This Week in Publishing – Bits and Bites for June 5, 2010

by: Penny

The publishing world is never dull, sit back, and enjoy: whether it’s growth in e-book sales, a new digital e-reader device entering the market, an upgrade to an existing digital reader, a longtime holdout to digital books agreeing to offer his work as e-books, hardly a day goes by without more news on the digital front. Oh, and there’s a lot of non e-book/digital device related news too!

iPad blurs the line between traditional devices

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* E-book sales jumped 252% in the first quarter of 2010, the biggest growth in the market:

* Smart idea: British children’s writer sells e-stories for Nintendo DS:

* With Apple’s iPad getting a lot of buzz in the book world, here are 5 killer iPad apps for authors:

* It’s only been a 100-year wait, but Mark Twain’s autobiography is finally on its way:

* Color Kindle `still a long way out,’ says Amazon CEO: – and Amazon will launch a thinner, sharper Kindle to compete with iPad: Also, the Kindle is for sale in Target stores.

* Parties are planned this summer for the 50th anniversary of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird:

Mark Twain photo portrait.

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* Test your knowledge of hard times in literature with this Guardian UK quiz:

* Time to start a summer reading list, and USA Today has some recommendations:

* 12 great overlooked books by famous authors:

* Novel promo’s a laugh riot (clever promotional idea):

* Not an overnight success story: Bestselling author David Baldacci discusses his 15 years of rejections:

* Report: Texas Attorney General probes agency model and Apple – is it price fixing?

* Bookshelf Porn: A collection of all the best bookshelf photos for people that *heart* bookshelves:

* Why cell phone novels are part of publishing’s future:

* Amazon vs. Apple be damned: publishers pine for universal e-book format:

taci cat

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* What is Kitty up to? Cats can now tweet with a new liveblogging device (hint: at least 75% of the time he or she will be sleeping):

* Borders adds a $120 e-reader to its shelves:

* Apple launches self-publishing iBooks program:

* Another holdout relents: Larry McMurtry joins the e-book rush:

* Digital sales will overtake print sales in five years, not ten, says president of Sony’s digital reading business division:

* The Fast Company Guide to E-Readers (which one is best?)

* Hyperion teams up with Glamour magazine for a series of books:

* The New Yorker has chosen its “20 Under 40” list of fiction writers worth watching:

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Cover of Lonesome Dove

* Bloomberg’s Top 50 Business Books (published since Jan. ’09):

* 10 great summer books from O magazine – reviews and reading guides:

* Twenty successful self-published authors:

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