Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Eclectic Lover Posted on May 21, 2010 @ 9:59 am 6 comments

In Book Lovers Inc news, we have a winner to announce for the Sara Brookes Giveaway.  Moonsanity is the winner of an ebook copy of Midnight’s Ghost by Sara Brookes.  Congrats, Moonsanity!  You’ll be hearing from us soon.  Enjoy your book!

Publishers Weekly sent out a very eye-catching tweet this morning about a science fiction writer offering cash for readers.  I had to click on that link being a science fiction reader.  It is an interesting article at about writer Peter Riley who is hoping to attract attention that will lead to a publisher for his novel.  I haven’t looked at the book, but his method for finding a publisher seems…novel.

The Moby Awards for the Best and Worst book trailers were awarded last night.  Here is the link to the winners.  Book trailers = watching a video to see if you want to read the book.  Isn’t that like reading a screenplay excerpt to figure out if you want to watch the movie?  I have nothing against book trailers but I find that excerpts from the book give me a better idea if I’ll like the book or not.  Feel free to leave your opinion of book trailers in the comments below.

There were a couple of interesting news stories involving children’s ebooks this week.  The had an interesting story about some stories from author Anthony Horowitz being available early for the Nintendo DSi ahead of the September book publication.  Publishers Weekly reports that the Sesame Street eBookstore has announced that they will have Sesame Street ebooks available for an annual subscription rate.  I wish them both the best of luck.  It’s great to see kids reading.

eBookNewser is putting together a list of the best ebook news on Twitter.  There are lots of good sources there that I will be checking out.  They are also encouraging people to let them know of any sources they don’t have on their list yet.

Scripps Institution of Oceanograpgy announced that their oceanography library has gone digital.  About 100,000 volumes from their library have been digitized in a partnership including Google and the University of California and the UC San Diego Libraries.  The library has been around for over one hundred years so I’m sure they have collected tons of interesting books and journals.

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is being released in ebook format at the rate of one per month.  The ebook editions feature new cover art.  The eBooks are available at Sony’s Reader Store.  More information about the books and artwork is available at  It’s a great series and will keep you busy reading for a while.

As usual this is only a selection of the book news this week so if there is some other book news you want to discuss in the comments then go ahead.  I’ll be checking back later.  Happy reading!

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  • Moonsanity May 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you so much! Sara already contacted me and I can't wait to read her book:)

  • ColleenFL May 21, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    @Moonsanity – Lucky you! Have a great weekend.

  • Beth May 22, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Love reading all the news here. Keeps me in touch.
    I do have a piece of news that I feel needs to be spread.
    I belong to a few Yahoo groups and today one of the authors had a new release out. Within hours of the buy link going live she found that her new book had already hit the pirate book sites. A little while ago one of the members posted this link to an article by another author about the same thing happening to another book.

    I always pay for my books(except those I'm lucky enough to win)and would love it if everybody else would to. Not only is piracy illegal, but with out a sales record to prove how much the books are enjoyed the authors don't get contracts to keep writing new books.

  • ColleenFL May 22, 2010 at 8:05 am

    @Beth – Piracy is bad. I've seen several similar stories and I wish that something could be done about it.

  • JoJo May 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you so much for always bringing us bookish news! Its nice to be able to read it all in one place!

  • ColleenFL May 24, 2010 at 8:54 am

    @JoJo – I'm glad that you like it!

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