Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Roundup with PW

iBooks Bestsellers: No Stopping ‘Unbroken’
'Unbroken,' Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller adapted into a film out Christmas Day, held on to the #1 spot in Apple’s iBooks store. 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed, which also has a big screen version in theaters, rose one spot to #2, bumping 'Gone Girl,' yet another page-to-screen title, to #3. more » »

Bringing International YA Literature into English: A Panel Discussion
To launch the December issue of Words Without Borders, an online magazine dedicated to translated YA literature from around the world, a panel of editors, publishers and writers gathered to discuss bringing stories from other cultures into the English language. Click through to see how a diverse array of stories was brought together for the first time in English, and to read about publishing trends that extend beyond borders. more » »

Wal-Mart to Step Up Competition : The recent rumor that Wal-Mart could buy the beleaguered Nook division from Barnes & Noble is a clear indication that the retail chain intends to heat up its retail rivalry with Amazon.

Bookstore Manager's Textbook Scheme: A former bookstore manager at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa will plead guilty on Thursday to creating a fake book wholesaling company as part of a scheme to steal $302,177 from the school.

Celebs Donate Books: Stars like Jimmy Kimmel and Maggie Gyllenhaal are giving signed books, with a note about what the title meant to its famous former owner, to an online bookseller. Proceeds will go toward supporting literacy education.

The Genesis of Times New Roman: You might be surprised to learn that Times New Roman began as a challenge, when esteemed type designer Stanley Morison criticized London’s newspaper 'The Times' for being out-of-touch with modern typographical trends.

Amazon Hints at U.K. E-book Price Hike: In an email to self-published authors, Amazon has warned that e-book prices in the U.K. will rise come January following a change in VAT law.

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