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Matthew C. Baldacci Named VP of Marketing at Scholastic Trade Publishing

scholasticMatthew C. Baldacci will join Scholastic’s trade publishing team as vice president of marketing in late April.

In his new role, Baldacci will manage the marketing and brand strategy for all the imprints within the trade publishing division. He reports to the division’s president, Ellie Berger.

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How Much Time Book-to-TV Adaptations Get Out of a Page: Infographic

gameofthronesStatista has created an infographic called, “How Much Time Book-to-TV Adaptations Get Out of a Page,” which explores how many hours of television you get out of a written page of a book.

Using data reported in The Guardian, Statistica illustrates how a show like “Boardwalk Empire”, has gotten four seasons worth of TV shows from a 312-page book. Game of Thrones, however, covered 1,980 pages from books in 26.5 hours of viewing. Here is more from the Statista site: “That means “Game of Thrones” gets 0.8 minutes of screen time out of a page while “Boardwalk Empire” spends 8.77 minutes per page of the book it’s based on.” (Via Mashable).

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump. Read more

Publishing Jobs: Oxford University Press, Harlequin, Quarto Group

This week, Oxford University Press is hiring a senior designer, and Harlequin needs an associate editor. Meanwhile, Quarto Group is seeking an acquiring editor, and Trident Media Group is on the hunt for a literary assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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‘The Fixed Trilogy’ Leads theSelf-Published Bestsellers List, Again

fixedtrilogyThe Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige continues to lead the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

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.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week

oxforduniversitypressOxford University Press is making its online products free next week in honor of National Library Week in the United States. The open access will run from  April 13th to April 19th.

Check it out: “OUP is freeing up all of our online products* for the week! Libraries are a vital part of many communities, whether it is a school, a town/city, the government, a corporation, or a hospital, and we have freed up this unprecedented amount of content to show our appreciation for these libraries.”

To access the content, readers aren’t required to sign up. Users can simply enter the username “libraryweek” and password “libraryweek” in order to check out the content.

‘Flash Boys’ Leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks List

Flash Boys Mech 3p_r3.REV.for cat.inddFlash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. last week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/7. Lewis’ popular new book has ousted Divergent from the No. 1 spot for the first time in weeks. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with three books ranked at No.2-4.

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

Paddington Bear Returns in New Book

paddingtonbearMichael Bond is bringing back the children’s book character Paddington Bear in a new collection of letters written from the bear to his Aunt Lucy.

Love from Paddington is slated for publication by HarperCollins in November. In the book, the Peruvian bear will recount his world travels and tell how he arrived at Paddington Station in London. In the book, he will also reveal how he met the Brown family and came to live with them.

The new book comes as a film adaptation of the book is also in the works. The film, directed by Paul King and starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, is slated for release in December.

Final ‘Life with Archie’ Comic to Feature the Death of Archie Andrews

Life with ArchieArchie Comics has announced that protagonist Archie Andrews will die in the final installment of the Life with Archie series.

A release date for this double commemorative issue has been scheduled for July 2014. In issue #36, readers will learn how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend’s life. In issue #37, the story will detail how the Riverdale gang reacts to this tragic turn of events.

Publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment. Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie.”

Screwpulp Connects Self-Published Authors With Readers

screwpulpLooking for a way to find new readers for your self-published book? Check out Screwpulp, a new platform designed to help new writers find readers.

Any author can publish a book on Screwpulp. At first the book is available for free. The idea is that readers are more likely to take a risk and read a new author when the book is free. Readers can read the titles on their Kindle. The site encourages readers to review and share the books with their social networks.

Once a book has a number of reads and reviews, then the price will go up. “As a book gains it popularity and ratings it is reflected by the price moving up incrementally,” explains the site. Authors control the rights to their works and collect 75 percent of the profit. Authors are required to keep their book on Screwpulp for at least 90 days. (Via Mashable).

Does the English Language Drive You Crazy?

Does the English language drive you crazy?

Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffit, the co-creators of the AsapSCIENCE YouTube channel, have written a poem called “English Is Crazy!” The two collaborators posted a poetry video on their second channel, AsapTHOUGHT, featuring Moffit as the narrator.

The Huffington Post lists some of the reasons why English can cause frustration; “grammar rules can be inconsistent, spelling nonsensical and don’t get us started on plurals, pronouns and pronunciation. Tough, cough, bough and dough. Enough said.” What do you think?

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