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Hachette Book Group Terminates Weinstein Books Imprint Effective Immediately.

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Weinstein titles will now be published under the Hachette Books imprint, Deadline has confirmed.

The company said in a statement, “Hachette Book Group has terminated the Weinstein Books imprint, effective immediately (Perseus Books has had a co-publishing agreement with The Weinstein Company, under which we published around ten new books a year). Titles currently under the Weinstein Books imprint will be published by Hachette Books imprint, and the Weinstein Books imprint team will join Hachette Books.

The imprint, which was originally called Miramax Books, was founded in 2001 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein. It relaunched in 2009 as part of Perseus Books, an independent publishing company that Hachette bought in 2016. The imprint typically publishes around 10 new titles a year.

Despite the Weinstein’s cache in the entertainment industry, Weinstein Books never made much of a mark in the literary world. The majority of its titles tend to be celebrity-driven memoirs and diet and wellness books.

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Textbook publishers Find Ways For Students To Save Money

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  • Several well known textbook publishers are finding nee and alternative ways to save students money and stabilize revenues with inclusive access digital material models funded by fees included in student material fees.
  • Under the new model of bookselling, students receive digital access to required course materials and have the option to pay additional money for a printed copy, delivered on the first day of class. 
  • Officials at Indiana University told Inside Higher Ed that in the eight years since piloting its eText initiative, revenues exceeded $10 million last year and there was a more than 40% jump in annual growth. 

Book Trends: e-Books vs Print

 

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Recent stats show e-book sales slipping and print book sales advancing slightly. Sony is no longer selling an e-reader. Amazon is opening physical bookshops.

Reasons people prefer eBooks:

  • Storage – People can store hundreds, even thousands, of books within one device.
  • Ease of purchase – Buying an eBook is just a click away.
  • Portability – The worst thing is finishing a book on vacation and not having the next book to start.
  • Price – The price of an eBook is usually less than a print book.
  • Purchasing Options – A person can find an eBook at almost 80 different online outlets.

Reasons people prefer print books:

  • Tangibility – They get a tangible item for their money.
  • Accomplishment – They feel more accomplished when the mass of the book moves from the right side to the left and they know they are almost done.
  • Library – Some people like to have a library of books to select from.
  • Aroma – Some people like the smell.
  • DIY – One person has said she couldn’t use a stack of eBooks to prop up her couch if the leg fell off.

 

Who is Doing all the Reading?

in 2005:

Gender: Female (53%) vs. Male (42%) – 11pt differential!
Age: 18-29 (40%), 30-49 (47%), 50-64 (51%), 65+ (47%

How do People Find New Books to Read?

Not much has changed from 1999 to 2005. Below are the % statistics for 2005.

  • Choosing an Author whose book you like: 30%
  • Based on Recommendation from someone you know: 27%
  • Browsing a bookstore or library: 22%
  • Based on Book Reviews: 7%
  • By Subject: 6%
  • By Browsing an Internet Site: 3%
  • Advertisement You’ve Seen: 2%                                                                                                 More Here

The Orphan Works Problem——Your Comments Is Wanted

The “orphan works” problem has preoccupied the Copyright Office — as well as authors, publishers, libraries, scholars — for years. The “orphan works” problem has obsessed the Copyright Office — as well as authors, publishers, libraries, scholars — for years.

“Orphans” are the hundreds of millions of books, photographs, films, and other creations whose creators are unknown or can’t be located, but whose copyright protection is still in place. Because no one can figure out who has the right to give permission to use these works, they cannot be used.

In June, the U.S. Copyright Office announced a widely criticized proposal to create a licensing system to clear these rights, with the goal of facilitating full-text access to copyrighted works for nonprofit and educational uses. The Copyright Office is currently soliciting comments on its proposal.

The Copyright Office needs to hear why its proposal is a bad idea. Comments are due to the Office by October 9, 2015.

