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Posts Tagged ‘Carol Fitzgerald’

Book Report Network Launches 20SomethingReads.com

The Book Report Network has launched its seventh editorial site, 20SomethingReads.com. This site will spotlight books for readers in their twenties.

Here’s more from the release: “20SomethingReads.com is for readers, writers, booksellers, librarians and twentysomething bibliophiles who are looking for suggestions of what to read as well as the opportunity to share their impressions of the books they’re reading — and the books they would suggest others to read as well. The editorial features a mix of reviews of adult fiction, nonfiction, young adult and graphic novel titles, along with features, interviews, blogs and contests.”

The site will feature curated bookshelf collections, round-ups of both booksellers’ and librarians’ picks, a “bookstore tour” article series, and recommendations from authors. It also included “20 Days of The Hunger Games,” a 20 post blog series counting down until the film is released.

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The Oprah Diss-Effect?

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Yesterday Oprah Winfrey canceled an already taped episode about the tenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, twittering that the episode “focused too much on killers.”

Over at Portfolio, various publishing experts weighed in on what the canceled show would mean for Dave Cullen–the author scheduled to talk about his book, “Columbine.” It’s an interesting look at Winfrey’s bookselling powers during the recession.

Check it out: “One publishing-industry expert who didn’t wish to be quoted estimated that the publisher would most likely have ordered another 50,000 or so copies in expectation of ‘The Oprah Effect.’ But another, Bookreporter.com president Carol Fitzgerald, questioned whether the order would have been increased that much. ‘I don’t know if anybody prints extra for anything these days,’ she said. ‘The business is so fluky right now.’”

9/11 Novels Don’t Stack Up to Non-Fiction

USA Today’s Bob Minzesheimer compares numbers on fiction and non-fiction published since 9/11 that happen to focus in some way upon the event. 1,036 non-fiction titles – most notably the 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT – have found their way to bookstores in the past six years according to Books in Print, with a mere 30 fiction titles available. The Book Report’s Carol Fitzgerald says fiction can’t compete with the “visual images that dominate our memories. We don’t need to create stories around the event. There were enough stories there from the start.” Scribner editor Nan Graham says sales are “fantastic for serious literary fiction” such as her own FALLING MAN by Don DeLillo and she expects more, especially if it’s taught in college courses. She’s not surprised readers were attracted by non-fiction to try to answer questions: “What happened? Could it have been avoided?” Fiction “comes later as people ask, ‘How has it changed the way we think and act and remember?’

S&S Launches Video Channel

Simon & Schuster announced this morning that they have reached an agreement with video company TurnHere to launch a book-centric internet video channel to promote S&S authors and their new releases. The companies will produce videos with in-depth information on featured books and authors as well as sneak previews of upcoming titles. The channel, called Bookvideos.tv, will launch in early June.

“Readers have long hungered for greater contact and more information about authors,” said Sue Fleming, Vice President, Online and Consumer Marketing for the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. “Now readers will have a way to view and share compelling content about our authors, available on a 24/7 basis. Bookvideos.tv will allow readers to easily use the internet to replicate, for the digital age, the critical and time tested word of mouth excitement that comes from talking about a good read. Working with TurnHere to tap this huge potential audience is an exciting new way of marketing for us, and we expect to find legions of new readers while at the same time giving a new experience to dedicated fans of our authors.”

The WSJ’s Jeff Trachtenberg has more on the story
along with a telling observation from The Book Report’s Carol Fitzgerald: most readers don’t know which publishers actually publish their favorite authors. “They could say, ‘Why don’t you have John Grisham?’”, even though he’s published by Doubleday.