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2010 Indies Choice Book Awards Winners

dgrann.jpgHonoring “the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide,” the American Booksellers Association (ABA) revealed the winners of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Awards. New Yorker staff writer David Grann (pictured, via) won the nonfiction award.

The rest of the 2010 Book of the Year winners were:
Adult Fiction: Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Knopf)
Adult Debut: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
Young Adult: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Middle Reader: When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books)
New Picture Book: The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown)

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Four Publishers Struggle to Strike Amazon eBook Deal; Buy Buttons Threatened

a.com_logo_RGB1.jpgThe publishing world will watch four major publishers very closely for the next few weeks. According to Publishers Marketplace, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin, and Hachette–a quartet dubbed “Agency Four”–could have their buy buttons removed by Amazon (AMZN) if they can’t strike an eBook deal.

Here’s an excerpt from the subscription-only story: “The indications are that if the Agency Four have not finalized new digital sales agreements with Amazon prior to the launch of Apple’s iPad, they could face delisting from direct sale at Amazon, as Macmillan did.”

The New York Times has spoken with unnamed publishing executives about the terms of the eBook deal–noting that major publishers are “reluctant” to strike this kind of deal: “Amazon has agreed in principle that the major publishers would be able to set prices in its Kindle store as well. But it is also demanding that they lock into three-year contracts and guarantee that no other competitor will get lower prices or better terms. ”

Last month Amazon pulled the buy buttons on all Macmillan titles, making it impossible to buy directly through the online retailer. If you want to follow buy buttons from the Agency Four, we have a handy guide to double-checking after the jump. (Via MobyLives)

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Katie Couric Interviews Book Clubs about Kathryn Stockett Novel


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This week CBS Evening News with Katie Couric turned the cameras on book clubs during a feature about Kathryn Stockett‘s bestselling novel, The Help. Via the magic of Skype video, some avid readers received some nightly news coverage.

In the video above, Couric interviewed members of Jackson, Mississippi book club to find out what they thought about the novel’s “description of the racial boundaries in the segregated South of the 1960s.” In another web feature, anchor Katie Couric helped book club members to directly pose questions to the author.

Couric has hosted a number of literary guests. Among others, she spoke with Mitch Albom about his nonfiction book, Have a Little Faith, interviewed Sapphire about her recently adapted novel, Push.

Best Books of 2009, Airport Edition

hg_hudson_books_image_2.jpgA few writers received an unexpected bookstore boost today as they nabbed spots on Hudson Booksellers’ Best Books of the Year list. The list will earn these writers some coveted placement in the company’s bookstores, reaching the most captive readership in the whole world–the airport reader.

Hudson runs 65 full-service bookstores around North America, but sells books in over 350 Hudson News stands in airports and transportation hubs. This year the company sold $93 million worth of books. Here are the fiction winners, a list with only a single National Book Award nominee on it. The best nonfiction, business, and young adult books follow after the jump…

Best Fiction: “The Year of the Flood” by Margaret Atwood, “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave, “Spooner” by Pete Dexter, “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman, “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver, “Fool” by Christopher Moore, “The Song is You” by Arthur Phillips, “Lark & Termite” by Jayne Anne Phillips, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, and “Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

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Carlos Ruiz Zafon Novel Debuts on Top of Indie Bestseller List

1403 copy.jpgDuring its debut week on the list, “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon topped the Indie Bestseller List in the hardcover fiction category.

After polling hundreds of independent booksellers around the country, IndieBound released the Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended Sunday, June 21, 2009. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell topped the nonfiction hardcover list. Here are the top five fiction hardcover books on the list. Nonfiction hardcover list follows after the jump…

1. ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Doubleday
2. ‘Shanghai Girls’ by Lisa See, Random House
3. ‘The Scarecrow’ by Michael Connelly, Little Brown
4. ‘The Help’ Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
5. ‘Gone Tomorrow’ by Lee Child, Delacorte

UPDATE: A previous version of this post mistakenly identified ‘The Angel’s Game’ as a debut novel.

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