In the UK, Faber has entered in an audio co-publishing venture with Canongate (which acquired audio publisher CSA in 2010). Canongate will produce and sell audio editions of up to about a dozen Faber titles annually, the Bookseller reports. (Faber will continue to publish audio versions of their poetry books independently.) In the US, Hay House has started a blogger review program, BookNook, that is similar to Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze initiative. They aim to create “one central place for bloggers to share their thoughts and experiences about Hay House products,” providing free review copies in exchange for “an honest […]
At Kirkus Media, vp business development Meg LaBorde Kuehn has been promoted to chief operating officer, part of the company’s expansion into new lines of business, including digital marketing solutions for publishers and a growing suite of services for unpublished and self-published authors. Kuehn will report to company president Marc Winkelman and lead the business teams of Kirkus Media, including sales and marketing, technology development and author services. In addition, Casey Gannon moves up to marketing director, Perry Crowe has been named director of Kirkus Editorial (their new book editing division), and Ryan Leahey has been named indie editor, all […]
Both Hachette Book Group and Penguin have released free holiday sampler ebooks. (The metadata for each is a little strange depending upon which ebookstore you check. At Amazon, HBG‘s is sub-tagged as “Fiction > Action & Adventure.” At Barnes & Noble, Penguin‘s is listed as “age range: 12 years.”) For a mighty digital list price of 99 cents, Houghton has a Best American Sampler from across their annual series of Best American writing. And, to file under TMI from searching, apparently there is also a robust line of “samplers” of dirty pictures available via ebooks as well.
World Book Night US has announced the 30 titles they will distribute for free on April 23. Anna Quindlen has been named honorary national chairperson. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Ballantine) Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (Da Capo) Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Beacon Press) Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Tor) Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) Blood Work by Michael […]
In other Amazon news, there’s much consternation over the company’s one-day promotion to encourage people to use their mobile Price Check app. To be clear, the promotion does not apply to books–just to toys, electronics, sporting goods, music and DVDs. The offer, good for Saturday, December 10 only, provides a 5 percent discount (capped at a maximum of $5) on up to three qualifying times. Users must run the latest version of Amazon’s price checking app, and enable the geo-location feature. More broadly, however, Amazon wants to encourage shoppers to “submit” local price data to the etailer, presumably to sharpen […]
Doonesbury offers a new twist in books excerpts–and controversy–this week. The comic strip is featuring short quotes from Joe McGinniss’s forthcoming book on Sarah Palin, THE ROGUE (with a 9/20 publication date). A chief of staff says “Sarah just isn’t comfortable in the presence of dark-skinned people,” and the head of her security detail as governor says, “You know what she was? A housewife who happened to be governor.” Andrew Sullivan says at The Beast that “McGinniss sent advance copies of his devastating book on Sarah Palin to three people: me, Garry Trudeau and Rosanne Cash. Make of that what […]