Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on September 16, 2011 @ 1:50 pm 3 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post – it pretty jam packed this week , so chill out with a nice cuppa and enjoy because we have the new trailer for Breaking Dawn and some fun stuff in the world of publishing!

If anyone is stalling in getting an ereader, I think now is the time. According to reports, ereaders have jumped to 167% with suggestions that this holiday season some will be priced around $100 or so. I think this may be the case with Amazon launching its tablet soon and may cut their black and white ereaders further.
The Guardian has announced their National Book Swap, which is an initiative where people can place books around the country in public places for others to pick up and enjoy. People can print up a sticker or collect one from this weekend’s papers and donate one of their favourite books which can range from any genres. For more details click here.

Google announced they are almost ready to launch an ebook store in Australia and is currently in discussions with publishers about pricing. This will help to boost the ebook market in the country. This move also suggests that Google may also be close to launching a site in the UK.

Blogger Mike Cane highlighted a tweet that was pretty eye-opening with the stats that it presented. Tweeter @JonnyGeller reported that the topselling Hardback sold less than 5000 copies this week, and the top 50th sold around 247 copies. I find this pretty startling but not surprising with the popularity of ebooks, but established methods of publishing is heading for a bumpy road!

Author Harlan Ellison is not a happy man, and is suing Fox over the movie ‘In Time’ by Andrew Neccol which is slated for this October. He claims that this movie which is about a future where people have a set time to live before they have to die is very similar to his story “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman” – he has been successful in the past with other movies who he has claimed that infringed his copyright but whether this action will be successful is unknown.
And finally who is ready for Breaking Dawn ( I CAN’T WAIT for Alien baby birth scene)? The teaser trailer has been released. Angsting and constipated looks ahoy!

This week’s cover highlights is dedicated to historical romances.

I really like the look of the upcoming Sarah Maclean’s latest book.

What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets . . .

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . even her heart.

Laura Lee Guhrke’s Trouble at the Wedding which is part of the Abandoned at the Altar series.

What happens when a woman is determined to marry the wrong man? When she just won’t listen to reason and rushes forward with wedding plans? When she just doesn’t care that she’s marrying a fortune hunting scoundrel who doesn’t love her? What’s her exasperated family supposed to do about it? Hire a different scoundrel to talk her out of it, of course.

American heiress Annabel Wheaton knows what she wants and love isn’t it. Born in a Mississippi backwater, with a twang as wide as the Delta, she wants respect to go with the millions her daddy found in a Klondike gold mine. But respect isn’t easy to come by in the closed Knickerbocker society of New York, and when the fortune-hunting Earl of Rumsford shows up, it seems like he’s just the ticket to make all Annabel’s dreams come true. When he proposes marriage, she happily agrees. That’s when the trouble starts.

Christian Du Quesne has always been trouble—a rake, a gambler, and when he was younger, a fortune hunter. He married once for the sake of the decaying family coffers, but he won’t do it again. When his older brother, the Duke of Scarborough, dies without issue, Christian become the duke and inherits a whole new pile of family debt with no way to pay it. When Annabel’s family hires him to show Annabel just what she’d be getting by marrying into Britain’s aristocratic class, he knows he’s the perfect person to talk her out of matrimony. Problem is, he only has four days to do it. Can he cause enough trouble in those four days to get her to call off the wedding?

Grace Burrow’s has made an impact in the past year and her next book looks fantastic!

The highly praised trilogy of Regency romances by award-winning author Grace Burrowes concludes with gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland. Val retreats to the country after an injury robs him of his musical ability, only to learn from impoverished widow Ellen Markham that he can be loved even when his music falls silent.

And last, To Wed a Wild Lord – I am not keen on the cover but this looks good.

Drowning in guilt over his best friend’s death seven years ago, Lord Gabriel Sharpe, the Angel of Death, knows his only hope at redemption is a race against a shocking opponent.

Shrouded in darkness for the past seven years, the infamous racer Lord Gabriel Sharpe is known to accept every challenge to race thrown at him. When his next challenge comes in the form of his late best friend’s sister, Virginia Waverly, Gabe is shocked. Yet she presents just the opportunity Gabe needs–marriage to fulfill his grandmother’s ultimatum and ensure his inheritance. What he didn’t count on was needing her love.

So what do you think of the Breaking Dawn trailer? 
 What do you think about that figures of this week’s Hardback sales? Do you think this will be a downward trend and that hardbacks will die out as well?

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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  • Sheree September 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I'm a bit disappointed by TO WED A WILD LORD cover as well, but I'm enjoying the series so I'm looking forward to it. Too bad they didn't stick with Paul Marron (on books 2 & 3).

    As for the hardcover sales, I'm not surprised. What with e-versions of the hardcovers being so much cheaper than the hardcover itself, it makes sense that people will go that route. I rarely buy hardcovers unless a) it's signed by the author, b) it's a keeper. or c) it's heavily discounted, like in the clearance section of Barnes & Noble.

  • wanderinghues September 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I'm excited about the google australia store. The more big guys who start doing business over here the quicker we'll (hopefully) get the mess-ups that currently happen with "international licencing restrictions".

  • Marg September 17, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I don't know why but the cover guy on the Jeffries book just looks too modern!

    Excited to see the new Maclean and Guhrke covers!

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