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Ryan Adams Sang for Book Trailer; David Baldacci Enriched; and Bob Miller Left HarperStudio: Weekend Reading

As we head off into a sunny weekend, check out that simple, elegant book trailer for a Ryan Adams photo collection–an example of slideshow simplicity. If you want more weekend reading, here are our favorite headlines from the week.

One writer built a Choose Your Own Twitter Adventure.

Salon.com critic Laura Miller looked at the future of the book review–crisis or renaissance?

Novelist David Baldacci explained his upcoming “enriched eBook.”

Rumors about Amazon buy buttons rocked the publishing world.

The Authors Guild urged writers to take “extreme care” while negotiating eBook royalties with Random House & HarperCollins.

Bob Miller left HarperStudio to join Workman Publishing.

We introduced adventures in vanity Google Book-ing.

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Ryan Adams Photo Book Trailer: Slideshow Simplicity

Sometimes the best book trailers have the simplest production values.

Abrams Image created a the book trailer embedded above to promote Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows–a book of photographs by a band-mate of musician Ryan Adams. Instead of special effects and actors, the trailer used a simple slideshow mixed with a quiet acoustic song by Adams.

Here’s more about the book: “Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows reveals an unprecedented, intimate look at Ryan Adams and his band the Cardinals through the evocative photography of lead guitarist, Neal Casal. An intensely personal collection of 200 photographs, Casal has captured the exhilaration of the stage and studio while sometimes exposing the solitary aspects of the creative process and life on the road. With an introduction by Ryan Adams and an afterword by legendary musician Phil Lesh, this collection will be revered by fans and is the official documentation of the beloved band.” (Via IAFYAF)

Rock Star Coloring Book

Last night 300 literary indie rock fans crowded into Housing Works Bookstore Cafe to watch Elvis Perkins sing and promote “The Indie Rock Coloring Book.” GalleyCat was there, shooting that short video of Perkins’ gospel-style sing-a-long and paging through the new book.

The nostalgic publishing project features black & white activities pages inspired by rock stars Broken Social Scene, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Bon Iver. Created by the nonprofit organization, Yellow Bird Project, the profits go towards charities of the rock stars’ choice.

Housing Works will feature more rock star art events over the next month: a benefit art show with Ryan Adams and an evening of music with Salman Rushdie. Follow this link for a complete listing of upcoming events at the bookstore.

Musicians Design Book Covers for Penguin

The Guardian’s Karen McVeigh looks at another cover concept project that Penguin has launched: getting noted musicians like Ryan Adams, Beck, and Johnny Borrell to design book covers for their favorite books. Borrell, lead singer of Razorlight, has chosen F Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic THE GREAT GATSBY, customizing the cover with a betting slip scribbled on a piece of notepaper from the Westin Miyako Hotel in Kyoto, Japan. “I was running a book on the Grand National in Tokyo and I was writing out a betting slip for everyone, and decided that my bookie’s name was going to be Gatsby. So the cover of the book is a betting slip.”

Beck’s illustration, of the French novel LE GRAND MEAULNES by Alain Fournier, follows his DIY art project for his latest album, The Information. “The idea is to provide something that calls for interactivity. Cover art and all the paraphernalia that comes with albums have always been really important to me. I’m one of the people who need a visual crutch for music.” The six books, plus Aesop’s THE COMPLETE FABLES, are available from today.