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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Costco Drops Then Restocks Controversial Book

America_NoShadow-270x415Discount retailer Costco has restocked copies of the controversial anti-Obama book America: Imagine a World Without Her by Dinesh D’Souza, after abundant backlash from conservative news pundits for removing the book from its shelves. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the company removed the book because of poor sales.

In an interview with Sean Hannity, D’Souza called the move “bizarre” pointing out that the book came out only three weeks ago.  ”About a week ago, it surpassed Hillary’s book on Amazon. It’s actually currently number one on the Amazon best-seller list,” he told the Fox News anchor. “So the sales of the book have been strong. And then, of course, a few days ago, my movie opened in 1,100 theaters around the country.”

Costco defended its decision in a statement: “Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited.  We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can’t carry every title that our members are interested in reading.  We are constantly monitoring book sales and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.” Read more

Paul Whitlatch to Join Hachette as Senior Editor

28af7b3Paul Whitlatch is leaving Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint to join the Hachette Books as Senior Editor later this month. He will be reporting to Hachetter Publisher Mauro DiPreta.

The editor has worked with a number of  bestselling authors including: actor James Franco, Harvard education expert Tony Wagner, novelist David Goodwillie and former CIA attorney John Rizzo. Here is more about his latest work from the press release: “His recent projects include Enough, a book on gun violence by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly; Consumed, the debut novel by film director David Cronenberg; and MIT scientist David Rose’s Enchanted Objects, a book about the future of technology.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Whitlatch spent six years at Scribner as an editor. Prior to that he was an editorial assistant at W.W. Norton & Company. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University, as well as a moderator at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2011, Whitlatch was a Frankfurt Fellow and in 2013 he was named a Visiting International Publisher by the Australian Council for the Arts. He will begin his new post will join Hachette July 21st.

‘Where I Belong’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

whereibelongcoverWhere I Belong (Alabama Summer Book 1) by J. Daniels leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

Amazon Makes Author-Friendly Offer to Hachette

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Amazon has made a controversial new offer to Hachette in its ongoing battle with the publisher. The retailer says that it will restock Hachette’s books and pay writers all revenues from the digital sales of their books.

However, there is a catch for the publisher. The Washington Post has the scoop:

“If Hachette agrees, for as long as this dispute lasts, Hachette authors would get 100 percent of the sales price of every Hachette e-book we sell,” Amazon said in a letter sent to authors and literary agents. “Both Amazon and Hachette would forego all revenue and profit from the sale of every e-book until an agreement is reached.”

Hachette has not agreed to this offer. The author-friendly proposal comes after Amazon has faced a huge backlash from authors and readers, including the “I Didn’t Buy It on Amazon” campaign launched by Hachette author Stephen Colbert.

Madeline Exhibit Opens in NY

madelineThe New York Historical Society’s Madeline-inspired art exhibition opened up last weekend, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the first book’s publication.

The “Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans” show celebrates the artwork of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic children’s book series. The show boasts more than 90 original art pieces including illustrations from the Madeline series, as well as Bemelmans’ drawings of the old Ritz Hotel in New York and panels from the Onassis yacht.

UnBeige has more about the show and how Bemelman got into publishing: “After a Viking editor suggested he create children’s books, Bemelmans obliged. As for the Madeline character, ‘She’s a little bit of me, my mother, my wife and [daughter], Barbara. She’s a concoction of people,’ Bemelmans once said. He created the French schoolgirl while at Pete’s Tavern in Gramercy Park, and it gave him great comfort. ‘For me, Madeline is therapy in the dark hours.’”

The show is up through October 19th.

 

‘Unbroken’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List This Week

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 7/7/14. Invisible by David Ellis & James Patterson and The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling also made the list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

London is Peppered With Book-Inspired Benches

bookbenchesHow to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll are among books that have been given a new life in London this summer. The National Literacy Trust in Britain has developed a public art project that commemorates 50 books in an new and innovative way: as public benches.

The project is called Books about Town. Artists have been asked to adapt famous books into benches which have been placed throughout the city. The “BookBenches” project is designed to encourage reading. Readers can find four different literary maps of these sculptures online and use them to guide their literary treasure hunts. The routes include: Greenwich Trail, Bloomsbury Trail, City Trail and Riverside Trail.

The exhibition is up through September 15th.

HarperCollins’ New Website Design Focuses on E-Commerce

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers has redesigned its website with new capabilities that make it easier for readers to buy books directly from the publisher, in a move to have a more direct relationship with its customers.

The site allows bookworms to purchase print, eBook and audiobook titles directly from the publisher. The update also includes new author tools which will make it easier for writers to embed the HarperCollins shopping cart on their own websites, giving authors an alternative to adding Amazon buttons. “We are excited to be able to offer an e-commerce solution to our authors, ensuring their books are always available to their fans,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins. “As a publisher, we want to offer as many paths to the consumer as possible.”

The redesign also brings with it enhanced search and navigation, and a new design which includes more promo options such as author videos, sample chapters, audiobook excerpts and a daily deals email newsletter.

Harry Potter Reconnects With Old Pals to Watch the World Cup in New JK Rowling Piece

harrypotter304JK Rowling has published a new piece starring Harry Potter for the Harry Potter fan site Pottermore.com.

In the 1,500 word piece, which is called Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final, reads as a gossip column written by the Daily Prophet’s Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter. In the piece, Harry hangs out with his old friends to watch the final of the Quidditch World Cup 2014.

Here is an excerpt: “The Potter family and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army have been given accommodation in the VIP section of the campsite, which is protected by heavy charms and patrolled by Security Warlocks. Their presence has ensured large crowds along the cordoned area, all hoping for a glimpse of their heroes. At 3pm today they got their wish when, to the accompaniment of loud screams, Potter took his young sons James and Albus to visit the players’ compound, where he introduced them to Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum.”

Average UK Author Salary Down 29% From 2005

ALCSThe average salary for an author in the UK dropped 29 percent to £11,000 a year  in 2013 from 2005, according to a new study from the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) done in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London.

In fact, according to the “What Are Words Worth Now?” study, the majority of authors are finding it difficult to make a living from writing. In 2013, only 11.5 percent of professional authors reported earning their income just from writing. Back in 2005, 40 percent of authors reported living off of writing alone.

Here is more from the ALCS blog: “In contrast to the sharp decline in earnings of professional authors, the wealth generated by the UK creative industries is on the increase. Statistics produced by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in 2014 show that the creative industries are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy (over £8 million per hour) and the UK is reported as having “the largest creative sector of the European Union”, and being “the most successful exporter of cultural good and services in the world”, according to UNESCO.” (Via The Guardian).

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