The iPad has garnered a lot of attention this past week. It was released on April 3 and sales took off. Mashable.com is quoting some iPad stats from Steve Jobs: iPad sales have exceeded 450,000 and 600,000 iBooks have been downloaded. That’s a lot of ebooks!
An article at thebookseller.com reports that in the US in 2009, ebook sales exceeded audiobook sales for the first time.
Good news for air travellers in the US from the TSA’s blog: ebook readers, iPads and other small electronic items can be left in your carry-on bag for checkpoint screening.
Mail Online is reporting that a proof edition of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book has been found in Britain with a handwritten inscription by the author dedicating the book to one of his daughters who died a few years later.
The University of Hertfordshire in the UK is having a conference entitled Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture on April 16 and 17. Sounds like fun!
The Washington Post is quoting J.K. Rowling as saying that “I’m quite sure in the not-too-distant future I will bring out another book.” No details were furnished on what the book will be about.
Operation: Teen Book Drop will be delivering 10,000 new YA books to teenagers on Native American tribal lands this year from publishers. On April 15, librarians, authors and teens will be delivering books to raise awareness for Operation: TBD.
National Library Week is next week in the US. The Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Neil Gaiman, will give a live internet talk to start off the week.
Stephenie Meyer is releasing a new novella based on a character from her novel Eclipse. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will be sold in stores beginning June 5, 2010, but an electronic copy will also be available online at http://www.breetanner.com/ from June 7 to July 5, 2010.
There’s a lot going on in the world of books! Happy reading!