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1. Publishing Jobs: ABRAMS, HarperCollins, Rowman & Littlefield

This week, ABRAMS is hiring a publicist for its adult imprint, while HarperCollins is seeking a marketing coordinator. Rowman & Littlefield needs a publicist, and Bauman Rare Books is on the hunt for a rare bookseller. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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2. Simon & Schuster Forms Distribution Partnership With Regan Arts

Simon & Schuster has formed a sales and distribution partnership with Judith Regan’s new imprint Regan Arts, a new division of Phaidon.

Under the terms of the agreement, Simon & Schuster will take care of the world-wide sales and distribution for Regan Arts titles in both print and electronic media. Regan Arts spent the spring hiring staff and working on new titles and is gearing up to launch its first books this fall.

“We are delighted to welcome Regan Arts and its authors to Simon & Schuster,” stated Steve Black, Vice President, Client Services for Simon & Schuster.  ”Our sales and distribution infrastructure are poised to provide them with the best possible service and help them to reach the widest possible audience.  We look forward to a very productive partnership.”

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3. Liberio Lets You Make an eBook From Google Drive

Want to make an eBook based on files in your Google Drive? A new eBook conversion tool called Liberio has hit the market that lets you do just that.

The platform, which is free with a Google account, allows you to turn any text-based document into an ePUB file directly from Google Drive.  The tool will keep your text format, fonts and images as they are in the Google file. There is even a tool to design your own cover or use a template cover.

Check it out: “We want to make the publishing of eBooks easy for everyone.No matter if you are a teacher, student, designer, artist,engineer or tinkerer, creating and publishing your own booksis now only a push of a button away.”

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4. Judge Not Satisfied With Apple eBook Settlement

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is not satisfied with the settlement that requires Apple to pay $450 million to  put an end to the eBook price fixing case.

Reuters has the scoop: “…she found ‘most troubling’ a clause requiring Apple to pay only $70 million if an appeals court reversed her finding that the company is liable for antitrust violations and sent it back to her for further proceedings.”

Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. The company agreed to the settlement to avoid a trial after losing a number of appeals.

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5. Anti-Porn Group Calls ’50 Shades of Grey’ Film Deceiving

Morality in Media, a anti-porn watchdog, has launched a campaign against the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. The film’s trailer was released yesterday and the criticism comes in response to the release.

The organization claims that the film “deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.”

Here is more from the organization’s statement: “A warning to the women lining up to see this film: There is nothing empowering about whips and chains or humiliation and torture. Women as a group will not gain power by collaborating with violent men. Women would be serving only as an agent to further their own sexual degradation, handing themselves on a silver platter to exactly the sort of men who want to use and abuse them, and take away their power.”

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6. Arianna Huffington: ‘In writing as in life, don’t be afraid to take risks and experiment.’

Back in 2013, The Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington delivered a commencement address at Smith College. This act inspired her to write a book on looking beyond the acquisition of money and power to Thrive. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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7. Amazon Net Sales Up 23% in Q2

Amazon’s net sales reached $19.34 billion in the second quarter of 2014, up 23 percent from  $15.70 billion which the company reported in the second quarter of 2013.

The company also repaired that its operating loss was $15 million during Q2, as compared to an operating income of $79 million in Q2 2013. In addition, Amazon’s net loss was $126 million in the second quarter as compared with a net loss of $7 million in Q2 2013.

Here is more from the financial release: “Operating cash flow increased 18% to $5.33 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.53 billion for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013. Free cash flow increased to $1.04 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $265 million for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2013, includes cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4 billion.”

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8. ScreenJunkies Creates an ‘Honest Trailer’ For ‘Divergent’

Have you ever confused two dystopian stories with one another?

The team behind the ScreenJunkies YouTube channel created a hilarious “Honest Trailer” for the first installment of the Divergent film franchise.

Th video embedded above includes mentions of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, and The Spectacular Now. (via Entertainment Weekly)

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9. Stephen Colbert Interviews Hachette Author Edan Lepucki

As part of his battle with Amazon, Stephen Colbert has been promoting the book California by first time novelist Edan Lepucki.

