Posted at 3:26 pm , on December 4, 2012
Time Magazine named YA author John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars the number one best work of fiction in 2012!
If you’re wondering why sales of young-adult books are up, even with all the challenges the publishing industry is facing, it’s because of novels like this one.
…The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.
He was ranked ahead of JK Rowling, Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, and the Booker Award winner Hilary Mantel! Congratulations, John Green!
Posted at 8:45 pm , on October 18, 2012
‘Newsweek’ Kills Its Print Edition — NPR — Mark Memmott
That glossy I grew up reading with my family, admiring the photos and stories and formatting, is going to end their print editions December 31 and then becoming an online-only publication.
Personally, I think this is a terrible move. Many of Newsweek‘s readers are not technologically inclined, and many complaints will be sent to them because of this transition. Adults 50+ are already upset about thinner newspapers and fewer magazines – this just increases that frustration.
However, I can see why they made the change. More money can be made from ads rather than subscribers, they probably do have a wider readership digitally than in print, they’re changing with the times, etc. But I still think this is a poor move.
I’m sure once I enter the business world I may change my mind, but for now I’m sticking to my guns.
Posted at 10:30 am , on July 6, 2012
In Supreme Court Filing, Libraries Say Decision in Wiley Suit Threatens Lending Rights — Publisher’s Weekly — Andrew Albanese
In a recent interview with PW, lawyer Jonthan Band, who authored the LCA brief, said a ruling upholding the Second Circuit’s interpretation of First Sale would be “a blow to the heart of the library enterprise,” because it would mean libraries conceivably could not lend books that were printed abroad. “Not only books from foreign publishers,” Band explained, “but American-published books that are merely printed overseas.” The LCA brief notes that a significant portion of U.S. library collections consist of resources that were manufactured overseas, and more than 200 million books in U.S. libraries have foreign publishers.
Read on for more of the legalities. It’s incredibly to interesting to see how ebook lending and publishing can help some areas of the book business and harm others.
Posted at 2:08 pm , on June 22, 2012
Books-A-Million Adds Voice in Opposing DoJ Deal – Publisher’s Weekly – Jim Milliot
Books-A-Million has joined the growing number of parties objecting to the Department of Justice’s agreement with Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins to settle the department’s e-book price fixing lawsuit. BAM’s letter, signed by president and CEO Terry Finley, strikes especially hard at the provisions in the settlement that would impose restrictions on how the publishers can do business with all third parties (including BAM) that were not involved in the lawsuit.
The agency model is a good thing. The bad thing is having everything at the same price. It’s terrible for competition purposes and for consumers: how are we going to find the best prices if we cannot search for them?
Posted at 6:12 pm , on June 7, 2012
Book Expo America 2012: Diversity Rules at YA Editors’ Buzz Panel – Publisher’s Weekly – Carolyn Juris
For those of you interested in the goings-on of the BEA 2012, here’s an article that tackles the big dystopia quesiton: do we really need another trilogy? Yes.
…the [young adult] genre has plenty of room for dystopias, realistic fiction, thrillers—provided they present authentic teenage voices that readers can relate to.
…It’s the authentic teenage voice, [Karre] adds, that makes a novel successful, no matter the subject. “If the story lacks the teenage voice, it lacks life,” Karre said. “Whether you set a novel in Dubuque or District 12, there’s a universal teenager at the core of every YA novel.”
I think this is very true. YA goes through trends — a few years ago, it was all about vampires and werewolves. Now it’s mostly dystopias/post-apocalyptic, which taps into the political climate across the world today. No matter what trend the YA fiction follows, it should still speak to the teenager (or adult, truly) in the midst of discovering their identity.
Posted at 6:47 pm , on May 26, 2012
Apologies once again for the lack of posts. I’ve accepted a job and have either been busy at work, busy sleeping, or busy looking for apartments near my grad school I’ll attend in August. Big things are heading my way, so other obligations fell through a bit.
And now, for the news!
- The Shrinking of HMH – Want to hear more about the bankruptcy? Publisher’s Weekly provided a brief overview of why Houghton Mifflin Harcourt filed. “In its filing, HMH blamed the recession and subsequent decline in school funding for what it acknowledged has been a “substantial decline” in revenue. The filing noted that despite the financial restructuring in March 2010 “due to the continuing contraction of funds for state education spending and higher deferrals of awarded business than expected,” HMH “continued to experience “financial difficulties,” which led to another round of discussions with lenders about a new restructuring.” Lots of internal struggle, financial issues, and education issues all play in this messy game.
