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Librarians Study Print Books with 26+ Checkouts To Challenge HarperCollins eBook Policy

Librarians at the Pioneer Library System in Oklahoma created the video embedded above, criticizing HarperCollins’ new policy of only allowing 26 checkouts of a digital eBook.

The video looks at five print books, showing the actual wear and tear on well-loved books with 25, 48, and 120 checkouts. We’ve included the complete list of books and checkouts below, counting the number of hypothetical eBook copies the library would have to buy of the same title.

Here’s more from the post: “replacement of books in libraries is based upon the condition of the book, not the number of times it has been checked out.  It is not unusual for popular books to be checked out 100 times or more before the wear and tear of circulation takes its toll and the book has to be replaced or repaired.”

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Janet Evanovich Seeks Co-Authors

Forbes named her one of the top 10 bestselling authors of the year. She’s rumored to have signed a $50 million deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell. And in my in-depth interview with her in at mediabistro.com, Janet Evanovich discusses another revealing fact. She is looking for co-authors, three or four of them, in fact.

Just as James Patterson partnered with lesser known co-authors, Evanovich is now looking to do the same. With the success of her last partnership with Charlotte Hughes, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime.

“There are tons of really good writers out there,” Evanovich says, “but for one reason or another, they just have not had the support that allowed them to build audiences.”

In today’s interview, she discusses exactly what type of co-authors she is looking for and how you can go about submitting yourself for review.

Janet Evanovich Signs with Ballantine Bantam Dell

je.jpgEarlier this month, novelist Janet Evanovich left St. Martin’s Press after 15 years–reportedly after the publisher turned down a request for $50 million for four books.

Today Random House Publishing Group acquired the worldwide hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book rights for four new novels by Evanovich. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The first book is set for mid-2011, published by Ballantine Bantam Dell. The deal was negotiated by Peter Evanovich, the novelist’s agent and son. Ballantine Bantam Dell EIC Jennifer Hershey acquired the books. Evanovich has written 33 novels and sold more than 75 million copies.

Evanovich had this statement: “I started my career as a Bantam author, and I’m very excited to be returning. Their sales, distribution, and marketing make them the perfect partner for me and my work. Load up the U-Haul; break out the pizza and the beer — it’s moving day for Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Diesel and me!”

No Chance of Evanovich/Cannell Collaboration

When Warner Books – now, of course, known to one and all as Grand Central Publishing – first announced that Janet Evanovich and Stephen Cannell would be joining forces for a new series, it did so with a few hiccups. The deal was first posted, then taken back down, then put back again. It seemed a minor point, something to forget about – not a harbinger of things to come.

Earlier this month, Sarah Wendell at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books got a tip from an anonymous reader wondering why Evanovich’s site, after trumpeting the upcoming collaboration, no longer mentioned the book anywhere. Anonymous had read chapter one, posted on June 1, and when she went back on July 1, there was no chapter two – or chapter one, for that matter. And things got even stranger. “If you type “no chance” site:evanovich.com into a Google search, there’s remnants of quite a few pages – but they’re all 404s,” reported the tipster. “Meanwhile, Cannell used to have it on his news page, home page and appearances page – those mentions are gone, too.” An excerpt was still available on Cannell’s website as of July 9, and is now, but that’s about it.

And that’s about all we’ll see, thanks to Wendell’s update yesterday. According to her source at an unnamed Big Box Bookstore, “the Evanovich/Cannell novel NO CHANCE has ‘no chance’ of being published. The book has been canceled with no date for rescheduling.” When reached for comment yesterday evening, Evanovich confirmed the news. “Steve [Cannell] and I ran into scheduling problems,” she said by email. “We still have an active partnership but the project is on hold right now. As of right now we haven’t a publishing date.” Interestingly, the Amazon page remains active, though that may not be for much longer…

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