Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on September 23, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 8 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post – we have covers galore and news about Amazon’s long awaited library lending programme.
The major news this week is that of Amazon’s library lending has been launched finally this week and is out of Beta. More than 11 thousand libraries will be able to offer library books and Kindle features such as margin notes and bookmarks will be available. To find out more info and what libraries are involved click here. Note it is only US libraries right now that offer this service at the moment.
Amazon has also did a bit of a facelift at their site – making it more streamlined and tablet friendly. This is probably in preparation for their upcoming release of the Kindle Tablet. 
The Guardian has listed the top 100 people influential in publishing today. It is an interesting list but I am left wondering about some of the placements.
The Digital Reader is reporting that Barnes and Noble is going to release two tablets later this year. The Nook Touch will continue at the same price of $139 whilst the new tablets will replace the Nook Colour. The Nook Acclaim is priced at $349 while the Nook Encore at $249 which keep the main features of the Nook Colour whilst the Acclaim is totally new although no further details is known.
There is a very sweet deal for those who haven’t checked out the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. The first book of the series, Halfway to the Grave is discounted to $1.99 for a short time which started from the 20th of September and ends at 25th of October. If you haven’t started this series yet – I highly recommend it and plus you will so fall in love with Bones and just you wait till you read the 2nd book and the infamous chapter 32 😀
You can buy Halfway to the Grave via Amazon and Barnes and Noble – there is also a new trailer to help celebrate this special release.

And finally we have some fantastic covers and blurbs for you this week! First up, the 2nd book of the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, Insurgent has a cover and a plot summary. I loved the first book and I can’t wait for this book.

It’s been a big week in the world of Divergent or, more specifically, Insurgent, the second installment in the Divergent Trilogy. The cover image and tagline for the novel were unveiled on Friday, then we got a few thoughts from Veronica Roth about the news, and now, the plot synopsis for Insurgent has been unveiled!
GoodReads put up a page for Insurgent and posted the following details:
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Book seven of the Walker Papers Raven Calls – according to Goodreads its tentatively scheduled next March.

Gin Blanco never thought she’d need a vacation from being an assassin. But a few weeks ago, she killed Mab Monroe, her nemesis and the most powerful Fire elemental in Ashland. Now, all the city’s lowlifes are trying to make a name for themselves by taking out the Spider. So she heads south to a swanky beach town, along with her baby sister, Bria, for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when an old friend of Bria’s is threatened by a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic, it looks like Gin will have to dig the silverstone knives out of her suitcase after all. But this time, her special powers might not be enough to prevent her from coming home in a pine box…

And finally Nadia Lee also has a new upcoming release that looks great, The Last Slayer which is slated for released for this winter.

Ashera del Cid is a talented demon hunter, but when she kills a demigod’s pet dragon, the hunter becomes the hunted. Her only potential ally is Ramiel, a sexy-as-hell demon. Now the two must work together to battle dragons and demigods…and the chemistry crackling between them.
Ramiel has his own reasons for offering Ashera his protection. He knows her true identity and the real reason the demigods want her dead. What he can’t predict is how she’ll react when she discovers he knew who she was all along…
Ashera is shocked to discover that she is the only daughter of the last slayer. To claim her destiny, she and Ramiel must join forces to face down danger and outwit their enemies. Only then will she be able to truly accept her legacy…

So what do you think of the upcoming Nook tablets? 
Do you think they will be as good as the previous models? 
And do you agree with the top influential list by The Guardian? 
Do you have any suggestions or thoughts who should be in the list?

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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  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) September 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    THANK YOU Amazon! The lack of library book borrowing has been what's kept me from fully embracing the Kindle and it's platform up to now. I'm totally looking forward to visiting the library now.

    As for the new Jennifer Estep news…I won't even get started. That is one gorgeous cover. Going to be an awesome book for sure.

  • Blodeuedd September 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhh I want the Nadia Lee book 😀

  • CK September 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

    The Guardian list is interesting but subjective. I agree with Bezos but the guys that he looks over his shoulder for are Page and Cook, not Rowling. If she threw her weight (as in expanding the Potterverse) behind a new publisher, Google/Apple, then maybe.

  • LSUReader September 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Kindle library lending–YAY! I just borrowed my first library book for my Kindle–Nalini Singh's Archangel's Blade.

    Can't wait for Jennifer Estep's next Gin book. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Sheree September 25, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Yay to library lending on Kindle! I immediately borrowed a few books. I still think I prefer reading library ebooks on my laptop but it's so much easier to carry mhy Kindle around.

    As for the Guardian list, no Terry Pratchett?

  • Aurian September 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Love the Jennifer Estep cover, and blurb!

  • draconismoi September 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    That most-influential list is…..odd. I've never heard of most of those people – and as for those that I have heard of, I seriously doubt their impact on my reading choices.

    J.K. Rowling? Really? How is she influencing my reading materials? I didn't even bother reading the last two Potter books since #5 was such a godawful mess.

  • Nadia Lee October 2, 2011 at 8:27 am

    @Blodeuedd — I'll be giving away several early e-copies in November, about a month before the official release date! 🙂 Thank you for your interest!

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