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Walter Isaacson Named Keynote Speaker at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo

isaacsonw-100-sqrThe Innovators author Walter Isaacson will deliver the keynote speech at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo. Isaacson’s presentation will focus on “”Innovators, Collaborators and Change Agents of the Digital Revolution.”

More than 100 speakers will give talks throughout the event. It is set to take place from January 13th to 15th in New York City.

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Amazon Has Established a New Contract With Simon & Schuster

SimonSchusterAmazon and Simon & Schuster have established a new multi-year print and digital agreement. The previous contract was scheduled to expire in two months.

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal: “Simon & Schuster, whose recently published works include Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators and Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster, will set the consumer prices of its digital books, and Amazon will be able to discount titles in certain situations, according to one person familiar with the agreement. Simon & Schuster titles also will be well promoted on Amazon’s website, the person said.”

Many speculate that this development will put more pressure on Hachette to wrap up the ongoing dispute. Several writers have publicly spoken about the situation including Stephen Colbert, John Green, and Malcolm Gladwell. Earlier this week, economist Paul Krugman wrote New York Times article criticizing Amazon’s business practices. How do you predict this will affect the conflict between Amazon and Hachette?

Marie Lu, Walter Isaacson, & Marilynne Robinson Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

The Young ElitesWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 12, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Lila by Marilynne Robinson: “Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.” (October 2014)

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Milq Forms Partnership With Simon & Schuster

milqMilq, a company that powers a culture-sharing application and website, has launched a new content category for books. Through a new agreement, Simon & Schuster will serve as its exclusive publishing house partner.

According to the press release, the “books” feature allows users to “share audio and video around their favorite books on Milq, organizing them into collaborative, interactive playlists called Beads.” Simon & Schuster will establish two beads, “What Are You Reading?” and “Books That Changed My Life,” that will be continually updated with responses from the publisher’s writers.

Several authors are already taking part by creating beads. Steve Jobs author Walter Isaacson constructed a “Great Digital Innovations” bead with vintage footage of the video game SpaceWar! and of “The Mother of All Demos.” After novelist Anna Todd hopes fans will contribute songs to her “Soundtrack to After” bead. What do you think?

Walter Isaacson to Serve as Keynote Speaker at BEA

isaacsonw-100-sqrFamed biography writer Walter Isaacson has been named this year’s keynote speaker at the forthcoming BookExpo America (BEA) conference. The Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg will sit with Isaacson for an interview.

According to the press release, the two will discuss Isaacson’s forthcoming book, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, which is slated for release in October 2014. This event will take place on May 30th.

Walter Isaacson’s New Book is Coming in October

isaacsonSimon & Schuster will publish Walter Isaacson‘s new book The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, this October.

The latest work from the biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, explores how creativity, science and technology intersects. Here is an excerpt:

The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. It’s also a narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.”

Walter Isaacson Solicits Feedback For New Book Online

isaacsonWalter Isaacson, the biographer known for his works on Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, has released two chapters of his upcoming book online with the idea of soliciting feedback from the community. He shared the chapters on Medium.com, a tool for building collaborative stories online.

The book is called The Birth of Online, which explores the history of the Internet. “Online collaboration is why the Internet was originally built, and I’m interested in any comments or corrections readers might want to make before I publish in a year,” he explained on the post about why he decided to share his work in advance.

Isaacson told TechCrunch that he has made factual changes to the book based on the feedback he has been getting from online readers. Read more

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Gets New Paperback Cover

The paperback edition of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson comes out on September 10, 2013 with a brand new cover.

We’ve embedded the cover image above, with a Norman Seeff photograph from 1984. What do you think?

DOJ Quotes Steve Jobs Bio in Opening Statement

During its opening statement in U.S. v. Apple et al. today, the Department of Justice ran a slide show that opened with an excerpt from Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

We’ve embedded the slide in question above–do you think the Isaacson biography helps show evidence that Apple and publishers were fixing eBook prices?

You can also see the DOJ’s charts illustrating price changes once major publishers began selling digital books at the same price across different marketplaces. Below, you can see the complete DOJ slideshow as a Scribd document.

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Aaron Sorkin to Write Film Adaptation of Steve Jobs Bio

Sony Pictures Entertainment will adapt Walter Isaacson‘s bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, with The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin writing on the script.

Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal had this statement:  “Jobs’ story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time. There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing.”

Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin and Guymon Casady will produce the upcoming biopic.  Deadline Hollywood has the release.

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