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Posts Tagged ‘Paulo Coelho’

HarperCollins to Sell English Language eBooks in China

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers will begin selling English language eBook titles in China through a partnership with  with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC). This is the first time that the publisher has sold eBooks to consumers in China through a local retailer.

At launch, about 800 HarperCollins backlist eBooks will be available through JD.com. This includes: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

“JD.com has been a key partner in selling HarperCollins print books in China for years and we are happy to work with them on our e-book business,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer for HarperCollins Publishers. “By expanding our international e-book distribution we’re opening up a new market for our authors’ works.”

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Paulo Coelho, Daniel J. Levitin, Rick Riordan, & John Rocco Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

percy-jackson-greek-gods-coverWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending August 24, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Fiction) Adultery by Paulo Coelho: “Linda knows she’s lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.” (August 2014)

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Stephen King on Taxes & Paulo Coelho on eBook Prices: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including Paulo Coelho‘s eBook price change, a Henry David Thoreau video game and an inspiring poster about literacy (embedded above).

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1. ‘These Are Your Kids on Books’ Poster Goes Viral
2. How to Star in a Classic Novel
3. Paulo Coelho Sells 99-cent eBooks
4. Henry David Thoreau Video Game Gets $40,000 NEA Grant
5. Stephen King to Mitt Romney: ‘you couldn’t have made it in America without America’
6. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
7. INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the 19%
8. Why Do Old Books Smell?
9. Ellen DeGeneres Narrates ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
10. David Simon: ‘Anything that says content should be free makes it hard for all writers, everywhere’

Paulo Coelho Sells 99-cent eBooks

Bestselling novelist Paulo Coelho has convinced HarperCollins to sell many of his eBooks for 99-cents in the United States and Canada. The sale prices are now in effect at Amazon, iTunes
and Barnes & Noble.

The author could not predict how long the sale would last, but hopes to set the industry standard. In a blog post, Coelho explained that he hoped to make his digital books cost as much as a song in iTunes. The author helpfully did the book-buying math for his readers, revealing that purchasing all his discounted books will cost $10.89 versus $74.19 at regular prices.  Check it out:

One of my US publishers, HarperCollins, following a conversation with my agent Monica Antunes at the London Book Fair 2012, have decided to reduce the price of all my ebook titles (except The Alchemist) to 0.99 USD. Which means a book now costs less than a cup of coffee! This is a crucial decision for me. For years I have been advocating that free content is not a threat to the book business. In lowering the price of a book and equaling it to the price of a song in iTunes, the reader will be encouraged to pay for it, instead of downloading it for free. The email sent by Harper does not specify for how long the promotion will last.

Paulo Coelho: ‘Welcome to Download My Books for Free’

Signing a blog post as “Pirate Coelho,” bestselling author Paulo Coelho has joined a promotional program at the infamous file sharing site, The Pirate Bay.

Coelho praised the piracy site and urged his readers to download his work on peer-to-peer file sharing sites. The decision has already generated hundreds of comments–what do you think?

Check it out: “The Pirate Bay starts today a new and interesting system to promote arts. Do you have a band? Are you an aspiring movie producer? A comedian? A cartoon artist? They will replace the front page logo with a link to your work. As soon as I learned about it, I decided to participate. Several of my books are there, and as I said in a previous post, ‘My thoughts on SOPA,’ the physical sales of my books are growing since my readers post them in P2P sites. Welcome to download my books for free and, if you enjoy them, buy a hard copy – the way we have to tell to the industry that greed leads to nowhere.” (Image via)

Paulo Coelho To Judge Fable Contest

Author Paulo Coelho will judge a fable writing-contest at the young adult writing community, Figment. The winner will receive $1,000 in prize money.

Here are more details about the contest: “Your challenge is to write a fable (a short story with a moral) in less than 1200 words, set in a fictional country on the day before the final battle in a devastating war. Paulo Coelho will read the finalists and decide the winner. Which is kind of like having your poem read by Robert Frost or your play read by Arthur Miller. Which is, well, amazing.”

Internet voters will determine the ten finalists. Writers have until Saturday, June 19th to submit their fables. Voting will end on Friday, July 1st.

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Paulo Coelho Responds to Random House CA’s Excitement on Twitter

Author Paulo Coelho greeted Random House Canada’s enthusiasm about the upcoming English edition of Aleph with a joke: “You should be. You are my publishers…”

Here’s more about the novel: “Coelho reveals how a grave crisis of faith caused him to go in search of a path of spiritual renewal and growth. In order to get close to God again, he decided to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. Between March and July 2006, letting himself be guided by signs, he travelled to various continents – Europe, Africa and Asia – on a journey through time and space, through past and present, in search of himself.”

In 2010, Aleph was published in Turkey and Brazil; it topped the bestseller list in Brazil. The title will be released worldwide in September. In March, Coelho polled his blog readers for their opinion on three different covers for the English edition. (via Sarah Wendell)

‘The Alchemist’ Adapted as Graphic Novel

Paulo Coelho‘s beloved book, The Alchemist, will be released as a graphic novel next week. Derek Ruiz wrote the adaptation and Daniel Sempere drew the artwork.

Coelho commented: “It was an old dream of mine to have The Alchemist as a graphic novel. This version exceeds my expectations and is a beautiful manifestation of what I originally imagined while crafting this story.”

Coelho first published The Alchemist in his native Brazil.  HarperCollins brought the book to the English-language market in 1993. Since then, it has sold more than 40 million copies. (Via Jacket Copy)

Paulo Coelho Signs Exclusive Deal with Amazon Kindle Store

paulo23.jpgNovelist Paulo Coelho (pictured, via) has signed an exclusive contract with Amazon.com to sell Portuguese eBook editions of 17 titles in Amazon’s Kindle store worldwide.

Read more about the deal at eBookNewser. The list of exclusive titles includes “The Alchemist,” a book that holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated book in the world–available in 67 languages in over 150 countries. He joins Stephen R. Covey,the author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in signing an exclusive eBook deal with Amazon.

Here’s more from Coelho’s statement: “The great opportunity that Kindle offers to a writer is that it allows readers who are not in their country and do not have access to their local bookstores to immediately access texts in their mother tongue … Therefore, it is with great joy that I now see all my books in Portuguese, so far only available abroad in a few specialized bookstores, being just a click away from all Portuguese readers that are around the world.”

Portfolio Publisher and His Maestro

Imagine Malcolm Gladwell lecturing a group of corporate executives in the middle of a sweaty basketball game or Paulo Coelho leading a self-help seminar through a desert. Generations of speakers have used metaphors to explain business concepts–long tails, fat tails, sports, war, and card games–but Roger Nierenberg places his audience inside a small orchestra.

Yesterday this orchestra conductor and leadership guru gave a lecture about running a business with a full orchestra. Nierenberg illustrated management principles at the Portfolio imprint‘s event celebrating his upcoming book, “Maestro: A Little Story About Leading by Listening.”

GalleyCat filmed the climatic final act when twenty invitees crowded on the conductor’s podium to experience the driver’s seat of an orchestra. Afterward, we caught up with Portfolio Books founder and publisher Adrian Zackheim to find out what this title taught him about publishing.

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