New Adult Genre -Makings its Way In The Publishing Scene

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A new and growing genre of literature aimes at primarily female readers between 18 and 25. AKA “new adult,” the genre features mainly university or college-aged protagonists dealing with early twenties life, in particular romance and intimate relationships. New adult successes such as E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Colleen Hoover’s Slammed, reportedly earned $95-million (U.S.) between mid-2012 and mid-2013. Several authors, such as Ms. Hoover and new adult romance author Bella Andre, have also managed to negotiate with larger publishing houses for print-only deals while keeping e-book selling rights – a rare luxury that happens only when authors hold some clout. New adult or NA was born out of a casual mention in a call for manuscripts sent out by New York-based publishing giant St. Martin’s Press in 2009. But the throwaway term caught the attention of the online book community and, finally last year, received its own Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) code, which assigns genres to books so that booksellers can more easily place them in sections. Ms. Tucker, who was signed to New York-based Simon & Schuster’s imprint Atria Books shortly after Ten Tiny Breaths came out, said the industry now sees her and others as hybrid authors, those who have some titles signed to big-name publishers, but who also release their own e-books on the side.

Urban Fiction could also fall into the new Adult Category

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Books Soon To Be Movies

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

  Everything is perfect; diseases have been eradicated, everyone is equal, and society is under control. Each person is assigned a position by the Community, and 12-year-old Jonas has been picked as the “Receiver of Memories.” Only “The Giver” knows the truth of the past, and he must now pass that information down to Jonas. This book has often been described as the first YA dystopian novel (in correlation with the current trend) and it shows that a utopian society has its downsides, like a lack of personal freedom. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep make this a highly anticipated movie, and there’s Taylor Swift.

 

 

 The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

 Based on a true WWII story, museum curators, art historians, and others, collectively called the Monuments Men, risked their lives to save pieces of art that the Nazis planned to destroy. This book is a fascinating story about a rare WWII topic and shows how important it is to cherish artwork. As for the movie, the film features a kick-ass cast and it will be exciting to see everything unfold on the big screen.

 

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What it’s about: In a dystopian Chicago, society is split into five factions based on personality type (Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Candor). When Tris Prior finds out she doesn’t quite fit into any one faction, she’s declared Divergent, a dangerous revelation she must keep secret in order to survive. Once the Choosing Ceremony begins, Tris must decide to either join her family or follow her own path. 

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  It’s Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary when Amy mysteriously disappears. Nick is oddly evasive and evidence is slowly going against him, but did he really kill his wife? Gillian Flynn’s novel is packed with suspense, twists, and plenty of emotions. 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This true story follows Louis Zamperini, a track star from the ’30s and a participant in the Berlin Olympics. Zamperini became an airman in WWII and in May of 1943, his plane went down, leaving him adrift in the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a raft. Facing starvation, dangerous waters, and a situation in which he is taken prisoner by Japanese forces. The film is directed by Angelina Jolie.

Serena by Ron Rash

 

 The book is a thrilling story about newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton on their journey to create a timber empire and ruthlessly kill all who fall out of favor. George fathered an illegitimate child, and when Serena discovers that she cannot bear children, she sets out to kill the son George fathered without her.

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

What it’s about: Libby Day was 7 when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in an event known as “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She testified that the person responsible for the cruel acts was in fact her 15-year-old brother, Ben. Fast-forward about 25 years and Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with solving notorious crimes. They believe Ben was wrongly accused, and she is eventually sucked into the investigation to uncover the twisted truth. Christina Hendricks plays Charlize Theron’s mom.

 This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

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What it’s about: Judd Foxman’s father just died, and on top of that, his wife Jen had an affair with his boss, which recently became painfully public. Judd is forced to sit Shiva and spend seven days and nights with the dysfunctional Foxman clan, facing confrontation and dealing with old grudges. The book is hilarious and the movie features Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he remembers is his name. His memory is blank, and he’s surrounded by a group of boys in a place called the Glade, a large space entrapped by tall, stone walls. Every 30 days another boy is delivered, but when a girl named Teresa appears in the lift the next morning, her presence is almost as unexpected as the message she delivers. Once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. 

 The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

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 What it’s about: When tragedy pushes Hassan and his family out of India, they eat their way around the world, settling in Lumière, a small town in the French Alps. The family opens an Indian restaurant that becomes wildly popular among the residents, infuriating their French rival Madame Mallory. After she wages a culinary war with the family, Mallory finally agrees to mentor Hassan, leading him to Paris and the launch of his own restaurant. Also produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

Zora & Langston

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Norton’s Amy Cherry bought the  North American rights to Yuval Taylor’s Zora and Langston  from William Clark, at William Clark Associates. The nonfiction work explores the friendship between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes; Clark said it tracks their bond from their first meeting in New York City, through a road trip across the South, leading up to a bitter falling out. Taylor is a senior editor at Chicago Review Press and Cherry published his previous two books.

 

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