Welcome to this week’s news post! This week have news of a major glitch which led to the majority of the Big 6 books to become delisted on Amazon, Outlander has been greenlit to be turned into a series and much more!
Late last night, Twitter was ablaze with the news that Amazon has started to remove the buy buttons from the Big 6 Kindle books. Whilst in the past this has happened due to the introduction of Agency agreement which led to a standoff, it seems in this case the delisting was a glitch which only affected the US site, while the international counterparts were not affected. It was also interesting to note that smaller and independent publishers were also not affected either. However this does give credence to the fear that Amazon who has huge market share of the ebook market could really affect sales if something like this happens again. Nonetheless this has add paranoia that this could have been intentionally done and the books that were delisted were top ranking and best-selling titles. Perhaps publishers should really re-think and follow the footsteps of Tor and Avon in publishing DRM free books which will help with Amazon’s increasing control of the market.
I reported a few months ago that Ron D. Moore had purchased the rights for Outlander, the time-travelling historical and popular saga series by Diana Gabaldon. Well it has now been picked up by the Starz network who will be developing this as a full series. Moore will be writing the adaption and hopefully we will see it on the small screen very soon!
It looks like publishers have totally gone gaga over twific or Pulled to Publish (P2P) Twilight fanfiction. Simon and Schuster has bought the rights for Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Stranger by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, which is their heavily re-hauled version of their fanfiction called The Office. The books follow an assistant who has a fraught relationship with her boss but they end up falling for each other (basically it seems most Twilight P2P has a harlequing Presents thing going on!) – both books are slated for next year and unlike 50 Shades series they have overhauled and re-worked these books but I think it will be interesting when a P2P from another fandom by a creator or author who is more anti-fanfic will get challenged but it seems the publishers love affair with twific is not diminishing.
News in Brief:
Sony has finally released their Reader software to support iOS platform!
Sylvia Day has posted mini snippet (although it may change) from Entwined with You which has been pushed back to May.
The producers of The Hobbit movie will be suing The Asylum production company who are behind those craptastic which SyFy likes to air are producing their own ‘mockbuster’ which is a riff on The Hobbit. Producers state that The Asylum production will be cashing in on their movie if they use the title of Age of The Hobbits.
And now to books to watch out for!
The UK cover for the final Friday Harbor book - Crystal Cove is up along with a blurb!
From The New York Times bestselling author of Rainshadow Road and Dream Lake comes the final book in her Friday Harbor series…
When Justine Hoffman was born her mother cast a spell to protect her from heartbreak, and as a result, she is incapable of falling in love. Eventually Justine’s irrepressible curiosity —and her wish to lead a normal life —get the better of her, and she finds a way to temporarily block the enchantment.
However, when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that will threaten everything she holds dear . . . and together Justine and Jason discover that love is the most powerful magic of all.
Richelle Mead’s new series which does look interesting! Gameboard of the Gods.
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.
And this pinged my radar! A brand new series by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston.
Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft.
FROZEN is the first in a trilogy and is set to release in Spring of 2013.
So are you excited about the Outlander series? Who would you like to see cast as Jamie and Claire? And what do you think of the other stories I highlighted today?