This Week in Publishing – Bits and Bites from June 26, 2010

by | Jun 26, 2010 | Book Marketing Basics

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Barnes & Noble nook (ebook reader device)

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It’s hard to get away from digital books – even if you don’t own an e-reader, they are in the news and this past week was no exception. As soon as Barnes and Noble lowered the price on the Nook, Amazon followed suit by lowering the price on its Kindle, with both now under $200; and Borders was right on their heels, with a great deal and gift card for its Kobo. And the outcome: at least for now, great deals for the consumer.

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Cover of Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

Here’s a look at some other news, and of course, it could not be complete without Stephenie Meyer and the ‘Twilight’ series – the latest movie, ‘Eclipse,’ opens June 30.

* Interesting piece about valuing the books that have already been published and how technology makes these books more accessible: ‘The Tyranny of the New: Why the Future of Books May be Old Books,’

* The June 26 lunar eclipse is ‘Twilight Night’ in 12 cities – the first 2 Twilight movies will be shown outdoors,

* Great for consumers: e-reader price wars begin and e-readers are now under $200, and

* ‘E-books, hardcovers, online booksellers and stores: Why everybody can win,’

* 11 bestselling and very cool book apps for adults & kids (Dr. Seuss, the Bible and more!),

Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert, 2007

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* What are the best book covers of 2009?

* Prepare for the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ juggernaut as the movie starring Julia Roberts opens in August,

Ellen DeGeneres in 2009.

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* Ellen DeGeneres lands a book deal for her memoir,×46.

* Vintage typewriters that belonged to Kerouac and Updike ring in huge sales,

* Top 10 women travelers in fiction – anyone you’d add?

* More staggering Kindle sales stats (and advice) from J.A. Konrath,

* Quote of the week – Stephenie Meyer: ‘I’m Really Burned Out on Vampires,’

* Simon & Schuster releases an e-book timed to coincide with President Obama accepting General McChrystal’s resignation, ‘Truman Fires MacArthur,’

* Drunk writers were better sober, psychiatrist says,

Diary of a wimpy kid

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* Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 scheduled for March 2011 release, since the first movie was a hit,

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