Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on October 7, 2011 @ 2:01 pm 7 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post and it has been pretty eventful with the sad passing of Steve Jobs from Apple, Google opening up their book store in the UK and more YA adaptions to come.
However the big news leading this week is the death of Steve Jobs who was a influential and innovative figure in the world of computing and media. He stepped down as CEO of Apple a few weeks ago and has been battling Pancreatic Cancer for the past few years. His death will be a huge loss to the industry that he was part of.

Google has launched its ebook store in the UK. Google has also announced that it is planing on launching Canadian and Australian sites very soon and Europe to closely to follow. They claim they have hundreds of thousands of books on offer as well public domain books.

UK Independent Book Sellers are calling on to the Government to fix book prices as they are finding it hard to compete with sites like Amazon and The Book Depository as well as supermakets who can afford to heavily discount their books. This is basically a call back on the Net Book Agreement which was dismantled a decade ago and frankly I can’t see how this will work – but it is a sign that indie book stores are finding it harder to survive today.
With the recent announcement that Amazon has struck an exclusive deal with DC Comics for an Amazon App in conjunction with their new device for 100 comics for the KIndle Fire. Barnes and Noble have removed 100l DC print comics from their stores. Superheroes at dawn! Kow Pow and Ow.

This week there was a also a slew of books being adapted for the Silver Screen treatment.

First up – A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcombe, which is a wonderful haunting tale about two ghosts who fall in love. Summit Entertainment, the production company behind Twilight is producing and from their recent acquisitions they are definitely on the hunt for the next big YA themed adaptation.
Whilst Fox channel in the US is to adapt The Magicians a fantasy novel by Lev Grossman is going to be picked up for a tv script and if given the greenlight will be produced as a series. The book is about a group of teens who have magical abilities and come across a fantasy land called Fillory.
Orbit books have announced that they will be launching a digital ebook only venture, and Lilith Saintcrow book, The Hedgewitch will be the first to debut this December. The follow up, The Bandit King will be out next Summer. I have to say I love the cover and I’ve already put the book on my wishlist. The Hedgwitch will be available to both UK and US readers and in all formats. For more info on the book and the new venture click here. 

And finally I forgot to post this last week but One for the Money trailer – the adaptation on the first Stephanie Plum book has been released. I really am not feeling the casting choices.

This week’s covers highlights is mostly YA – and long awaited sequel at that including BitterBlue and Fever the sequel to Wither.

First up – I am really looking forward to Ruth Francis Long aka RF Long’s new YA – the cover is lush!

The cover for Fever by Lauren DeStefano has been released.
I am not too sure about the cover though.

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.

The sequel to Angelfire – Wings of the Wicked.

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

And finally we have the cover for the final book in Kristin Cashore’s fantasy YA trilogy – Bitterblue.

There isn’t much info on the book, but I honestly can’t wait for this book!
What do you think of Barnes and Nobles reaction to the Amazon DC Comic deal? 
Is this fair or just a KOW, POW and OW Sour Grapes? 
And do you think Google Ebooks will be successful?

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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  • YzhaBella's BookShelf October 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hmmmm. Hedgewitch & Treachery —- very similar covers… =)

  • Blodeuedd October 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Not a big fan when the covers look almost the same

  • Sheree October 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    At least they flipped the image for the different covers. 🙂

    Eh to the DC comics. I haven't read a comic book or graphic novel in years (switched over to manga instead).

    Although I'm not much of an Apple user (no iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.), I'm still going to miss Steve Jobs, mostly due to his contributions to technology and everyday life through technology.

  • Has October 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    You know when I was writing the post I didn't REALLY notice until it was drafted. But I think I have to prefer R.F Long's one – Love the flowers and forrest setting but both books look good.

  • draconismoi October 9, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I've never read a Stephanie Plum book (despite continuous assurances from my mother that the Sassy Black Friend Cliche is SO HILARIOUS)….

    And this trailer is not inspiring any interest.

    Sigh, I haven't loved Katherine Heigl since her Roswell days.

  • LSUReader October 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

    So sad about Steve Jobs.

    Boo Hiss over the possibility of UK price fixing. What an awful idea.

    One for the Money–sigh. I've read Evanovich for years. These are just not the right casting choices. But not the worst ever. That honor goes to the "geniuses" who chose short, pretty boy Tom Cruise to portray Lee Child's 6'5" tall, wandering, ex-military hero Jack Reacher. What were they thinking?

    Thanks for the info.

  • Anna October 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Too bad many books this year were similar storywise, if they start looking alike in their covers as well,I'm afraid we won't be able to tell them apart!
    Beautiful covers nonetheless!

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