Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on May 14, 2011 @ 10:00 am 0 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post! This week we have Apple morphing into big bad corporation, Hunger Games updates and Waterstones may be heading into Barnes and Nobel’s territory.
For people who have the iFlow app for the Apple Platforms – it was sadly announced earlier this week that they will close their apps due to Apple’s new rules about buying outside their platform and will only allow in apps i.e their store. I don’t know what this means for other stores like Amazon or Kobo who have their own apps but this will definitely affect users who read outside the iBookstore format. I think this is will be a huge mistake as iBookstore is one of the worse ebook stores which doesn’t have a great collection of books compared to B&N, Kobo and Amazon.
Whilst writing this post – the creator of the Bluefire app also confirms that their future with Apple platform is also not good and probably will follow iFlow. But they are developing an Android app which may be their savour. I really think this is proabably going to backfire on Apple because this is a way to solidfy and control a marketshare of ebooks but most readers may have books in different formats and choose to buy in those formats and stores and its restricting choice and competition
More on the iBookstore and Apple, Random House UK have joined its sister company with adopting the Agency pricing to offer their books on the iBookstore. However, currently ebooks on other vendor sites have remained non-agency priced. Random House says the reason why they adopted Agency for iBookstore was to get customer information which Apple provides.
Waterstones is thinking about following Barnes and Noble approach to ebooks by focusing on pushing ereaders and ebooks at their stores. They are currently struggling right now and there are rumours that HMV, their parent company may sell off this arm of their business. But adopting Barnes and Noble approach may help save and adapt to the new changes that epublishing has brought.

This has made me feel excited and I hope things do get a greenlight! Melissa Marr’s Graveminder has been optioned for a TV series by Ken Olin who is behind shows like Brothers and Sisters and Thirtysomethings – for more info clicky here

According to this article there is plans to turn Mockingjay into two movies- Apparently so much happens it was needed. However Suzanne Collins wont be on board on adapting this edition and I got a sneaking feeling that is a way to milk the series. There is also more tidbits and info about the upcoming movie and books!
Headsup to authors and bloggers out there who hosts giveaways on facebook. They have changed their terms and conditions about hosting giveaways on their site. If anyone is found posting like and follow me type giveaways or hosting one on their page, their account will be deleted. For more info check here. 

Don’t forget to check the Giving Up the Ghost blog tour!

And now for covers, blurbs and fun!

Leanna Renee Hieber has posted the cover for Darker Still which is the 1st book of Magic Most Foul.

From the back cover:

“A lush Gothic tale that begs for reading… I couldn’t put it down.” – New York Times Bestselling Author Sarah Maclean

“The brightest new star in literature.” – True-Blood.Net

“I was obsessed.

It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen. Everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable. So lifelike.

There’s a reason for that. Because despite what everyone says, Denbury never did commit suicide. He’s alive. Trapped.

I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting and I’ve seen what dark dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked. And whatever demons may be out on the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan, we have no choice but to face them together…”

I adore this cover, Flawless because it really is and is so lush and rich in tone and I am so glad Carrie Lofty has a new Historical Romance coming out in September which looks great. I especially love the different setting, can’t wait!

A passion this seductive is more precious

than diamonds. . . .

Sir William Christie, ruthless tycoon and notorious ladies’ man, is dead. Now his four grown children have gathered for the reading of his will. What lies in store for half-siblings Vivienne, Alexander, and twins Gareth and Gwyneth? Stunning challenges that will test their fortitude across a royal empire…and lead them to the marvelously passionate adventures of their lives.

Lady Vivienne Bancroft fled England for New York, hoping to shed the confines of her arranged marriage to unrepentant rogue Miles Durham, Viscount Bancroft–though she never forgot the fiery desire he unleashed with his slightest touch. And when the gambling man arrives on her doorstep for a little sensual revenge for her desertion, he is met with Vivienne’s dilemma: she must earn her father’s inheritance by profitably running a diamond business worth millions in colonial South Africa.

Swept together in an exotic undertaking filled with heated passion and hungry temptation, will Vivienne and Miles discover that the marriage vows they once made are the greatest snare–or the most treasured reward?

What do you think ?

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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