This Is Your Country on Drugs

Interesting sounding book just out: This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America by Ryan Grim (Wiley, $24.95, 0470167394/9780470167397, June 29, 2009).

Book review by Debra Ginsberg from Shelf-Awareness who calls it "a truly compelling and enlightening read."

HarperCollins Buys Series from James Frey

He submitted it anonymously.

But then HC found out the author of the Y.A. novel "I Am Number Four" was James Frey, the notorious author of “A Million Little Pieces”. Do you think that helped him get the contract?

Here's the story from the NYTimes.

A 'Restored' Edition of Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast" by His Grandson

What happens to a book published posthumously? It seems a life can be written, edited, rewritten and reedited long after the author's death.

This is what's transpiring with Hemingway's posthumous memoir of his early days in Paris, “A Moveable Feast." Along with portraits of other famous ex-pats (F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein), it provides a heart-wrenching depiction of marital betrayal.

Much married, Hemingway's fourth and final wife Mary was the one who edited the first edition of “A Moveable Feast,” published by Scribner in 1964 (she became his widow upon the authors death in July 1961). She created a final chapter that dealt with the dissolution of Hemingway’s first marriage to Hadley and the beginning of his relationship with his second wife, Pauline, building some of it from parts of the book he had indicated he did not want included.

Early next month, Scribner, now an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is publishing a new edition of the book, what it is calling “the restored edition,” and this time it is edited by Seán Hemingway, a grandson of Hemingway and Pauline. Among the changes he has made is removing part of that final chapter from the main body of the book and placing it in an appendix, adding back passages from Hemingway’s manuscript that Seán believes paint his grandmother in a more sympathetic light.

They Publish Books and Give Them Away for Free

Not the Watchtower....but Concord Free Press, and yes, I guess they are getting a bit of free publicity from their endeavor. Check it out.

$25 offer a mistake, admits Reed Elsevier

Reed Elsevier officials have admitted that it was a mistake for the STM publisher's marketing division to offer $25 (£15) Amazon gift cards to anyone who would give a new textbook five stars in a review posted on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

More here.


Stepping on Your Toes With Book Publicity?

An appellate court has reversed a lower court decision that had exonerated Simon & Schuster of breaking federal telecommunications law when it sent cellphone text messages to promote the novel “Cell,” written by Stephen King, three years ago.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, ruled on Friday that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California had erred in its ruling in Simon & Schuster’s favor in a class-action suit brought by Laci Satterfield, a woman who objected to receiving an ad for “Cell” as a text message.

More from the New York Times.

Book publishers make a move toward mobile to attract teens

The Hills' Lauren Conrad— TV reality star, author of a new novel for teens and a Kindle user — says her BlackBerry "lives" in the palm of her hand.
It's the reason she thinks technology that links books like hers to mobile devices is "a really cool idea."

"Most people my age kind of live on their phones," says Conrad, 23.

Book publishers hope other young people think it's cool, too.

Publishers, engaged in the oldest of the old media, are turning to mobile technology and online social networks as a way to reach young readers.

Full story here.


Author Responds to Salinger Lawsuit

The New York Times has an update on the legal battle between 90-year old author J. D. Salinger and Swedish writer Frederik Colting (pictured below), author of “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye.” Colting claims that his novel is not a sequel to “Catcher in the Rye,” but rather “a complex and undeniably transformative exposition about one of our nation’s most famous authors, J.D. Salinger, and his best known creation, Holden Caulfield.” Salinger says "it is a rip-off, pure and simple".

Here is Colting's p.o.v. (legal documentation).

The “shift” speech

Publishing Industry Consultant: Mike Shatzkin:

On May 28, I gave a speech called “Stay Ahead of the Shift: How Content-Centric Publishers Can Flourish in a Community-Centric Web World” at BookExpo America. From today (June 12) through Monday morning (June 15), we are able to show you the video of the speech. We have also put the slides and full text on the speeches page of our site.

Presentation can be seen here.

Presentation can also be found here as an MP3 download. This link is at the BookExpo podcast site and doesn't look like it will be taken down on Monday like the video is. Since you can download the MP3 at the BookExpo site you can listed on a portable MP3 player instead of being tied to your computer.



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