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Thursday News: Mortal Instruments box office bomb could affect future book adaptations; April book sales deemed soft; Buzzfeed’s 20 biggest dick moves in literature

Thursday News: Mortal Instruments box office bomb could affect future book...

But MI isn’t the first post Twilight big budget YA book to flop. Earlier this year was the star studded Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia which earned only $7.5 million at the box office.  This doesn’t really bode well for Divergent.

Clare shouldn’t be too unhappy. The promo around the movie brought her books back onto the bestseller lists. Fifty Shades is due out in August of 2014 and hasn’t even gotten a cast yet. I suspect all those romance books snapped up for movie adaptions will be cast aside. Wall Street Journal

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Wednesday News: Indies relationship with ebooks still tenuous; Google says no...

“So far, e-readers and e-books haven’t added up into a cash cow. Mulvihill describes the store’s profit on each Kobo device sold as “truly negligible” and says it might make $1 on a $10 e-book. “We’re used to selling a $10 book and making $4 or $4.50,” he says. And it’s not making up for the tight margin in volume: Since November 2012, the store has sold around 110 e-readers and collected commissions on 700 e-books.”Time

In other news, June bookstore numbers fell 9.5%

“Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use Web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery,” the motion reads in part. “Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.’” 

That, of course, is an inaccurate analogy. The correct analogy is don’t be surprised if the postal service or delivery service opens your mail and reads it.