Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

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Welcome to this week’s news post and we have a pretty jam-packed issue! The mystery of Pottermore has been unveiled (most guesses were correct!), book news and another YA kerfuffle.
Well, most people suspected that J.K Rowling’s new mysterious site, was an online game/interactive site and is described to be ‘an online reading experience’. The interactive service will follow along the plot of the first Harry Potter book, with the 2nd book adventure sometime in the new year. The site will also host a store that will also sell audiobooks and ebooks that will be DRM free, from the Harry Potter series. There is also promise that it will also offer new content. Pottermore will go live on the 31st of July. [source:Publisher’s Weekly]

Publisher’s Weekly have reported that Mass Market Paperbacks took a huge dive in April by 41.6 % while Hardcovers didn’t do that much better with 22.7 %. However this may be partly due to the collapse of Borders a few months ago who is a major seller of print books. But there was better news with ebooks, which saw growth up to 157.5 %. Although this doesn’t really cover the missing shortfall of print books.
Another kerfuffle about YA has broken out due to an article written by YA authors Katie Crouch and Grady Hendrix, who have an upcoming book, The Magnolia League, about writing YA and its market. In the article, they give the impression that they only jumped on the YA bandwagon because it is hot but also the point about their readership which I quote 

“But readers in Y.A. don’t care about rumination. They don’t want you to pore over your sentences trying to find the perfect turn of phrase that evokes the exact color of the shag carpeting in your living room when your dad walked out on your mom one autumn afternoon in 1973. They want you to tell a story. In Y.A. you write two or three drafts of a chapter, not eight. When kids like one book, they want the next one. Now. You need to deliver.”

For more on the article click here. In my opinion, readers YA and adults alike can tell if a writer are only writing for profit, because it will show in the books if it is forced. And I do think this is pretty much an insult to genre fiction and literary fiction too. Not a fan of authors who bash other genres for whatever reasons to promote their work. It is also an insult to YA readers and authors to suggest that their work process isn’t as good or has good quality. That is pretty much a generalized comment and each author has their own approaches and not the factory styled writing these authors advocate is the norm.
Some fantastic book news now!
Karen Mahoney, the author of The Iron Witch and upcoming The Wood Witch has announced a new deal with Random House Children’s Books, for three more books. The first one is for The Stone Demon the final book in The Iron Witch series, and even more exciting for fans of Moth, (who has appeared in short stories in the Goth vampire teen! She has her own full series. Below is the full deets of the deal from Karen’s site
“THE STONE DEMON is the final book of The Iron Witch trilogy, where Donna Underwood must work with the alchemical Order of the Crow in London to create a new Philosopher’s Stone. If she fails? A three-way war between the dark elves, demons and alchemists will lead the world into an unimaginable apocalypse.
Being a vampire is for life – not just a lifestyle.
Reluctant teenage vampire Marie ‘Moth’ O’Neal infiltrates a group of Otherkin kids in Boston, teenagers who believe they are reincarnated vampires, in order to find out who or what is killing off the troubled teens… and then turning them into something truly undead with a taste for human flesh. All this while trying to stop sexy young hunter Jace Murdoch from shooting anything that doesn’t breathe – including her.
To summarise: RHCB have bought the UK rights to The Stone Demon (huzzah!) and World English rights to Beautiful Ghosts (Moth’s first novel) and a sequel. I really hope these new books do well so that I can write more in the future. Beautiful Ghosts has a tentative Summer 2012 release date, which means I’ll have two books out next year – because The Wood Queen is released Feb 2012 – and two books in 2013. I know how lucky this makes me, and I aim to work hard to make all of these books as awesome as possible. Random House are showing a lot of faith in me and it’s important that I do my best to repay them.”
And finally in ZOMG news – I am so happy they are bringing these back! Loveswept books are coming back!!!!!
Sue Grimshaw has announced at the new website – Random at Romance will be reissuing the titles 
Okay I have to let out another squeeeeee – I loved these books and along with the Zebra hologram historicals (I wished they would reissue those too!) these were some of the cracktastic books you will ever read!
And now for the covers!!!
First up we have a double the pleasure from Keri Arthur’s new series

Darkness Unbound will kick off the Dark Angels series in September
And here Jaye Well’s Silver-Tongued Devil, which is out next January.

Life is looking up for Sabina Kane. Now that her scheming grandmother is dead, the threat of war has passed and the rulers of the dark races are about to sign a treaty to ensure ongoing peace. Her relationship with sexy mage Adam Lazarus is strong and all her friends are around her. Even her magic training is progressing further than she ever expected. The only two dark spots in her otherwise settled life are her guilt over her sister Maisie’s fragile mental state and Sabina’s own sinking sense that she’s got unfinished business with Cain, the mysterious cult leader she let get away months earlier. When a string of murders rock the New York dark races community and threatens to stall the peace negotiations, Sabina finds herself helping to find the killer. Her investigation leads her down troubling paths that have her questioning everything – and everyone – she knows. And the closer she gets to the murderer, the more Sabina realises this is one foe she may not able to kill.

Chloe Neil’s Drink Deep!!! Out this November
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.

And finally!
Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Surrender! (I think these covers get better and better. And the mantittyesqueness is another factor too!)
The Lords of the Underworld return in this enthralling tale of an immortal warrior determined to win and the beautiful seductress he can’t resist.

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory.

Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender. Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he has an agenda of his own – steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named.

But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible…

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For this week’s question, which out of print books would you like to bring back?

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Sullivan McPig June 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    It's not so much out of print books that I want brought back: I want some books to be translated from Dutch to English so I can bug my friends into reading them.

  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) June 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    All those delicious new book releases. Makes the mouth (or eyes?) water!! I must shamefully note that I had no idea Keri Arthur had a new series coming out. Gotta get on that train.

    There frequently seems to be some person or another who talks big about how they write genre fiction just because it's a paycheck/simplistic/a ticket to stardom. Good thing there are 10 authors that respect and embrace genre fiction for every 1 that might simply be using it for whatever reason.

  • draconismoi June 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I'm kinda okay with the death of the hardback (too spendy) and mass-market paperback (too poorly bound). I love trade paperbacks. I PARTICULARLY like they they come in all sorts of different sizes. Makes each book stand out better on it's own, rather than forcing it into a one-size-fits-all format.

    cass at feministdracona dot net

  • Sheree June 25, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I don't buy that many hardcovers (hard to sell back to the store) but I do buy mass markets. Since the cover is a big part of my purchasing decision, I don't like ebooks that much (although I do buy them).

  • Has June 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

    @sullivan McPig
    I wished more pubs would do that – its easier to translate English books to other languages but not so much when its the other way round.

    @Alisha –

    I think when you sell out or try to force to write in a certain genre it shows. I just think its pretty sad because for me the best books are the ones with the heart and soul in them not the ones when authors try to cash in.


    I think HB and Tradebacks will survive but PB will disappear. Ebooks will take their place. I think Border's collapse and the economy are def a factor too.

    @Sheree – I prefer ebooks these days. I rarely buy print unless its an autobuy author that I want to collect in print or the geo restricted titles 😛

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