Saturday, April 14, 2012

Books in News #3

A wrap-up of recent events, announcements, releases, or other news circulating the web.

Hello my amazing followers and lurkers, belated Happy Easter and Passover and my most sincere Congratulations to all librarians on this past week; National Library Week.
Today’s meme collects news for the week between Saturday, April 7, 2012 and Friday, April 13, 2012. And what a busy week this one has been.

I know today’s post is a bit long but stick with it; there are some interesting news (and some infuriating ones) coming up. If you’d like to skip most of the regular news, please search for the eBook news near the end. I want as much people knowing about this as possible.

Let’s kick things off with The Hunger Games News. There’s been a back and forth about the movie sequel and whether or not director Gary Ross will continue and work on Catching Fire. Some say that he was negotiating with the studio. But in the end it was not meant to be, and it is official; Catching Fire is looking for a new director. Regardless of this, The Hunger Games has continued to do amazingly at the box office, passing the $300 million mark; remaining in the number 1 spot.

But apparently driving throngs of teenagers to discover the wonderful world of books isn’t enough for some people. Some parents want to ban the Hunger Games Trilogy from schools and libraries; both book and movie shelves. I don’t understand how could they find the books to be satanic but apparently they do. Like everything that attracts the masses, various spoofs and satirical videos have sprung on YouTube; this one is just a taste of what people are laughing about:

Now, in case you heard/read the rumors that Jamie Campbell-Bower had bowed out from The Mortal Instruments, rest assure that he is very much so still on board (whether we like it or not). Cassandra Clare has confirmed it on her website in a post titled “Jamie is Jace”.

Speaking of movie magic; did you know that they were making a movie about one of the top fairytale evil characters? They are! And not only have they chosen an Evil Queen capable of turning into a dragon, they have cast Angelina Jolie to play her role. Maleficent is a re-tale of the classic Sleeping Beauty from the Mistress of All Evil’s perspective and will be hitting theaters near you on March 14, 2014.

Back to books:

Did you know that there was the Romantic Time Convention was happening this week on Chicago? For those of you who don’t know, the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention is a five day event held at Chicago that unites all types of people from the literary world, be it authors, readers, publicists, agents, etc. Some of my favorite authors that were going are J.R.Ward and Jeaniene Frost, among an extravagantly huge amount of authors and themes to be discussed.

Thanks to the RT Convention we got some pretty great scoops from both Ward and Frost. According to those at J.R. Ward’s panel, the WARDen gave a huge spoiler for the next installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. In case you didn’t knew, the heroes for the next book are going to be Qhuinn and Blay and SPOILER ALERT (select the text to reveal the spoiler) Layla, who will be prego from Qhuinn, will give the baby to Qhuinn and Blay for them to raise. END OF SPOILER.

Meanwhile, Jeaniene Frost spoke about Vlad’s book and answered some Night Huntress World questions. Jeaniene confirmed that Vlad will have two books on his spin-off with the open possibility of a third (should it be needed). On the other hand, fans of the troublemaker Ian will have to wait a little longer for the possibility of him getting a book of his own in the Night Huntress World series. According to Jeaniene neither Ian nor her are ready to write that book yet; but, in an interview at Tynga’s Reviews, Frost confirmed that she already knows who will be Ian’s love interest, althought she's not commenting more on the subject.

At the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, J.K. Rowling prepares herself to publish her first adult book called The Casual Vacancy; the book will simultaneously hit UK and US shelves on September 27 of this year. Here is the blurb:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
If you still have some residual Harry Potter cravings, you can always drop by Pottermania, Rowling’s new all-in-one HP place.

Now, let’s dive a little bit into the eBook phenomenon.

If you ever wonder about a better way to organize your eBook library, I found it. While searching the net I found this amazing article from the ladies at Heroes and Heartbreakers that walks you, step by step, on how to organize your eReader. Now, I’ll be honest, I haven’t had a chance to actually go through the motions yet, but it is on my to-do list, and I already had Caliber so it’s step less ~.^

Keeping with the eBook theme, there is a movement from some of the major publishers that want to raise the eBook prices and have partner up with Apple to do so. Thankfully the Department of Justice has taken matters into its own hands and has formally charged them. Basically, publishers don’t like eBooks at $9.99 and want to raise the prizes to $12.99 to $14.99, as a standard set by them. I understand that creating, promoting and selling eBooks is not a free business, but you can’t tell me that it is more expensive than that of a Paperback. The article at Engadget (the 2 previous links) has many links for more information, including the link to the PDF from the Department of Justice. According to the Document, the lawsuit goes against Apple, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Verlagsgruppe, Holtzbrinck Publishers, The Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster.


Want to know which books are the Top Ten Most Read in the World? Follow the link to find out.

Remember the Harry Potter Mania from not so long ago? Did you ever read the books? Watch the movies? Well, here is a clip I found that summarizes the entire Harry Potter Series up until movie 7 part 1, all in a span of 99 seconds! WARNING: It’s covered with SPOILERS but it’s beyond funny.

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