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

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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: http://ht.ly/1Pxbw

* Smart idea: British children’s writer sells e-stories for Nintendo DS: http://ht.ly/1P9ag

* With Apple’s iPad getting a lot of buzz in the book world, here are 5 killer iPad apps for authors: http://ht.ly/1Pxaf

* It’s only been a 100-year wait, but Mark Twain’s autobiography is finally on its way: http://ht.ly/1PxhU

* Color Kindle `still a long way out,’ says Amazon CEO: http://ht.ly/1Q3Gk – and Amazon will launch a thinner, sharper Kindle to compete with iPad: http://ht.ly/1SiFa. 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: http://ht.ly/1Q3Ir

Mark Twain photo portrait.

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* Test your knowledge of hard times in literature with this Guardian UK quiz: http://ht.ly/1Q4ei

* Time to start a summer reading list, and USA Today has some recommendations: http://ht.ly/1QIdK

* 12 great overlooked books by famous authors: http://ht.ly/1R8Cd

* Novel promo’s a laugh riot (clever promotional idea): http://ht.ly/1RgBX

* Not an overnight success story: Bestselling author David Baldacci discusses his 15 years of rejections: http://ht.ly/1SiDT

* Report: Texas Attorney General probes agency model and Apple – is it price fixing? http://ht.ly/1T1yd

* Bookshelf Porn: A collection of all the best bookshelf photos for people that *heart* bookshelves: http://bookshelfporn.com/

* Why cell phone novels are part of publishing’s future: http://ht.ly/1T1Ai

* Amazon vs. Apple be damned: publishers pine for universal e-book format: http://ht.ly/1T1C0

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): http://ht.ly/1T1NR

* Borders adds a $120 e-reader to its shelves: http://ht.ly/1T1Qg

* Apple launches self-publishing iBooks program: http://ht.ly/1T1TF

* Another holdout relents: Larry McMurtry joins the e-book rush: http://ht.ly/1TvH6

* Digital sales will overtake print sales in five years, not ten, says president of Sony’s digital reading business division: http://ht.ly/1TvP3

* The Fast Company Guide to E-Readers (which one is best?) http://ht.ly/1TvXg

* Hyperion teams up with Glamour magazine for a series of books: http://ht.ly/1U4GC

* The New Yorker has chosen its “20 Under 40″ list of fiction writers worth watching: http://ht.ly/1U4SI

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Cover of Lonesome Dove

* Bloomberg’s Top 50 Business Books (published since Jan. ’09): http://ht.ly/1U50f

* 10 great summer books from O magazine – reviews and reading guides: http://ht.ly/1UcUP

* Twenty successful self-published authors: http://ht.ly/1SiEF

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