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Free Samples of John Locke eBooks

Today, Amazon announced that mystery author John Locke was the first self-published author to sell one million Kindle books, joining what the retailer calls the “Kindle Million Club.”

For your reading pleasure, we’ve put together a mixtape of free samples of Locke’s work.

If you want more books, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the Hugo Award nominees, the Best Cookbooks of 2010, the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nominees, the National Book Critics Circle Award finalists, the 2011 Edgar Awards finalists, the 2011 ALA Youth Media Awards winners, the 2011 Book Critics Circle Awards finalists, the Best Translated Books longlist, the Believer Book Awards shortlist, and the Best Books of 2010.

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Michael Connelly is the Seventh Writer to Sell 1 Million Kindle eBooks

Amazon made the announcement that mystery writer Michael Connelly has sold more than one million Kindle eBooks. This makes him the seventh writer to be inducted into the “Kindle Million Club.”

Connelly (pictured, via) recently published the twenty third book in the Mickey Haller series, The Fifth Witness. He had this statement in the press release: “As a storyteller it brings me particular fulfillment to know so many readers are receiving my work through the Kindle. Added to that, my name is now on a list of an amazing group of writers. I am very proud of this moment.”

Last week, Hunger Games novelist Suzanne Collins became the first children’s author and the sixth member of the “Kindle Million Club.” The first inductee was Millennium trilogy author Stieg Larsson followed by James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, and Lee Child.

Suzanne Collins Becomes First Children’s Author To Sell 1 Million Kindle eBooks

Novelists Lee Child and Suzanne Collins joined the “Kindle Million Club” today, the fifth and sixth authors to sell more than one million eBooks through Amazon.

According to Amazon’s announcement, Collins became the first children’s author to achieve this digital feat. Other members of the club include Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Charlaine Harris.

Thriller novelist Child added this comment: ““I started writing at the same time Amazon first went live, back in 1995, and it has been a thrill to move forward together through the years and through the generations of new technology … I’m really delighted to have hit this current milestone, and I look forward to many more together.”

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Official Trailer

A leaked version of the trailer for David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo materialized on YouTube this week.

It has since been taken down (Mike Cane analyzed it shot by shot), but we’ve embedded the official trailer above–what do you think?

Read speculation about the leaked trailer’s origins here. According to Entertainment Weekly, the leaked trailer featured Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in the background. We also saw glimpses of Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

SNL’s Seth Meyers Proclaims Bills Should Be Longer Than ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Should bills contain more pages than a bestselling novel? According to SNL actor/writer Seth Meyers, the answer is “yes.”

During the White House Correspondents Dinner, Meyers doled out good humor and roastings to President Barack Obamabillionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump, media mogul Arianna Huffington, and many others. The video embedded above features Meyers’ full performance.

Meyers also called out our lawmakers by saying, “We’re not impressed when you complained about how bills are too long to read. The healthcare bill is almost two thousand pages, good. A bill that insures every person in America should be longer than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” What do you think?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: More Than 1 Million eBooks Served

Stieg Larsson‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has sold one million digital copies. Reportedly, this is the first time a single title has achieved such a feat.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Several publishers said they had individual authors, like Nora Roberts of Penguin Group USA, who has sold more than a million digital copies of all her combined books. The Millennium trilogy has sold nearly 17 million copies in the United States.”

Last year, eBookNewser reported when Larsson became the first author inducted into the “Kindle Million Club” as combined Kindle sales of all three Millennium books hit the 1 million mark. Currently, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo holds the #42 spot on the Kindle “Top 100 Paid” bestseller list.

George W. Bush Memoir Tops College Bestseller List

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, eight out of the top ten titles on college campuses are nonfiction books. Decision Points by George W. Bush topped the list.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson were the only fiction books on the list. Life by Keith Richards and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 by Mark Twain joined Bush’s memoir on the list. Humor titles by Jon Stewart and Tucker Max also made the cut.

What titles did you read while you were in college? The magazine surveyed university bookstores across the country for the list. Follow this link for the complete list of participating bookstores.

Publishing’s ‘Winner-Takes-More Market’

Is the publishing industry addicted to bestselling books?

This week’s Beyond the Book podcast from Copyright Clearance Center featured University of Cambridge Sociology professor, John B. Thompson. During the long interview, Thompson described a “winner-takes-more market” where mega-hits by Dan Brown or Stieg Larsson dominate.

Thompson explained: “[I]t’s like a drug. You become addicted to it and your business becomes focused on it because most of the large publishing houses are very much frontlist-driven houses. That is, the frontlist accounts for perhaps 60 to 70 percent of their revenues and the backlist only 30 to 40 percent of their revenues, so they have to reinvent themselves – or 60 to 70 percent of themselves – every year, and that means they have to find more big books. So it becomes like a treadmill. They become very fixed on the search for and publication of these big books.”

Vampire & Paranormal Trend Faded in 2010

USA Today released its “Top 100 Books for 2010″ list this week, a bestseller list composed of 77 percent fiction. Stieg Larsson‘s Millennium series dominated the top three spots and George W. Bush‘s Decision Points occupied fourth place.

The newspaper also noted: “Stephenie Meyer‘s popularity began to cool off. She accounted for 4% of best sellers the list tracked, down from 11% in 2009. The vampire and paranormal craze among readers isn’t dead, but it’s fading, accounting for just 9% of best sellers, down from 17% in 2009.”

The article also noted that books with movie adaptations do particularly well. It’ll be interesting to see if adaptations (like Kathryn Stockett‘s The Help) will boost sales next year.

Rooney Mara Unveils Her Look for ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Rooney MaraActress Rooney Mara, star of David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, graced the cover of W magazine’s February 2011 issue wearing her Lisbeth Salander gear. The eight-page article revealed some major changes in the upcoming film.

Here’s more from the article: “The script, which captures the novel’s bleak tone (its original Swedish title was Men Who Hate Women), was written by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, who wrote Schindler’s List, and it departs rather dramatically from the book. Blomkvist is less promiscuous, Salander is more aggressive, and, most notably, the ending—the resolution of the drama—has been completely changed.”

The article also outlined how Mara prepared for the role, training in motorcycle riding and kickboxing. While the body piercings are real, her back tattoo is temporary and features a M.C. Escher dragon.

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