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Netflix acquires comic book publisher Millarworld

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:51
Netflix has acquired Millarworld, the comic book publisher founded by Mark Millar, creator of such characters and stories as Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Old Man Logan. This marks the first acquisition by Netflix, which described the deal as "a natural progression in the company's effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, interwoven fictional worlds."

Candlewick Press to start publishing Walker Books in USA

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:49
Twenty-five years ago, when Walker U.K. opened a U.S. branch, rather than continue to sell rights to U.S. publishers, it was forced to take a different name on this side of the pond. The name "Walker" was already in use, and Candlewick Press was born. Now Candlewick is poised to begin publishing in the U.S. for the first time under the Walker name.

In fall 2018, Candlewick will introduce its inaugural Walker Books U.S. list. The announcement follows Candlewick's recent purchase of the Walker trademark from Bloomsbury...

Jack Rabinovitch, founder of Canada's Giller Prize, dies aged 87

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:47
Jack Rabinovitch, 87, founder of Canada's Giller Prize, died on Sunday. Rabinovitch, who worked in commercial real estate, founded the prize in 1994 to honor his second wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.

J.K. Rowling returns to the top of the highest paid author list after nearly a decade

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:56
J.K. Rowling has returned to the top of Forbes magazine's Highest-Paid Authors list for the first time in nearly a decade, displacing James Patterson. The top 11 writers sold nearly 30 million volumes in the U.S. over the past 12 months, logging $312.5 million in pretax income."

YA Author Laura Moser Running for Congress

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:54
Young Adult author Laura Moser plans to challenge Republican incumbent Congressman John Culberson for District 7 (Houston, TX) in the 2018 election.

A journalist and a writer, Moser is the co-author (with Lauren Mechling) of the 10th Grade Social Climber novels. She is also the founder of the activist network Daily Action.

Educational publisher Pearson cutting another 3000 jobs

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:59
Although sales and earnings for the first half of 2017 were up over the comparable period in 2016, Pearson laid out its plans to cut another 3,000 jobs from its educational publishing workforce. In May the publisher, which has already eliminated about 3,000 positions, said it was developing a plan to save 300 million pounds over the next three years. As revealed today, the heart of that plan is cutting 3,000 jobs.

Coloring book sales decline

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 22:30
In late 2015, the adult coloring book trend was the hottest thing in publishing. In 2014, 1 million coloring books were sold; in 2015, 12 million were sold. But in 2016 sales began to sag. This March, Barnes & Noble reported that its store sales had fallen 8.3 percent over the holiday quarter and blamed the decline, in part, on decreasing coloring book sales.

Legendary editor who rescued Anne Frank?s "The Diary of a Young Girl" from a reject pile and launched Julia Child has died

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 05:00
Judith Jones, the legendary editor who rescued Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" from a publisher's reject pile and later introduced readers to the likes of Julia Child and a host of other influential cookbook authors, died Aug. 2 at her summer home in Walden, Vt. She was 93.

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, is dead at 73

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:59
Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73.

Second quarter Amazon sales up 25%, income down 77%

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 05:00
In the second quarter ended June 30, net sales at Amazon rose 24.8%, to $38 billion, while net income fell 77%, to $179 million.

As the Wall Street Journal put it, "Amazon's ever-increasing clout is accompanied by a new phase of heightened investment, after several quarters of spending discipline. The retailer is plowing profits back into product development, warehouse building and delivery infrastructure, as well as overseas expansion and video content. Amazon, which keeps promising ever shorter delivery times, is under pressure to contain shipping costs, which rose 36% to $4.57 billion in the second quarter from a year earlier."

Legendary book critic Michiko Kakutani to leave The New York Times

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 05:00
Michiko Katkutani, one of the most formidable book critics in the history of The New York Times, is leaving her post as chief book critic at The Times. A replacement has not been announced but the odds are on Parul Sehgal (currently a senior editor and columnist at the New York Times Book Review) who is joining the paper's team of daily critics.

