Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on July 1, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 8 comments
Wow it’s the first day of July – where has all the time gone??? Well this week has been a bit quiet, but we have some interesting tidbits and upcoming book news and once again plagiarism rears it’s ugly head.
But lets kick this off with news from RWA. It has been reported via Dear Author that Berkley and NAL will be embarking on a digital imprint for Romance. They are looking for original submissions that range from 55 thousand words or so and which will be published in digitial formats but depending on the popularity they may also be released in print format. Smaller works will also be considered.
After the announcement last week about Pottermore, it seems some book stores aren’t happy with the fact that the site will be selling ebooks directly to readers. A few independent sellers and Waterstones in the UK were hoping they would be able to sell the ebooks along with the print format.

It looks like the battle of the ereaders is starting to hot up. Barnes and Noble has announced that starting today, people can come into the storesm, to compare and upgrade for a new Nook – either the colour tablet or the new ‘All New’ Nook and also get the chance to get 30 ebooks too. It is not known what is on offer but it is a definitely a good way to entice readers who are looking for an upgrade.

And finally the wtfery of the week is once again that old ugly thing – Plagiarism. Authors (Bree and Donna) aka Moira Rogers, found out that one of their series was being plagiarised (basically the books only thing that was changed was the characters names – AWFUL ones at that too) from an author, Angela Priest who claimed it as her own. Not only that, it was discovered later that she also did the same with books by authors such as Shiloh Walker and even Nora Roberts, as well as offering copyrighted covers for free. She also defended this, by claiming she was using their books as a guide. She has also posted these books along with offering free cover art which are copyrighted on sites like Bookrix and Smashwords for free. It is a weird mix of plagiarism and piracy and sadly I can foresee much more of this kind of wtfery.

Despite requests from Moria Rogers to remove the books in question and even though Alison Priest apologised several times on the Live Journal entry of this blog post.  She still has the books she has pirated from Nora Roberts and Shiloh Walker and few others on sites like Booksie and Scribd –  For more info on the story click here.
Latest Update via Moria Rogers: Still not all books are removed but one of her books has now a disclaimer about “copy write infringment”:

Upcoming books and covers!

I am definitely looking forward to this book! The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. It reminds me a cross between Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books and Kristin Cashore.

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

UK cover

The next book from The Bloodhound Files by DD Barant.

The second book by Cynthia Hand’s Angel YA series has a blurb and a cover!

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Suvivors a novella by Sophie Littlefield based on her Aftertime trilogy, will be released soon and it has a beautiful haunting like cover.

Heather Killough-Walden who is behind the popular PNR ebooks that she has self published has a new series with NAL. This will mark her NY print debut and the first book, Avenger’s Angel will be out in a few months.

Thanks to All Things Urban Fantasy who has highlighted most of the covers from this week’s post! They also have a slew of covers which you should all check out!
So what do you think about this new twist of plagiarism and piracy? Do you think its a sign of more to come and does this highlight that plagiarism is not considered to be serious thing?

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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  • LSUReader July 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Stealing is wrong. That's what plagiarism is–stealing someone's written work. It's so sad to learn that there's an increase in instances like this.

  • Estella July 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Plagiarism is just wrong!

  • Has July 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    @LSUReader and Estella – PREACH IT!

  • Sheree July 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I think plagiarism is worse than piracy. At least with piracy the actual author is acknowledged as such. It's bad enough to lose income over piracy but to lose one's work over plagiarism? I don't care the woman wasn't charging for her plagiarized works; it's just wrong.

  • sRy_ July 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    is true that plagiarism is worse; because it's the work of another one, not to confuse the copyright with the copyleft

  • Celine July 4, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Ugh, what that "writer" did was just plain awful.

    Hallowed looks pretty awesome though. I like the cover.

  • Ju Dimello July 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I think as long as there're books, there're going to be people who "borrow" words from those…

    Plagiarism is wrong.

    Piracy is a whole new ballgame altogether. I have read contradicting opinions on this…For eg.. one author said, if one of his books is pirated..he hopes the reader enjoys it and comes back to purchase for more. And there was yet another author who claimed that : whoever was reading pirated books was anyway not a potential buyer, ready to purchase their story. Hence it wasn't a lost sale per se. And then there're the majority – 99.99% of authors who cannot bear to see their "sweat and blood" be so ruthlessly stolen… I agree with all 😐

  • Ju Dimello July 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Oh and fab covers… loved them all! Hope you enjoy all the books.. 🙂

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