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David Levithan Inks Deal For Musical YA Novel

David LevithanDavid Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author and Scholastic editorial director, has landed a deal with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Levithan plans to pen a musical novel entitled Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Fans will recall that this musical was featured in the collaborative novel written by Levithan and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. For this project, he plans to share the full script.

Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Bill Clegg. She will edit the manuscript herself. A release date has been set for March 2015 to honor the fifth anniversary of the publication of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

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Lion Forge Comics & IDW Partner to Bring Airwolf & Knight Rider Digital Comics to Print

airwolfLion Forge Comics has teamed up with IDW Publishing to introduce bring its digital comics library into the print comics market. This begins with print editions of the digital comics Airwolf and Knight Rider, which are based on the classic NBC Universal television series.

In addition, IDW has plans to publish a print edition of Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The partnership will include additional titles, which will be announced down the road.

“We are excited to be entering this creative endeavor with IDW, a company we feel is on the forefront of progressive publishing,” stated David Steward II, CEO, Lion Forge. “With IDW’s experience and reputation for innovation, this partnership will exponentially  increase Lion Forge’s potential to explore new and unique avenues for our content.”

Apple to Pay $450M in eBook Settlement

doj304Apple has agreed to pay $450 million in damages to put an end to the eBook price fixing case. The company agreed to the settlement last month, but terms of the deal were just disclosed this week.

The Washington Post has more: “The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York reversing the judge could, under the settlement, either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. A trial was scheduled for this July to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Apple lost an appeal in the eBook judgement back in February, and had since been pushing to delay the trial.

Unconventional Fairy Tale Collection Featured On Kickstarter

Raymond Friesen hopes to raise $9,986 on Kickstarter for a short story collection called Fairy Tales I Just Made Up. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing.

Friesen’s take on fairy tales feature a bunch of crazy characters including dinosaurs, robots, aliens, and more. He hired a team of artists to create the illustrations. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“I like to write stuff. Silly stuff. To amuse myself, as well as anyone else who’s paying attention. I’ve made hundreds of dozens of people giggle. And now I’ve written a children’s book anthology, featuring a bunch of crazy versions of familiar stories.”

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Have You Ever Wondered About ‘Stuff YA Readers Say’?

This is Teen, the young adult division of Scholastic publishing, has produced a video called “Stuff YA Readers Say.”

The video embedded above features references to several popular books including The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Twilight, and more.

What are your favorite young adult books? (via The Huffington Post)

Filip Sablik to Head Publishing & Marketing at BOOM! Studios

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Filip Sablik has been promoted from Vice President of Publishing and Marketing at BOOM! Studios to President of Publishing and Marketing at the company.

Sablik joined BOOM! in 2012 after serving as publisher at Top Cow. He got his start in comics back in 2000 when he joined Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2006, he joined Top Cow as VP of Marketing and Sales before his promotion.

BOOM! Studios is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk, Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ Planet of the Apes, as well as Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Jim Davis’ Garfield and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. In his two years at the publisher, Sablik is credited with masterminding the successful 2013 #WeAreBOOM campaign as well as relaunching the company’s website to boom-studios.com, which led to a 100 percent increase in sales. 

“There’s a reason Filip Sablik is recognized as one of the most respected executives in the business,” stated Ross Richie, founder and CEO of BOOM! Studios. “The guy’s a force to be reckoned with and has been instrumental to the company’s growth and critical to our operational excellence as BOOM! expanded.”

Amazon May Have an eBook Subscription Service in the Works

amazon304Amazon may be joining the likes of Scribd and Oyster to offer readers unlimited access to eBooks in exchange for a monthly subscription fee, in the same way that Netflix offers access to movies for paying members.

Community members have been discussing the potential service on the Kindle Boards. It is supposedly called Kindle Unlimited and will allow readers to pay $9.99 a month for unlimited access to Prime books. Posters shared links for the new service on the discussion board, but there is no longer any evidence live on these links. However, there appears to be a “KU” feature in the search menu indicating that perhaps this feature will go live soon.

Amazon already gives free access to streaming movies to Amazon Prime members. In addition, Prime members can borrow one book a month through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library to be read on a Kindle device. (Via The Digital Reader.)

School Librarian Betsy Lobmeyer Wins the Miss Honey Social Justice Award

miss honey awardAmerican Association of School Librarians (AASL) and Penguin Young Readers Group has partnered together to launch the “Miss Honey Social Justice Award.” This prize was named after the kindhearted teacher in Roald Dahl’s beloved novel, Matilda.

The purpose behind this venture is to honor the work of an AASL member librarian. All contestants must collaborate with a teacher to work on a project, oversee an event, or organize a program in the name of social justice utilizing school library resources. This year, participants were asked to draw inspiration from the classic title, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Betsy Lobmeyer, a library media specialist at Plymell Elementary, met with several educators. She recruited 50 students; this group devoted two weeks to making 13 tied fleece blankets and 22 embroidered flannel blankets. This team (pictured) plans to donate “Charlie’s Ever Warming Blankets” to babies in Ecuador. What do you think?

New ‘Life With Archie’ Issue Sells Out at Comic Book Shops

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Archie Comics has released Life With Archie #36. This highly anticipated title, which features the death of protagonist Archie Andrews, has sold out at the comic shop distributor level.

The company has already ordered a second printing and plans to release it with a new cover. As we previously reported, Archie meets his demise after heroically taking a bullet for his friend Senator Kevin Keller. The following issue will celebrate Archie and the impact this character has had on pop culture.

Co-CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “This day will never come again. This is not a gimmick. This is not a stopgap for a year until we bring him back in LIFE WITH ARCHIE. While he will live on forever as a teenager in the digests and classic stories, his adventures in LIFE WITH ARCHIE end today, and we will remember his bravery, loyalty, friendship and pure heart. I’ve said this before – Archie represents the best in all of us, and this issue and next week’s LIFE WITH ARCHIE #37 amplify and celebrate one of the greatest characters in pop culture history. “

Veronica Roth, Edan Lepucki, & Gayle Forman Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

9780062345219We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending July 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Children’s Fiction Series) Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth: “Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias’s life. The first three pieces in this volume—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son”—follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.” (July 2014)

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