In the US, ebooks represented 27% of HBG’s adult trade sales, up from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. At Hachette UK, digital sales rose to 30% of the company’s adult trade sales from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. For Lagardère Publishing, digital represented 9.4% of total net sales, compared to 6.4% in the third quarter of 2012.
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Goodreads has opened up the voting for its fifth annual Goodreads Choice Awards. The awards include twenty different categories from fiction and poetry to humor and fantasy. Authors Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb have been nominated for Fiction. Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling have both been nominated in the Mystery category.
Here is more about how the books are chosen from the Goodreads blog:
The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers, and we find our nominees from books that our members read and love throughout the year. There’s no judging panel or industry experts. We analyzed statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2013, no nominee list could cover the amazing breadth of books reviewed on Goodreads so we also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want.
Readers will be able to vote in three rounds of voting. The opening round lasts through November 9. The highest voted titles will make it to the Semifinals which last from November 11 – 16. Readers can vote on the final choices November 18 – 25.
J.K. Rowling will write her first movie script for Warner Bros., writing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them–a film based on Harry Potter’s textbook from his school for wizards.
The film is part of a planned series featuring the author of the magical book, Newt Scamander. Rowling published a book by the same name in 2001. She had this comment on her Facebook page:
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
Over at Goodreads, J.K. Rowling responded to one reader’s question about writing gritty characters–sharing advice for both writing and living.
With the new paperback release of The Casual Vacancy, reader Anne Gunden asked about the “gritty exposure of the ugliness and weakness of human nature” in the book. Rowling replied with a short essay about her novel for adults:
I suppose that is my real answer to the second part of your question: we need to become absorbed in something bigger than ourselves. That doesn’t mean that everyone should stand for Parliament (God forbid); it is a more subtle business than that. If we make decisions in small matters in the awareness that our actions can have huge impact on others, we will begin to make a difference. If we choose to understand the other person’s point of view, if we make the effort to understand before rushing to judgment, all kinds of different vistas might become apparent to us.
A first edition of J.K. Rowling‘s The Cuckoo’s Calling signed as “Robert Galbraith“ sold for $4,453 on AbeBooks marketplace–so far the most expensive copy of the book sold on AbeBooks.
The only other signed first-edition of that book on AbeBooks is currently selling for $6,188.72. This week, two unsigned first editions sold for $907 each on the online marketplace for used books. Here’s more from the description:
A superb, “as new” UK first edition, first printing hardback in an unblemished dustjacket – All my books are always securely packed with plenty of bubblewrap in professional boxes and promptly dispatched (within 2-3 days) … SIGNED BY J K ROWLING as her pseudonym (Robert Galbraith)
J.K. Rowling has confessed to writing a mystery novel under the pseudonym “Robert Galbraith. Mulholland Books published The Cuckoo’s Calling in April, attributing the book to Galbraith.
You can sample The Cuckoo’s Calling at this link. Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur issued this statement:
We are pleased and proud to have published THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, and we’re delighted by the response it has received from readers, reviewers and fellow writers. We are really looking forward to publishing the second book in the Strike series next summer … A reprint of the book is under way and will carry a revised author biography, which reads “Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling.”
BuzzFeed staff writer Joseph Bernstein enraged many readers with an intentionally provocative post entitled “28 ‘Favorite’ Books That Are Huge Red Flags.”
The satirical listicle included a short and mean-spirited take on a number of beloved books. Bernstein wrote about J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series: “These are diverting but if your FAVORITE book is a glorified television show about a boy wizard written for 5-year-olds I’m going to wonder if you know where Afghanistan is.”
We’ve rounded up some of the angriest reader comments in a Storify post below–what do you think? Reddit readers weighed in with hundreds of comments as well.
Goodreads has created a great infographic exploring the books most often abandoned by readers on the social network. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling topped that list, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
On the Morning Media Menu today, Social Times editor Devon Glenn discussed this list and explored what writers need to know about Facebook’s new Social Graph function.
When do you stop reading a book? I have no shame in admitting that I will stop reading a book after fewer than 50 pages. Life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy. The complete infographic follows below…
Scholastic unveiled the new cover for Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets at BookExpo America.
This jacket depicts Harry Potter and three Weasley brothers riding in the infamous flying car–what do you think?
Both Kazu Kibuishi, the artist behind the new designs, and Arthur A. Levine, the editor of the American edition of the Harry Potter series, appeared at the unveiling.
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green delivered the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for Butler University’s class of 2013. To read the entire speech, head to Green’s Tumblr page.
Watch the entire speech in the video embedded above (his talk begins at the 1:01:08 mark). Here’s an excerpt:
I would just note that the default assumption is that the point of human life is to be as successful as possible, to acquire lots of fame or glory or money as defined by quantifiable metrics: number of twitter followers, or facebook friends, or dollars in one’s 401k.
This is the hero’s journey, right? The hero starts out with no money and ends up with a lot of it, or starts out an ugly duckling and becomes a beautiful swan, or starts out an awkward girl and becomes a vampire mother, or grows up an orphan living under the staircase and then becomes the wizard who saves the world. We are taught that the hero’s journey is the journey from weakness to strength. But I am here today to tell you that those stories are wrong. The real hero’s journey is the journey from strength to weakness.
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