Friday News and Deals: Harlequin Deals, Barnes & Noble Quarterly Results
JK Rowling has been writing, but it’s not another kids book but one for adults. She says in a statement included in a press release:
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”
Publishers are getting into the movie business:
While books long have been prime source material for movies (six of this year’s nine best picture Oscar nominees started as books), publishers traditionally have not participated in the development process or shared in the profits. Scholastic and Little Brown, for instance, make money from Harry Potter and Twilight only through book sales, not their billion-dollar box office.
But that’s changing. Facing financial pressures from everything from the rise of self-published e-books to Amazon’s move to become a publisher, Random House and another “big six” publisher, Macmillan, have set up in-house film divisions to bolster their bottom lines.
Barnes & Noble’s 3d quarter net income falls despite increases in sales from nooks and retail book sales.
- Revenue from Nook e-readers and its digital catalog rose 38 percent to $542 million. That includes the actual selling prices for e-books, rather than the commission received on selling them, as well as all deferred e-reader device revenue. The company estimates it has a 27 percent to 30 percent share of the U.S. e-book market.
- Traditional book sales rose 4 percent in the quarter.
I recommend watching this short video. The story behind it is thus. A guy named kivakid went on reddit to ask for help on obtaining the next book of the Harry Turtledove series for his best friend who has terminal cancer. The book doesn’t come out until June and kivakid said his friend might not make it. The reedit community hooked kivakid up and Del Ray sent an early copy of the book to kivakid to give to his friend. Even better, Harry Turtledove agreed to talk to the terminally ill cancer patient and spoil the entire series for him. The internet may be about porn and gifs and bad behavior, but it is also about bringing people closer together and celebrating the joy of reading.
- Winning Over the Rancher by Mary Brady * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- His Bride by Design by Teresa Hill * $1.35 * A | BN | K | S
- How to Tempt a Duke by Kasey Michaels * $1.47 * A | BN | K | S
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- The CEO’s Secret Baby (Harlequin Romantic Suspense) by Karen Whiddon by Karen Whiddon * $2.27 * A | BN | K | S
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- Expecting a Miracle by Jackie Braun * $2.74 * A | BN | K | S
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- Prelude to Scandal by Delilah Marvelle * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- McKettrick’s Luck by Linda Lael Miller * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Texan’s Bride by Linda Warren * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Almost a Christmas Bride by Susan Crosby * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S