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Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish

Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have launched Bookish, nearly two years after the site was first announced in May 2011.

The site will recommend books and let readers shop for books. It also shares book excerpts and features essays from its editors and authors (we’ve included some excerpts below).

According to Digital Book World sources, the publishers have invested “about $16 million” in the new venture. Bookish also counted the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House, Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers and Perseus Books Group.

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Powell’s Books to Sell 7,000 Books from Private Library of Anne Rice

annerice.jpgEver wanted to own a piece of vampire novelist Anne Rice? Powell’s Books will be selling 7,000 titles from Anne Rice’s private library.

Depending on the success of this venture, Powell’s may expand to in-store offerings as well. Right now, the site has posted more than 1000 titles, including Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, and Homer‘s Odyssey.

Here’s more from the site: “Included in the collection are editions signed or annotated by Ms. Rice, and many have her library markings on the spines. The collection showcases her love of literature and writing and reveals a true intellectual curiosity — classic philosophy, the Brontes, biblical archaeology, and Louisiana history are just a few of the subject areas represented.”

Editor’s Note: This post was changed to correctly state that 1000, not 9 titles are currently available for sale on the site.

Eat, Pray, Love Book Sales See Big Hollywood Bump

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Today the Nielsen Company analyzed how Hollywood adaptations affect book sales, noting that the upcoming adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Eat, Pray, Love generated some serious book sales.

Check it out: “Eat, Pray, Love has seen a rise in book sales, with 94,000 units sold in the week ending in August 1 alone, the same number of total units sold for the entire 2006 year, when the book was first published. So far, in 2010, the book has sold more than twice as many copies as all of 2009.”

The post also noted that the February adaptation of Dear John by Nicholas Sparks helped spur sales of more than 1 million copies in 2010. In addition, when the adaptation of My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult debuted in 2009, Nielsen counted the sale of 81,000 copies in a single week.

Nielsen Book president Jonathan Nowell explained: “While the literary world is often the source of creative content for Hollywood, the relationship is reciprocal, as we often see Hollywood releases boosting book sales.” The novel also ended up on the Home Shopping Network.

Eat, Pray, Cancellation

9780143038412H.jpgNews broke today that Michael Cooper–the writer Elizabeth Gilbert divorced at the beginning of her bestselling Eat, Pray, Love–will not publish his own memoir with Hyperion.

Hyperion confirmed the cancellation with Page Six. Cooper is currently seeking other publishers for his manuscript, entitled Displaced. We wrote about the deal last year–Cooper hoped to tell the other side of the story in his own memoir.

Here’s more from the article: “Cooper told Page Six he finished the manuscript, but parted ways because of Hyperion’s ‘eleventh-hour demands’ to make it more racy. ‘I set out to write about how, in the wake of a devastating and unexpected divorce, I slowly rebuilt my life by redoubling my already decades-long commitment to humanitarian relief and human rights work. In the end, it seemed to me that Hyperion hoped to push the book in a more controversial direction.’” (Via Publishers Weekly)

Fan Made Movie Trailer Bashes Eat, Pray, Love

In a fan-made trailer bashing adaptations of Twilight and Julie & Julia, The Monocular Group scored nearly 150,000 views for a video urging men to see the violent male-centric film The Expendables. The trailer hopes that the action movie will beat an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Eat, Pray, Love at the box office on August 13th.

Here’s an excerpt from the explosive video embedded above: “AUGUST 13TH YOU WILL SEE THIS MOVIE NOT OFF YOUR TORRENTS IN A F**ING THEATER WHERE VIOLENCE BELONGS. IF WE DON’T? IF THIS LOSES TO EAT, PRAY, LOVE? YOU DON’T DESERVE TO BE A MAN.”

