Stephenie Meyer’s third book, EclipseEclipse is rolling out in hardcover today with a 1 million book print run. It is Little, Brown’s largest first copy print run for a Young Adult book. Via Shelf Awareness.
First Book is running a new reading campaign called “What Book Got You Hooked?” which asks authors and celebrities to identify the book that got them hooked on reading. I can’t recall the first book that I ever read as… more
According to figures from the Association of American Publishers, book sales in June rose 4.3% to $720.6 million and 7.9% year to date. Increases Audiobook: 25.9% to $12.9 million E-books: 13.5% to $2.7 million Children’s/YA hardcover up 22.2% to $42.3… more
Despite Amazon sales representing only a tiny fraction of sales for a book, authors check their sales ranking compulsively. The algorithm for establishing the ranking is a deeply guarded secret. Amazon updates its rankings hourly with recent sales weight more… more
Publisher’s Weekly reported that Harlequin saw a total revenue increase of 1.2% for the second quarter of 2007. Of interesting note, online retail sales have grown by double digits and ebook sales has also increased. Harlequin launched its Spice Briefs… more
Charles Simic can add one more accolade to his already embarrassingly full resume. The 69 year old Yugoslavian who the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 also recently won the Academy of American Poets’ 14th annual $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award… more
Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, is a believer that what goes on in the marriage bed should be shared with others and thus when his wife of twelve years, Elizabeth Dewberry, left him for Ted Turner, he… more
Shelf Awareness says that the Harry Potter buzz has reduced from a roar to a hum, but the USA Today list shows that it is still dominating the reader world with all 7 books in the top 12. I don’t… more
For any unpublished author, gather.com is hosting the First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. The prize is a contract with Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster and a $5000 cash advance. Details here.
Nan Talese, editor and publisher of James Frey’s fictional autobiography called A Million Little Pieces, struck back after enduring months of scorn and anger, much of it fueled by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey featured James Frey on her show and… more
I admit to drinking alot of bottled water, particularly when I read (this is my attempt to make this post relevant to books). I hate the taste of my local tap water and if I didn’t have bottled water, I… more
Bookstores are scaling back on the comfy chairs because they feel too many people are lounging around and not enough people are buying the books. Shelf Awareness pointed out an article in the Baltimore Sun by Rob Hiassen that bookstores… more