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Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Seuss’

Fifty Shades of Grey Boosts Random House Earnings

Random House posted a 64 percent increase in operating profit for the first half of 2012. According to Variety, the publisher also boasted a 20 percent increase in revenue–rising to $1.2 billion.

Here’s more from the article: “The titillating [50 Shades of Grey] trilogy sold more than 30 million copies between March and June, with sales evenly divided between the trade paperback and e-book editions. The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey the first book in the trilogy, for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.”

Random House also credited the growth in eBook sales and the popularity of some of their biggest bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin  (A Song of Ice and Fire series), John Grisham (Calico Joe), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Dr. Seuss (The Lorax).

Random House Releases Dr. Seuss Drawing App

Random House Children’s Books has released a digital coloring book app from the Dr. Seuss collection.

The Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat Color & Create app features classic Dr. Suess characters like the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and Fish. With the app,  young readers can digitally color, take photos, throw digital confetti and create effects. The new activity app is currently on sale for $1.99.

Dr. Seuss apps have done well in iTunes. Digital publisher Oceanhouse Media has released a number of eBook versions of the classic kids books, many of which have ranked on iTunes top list. According to data from AppData, Oceanhouse Media’s The Cat in the Hat eBook app is currently the No. 49 top free app in the books genre and the No. 31 top free iPad app in the books genre.

Bronze Lorax Statue Stolen from Dr. Seuss’ San Diego Estate

A bronze statue of The Lorax has been stolen from the grounds of the late Dr. Seuss‘ San Diego estate. The statue reportedly weighs 300 pounds and stands three feet tall.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, Seuss’ step-daughter and the sculptor who created the art piece, wants “very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs.” Dimond-Cates made two Lorax statues; one for the San Diego estate and one for the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden (pictured).

In an interview with Reuters, San Diego police lieutenant Andra Brown revealed that the police have not yet determined whether this is a prank or a theft. The police have observed that the ”evidence at the scene suggests that the thieves rolled the statue down the hill to an adjacent property, where it was likely loaded onto a waiting vehicle.”

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Stephen Colbert Parodies Tie-Ins for The Lorax

The marketing team behind film adaptation of Dr. SeussThe Lorax have made more than 70 deals for promotional product tie-ins.

Comedian Stephen Colbert gave a sarcastic pitch (written in verse) asking for more: “I’m demanding more branding of Loraxian stuff!” The pitch included suggestions such as Lorax-themed SUV’s, oil drills and McDonald’s meals.

Follow this link for a full transcript of Colbert’s ranting rhyme and click here to watch the video. What do you think?

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Stephen Colbert Pitches Picture Book Idea to Maurice Sendak

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert interviewed Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak this week. Follow these links to watch part one and part two of the interview.

According to Shelf Awareness, Colbert “turned [to Sendak] for advice on becoming a celebrity children’s author, pitched his sequel idea for Where the Wild Things Are 2: Still Wildin’ (featuring action star Vin Diesel) and generally let the wild rumpus begin.”

During the interview, some of the “rumpus” that emerged included Sendak’s opinion on the current state of children’s literature; he finds it “abysmal” and thinks that “most books for children are very bad.”

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Karl Marx First Edition Sells for $51,739

In November, AbeBooks sold a first edition, three-volume copy of Das Kapital for a whopping $51,739. We’ve listed the top five most expensive November sales at AbeBooks below; follow this link to read the rest of the complete list.

Here’s more from the bookseller: “If he were alive today Karl Heinrich Marx would probably have something to say after learning that AbeBooks had sold a very rare copy of Das Kapital, in three volumes, for $51,739 … Marx argued that working men and women were exploited, and many of the theories explored in his writing were adopted by labor movements. Of course, the book’s biggest impact came in Russia where the Tsarist regime censored it.”

1. Das Kapital by Karl Marx – $51,739
2. Complete Set of 10 issues of Aspen Magazine – $22,915
3. Raccolta di Statue Antiche e Moderne data in luce sotto i Gloriosi Auspicj della Santità di N.S. Papa Clemente XI by De Rossi Domenico – $9,556
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss – $9,482
5. Walden: Or, Life in the Woods by Henry D. Thoreau – $7,950

The Lorax Trailer Released

The first official trailer for The Lorax has been released, an animated film where actor Danny DeVito plays the title character, The Lorax. We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

Dr. Seuss published his picture book starring the orange environmentalist in 1971. Seuss’ widow Audrey Geisel served as an executive producer on the project. The movie will hit theaters on March 2, 2012.

Here’s more from Empire: “Ted (Zac Efron), a lad with a big crush on Ashley (Taylor Swift). When she expresses a desire to see a real, live tree, Ted sets out from their heavily industrialised home to seek out the one person who might help him in his mission to track a tree down: The Once-ler (Ed Helms). But what he discovers is a tragic tale of greed over environmental care, as the Once-ler reveals how he chopped down all the trees in an effort to make himself rich via a product call Thneeds. And that’s despite the best efforts of furry tree-loving sprite The Lorax (Danny DeVito)…” (via Shelf Awareness)

Haruki Murakami Style & National Book Award Finalists: Week’s Top Publishing Stories

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from the National Book Awards to Dr. Seuss‘s take on H.P. Lovecraft to a controversial video of a one-year-old baby reading a magazine (embedded above).

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1. Free Samples of the National Book Award Finalists
2. How to Write Like Haruki Murakami
3. When to Stop Working on Your Book
4. How a Modern Baby Thinks about Reading
5. Barnes & Noble Removes 100 DC Graphic Novels
6. Dr. Seuss Versus H.P. Lovecraft
7. Morgan Spurlock Wants to Hear about Your Failed Novel
8. Christopher Hitchens Writes about Joan Didion’s New Memoir
9. Occupy Wall Street Library Catalog Online
10. Kern Type: Practice Publishing the Old Fashioned Way

Dr. Seuss Versus H.P. Lovecraft

What if Dr. Seuss had adapted H.P. Lovecraft‘s horrific masterpiece, The Call of Cthulhu? As you can see by the pages embedded above, artist DrFaustusAU has undertaken the task of creating a Seuss-ian version of the novel.

Follow this link to read all the sample pages. Below, we’ve embedded another compelling page.

Here’s more from the artist: “More Call of Cthulhu pages will be up shortly. I have returned to my mild-mannered day job this week, so I have had to momentarily turn my attention to a classroom full of screaming teenagers. Lovecraft fans truly are some of the best people in the world, and your encouragement has been awesome – so as I say, the adaptation will definitely continue.” (Via io9)

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How Advances Worked in 1984

In The Atlantic, PublicAffairs Books founder Peter Osnos wrote an essay about working as a young nonfiction editor 1984–shedding light on how advances used to work.

The article spotlighted bestselling Random House authors Dr. Seuss and James Michener: “Neither author took advances. Their revenues were so large and steady that they had a permanent drawing account and relied on the publisher and their financial advisers to see that the money was properly invested.”

When former-vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro auctioned her manuscript, it sold for $1 million; prior to auction, Osnos was told to offer $50,000. One year later, Osnos paid $1 million to publish politician Tip O’Neill’s memoir Man of the House. Now politicians and celebrities enjoy much larger advances. (via Jose Alfonso Furtado)

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