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Random House Contacts OR Books About Fifty Shades Cover Art

Random House has asked OR Books to change the cover of Fifty Shades of Louisa May, a work that parodies the best seller 50 Shades of Greyframed as an erotic diary written by Louisa May Alcott.

Random House contacted OR Books after OR launched a “Bonnets for Bondage” promotion, offering readers a free copy of Fifty Shades of Louisa May in exchange for their copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group executive director of publicity Paul Bogaards explained the circumstances to GalleyCat via email. He wrote: “Counsel did contact OR books about the cover art for their book Fifty Shades of Louisa May, suggesting they revise same. They also requested that OR books refrain from using cover art from Fifty Shades of Grey in their promotional materials. The issue was not about the parody but the use of our cover art to help promote it.”

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OR Books Teams Up with St. Mark’s Bookstore

ORBooks.pngSt. Mark’s Bookstore in New York City has partnered with publisher OR Books. Now, customers can purchase select print and digital books from the OR Books’ list through the store website.

Co-publisher John Oakes had this statement: “We look forward to expanding this program to other stores around the country and around the globe. We see no reason why Google Editions should have all the fun. This approach will benefit the store, the publisher, and any independent-minded reader with Internet access.”

Store owner Bob Contant expressed satisfaction that the store now sells books in all formats. OR Books‘ unofficial motto is, “No book printed until it’s sold.” OR Books imprint Mischief + Mayhem will be represented at our eBook Summit on December 15th. Last week we interviewed OR Books co-founder Colin Robinson, getting his thoughts on digital handselling.

OR Books Rushes Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Title

deepwater.jpgOR Books and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will team up to rush a book about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Entitled Deepwater Horizon: The Oil Disaster, Its Aftermath, and Our Future, publication is set for September 20, 2010.

NRDC is an environmental group with 1.3 million members, and executive director Peter Lehner will co-write the book with journalist Bob Deans. OR Books co-publisher John Oakes will also work closely on the project.

Lehner had this statement: “The book is not so much about BP as it is about how we got to the point where drilling in inacessible spots became hugely profitable for oil companies … There is a real need for an assessment of the situation that goes beyond criticizing one
company’s incompetence. Our oil addiction and how we get rid of it has to be at the heart of these discussions.”