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100 Authors Sign Books to Help Boost Holiday Sales at Barnes & Noble

barnes-noble-logo11 (1)Barnes & Noble asked 100 authors to sign 5,000 copies of their latest books. Some of the participants include The Goldfinch author Donna Tartt, Inferno novelist Dan BrownFifty Shades of Grey trilogy writer E. L. JamesHumans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton, and children’s book creator Jeff Kinney.

These 500,000 autographed books will be made available at Barnes & Noble’s 650+ brick-and-mortar locations. The data from the previous two holiday seasons show that the retailer’s sales figures have been in decline for both the digital store and physical shops.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Drawing customers into its physical stores has become an urgent priority for Barnes & Noble. The chain has been battered in recent years by competition from Amazon and by a sluggish book market. It has closed more than 20 stores since summer 2013 and will spin off its money-losing Nook division into a separate company next year…Some authors said they hoped the new campaign would help the struggling chain.”

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Michelle Aielli Moves to Hachette Books

Hachette LogoMichelle Aielli has been named executive director of publicity at Hachette Books. She will report to publisher Mauro DiPreta.

In new new role, Aielli will oversee the publicity for both the division’s brand and the titles on its list. The start date for her new position has been set for November 17th.

For the past 10 years, Aielli has worked in the Little, Brown PR team. She launched and managed campaigns for James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Donna Tartt, Keith Richards, Elin Hilderbrand, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more.

Warner Bros. Snatches Up Movie Rights to ‘The Goldfinch’

The GoldfinchWarner Brothers has snatched up the movie rights to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Brett Ratner, Brad Simpson, and Nina Jacobson have signed on as producers.

Tartt’s lengthy fiction title won her the Pulitzer Prize earlier this year. She devoted 11 years to working on this book.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: The Goldfinch, Tartt’s third novel, has sold at least 1.5 million copies, despite clocking in at an intimidating 784 pages — a length that may pose a challenge for the film adaptation. The novel, a coming-of-age story about a boy whose grief over his mother’s senseless death is assuaged by his dangerous and illegal love for a priceless painting, drew comparisons to Charles Dickens upon its publication and has continued to command critical attention and popular sales.

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Appears to Be the Top Purchased Book in 48 States

tfioscoverAs of January 2014, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars may have become the most frequently purchased book in 48 states within the nation. The Mashable team arrived at this conclusion after combing through the data for both print book and Kindle eBook sales on Amazon.

The only 2 states with different results appear to be Washington D.C. and Hawaii; D.C. readers are enjoying The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Hawaiian bibliophiles prefer Soul Healing Miracles by Dr. Zhi Gang Sha. What was the last book you purchased?

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Leads the iBooks Bestsellers List

JohnGreen304The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has moved up to the top position of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 5/5. The Target by David BaldacciAlpha by Jasinda WilderInsurgent by Veronica Roth and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt also made the list.

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

Writers Appear on the ‘Time 100 Most Influential People’ List

TimeTime has released its list of “100 Most Influential People.”

A number of writers have been included in this illustrious group such as young adult novelist John Green, nonfiction author Barbara Brown Taylor, memoirist Malala Yousafzai, novelist Arundhati Roy, and Pulitzer Prize winner Donna TarttYousafzai actually makes two appearances because she contributed a short piece honoring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Donna Tartt Wins The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

pulitzerAuthor Donna Tartt has won The Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan, also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

The Flick by Annie Baker won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Alan Taylor‘s The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 won the prize for History. Megan Marshall‘s Margaret Fuller: A New American Life took the Pulitzer for the Biography category. Vijay Seshadri won the Poetry prize for 3 Sections.

Dan Fagin‘s Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won the prize for General Nonfiction. John Luther Adams‘ Become Ocean took the prize for Music.

 

‘The Goldfinch’ is Inspiring Visits to The Frick Museum

thegoldfinchDonna Tartt‘s best-selling novel, The Goldfinch was named after the 17th century Carel Fabritius painting of the same name, and is helping to stir a renewed interest in the artwork.

The Frick Collection in New York is seeing record visitors thanks to the book. “I think the bird has now blown up in people’s minds because of the book,” Margaret Iacono, assistant curator of the Frick, told CBS News.

The painting was acquired by The Frick in 1896. Here is more about the painting from the museum’s website:

Fabritius uses a minimum of quick strokes to portray the house pet’s downy body. Such expert manipulation of paint to suggest form and texture may have been assimilated from Rembrandt, with whom he studied. Whatever the panel’s initial purpose — possibly a component of a birdcage or a cover for an encased painting — the little bird chained to his feed box is a masterpiece of trompe l’oeil illusionism. Vermeer — like Fabritius, a resident of Delft — was highly influenced by the artist’s pristine lighting and composed tranquility.

Audiobooks.com is Offering Gift Cards For Audiobook Subscriptions

audiobooksAudiobooks.com is now selling gift cards for audiobook subscriptions.

The gift subscription gives the recipients access to one audiobook credit per month to listen to any book from the site’s library of more than 40,000 titles. Shoppers can add additional credits for $10 each if they want to give access to more than one book. The one month subscription costs $14.95, three months costs $39.95 and six months costs $74.95.

Customers can design the gift card from template gift cards and then include a personal greeting to the gift recipient. This includes the option to recommend a book to the gift recipient. The gift card will be delivered via email and will include the personal recommendation in the email. The card reads, “I think you’re going to really enjoy this book as your first listen card,” and the book’s cover is shown beneath the line.

Scribd and Oyster are also both offering subscriptions to eBooks as gift options.

Amazon Editors Choose Their Best Books of 2013

bestbooksAmazon has revealed the bestselling books of 2012, a list led by Donna Tartt, Khaled Hosseini and David Finkel.

We’ve reprinted the top 10 books on the list below. Follow this link to see all 100. You can also check out the company’s top 100 lists for Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Digital Singles and Children’s Books for the year. Amazon also created a free Kindle eBook of the top books list if you’d like to read it on your device. Read more

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