His goal was to help Lepucki land on The New York Times bestsellers list – a rare occurrence for a first time novel – even though the book was not available for sale on Amazon due to fierce negotiations with her publisher Hachette. The push worked and the title has landed the third spot on the list, despite not being available through the nation’s largest online book site.

To celebrate the success, Lepucki was on The Colbert Show last night to discuss her success. On the show, she recommended the debut novel Sweetness No. 9 by Stephan Eirik Clark, another Hachette book that is currently not available on Amazon. We’ve embedded the clip above for you to enjoy.

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10. Jack White is Getting Into the Book Business

White Stripes frontman Jack White has launched a book publishing company called Third Man Books.

The imprint launches with a poetry collection entitled Language Lessons, co-edited by Chet Weise and Ben Swank of Third Man Records, White’s record label. Poets that contributed work to the collection include: Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright and Adrian Matejka. The title consists of a book, 5 broadsides of poems intended for framing, along with two vinyl records. The records feature musical recordings by artists including: William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Ken Vandermark and Sampson Starkweather.

According to the publisher’s website: “Third Man Books, Like Language Lessons, will be fearless, imaginative, and eclectic. We hope to be a welcome addition to what is already a very compelling and thrilling independent American literary landscape.”

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11. Scholastic’s Revenue Grew 2% in 2014, 8% in Q4

Scholastic’s total revenues for fiscal 2014 reached $1.82 billion, representing a 2 percent increase from $1.79 billion in 2013. The company also revealed that its fourth quarter revenues for the year were $549.3 million, up 8 percent from the $506.9 million in revenue that the company brought in during the fourth quarter of 2013.

The company also revealed that its Book Clubs revenue rose 12 percent during 2014 and that its  education technology sales grew by 9 percent during the year.

The publisher expects their momentum to continue into 2015. Here is more from the press release:

In fiscal 2015, Scholastic expects revenue growth and enhanced profitability across the majority of its businesses and channels.  In its children’s book businesses, the Company’s outlook reflects expectations for continued growth in its re-positioned book clubs and increased revenue per fair in its book fairs unit.  Scholastic also expects the recent success of Minecraft to continue, with two additional titles and a boxed set scheduled for release later this year, as well as new titles in many of its bestselling series, like Captain Underpants and Star Wars: Jedi Academy.

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12. Oyster Now Available on Web & Mobile Browsers

eBook subscription service Oyster has expanded beyond apps and is now also available on the web and mobile browsers.

The news comes a week after Amazon revealed that it was getting into the eBook subscription business, steep competition for Oyster who so far has been leading the way in the Netflix-for-books business. According to Oyster, June was the company’s biggest month during which its total subscriber base grew by 35 percent. The company also revealed that there are more than 3 million pages read on Oyster a day.

The new platform will help make it more accessible to readers that do not have smartphones or tablets to read on.
“Knowing that about a third of ebook readers regularly read on the web, we’ve had our sights set on this launch for some time,” explained Eric Stromberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Oyster, in a statement. “This marks an important next step on our mission to provide the best product on as many devices as possible.”

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13. International Best-Selling Author Paul McKenna on His Writing Process

Paul McKenna, the hypnotist and self-help guru from the UK, has a gift for writing best-selling nonfiction books. After an early career in radio, McKenna transitioned to TV and then to publishing. He’s written 16 nonfiction books, with provocative titles like I Can Make You Thin, which happens to be the best-selling self-help book in UK history.

In our latest So What Do You Do column, McKenna talks about the way he revolutionized nonfiction books (by putting a CD in the back, with a hypnotic trance on it) and why he’s not interested in writing an intellectual tome:

When I’m writing a book, I imagine I’m holding a copy of the book, and I start to flick through it and I get a sense of the emotional tone, or I get a sense of the pace of the book, whether it’s short chapters or long ones. The other thing I do is imagine the [reader] is sitting in front of me, and I think, ‘What do I need to tell them to help them get better?’ My readers need enough science to tell them that what they’re about to do is safe and has been practiced on other people and is a worthwhile process and then I walk them through it. And I’m not interested in writing intellectual books for other intellectuals to read. I’m interested in helping as many people as I can, in as easy and painless a way as possible.

