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Peter Carey Refused to Ghostwrite Assange Memoir

careyassangePeter Carey did not mince words in a rather juicy interview to Bookseller today where the two-time Booker-winning novelist discussed his forthcoming novel Amnesia, along with an alliterative list of other topics currently on his mind: Amazon, Assange and Americans up for Bookers.

On Julian Assange, Carey said that he was approached by his American editor Sonny Mehta and asked if he would like to co-write the book. “But I thought, no. Two control freaks? It wouldn’t work.”

Probably a wise move since we all know what happened to the unlucky fellow who did take up the offer, novelist Andrew O’Hagan.

Instead, Carey tapped his fellow Aussie for his own inspiration Read more

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Julian Assange to Publish ‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’

wikileaksJournalist Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has landed a deal with OR Books.

When Google Met WikiLeaks chronicles a conversation that took place in June 2011 between the infamous whistleblower and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. It contains an edited transcript of that conversation. The publisher plans to release the book in September 2014.

Here’s more from the press release: “Assange proposes a radical overhaul of the naming structure of the Internet, one which would revolutionize the way information is accessed. By coupling the intellectual content of a document to its online name—doing away with the haphazard URL system—Assange outlines a potential future for the Internet that would make it faster and much more difficult to censor.”

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Julian Assange Reportedly Having Problems with Memoir

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is reportedly having problems with Alfred A Knopf and Edinburgh-based publisher Canongate, who signed a £1 million deal with the Wiki Leaks founder for his memoir.

The Guardian has the story: “According to publishing sources … the contract has fallen through, at least in its original form, after Assange indicated he no longer wished to write the kind of book that was initially envisaged. He is thought to have told publishers that the book, ghostwritten by the novelist Andrew O’Hagan, could give ammunition to US prosecutors, whom he fears may seek his extradition on terrorist charges relating to WikiLeaks disclosures.”

Assange isn’t having as much luck in the book world as his former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg did. Domscheit-Berg may not have landed a $1.5 million advance, but he has had critical success with his tell-all Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website.

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Julian Assange & Slavoj Zizek Auction Lunch Date

You have four days to bid on one of eight seats in a lunch date with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Slovenian author Slavoj Zizek in London.

All the proceeds from this undoubtedly surreal dining experience will support WikiLeaks. The top bid is currently £4,100–how much would you pay to dine with this duo?

Here’s more from eBay: “The lunch will be from 12 – 3pm on Saturday 2nd July at one of London’s finest restaurants. The meal will be followed by a Frontline Club event from 4pm – 6pm at The Troxy in East London where these two formidable forces will be discussing the impact of WikiLeaks on the world and what it means for the future.” (Via Gawker)

New York Times Publishes WikiLeaks eBook

The New York Times has released an eBook covering the WikiLeaks scandal entitled Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy. The newspaper cut an exclusive deal with Barnes & Noble, and the title will only be available on the Nook.

eBookNewser reports: “The book chronicles important documents from WikiLeaks story and the controversy that came about as the stories were leaked to the press. The eBook comes out later this week for $5.99.”

Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich will both have opinion pieces included in the book. Senior editor Alexander Star edited the book.

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Julian Assange Coloring Book Online

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has graced the cover of most newspapers and landed a book deal, but last week we discovered his coloring book (pictured, via).

The Julian Assange Coloring Book site used an online coloring book program to create a collection of black and white images. Using the online interface, you can color the pages yourself. We hope someday they sell the book alongside the Tea Party Coloring Book in bookstores. 

Here’s more from the site: “Love him or loathe him, hero or villain, Julian Assange is probably the most talked about person alive today. WikiLeaks, with Julian as editor-in-chief, has caused quite the stir, and with mirror sites sprouting up around the globe, they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future … So where does the Julian Assange Coloring Book fit in? Well, simply put, it’s not “serious stuff”. It’s a coloring book about Julian Assange (with the occasional WikiLeaks page for good measure).” (Link via)

WikiLeaks Spokesperson to Publish Memoir in February

Random House’s Crown imprint will publish Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, a memoir by former WikiLeaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

Crown acquired world rights to the book, and U.S. publication is set for February 15, 2011. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange himself landed a book deal earlier this week. Follow this link to read more.

Here’s more about the author: “Under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, Mr. Domscheit-Berg was the effective No. 2 at Wikileaks and the organization’s most public face after Julian Assange. In his book, he will reveal the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistleblower organization, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007 at the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin. He will also describe the circumstances that lead to his withdrawal from Wikileaks in September, 2010, including his disenchantment with the organization’s lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and the increasing concentration of power by Assange.”

Julian Assange to Publish Memoir

Multiple sources reported today that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has inked a book deal with Knopf to publish his memoir. Canongate will publish the memoir in England.

Here’s a link-filled roundup from the Washington Post: “The Guardian reported that the news first broke through a tweet from Spanish publisher Random House Mondadori. DailyFinance, an online business site, said that Canongate publisher Jamie Byng confirmed the news in an email. Assange’s book will follow a tell-all by his former second-in-command, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, ‘Inside Wikileaks: My Time at the World’s Most Dangerous Website[.]‘”

This morning on eBookNewser, we wrote about two unofficial WikiLeaks apps. Apple has since removed the app, but an Android version of the WikiLeaks app is still available for Android phones.