Brace yourselves, Dads of America!
As someone who grew up stuffing Harry Potter books into my eye-holes overnight to avoid anyone spoiling the ending, I (and many other members of my nerdy generation) am no stranger to pressure-filled speed reading. That being said, I don't know if I could handle the stress of James Patterson's upcoming thriller Private Vegas.Read More
She says, "casually."
Here's some exciting news to help take the edge off a bleak winter morning: Neil Gaiman's recently announced short story collection Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances will be released in hardcover and ebook on February 3rd! That's a mere twenty-six days and eleven-ish hours from now! I can just hibernate until then!Read More
The f*** yeah in our stars.
If you still don't think Young Adult fiction should be taken seriously by anyone not in the nebulous intended age range, perhaps you'll allow a butt-ton of money to convince you otherwise? Forbes has released its annual list of the world's top-earning authors, and it's not hard to understand where John Green get his last name from--dude is rolling in it.Read More
And Clara might actually be interesting in this story!
Oh, sure, Matt Smith has left Doctor Who, but that doesn't mean Eleven's story is over. He continues in the latest BBC Books Doctor Who "Time Trips" novel Into Nowhere by Jenny T. Colgan, and he's paired up with Clara, The Impossible Girl for one more story if the Christmas Special left you wanting.Read More
Petition to make "George R.R. Martin" an official euphemism for something.
If you're not a regular in the comments section of Gawker Media, then you might have missed this amazing gem of a story from an io9 thread last Thursday -- according to user Teshara, an error in the ebook copy of A Feast For Crows causes the author's name and book title to appear in throughout the book's texts in the most hilarious places possible.Read More
Point of fact: You don't actually have to be a man to eat these.
If you're not familiar with The Art of Manliness blog, you probably should be. It covers things like how to dress and groom oneself, "Manly Skills", and building better relationships. Oh, also sandwiches. They declared April the "Month of Sandwiches" and they've compiled all 500 submitted recipes into a free eBook you can go get right now.Read More
America's biggest bookstore chain needs a helping hand developing and building its next foray into the eReader market.
Hey, do you want to help Barnes & Noble make a color tablet that's mostly an e-reader, but also some other things? Because someone is going to have to. America's biggest book retailer is looking for a hand developing their next generation of Nook tablets, which will no longer be an in-house project going forward, the company announced today. By seeking manufacturing partners, the bookstore chain is hoping to stem its losses on the readers which have seen associated revenues drop over a third in the past year.Read More
The Resurrectionist is part art book and part novel, but both parts are meticulously detailed, dark, and beautiful. It tells the story of the fictional work of Dr. Spencer Black whose field of study could best be described as Darwin meets Frankenstein. It's publisher Quirk Books asked us to give you an exclusive first look at the book's trailer.Read More
[Update] The original article said the book was being published April 2nd, but my source at BBC Books is now saying it will be available on April 4th. It is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Summer Falls, a book being read by a character in last night's Doctor Who episode "The Bells of Saint John" is being published as an eBook on Thursday, April 4th. It's being put out by BBC Books, and it could be more than just a fun merchandising tie-in. Here's what I think it could be:Read More
Digital rights management, often referred to as simply DRM, is the all-encompassing term used for just about anything that's meant to combat online piracy. Part of the greater DRM schema is the current business model that most digital distribution sales actually only license out their content. This can lead to some odd situations. For example, Amazon recently wiped a woman's Kindle and closed her account, because the company had determined her account was "directly related" to an account that had been closed by the online retailer before. When asked to clarify, Amazon merely reiterated their stance.Read More
Having tragically passed away in May of 2001, Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy fame never really got to see eBooks blow up the way they have in past years. That said, he totally knew they were going to. The man did think up the Hitchhiker's Guide, after all. Back in 1993, Adams recorded some audio, chronicling the history of the book and its imminent leap into the digital, and as part of a competition, U.K. designer and illustrator Gavin Edwards came up with some impressive video for the audio. Check it out.Read More
