Around The Bookish World: News Week-In-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on February 17, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 5 comments

  Welcome to this week’s news post! It is slightly quieter this week, but we have some interesting tidbits about pirate sites being shut down, interview links and books to look out for!


I think this is pretty disappointing but not really surprised by this move, and caused a stir at the TOC (Tools of Change Conference) – Penguin has removed all of its books from Overdrive and is following other publishers who have either removed their books or have placed borrowing restrictions with the amount of times a book can be lent out. However Random House is the only big 6 publisher who has recently said they will allow unlimited lending but has raised the wholesale price for ebook lending to suppliers.


In one of the biggest  pirated site crackdowns I’ve seen yet, happened this week. Major publishers as well as indie ones have joined forces and managed to close pirate sites which offered over 400,000 ebooks that were pirated. The sites that were shut down were and – it is also looks like the consortium of publishers will also be cracking down at other websites and filesharing sites.


Help needed: Thea from The Book Smugglers is working on a thesis and needs input in a questionnaire about books and publishing. If you are able – please pass on the word to other bloggers and readers because the more response she gets the better her research for her thesis will be and it is a quick survey! To take part clicky here:


News in Brief:

GRR Martin has  a fun interview although not much info on the Game of Thrones series but I loved some of his answers!

Vampire Book Club hosted a love letter written by Smexybooks Mandi for Bran from the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series. She got a reply back from Bran!!!! 


And now for exclusive cover reveals and books to watch out for the coming months!!!

First up! Bare-naked Lola by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.

Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she’s out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento’s professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing—but parading around in nothing but smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she’s going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves to keep under wraps….




Finn Finnegan by DarbyKarchut.

Finn (not bleedin’ Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn’s survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of “fighting Irish.”

This is the second book in the Ruby Red trilogy which was originally written in German. I adore the cover and the premise sounds great too! The first book Ruby Red is out now in English.

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice oneverything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.


And finally – Jill Myles’ 4th Succubus Diary book – Succubi Are Forever!

Jackie has to find two more halos before she’s out of her deal to the Archangel Gabriel. But she’s not the only one hunting for them, and everyone around her has motives – succubi, serim, and vampire. It’s a race to the finish line, and only one person is going to come out on top. But will Jackie stand tall when even her allies are set to betray her? Because Noah Gideon is back, and he doesn’t like taking ‘no’ for an answer.






I am going to leave you with the trailer for John Carter of Mars – you guys its mantittiestastic!!!



What do you think about publisher’s reluctance of ebook lending? Do you think its detrimental to them and for libraries? 



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 February 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I’m quite disappointed in Penguin. I can somewhat understand raising prices on e-books to be loaned, but removing Overdrive support altogether… I just don’t get it. I guess they only want to support e-books as long as people buy them, not borrow them via library.

    I wonder how much of an opportunity this might present for e-publishers and small press publishers to gain more exposure for their books…

  • aurian February 18, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I wonder about loaning ebooks. Can you not very easy copy the book to your computer and just keep it? I really have no idea how this works.

  • blodeuedd February 18, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I need the Jill Myles book 😀

  • Tamsyn February 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

    The Ruby Red series sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jan February 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I don’t get how you can lend ebooks.
    I agree with Tamsyn – the Ruby Red series sounds great.

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