For more from McKenna, including how he got his very first book published, read: So What Do You Do, Paul McKenna, Best-Selling Author, Hypnotist and Host of Hulu’s McKenna?

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14. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Trailer Revealed

Focus Features has released the trailer for the film adaptation of E.L. James’s bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey film. The stars of the erotica film Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were on TODAY this morning to premiere the trailer. We’ve embedded the trailer above for you to check out.

The film is slated to come out on Valentine’s Day 2015 and it features a new recording of Beyoncé’s hit track Crazy In Love.

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15. S.C.Stephens Lands 3-Book Deal With Forever

S.C. Stephens (pictured, via), a bestselling self-published author, has landed a three-book deal with Forever, an imprint at Grand Central Publishing.

Beth de Guzman, vice president of digital and paperbacks, negotiated the deal with Kristyn Keene, an ICM agent. Megha Parekh, an associate editor, will edit the manuscript.

Here’s more from the press release: “Stephens’s first book for Forever, Thoughtful, is a retelling of the events in Thoughtless from the point of view of Kellan Kyle, the book’s hero. It will be published in simultaneous print and eBook editions in February 2015 with a second book following in the Fall of 2015. The third book is scheduled for the Spring of 2016.”

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16. The Weinstein Company Reveals Trailer For ‘The Imitation Game’

The Weinstein Company has unveiled an official trailer for The Imitation GameThis film adaptation is based on Andrew Hodges’ biography Alan Turing: The Enigma.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of star actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous logician and computer scientist. Novelist Graham Moore penned the script.

According to Deadline, the story “centers on Turing and his team’s race against time to break the Enigma code at Britain’s top-secret Bletchley Park facility.” This movie will hit theaters on November 21, 2014.

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17. 7.5% of Book Buyers Are Buying Less From Amazon Due to Hachette Dispute

Amazon’s dispute with Hachette is causing about 7.5 percent of book buyers to buy less from the online retail giant and 1.4 percent of book buyers are buying more, according to figures based on research from Peter Hildick-Smith of the Codex Group.

The research, which includes feedback from about 5,300 buyers, found that slightly more than 39 percent of respondents reported that they are aware of the dispute and among those book buyers. Nineteen percent of these consumers reported buying less books from Amazon, while 4.4 percent of these consumers revealed that they are buying more from the books from the Seattle-based bookseller.

Forbes has more: “The Codex group also found out where those book buyers were going. About half the shifted buying went to Barnes & Noble, independent bookshops, barnesandnoble.com (the online store for Barnes & Noble), used bookshops and Costco, in that order.: (Via Forbes).

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18. Grove Atlantic Acquires Book of Mormon Producer’s Self-Published Book

Grove Atlantic has acquired Kevin Morris’ collection of stories White Man’s Problems, along with a novel that Morris is currently working on.

The Book of Mormon co-producer self-published White Man’s Problems on Amazon earlier this year. The book includes nine short stories, each one about a different man ”whose outward success masks inner turmoil that complicates their lives and often baffles those around them.”

Morgan Entrekin, publisher and CEO of Grove Atlantic, met Morris at a book party for Morris’ debut title thrown by mutual friends in New York City earlier this summer. Entrekin took a copy of the book and was impressed with what he read, so he took Morris to lunch which led to a two-book deal. ”I think this is the first time we have acquired a self-published book,” stated Entrekin.

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19. Bring Your International Stories on Motherhood to Brain, Child Magazine

Brain, Child isn’t your typical parenting magazine. In it, you won’t find the top 10 summer activities for kids or a recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies. Instead, the literary magazine focuses on the issues of women and motherhood with perspectives that are parent focused rather than child-centric.

Every section of the mag is open to freelancers and, in particular, author and editor-in-chief Marcelle Soviero encourages international writers to pitch stories on parenting to offer a more unique perspective. As the magazine is comprised of up to 70 percent freelance content, Soviero, a former freelancer herself, considers writers the magazine’s “lifeblood.” She adds:

We’ve published well-known authors but also new authors. I’ve been that new author. I know what that’s like, and I always appreciated when magazines would take a chance on me. I like to do that for people, as well, as long as the work is excellent and meets our criteria.