A month ago, Apple and five other publishers were warned that the U.S. Department of Justice was seeking a case for collusion and price fixing regarding eBook prices. Now, it would seem those warnings weren't full of hot air, as the Department of Justice has officially filed a lawsuit against Apple, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin, claiming that these publishers colluded to fix eBook prices. Word on the people familiar with the matter street says Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and HarperCollins already settled their suits, but Apple and Macmillan have refused to engage in talks, and deny that they have participated in an collusion to fix eBook prices.Read More
According to a report on The Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice has taken notice of eBook publishing and pricing. Federal prosecutors have sent letters to Apple, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Macmillan, and HarperCollins, stating that the Department of Justice is seeking a case for collusion and price-fixing. Aside from potentially reading about a possibly long legal battle, what consumers could expect from this is, intriguingly, lower eBook prices.Read More
For how humongous and detailed the worlds in Elder Scrolls games tend to be, it is continually impressive that the huge, detailed worlds are filled with many long, detailed books. Elder Scrolls players tend to become obsessed with the books, collecting them and arranging them on the bookshelves in their in-game housing, to the point where users have madd mods for past iterations of the franchise installments that make the book-arranging an easier process. The problem, though, with the long, detailed in-game books are that they're long and detailed, and we have a world to explore and quests to complete. Now, however, capane.us has compiled all of the in-game Skyrim books and made them available for you to read on the go, in both Kindle and Nook formats.Read More
As you are doubtless aware, Amazon has been making a big push into the digital distribution of books. They've got several varieties of Kindles designed for the purpose and a terrific platform from which to do so, the main problem so far has really been reluctant publishers. It seems that Amazon has found a potential way around that, however; hire the authors yourself. Traditional publishers have been scared of eBooks pretty much from the start since their easy distribution undermines the problem publishing houses were made to solve. With Amazon's push to allow for Netflix-style book rental, most big publishers backed off even further, prompting Amazon to try and lure, coerce, or force them into cooperation. That hasn't worked so well, so Amazon is throwing down the gauntlet and publishing 122 books this fall, in physical and eBook form.Read More
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is currently talking with a variety of book publishers in hopes of launching an eBook rental service in the same vein as Netflix. While book renting has been around as long as libraries have been, the prevalence of eBooks could, and probably will, permanently change the book rental landscape.
Considering the amount of control publishers have historically had over the publication and distribution of the books in their stables, it's understandable that they might not be willing to surrender control to Amazon. It doesn't help that Amazon is looking to distrubute eBooks of all things, a product many publishing companies are still wary of. As such, it's reported that Amazon is prepared to offer publishers a sizable chunk of change if they agree to get involved in the program.Read More
It goes without saying that the world of "print" media is being turned upside-down right now. That being said, print media is only one aspect of visual media, which has been important from the days of crude cave drawings up until now, the days of crude MS Paint drawings. Still, visual media always has been, and always will be important, which is presumably why Business Insider created this lovely little infographic detailing the history of visual communication in all its forms. Click below for the full infographic and obligatory references to Gutenberg, the Bible, the Communist Manifesto and everyone's favorite book by Ayn Rand.Read More
The very fact that "print books" is now a phrase that people understand -- even one decade ago, would anyone have expected a book to be something other than print? -- is testament to the remarkable explosion in ebook sales over the last few years. Now, Amazon, which rolled out its first-generation Kindle in November of 2007, less than four years ago, says that Kindle books are now consistently outselling hardcover and paperback books combined. Amazon:
“Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books. We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly – we’ve been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com. “In addition, we’re excited by the response to Kindle with Special Offers for only $114, which has quickly become the bestselling member of the Kindle family. We continue to receive positive comments from customers on the low $114 price and the money-saving special offers. We’re grateful to our customers for continuing to make Kindle the bestselling e-reader in the world and the Kindle Store the most popular e-bookstore in the world.”Between Amazon's disruptive success and that of Netflix, which similarly upended its DVD-by-mail service with its popular streaming offerings, it really feels like we are, as Louis C.K. says, living in the future. (via BGR) Read More