- Gay Superheroes Soar into Comic Books – I think this is a very positive thing, a good step forward! The Guardian’s article talks about Marvel’s plan for a same-sex marriage between Northstar and his boyfriend, and DC plans to reveal a gay character sometime this summer.
- Hachette Launches Facebook Excerpt App – “The app, ChapterShare, lets Hachette publishing divisions, authors and retail partners post free chapters of books on their Facebook pages. Readers can preorder the books directly from the page and share links to sample chapters with their Facebook friends.”
- Profanity in YA Books – TIME reveals a study on 40 teen novels and the use of profane language in the novels. Apparently, the characters who have the most foul language are also the most attractive characters. You can look at this study several ways: young adults are reading things parents would prefer they didn’t, young adults are being exposed to “dangerous” things, young adults are being exposed to things they already have exposure to outside the home, young adults are finding healthier ways to escape the real world. I’m of the escapism party, and I think it is good to have teens read this sort of fiction. Not all good characters are good, not all attractive people are attractive, and issues with sex (the recent The Fault in Our Stars ban) and violence (The Hunger Games controversy) will become more difficult to parents if children aren’t exposed to these things in a much healthier form. Even still – this study’s findings is incredibly interesting. Take a look!
For something entertaining…”celebrate” the 10 million copies of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by watching this Funny or Die video starring Selena Gomez!
Posted at 12:20 pm , on May 18, 2012
San Francisco & Sacramento Book Reviews Start Monthly Children’s Sections – Publisher’s Weekly – Wendy Werris
Because of the success of their recent Children’s Book Week supplement, previously just an annual event, the San Francisco Book Review and Sacramento Book Review have announced they will regularly include the popular child-reviewed feature every month, beginning with the next issue in June.
The publications attempted children’s reviews before, but it was difficult to round up teachers and children to turn in book reviews. Since their special issue, they’ve decided to try this once more. Instead of receiving reviews from children while they’re in schools, the children’s parents and grandparents will encourage them and help them participate in this project. The response so far is fantastic! The books will feature a child’s opinion and an adult’s opinion – everything will be perfectly balanced.
Get those kids reading!
Posted at 8:29 pm , on May 3, 2012
2012 Hans Christian Anderson Illustrator Award Winner: Peter Sis! This award is considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature, given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People. Congratulations!
Barnes & Noble Partners with Microsoft (Publisher’s Weekly). The new unit is called Newco, and it will hold B&N’s digital assets, college stores, and will be backed by a $300 million investment from Microsoft. Read on for the full story and more details.
Target Will Stop Carrying Amazon Kindle (The Verge). Apparently there is a conflict of interest. According to an inside source, the Kindle Touch will be on sale the week of May 6. If you’d like a Kindle, I suggest getting it then.
The Atlantic Attempts to Clear Up Confusion on the eBook Lawsuit. Remember the issues with the Department of Justice and the massive confusion with big five publishers and who prices what for ebooks? Well, even though The Wall Street Journal tried to clear things up, people were still left befuddled. The Atlantic attempts to clear the air. Buckle down: it’s going to be a long ride.
B&N Teams with HMH for Student Reading Program (Shelf Awareness). “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Barnes & Noble have partnered for a program in which schools can acquire HMH digital titles, categorized for students at each grade level, on preloaded Nook e-readers. Many of the titles are age-appropriate, International Reading Association-recommended selections.” Well isn’t that nifty!
Posted at 10:11 am , on April 20, 2012
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adds Tie-Ins to Hobbit List – Publishers Weekly – Karen Raugust
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, longtime U.S. publisher of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has secured the U.S. rights to release tie-in books for the films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The rights come from Harper UK, the global master tie-in publisher for the films, licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
Five titles will be released for Lord of the Rings fans, including a movie guide and a photo storybook. If you happen to be a LotR fan, you may already know this. Might as well join in the excitement!
Posted at 10:14 pm , on April 12, 2012
The Broad Strokes of the Hachette, HarperCollins and S&S Price-Fixing Settlement – Publisher’s Weekly – Andrew Albanese & Rachel Deahl
FINALLY. Need an understanding of what went down yesterday with the DOJ? Publisher’s Weekly wonderfully lays it out.
Three publishers—Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster—have agreed to a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to settle federal claims of price fixing regarding e-books. PW takes an initial look at the broad strokes of the deal, and what it means for the settling publishers.
They have the terms, compliance, timing, and reaction. Definitely take a look at it.