Katkutani joined The Times in 1979 as a reporter, and switched to criticism in 1983. In addition to her well respected book reviews, she has written extensively on other topics including the Iraq War and 9/11.

Kakutani is taking advantage of a voluntary buyout option recently implemented by The Times with the intention of freeing up budget for up to 100 additional reporters. Kakutani is the most high-profile employee so far to do so.

Build a Black literature library of your very own one month at a time

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 05:00
Call Number is a library-inspired monthly book subscription box that celebrates Black literature and authors. Started by Jamillah Gabriel to mesh her two great loves—Black literature and libraries—Call Number is built out of the desire to share the books she loves. Fiction and nonfiction monthly subscriptions are available starting at $20. An excellent choice both for individual readers and smaller libraries looking to build up their collection of Black literature.

Women's National Book Association awards Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library #books #news

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23
As a part of the celebration of its centennial this year, the Women's National Book Association has awarded the WNBA Second Century Prize to the Little Free Library. The award, which carries a $5,000 grant, honors "an organization that supports the power of reading, past, present, and into the future,"

The Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes reading for all ages, but especially children, by building free book exchanges.

Founded in 2009 in Hudson, Wis., by Todd Bol to honor his mother, a schoolteacher, the Little Free Library promotes the building of free book exchanges. There are now more than 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide, in all 50 states and 70 countries.

after eight years there are more than 50,000 libraries in more than 70 countries, where millions of books are exchanged every year.

British Library will publish two new Harry Potter books in October

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 05:00
The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published by Bloomsbury in the UK (and presumably Scholastic in the USA) in conjunction with a British Library event, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series.

The library exhibition titled, "A History of Magic," featuring the two books will be open from October 2017 to February 2018.

The books, both by the British Library, include unseen sketches and manuscript pages from author J.K. Rowling, magical illustrations from Jim Kay and artifacts from the archives at the library.

J.K. Rowling, in a statement on the Pottermore website, called A History of Magic an "adult edition" and Harry Potter – A Journey Through A History of Magic "a family edition for younger readers."

A ray of optimism from Washington for library budgets

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:11
The budget battle is kicking up again in Washington, but this time with a note of optimism for libraries and library supporters. Last week, a House Appropriations subcommittee voted to recommend level funding for libraries in FY2018, which would mean roughly $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), $183 million for the Library Services and Technology Act, and $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

The vote comes after President Trump in May doubled down on his call to eliminate IMLS and virtually all federal funding for libraries, as well as a host of other vital agencies.

Novelist Junot Díaz to publish a picture book

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:00
By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

But even by Mr. Díaz's glacial standards, his latest book, Islandborn (March 2018, Dial Books), will be long overdue — about 20 years past deadline. And it's a mere 48 pages long.

According to the New York Times, Islandborn "engages with many of the same themes that Mr. Díaz has wrestled with in his fiction: immigration and identity, the weight of collective memory, and feelings of displacement and belonging." ...

The Drifter wins International Thriller Writer's First Novel Award

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 05:00
This year's International Thriller Writers' annual awards have been presented to:
Hardcover: Before the Fall, Noah Hawley
First Novel: The Drifter, Nicholas Petrie
Paperback Original: The Body Reader, Anne Frasier
eBook Original: Romeo's Way, James Scott Bell

Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident who won Nobel Peace Prize while in jail dies aged 61

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:09
Liu Xiaobo, the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while locked away, died under guard in a hospital on Thursday. He was 61.

Beatles Mark 'Yellow Submarine' 50th Anniversary With Comic Book

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 04:13
For the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, the Apple Corporation is authorizing a comic book adaptation of the classic film with Titan Comics. The book is slated for release in 2018.

Bertelsmann ups PRH stake to 75%

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 05:00
In a move that had been expected, Bertelsmann has increased its stake in Penguin Random House. After the deal is completed in September, Bertelsmann will have a 75% share of PRH with Pearson controlling the remaining 25%.

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