The Book Fight of the Century

In one corner: the scrappy contender whose strongest punch is a blow to his opponent’s appetite for power and profit. And in the other corner: the towering heavyweight champion who wants to pound the contender’s prices to the mat. “I think these fighters are dancing around the ring right now,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer,...

‘Vampire Academy’ Production Team Launches Indiegogo Campaign

The Vampire Academy movie production team have launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo. They hope to raise $1.5 million to adapt the second installment of Richelle Mead’s young adult series, Frostbite. The campaign will run until September 05, 2014. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s an excerpt from the message that screenwriter Piers...

Scholastic Expands its Book Club With More Preschool Titles

In a move to get books to younger children, Scholastic has expanded its book club reading program to reach kids from birth to age 5. Scholastic’s new early childhood regime includes more books for readers under 5 in its Scholastic Reading Club, as well as Scholastic Preschool Book Fairs and early education-readiness parent workshops. “It is...

Singapore Literature Festival to Launch in New York City

Poet Koh Jee Leong and writer Paul Rozario-Falcone have been working to coordinate the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival. The organizers have raised more than $7,000 on Kickstarter to fund this event. Thus far, they have confirmed the participation of fifteen Singaporean authors including Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, and Wena Poon. The festival will take place from October 10-12,...

New Outlook on Marketing

As independent book publishing has become more centralized and streamlined so too has the process of marketing and promoting books. The goal has always been to attract attention and compel the consumer to take action. Technology has made accessing the marketplace easier and is now helping the process of book marketing become much simpler and...

Jennifer Romanello Joins Simon & Schuster Children’s as VP of Publicity

Simon & Schuster has hired Jennifer Romanello  as its new Vice President, Director of Publicity for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Romanello will assume her new post on Wednesday August 20th. Romanello comes to Simon & Schuster from her own Public Relations firm, which she led for more than a year. Prior to that, she spent...

Executor of Orwell’s Estate Calls Amazon Out on Misquoting the Author

Earlier this week, Amazon sent out a letter to Kindle readers defending the low price of its eBooks, quoting George Orwell’s perception of paperbacks in its defense. However, as The New York Times pointed out, the company took Orwell’s ironic comments out of context and failed to share his true point of view on the subject. Bill...

Phaidon Acquires Artspace

Art book publisher and distributor Phaidon has acquired Artspace Marketplace, an online site that sells fine art, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. “We are thrilled with the investment in Artspace. We look forward to enriching the experience of our audience and expanding our reach through new initiatives, including retail presence, product development,...

Lev Grossman, Hampton Sides, & Sally Hogshead Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending August 10, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman: “Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land...

Publishing Jobs: Kirkus Media, Storey Publishing, Callisto Media

This week, Kirkus Media is hiring a freelance copyeditor/line editor, while Storey Publishing needs a marketing designer. Callisto Media is seeking experienced diet, health and cookbook authors, and Guideposts is on the hunt for an associate editor for non-fiction. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro...

‘Vain – Part Two’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

Vain – Part Two by Deborah Bladon leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you...

Strand Book Store to Push Front List Sales With New Book Club

Strand Book Store is gearing up to launch a Signed First Editions Club, a subscription service that will help the store expand its front list inventory. “Strand has long been known as a destination for used and discounted books,” stated Carson Moss, the store’s frontlist book buyer. “In recent years, we’ve experienced strong growth in frontlist sales and we’re confident that...

Maxine Hong Kingston & Julia Alvarez Honored as Recipients of the National Medal of Arts

Writers Maxine Hong Kingston and Julia Alvarez have been awarded the National Medal of Arts. Here’s more from the press release: “The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who...