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The Fault in Our Stars Claims No. 1 Spot on the Google Play ‘Books of the Year’ List

Google Play LogoWhat were the most popular books at the Google Play store? According to a post on the Official Android Blog, these bibliophiles “loved reading stories — real and imagined — of love, adventure, and, OK, sometimes lust.” John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was named number one on the “Books of the Year” list.

Veronica Roth captured two spots; Divergent landed at number three and Insurgent landed at number five. E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey came in second and Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave came in fourth. Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books for your reading pleasure.
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List of ‘Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors’ Unveiled

rowlingHollywood has been chasing after popular books for inspiration. Titles such as the Harry Potter seriesThe Hunger Games trilogy, and The Fault in our Stars novel have been transformed into blockbluster film franchises.

At this point in time, a diverse array of adaptation projects are being developed for YouTube, Hulu, and the silver screen. In recognition of book creators, The Hollywood Reporter has crafted a list of “Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.”

J.K. Rowling claimed the number one spot because arguably speaking, “no single creator has had so much influence on a megafranchise since George Lucas and the original Star Wars trilogy.” We’ve posted the list of the top 10 authors below—what do you think?

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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.”

Second Trailer For ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Unleashed

Focus Features has unleashed the second global trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. The video embedded above offers fans glimpses of Dakota Johnson playing Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan playing Christian Grey.

It also showcases a song by singer extraordinaire Beyoncé called “Haunted.” The first trailer for this film adaptation featured a newly arranged version of her 2003 hit track, “Crazy in Love.”

Diversion Books Launches the EverAfter Romance Online Bookstore

ea logoDiversion Books has launched a new online bookstore exclusively dedicated to the romance genre. The organizers behind EverAfter Romance have developed a free app available for download on both iOS and Android mobile devices.

Seth Kaufman, the head of the marketing and PR team, gave this statement in the press release: “One of our goals is to help partners get their eBooks in front of a truly dedicated audience. So we feature titles from all leading romance publishers, including Harlequin, Avon, Kensington, Forever, Samhain, and Ellora’s Cave, and we sell everyone from Nora Roberts, E.L. James, and Georgette Heyer to Sylvia Day, Nalini Singh, and Debbie Macomber. But we also want to create space to sell new authors and titles.”

Consumers will be able to choose from over 100,000 titles through this shop. The app will give alerts about recommendations, flash sales, and free eBooks. To celebrate the launch, romantic fiction readers who download the app and register for an account will receive a free digital copy of Alessandra Torre’s novel, Sex Love Repeat.

Comics Take Center Stage For This Year’s Banned Books Week Celebration

banned-comicsThe American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will celebrate Banned Books Week from September 21st to September 27th.

The organization plans to shine a spotlight on graphic novels and comics. Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee, had this statement in a press release: “This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship.”

The American Library Association recently revealed the top ten list of most frequently challenged books for this year. Jeff Smith’s comic series, Bone, occupies the #10 spot. Earlier this year, Smith designed the cover for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Handbook. Follow this link to access a free digital copy. Check out the entire list after the jump.

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Fan Creates a ‘Books of Orange is the New Black’

OITNBFinished watching season 2 of Orange is the New Black? Already devoured Piper Kerman’s prison memoir?

Lucky for you, the “Books of Orange is the New Black” blog has plenty of literary recommendations. The fan behind this Tumblr page collected the titles of books mentioned on the popular Netflix original series.

The characters on this show have been spotted reading Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Follow these links to check out the books featured on the first season and the second season.

50 Shades The Musical Goes on Tour

50shadesthemusicalThe musical adaptation of E.L. James‘ bestselling erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey has hit the stage. Written by Al Samuels, Emily Dorezas, Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels, the show’s North American tour will open in Los Angeles next week.

The theatrical production is a parody of the book that takes things even further than the pages of the novel. The LA Weekly called the performances “ten times raunchier” than the novel. Check it out: “50 Shades! The Musical is a spoof on the sexual intensity of the book and the obsession many soccer moms have with it. When fuzzy pink handcuffs and lipstick vibrators are available for purchase at the merchandise table, you know you’re in for an interesting adventure to say the least.”

Follow this link to check out a video from the show.

E L James Has Written a New Book

eljamesE L James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey, has written a new book. She revealed the news in an inteview with Entertainment Weekly. James would not disclose when it would be published or what it is about, though she did reveal that it is different than 50 Shades of Grey.

In the interview, James talked about how the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey is just beginning to shoot. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

I’m terrified. Completely. I’ve been terrified from the moment I published the book.  My mother was terrified of everything, and so am I. It’s a terrible way to grow up. You don’t expect this kind of success. Even now it floors me. My only ambition for the books was to see them in bookstores. This is huge. And there is this passionate fandom; we need to get this right for them.

Jamie Dornan & Luke Grimes Join the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Cast

fifty-shades-3001-225x300 (2)Two actors have joined the Fifty Shades of Grey movie cast. Jamie Dornan, best known for playing the Huntsman on the Once Upon a Time series, will replace Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey.

Hunnam announced that he had dropped out of this project two weeks prior. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dornan had to read for the role in front of director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E L James.

The Huffington Post reports that Luke Grimes has signed on to play Christian’s brother, Elliot Grey. In the recent past, Grimes has been seen on the True Blood and Brothers & Sisters T.V. shows.

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