What do you think? Have a recent crop of adaptations ruined the market for good old fashioned action movies? Could The Expendables–directed by
Sylvester Stallone and starring everybody from Jet Li to Mickey Rourke to Jason Statham–put up a fight against Eat, Pray, Love? (Via Melissa Lafsky)

Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert Discuss Eat, Pray, Love with Oprah Winfrey

9780143038412H.jpgToday Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert will visit the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about the August adaptation of Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

Winfrey’s website includes pages and pages of interviews about the remake, including features about the adaptation, the actors, and the author. Click here to watch the trailer and you can follow this link to read about merchandising the memoir.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview, as Gilbert shares her reaction to the film: “What I was watching encapsulated the worst and best time of my life, condensed down into two hours. So I came out of it shaken, amazed, delighted, tearful … it’s essentially like this amazing director and this great actress and this cinematographer got together and made me a home movie of my year’s journey. But they Photoshopped me out and replaced me with somebody with really amazing skin and 36-inch legs. Who wouldn’t love that?”

How Would You Merchandise Your Favorite Book?

fear&loathing.jpgA couple weeks ago we wrote about one company’s efforts to create merchandise to sell alongside the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

The Europe on Five Bad Ideas a Day blog took the idea and ran with it, creating some hilarious concepts for literary tie-ins: “The Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain): cigars, random bones of random saints. Assassination Vacation (Sarah Vowell): replica of Ford’s Theater, grassy knoll, wind-up toy of singing-dancing assassin. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson): um, nothing that would be legal to sell.”

Add your capitalistic ideas in the comments section. This GalleyCat editor only has one piece of merchandise to add: H.P. Lovecraft-inspired Cthulhu Sushi…

Oprah Winfrey Hinted; Elizabeth Gilbert Bejeweled; Vampire Lit Arose: Weekend Reading

As you reflect on publishing’s busy week, check out the video embedded above–we interviewed Kindle users in the iPad line last Saturday. If you want more weekend reading, here are our favorite headlines from the week.

Oprah Winfrey hinted at starting a “book-club show” on her new network.

We found out how to get a degree in Vampire Literature.

The Huffington Post named GalleyCat and eBookNewser on a Book People To Follow On Twitter list.

The voice of Tiger Woods‘ late father (and author) appeared in a new and controversial Nike ad.

Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir Eat, Pray, Love hits theaters soon, and one company will manufacture as special line of “jewelry, books and travel-related items” for the book.

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Eat, Pray, Merchandise: Book Inspires Jewelry

9780143038412H.jpgWhen the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir Eat, Pray, Love hits theaters, one company will manufacture as special line of “jewelry, books and travel-related items” to sell alongside the book.

According to WWD, the LA-based jewelry company Dogeared will design the fashion line. Readers and viewers can buy the merchandise at Fred Segal and ABC Home, and prices will range between “$20 to more than $100.” In addition, the company will provide similar merchandise for Sex in the City 2, a sequel to a movie based on a television show based on a book by Candace Bushnell.

Here’s a quote from founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke, from the article: “This is a totally natural fit for Dogeared … We relate to the theme of a woman’s journey for self-fulfillment and happiness.” (Via Rachel Sklar)

Elizabeth Gilbert Gets “Committed”

9780143038412H.jpgViking has announced that they will print one million copies of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir follow-up to the bestselling “Eat, Pray, Love.” Scheduled for a January release, the memoir will be entitled, “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage.”

According to the NY Times, the book “recounts how she came to marry the Brazilian-born Australian lover she met in Indonesia” over the course of her previous memoir. The article also explores Gilbert’s struggle to write the book, a long process that included a one-year extension from Viking publisher Paul Slovak. In the Fall, Michael Cooper, Gilbert’s ex-husband, will publish a memoir about his side of their divorce.

Here’s more from the profile: “She identified the problem as a clash of two voices: one, ‘an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ hangover,’–the chatty, witty tone that earned Ms. Gilbert her good reviews and loyal fans–and the other, ‘more sober and considered and confident and mature.’ After taking six months off, Ms. Gilbert decided she could write again, this time in what she believed was a more authentic voice.” (Via Publishers Weekly)

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