Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on September 9, 2011 @ 2:21 pm 4 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post – This week we have some sad news regarding the founder of Project Gutenburg and posters galore from long awaited movies adapted from popular books.
News broke this week that the founde, Michael Hart of Project Gutenburg, which focuses on publishing and distributing public domain books passed away on the 6th of September. He was an innovative and pioneering individual of digital books, and was influential in shaping digital publishing and he was dedicated in offering geo restricted ebooks to anyone with a real love of books – everyone at Book Lovers Inc pass on our condolences to his family and friends.
An interesting development for those who live in the UK! Waterstones has announced they have plans to produce a dedicated reader ala the Nook, and will be aiming as the main competitor against the Kindle. The ereader is tentatively slated for release sometime next year although there isn’t much info on what kind of features the reader will have and who will be producing it but whether this will be an affective approach will be interesting to see how it pans out especially since the Kindle is a huge hit in the UK and is the bestselling e-ink device.
Amazon also announced they will be providing lockers on the High Street/Main Street for customers who want to collect their packages, for those who are unable to recieve their orders at home or work. This service will be available in the US via 7/11 stores in Seattle as well as the UK in some major shopping malls. If this service is deemed popular, it will be rolled out nationally in both countries.
And finally we have some good news from Rob Thurman! A few weeks ago we reported that she was seriously injured in an accident, but her admin at her website has announced that Rob has recovered and will hopefully come home this weekend. We wish her the best and sending speedy recovery and get well soon thoughts to her!

This week I will be highlighting mainly posters from adaptations based on popular books.
First up – we have One for the Money which stars Katherine Hiegl as Stephanie Plum. The movie is slated early in the new year.
One for the Money poster

And we also have the teaser posters for Breaking Dawn – who is ready for that alien birth scene?

Mariah V Snyder has unveilled the cover for her new Healer series, Touch of power is the first book and is slated to be released this December. Here is the US edition.

And the UK cover –

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life….

So do you think Amazon’s new locker service will be popular? 
And what do you think of the upcoming adaptations of One for the Money and the Breaking Dawn movies? What books would you like to see to be adapted?

About Has

Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • Blodeuedd September 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I can't wait for the Evanovich movie 😀
    But Heigl does not look like Steph

  • Lesley D September 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I love the Stephanie Plum books, but I'm not quite sure how I feel about the movie yet… Guess I'll just have to wait and see.

  • Has September 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I have to admit – I am not really keen on the casting for Stephanie and seeing that this movie has been pushed back to January (was originally) earlier this year its not a good sign. But I hope I am wrong about this.

  • LSUReader September 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Has, I agree with you. The Plum movie casting just doesn't seem right to me. I've been reading these books for so long; it's hard to see "real" folks in place of my imagination. I'm sure I'll see it anyway, to confirm or refute my expectations.

    Good news on Rob Thurman. As always, thanks for the info.

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