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A Memory of Light Debuts at No. 1 on NYT Best Sellers List Despite Negative Campaign

A Memory of Light debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List this week, despite an online campaign to give one-star ratings to the conclusion of the epic fantasy Wheel of Time series created by the late Robert Jordan.

The digital book will not be released until April 9th. This decision generated a slew of angry one-star reviews on Amazon–most by people who had not read the book.

As of this writing, the book had 270 one-star reviews on Amazon, most of them from readers upset about the lack of a digital book. Do you think this negative campaign will influence any book buyers?

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Wheel of Time Book Trailer Played Before Hobbit Screenings

The Hobbit earned nearly $85 million in theaters this weekend, setting a new record for December box office performance.

Capitalizing on Hobbit-mania, Tor/Forge Books played a book trailer for The Wheel of Time series before The Hobbit in some theaters. A Memory of Light comes out January 8, 2013, the fourteenth and final book in Robert Jordan‘s beloved Wheel of Time series.

We’ve embedded the book trailer below…

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Brandon Sanderson: ‘My Involvement as a Writer in the Wheel of Time Has Come to an End’

In a long Google+ post, novelist Brandon Sanderson revealed that he has finished his last set of edits on A Memory of Light, the final book in The Wheel of Time series (an epic fantasy created by the late Robert Jordan).

Tor Books has set a January 2013 release for the book. Jordan died in 2007, and Sanderson used his notes to finish the series over the last five years, publishing The Gathering Storm in 2009 and Towers of Midnight in 2010.

Sanderson revealed that he will not return to The Wheel of Time universe: “I step away from being pilot of this series, and toward once again being just a fan. I will never cross back over that line—whatever else happens, I will have written three books in this series.”

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Wheel of Time Series to Conclude in January

Tor Books has set a January 8, 2013 release date for A Memory of Light, the final book in The Wheel of Time series–concluding the epic fantasy created by the late Robert Jordan.

After Jordan died in 2007, novelist Brandon Sanderson (pictured) used his notes to write the conclusion to the series, publishing The Gathering Storm in 2009 and Towers of Midnight in 2010. When the news hit the Internet this afternoon, Tor.com and Sanderson’s site both struggled to handle the rush of traffic.

Sanderson posted a frank essay about the writing process on his Facebook page: “I turned in a 360,000-word book. That’s 20% longer than what they wanted, and that means each step of editing and production will require 20% more time than they had set aside. In addition, while I’ve set my own deadlines, I’ve come right up against them and (in a few cases) tiptoed across. For example, instead of sending a revised book at the end of December, I only had a first draft. That’s the length pushing me back and making me revise expectations.”

Barnes & Noble Teams Up with Tor.com for Monthly Science Fiction & Fantasy List

Tor.com and Barnes & Noble will create a monthly list of recommendations for science fiction and fantasy readers.

Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen will curate the list. The inaugural edition will focus on the opening volumes of popular fantasy series. Some of the titles that will be spotlighted include The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.

What would you like to see on this list? Tor.com’s Irene Gallo had this statement in the announcement: “We are very excited about this new series. We’re constantly reminded of how engaged our readers are, and we can’t wait to see the conversations sparked by these knowledgeably-curated lists from our colleagues at B&N.”

Robert Jordan & Wheel of Time Get First Video Treatment

Instead of using a neutral production company, Tor Books enlisted the help of Dragonmount.com founder and Wheel of Time fan Jason Denzel to make the  book trailer for Towers of Midnight. The trailer is embedded above.

The book is the penultimate (and thirteenth!) novel in The Wheel of Time series, written by the late Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

Here’s more about the video, from the site: “Produced by the creative forces of Dragonmount.com and Mythmakers Entertainment, this video is the first-ever official video representation of Robert Jordan’s masterpiece series. The majority of the crew for this project were fans themselves … Go behind the scenes and watch the making of the trailer at Outta This World.”

Five New Books Break the College Bestseller List

the_lost_symbol-1.jpgThe Chronicle of Higher Education just released their top ten college bestsellers list, and five new books have grabbed spots on the reading lists of a coveted demographic. Nevertheless, Dan Brown held his coveted spot at the top of the list with “The Lost Symbol.”

The five new books are: Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, Precious by Sapphire; What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell; and The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

Here’s more about the list, drawn from a long list of college bookstores around the country: “Reports, which include data provided by Barnes & Noble and the Follett Higher Education Group, are for sales of hardcover and paperback trade books in November.” (Via Ron Charles)