Welcome to this week’s news post! We have news from Sony’s new ereader which was launched this week, book news and snippets as well as the books to watch out for!
The new Sony ereader, the PRS-T2, which features a better button layout, zooming, and sharing capabilities which readers can post their favourite passages on Facebook. The PRS-T2 also features a pearl-ink screen, two month battery life if the wifi is off and a 2 gig memory. The price offered for the new reader is slightly cheaper compared to its predescors which is at $129. However some commentators have stated there isn’t nothing new or innovated with this new model and disappointed that this ereader wont feature a frontlit screen, which the Nook or the rumoured upcoming Kindles have. More info on the ereader can be found be found here and it is up for order right now!
It seems tablets seem to be the favourite choice for multimedia devices whilst ereaders although are dedicated seem to be losing ground. However the Nook Tablet isn’t doing as well as its counterparts because sales have fallen dramatically and have barely sold this year. This is worrying for Barnes and Noble because, their print store businesses is struggling and the e-book store and tablets is their saving grace.
I think this is going to go well as a lead balloon, but Little Brown UK CEO, has asked Tor and their authors to keep the DRM if they also are published with Hachette. They fear that this will lead to a rise of piracy and that DRM is an affective barrier to this. Although there is no evidence that DRM actually provides a good deterrent to piracy or file sharing, and it is pretty easy to figure out on how to break it via a Google search. Tor which offered its entire backlist DRM free this summer hints that other major publishers are testing the waters about this issue. I hope that more publishers will realise that DRM only punishes genuine users and restricts them to using one platform such as the Kindle which actually helps Amazon dominance over the ebook market because it is a closed platform.
Lisa Kleypas has announced that her book, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, will be turned into a T.V movie by Hallmark for ABC, although the title for the movie will be changed to Christmas with Holly. Filming has already commenced and will star Sean Faris (HUBBA BUBBA) and Maggie Conway.
News in Brief:
Larissa Ione has decided to tease her fans and posted a sneak snippet from Rogue Rider!
Thea Harrison has announced on twitter that Aryal’s book, which will be the 6th book in the Elder Races series. The novel is slated to be released in November the 5th 2013.
Urban Fantasy author Suzanne Mcleod has announced that she has sold a new series to Gollancz. Not much detail was released but she has sold two books to Gollancz and further deets should be up soon about this new series.
And now for books to watchout for!
Elyssa Patrick who is one of my favourite Twitter tweeps has announced that she will be self pubbing her book, next month As You Wish - a contempory romance which looks really cute!
Love doesn’t always follow the sheet music . . .This Christmas, Portia Jackson needs a miracle to save her family’s generations-old florist shop. What she gets instead is a car that breaks down during a blizzard. Help arrives unexpectedly when the infamous Aubry Riley pulls over. She only expects him to drive her to the gas station . . . she never expects that kiss. But Portia lives in the real world—she knows this is only a holiday fling for Aubry. Except it doesn’t feel so temporary, and the last thing she wants is a broken heart.Sometimes you have to sing some different notes . . .Rock star Aubry Riley has no secrets. Thanks to the media, everyone knows about his troubled past. Six years have gone by since his world crashed, and now he’s ready for a comeback. But first he needs to reconcile with his family—starting with his six-year-old daughter. A month-long vacation at a Vermont lake house affords him the perfect opportunity to take a step in the right direction. He doesn’t need any other emotional entanglements, especially not with the bright-eyed florist he can’t stop thinking about. But no matter how hard he tries to resist her, he can’t. Now all he has to do is to convince Portia that there is nothing temporary when it comes to love.
Victoria Schwab has a brand new trilogy coming up next year. The Archived, I really like the premise which sounds very creepy and atmospheric.
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
And finally Mellisa Marr has released a new trailer for her new book, Carnival of Souls. The book is out in September and this looks great!
In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.
All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.
So what do you think of the Hachette executive’s comments about DRM and Tor? You think they have a point? And if you are a Lisa Kleypas fan – are you happy about the upcoming adaptation and will they do a good job?