lee Peters has joined Scholastic Education as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing. In his new role, Peters is tasked with helping to shape the strategic direction of the division. He will guide the imprint’s marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines, working closely with the Scholastic Education leadership team, as well as marketing and sales teams.

The position is based in New York and Peters will be reporting directly to Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.

Peters brings 20 years of experience in education and technology to his new post. He has worked for Pearson, Microsoft, Certiport, Adobe, Sun Microsystems and ETS.  He comes to Scholastic from Pearson Education, where he served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, North America, setting the vision and executing on marketing, data, and product.

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