For more information on what Brain, Child editors are looking for, read: How to Pitch: Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

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20. ALA Files Comments Supporting Net Neutrality

The American Library Association (ALA) is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt network neutrality rules necessary in order to support the mission of libraries.

“Network neutrality strikes at the heart of library core values of intellectual freedom and equitable access to information,” stated Courtney Young, president of the ALA. “We are extremely concerned that broadband Internet access providers currently have the opportunity and financial incentive to degrade Internet service or discriminate against certain content, services and applications.”

 

The ALA has joined with 10 other national higher education and library organizations to file joint public comments with the FCC, as part of the government agency’s public comment period on the debate. The period to comment ended on Friday, and the FCC reported receiving more than a million comments. (more…)

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21. Fight Club Sequel Coming as Graphic Novel Next Year

Dark Horse Comics and Chuck Palahniuk are teaming up to produce a graphic novel sequel to Palahniuk’s classic novel Fight Club.

Palahniuk revealed the news last week while he was speaking at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The book is slated for publication next year. Palahniuk told the fan site Chuckpalahniuk.net more details about the story. Check it out:

Chelsea Cain has been introducing me to artists and creators from Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, and they’re walking me through the process.  It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden.   Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back.  Jack is oblivious.  Marla is bored.  Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom.  It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.

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22. Author Thomas Berger Has Died

American novelist Thomas Berger has died. He was 89 years old.

The New York Times has more details: “His agent, Cristina Concepcion, said she learned of his death, at Nyack Hospital, on Monday. Mr. Berger lived in Grand View, a village in Rockland County, N.Y., where he had remained fiercely protective of his privacy.”

Berger was the author of twenty-three novels which also included: Best Friends; Meeting Evil; Adventures of the Artificial Woman and The Feud, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 1983. He was best known for the book Little Big Man, which was adapted into a film starring Dustin Hoffman in 1970. The novel explores Western mythology through the eyes of 121-year-old white man that was raised by Native Americans.

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23. Wattpad Expands Creative Commons Options Enabling Fan Fiction

Digital writing community Wattpad is making it easier for writers to make their work available to be the basis of fan fiction. The social network has expanded its Creative Commons licensing option to level 4.0, which essentially means that they are giving writers more options to rework and remix the work of other writers.

Writers can participate by tagging their stories with the CC 4.0 licensing option, making their stories searchable to site visitors looking for work to expand upon. Wattpad has more than 300,000 stories which include this distinction. Sci-fi author Cory Doctorow has shared five works on Wattpad under these licenses, including Homeland and Little Brother. To help promote the launch of CC 4.0, he has made his first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom available for other writers to rework on Wattpad.

“The biggest question facing new writers today isn’t how to protect their work; it’s how to find a readership for it,” stated Doctorow. “It makes complete sense that so many Wattpad writers are gravitating toward Creative Commons licenses: by giving others permission to share your writing, you can open doors to new audiences and new creative opportunities.”

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24. Would You Ever Eat Like One of ‘The Boxtrolls’?

Would you ever eat like one of The Boxtrolls?

In celebration of the forthcoming film adaptation, Cinema Blend will host an insect tasting during this weekend’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. Attendees will enjoy edible bug dishes prepared by Chef David George Gordon.

This food truck event will take place at Petco Park on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th. The movie, based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!, will be released on Friday, September 26th. Follow this link to view the official trailer.

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25. Half Price Books Hosts Shelfie Contest

Half Price Books is currently running the #MeMyShelfandI photo contest.

Bibliophiles are being asked to “show off” their bookshelf “with or without self-portrait” which may feature books, music, movies, or other collectible items. The contest will run from July 21, 2014 to August 04, 2014.

From there, entrants should submit their #shelfies on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For Facebook, the pictures should be posted “directly to the Half Price Books wall using the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within the photo caption.” For Twitter and Instagram, contestants “must mention @HalfPriceBooks and use the hashtag #MeMyShelfandI within a photo caption.” Follow this link to learn more details about this contest.

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