This Week in Publishing: Bits and Bites for August 21, 2010

by | Aug 21, 2010 | Book Marketing Basics

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It’s time to veg out; summer is just about over, back to school is around the corner (if not already underway). Let’s kick back as key events in the publishing world play out. Will Barnes & Noble be sold or become privately owned? Will Wiley Agency’s e-book imprint Odyssey succeed? What will happen with the digital book and digital reading device price and product wars? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Betty White David Shankbone 2010 NYC
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We’ll consider lighter matters: Celeboirs (aka celebrity memoirs) to anticipate, fear or loathe in the coming year. These include: annoying reality star The Situation (ghost writer for sure) ; singer Natalie Cole; rapper Jay-Z; actress/comedian Betty White, who gets a 2-book deal from Putnam; actor Rob Lowe; actress Barbara Eden; singer Ricky Martin; teen idol Justin Bieber; actress Kate Jackson; actress Soleil Moon Frye; actress Ashley Judd; singer R. Kelly; actress Susan Lucci. Meanwhile, actress/train wreck Lindsay Lohan supposedly worked on her memoirs while in jail. Perhaps she’ll suffer the same fate as Octomom Nadya Suleman, who wrote an autobiography, but no one wants to publish it so far. Have you heard of a few, some or all of these people? Most promising: White’s look back at her long, fruitful career; ditto with Eden’s memoir.

Other news in publishing:

* Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ turns 50 (and it’s outsold Harry Potter),

* Can you name these books from the portion of their covers? Try it!

* ‘Librarians save the day! 11 great movies in which they star,’

* “The Secret” sequel ‘The Power’ is a boon to book sales,

* ‘6 Great Novels that were hated in their time,’

* ‘What would ATTICUS do?’ Bookstore’s bumper sticker sales take off,

* ‘U.S. neighborhood bookstores thrive in digital age,’

* ‘HarperCollins launches new Vampire Diaries series,’

The Vampire Diaries
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* ‘Kobo e-reader price to drop to $99 by Christmas,’

* ‘5 great books about obscure presidents,’

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