Capitalizing on President Obama’s confrontation with General Stanley McChrystal, Simon & Schuster is releasing a short ebook by David McCullough called TRUMAN FIRES MACARTHUR. It’s an excerpt from his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman. The 35-page title lists for $1.99 and is supposed to be available from major ebooksellers by some time later today.
Yesterday afternoon GetGlue launched a Foursquare-inspired pop culture iOS app that encourages users to “check in” to favorite TV shows, music, movies and yes, books, and see what friends are enjoying in real-time. Publishing partners providing “exclusive stickers” as “rewards” include Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harper, Indiebound and O’Reilly (and soon Norton).
Candlewick Press and Brilliance Audio are partnering on a new audio imprint, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. Launching in August, they intend to publish over 30 audiobook editions of Candlewick titles through fall 2010.
A film version of children’s chapter book series HORRID HENRY is moving into production as a 3-D live action movie. It’s a co-production between Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment with Nick Moore directing, and release planned for 2011. Sourcebooks started publishing the series in the US last year.