Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Raven Boys to be a Movie

New Line Acquires Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys
Source: Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2012

The Los Angeles Times reports that New Line Cinema has acquired the film rights to Maggie Stiefvater's young adult novel "The Raven Boys," with Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) on board to produce. To be released on September 18, the book is the first in the four-title series "Raven Cycle" and is described as follows:

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.

The studio is currently in the process of hiring a screenwriter. Last year, Warner Bros. also optioned the author's "The Scorpio Races," for David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions to produce.


Dotti Enderle


Friday, September 14, 2012

55% of YA Books Bought by Adults

More than half the consumers of books classified for young adults aren’t all that young. According to a new study, fully 55% of buyers of works that publishers designate for kids aged 12 to 17 -- known as YA books -- are 18 or older, with the largest segment aged 30 to 44. Accounting for 28% of sales, these adults aren’t just purchasing for others -- when asked about the intended recipient, they report that 78% of the time they are purchasing books for their own reading. The insights are courtesy of Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age, an ongoing biannual study from Bowker Market Research that explores the changing nature of publishing for kids.

“The investigation into who is reading YA books began when we noticed a disparity between the number of YA e-books being purchased and the relatively low number of kids who claim to read e-books,” said Kelly Gallagher, v-p of Bowker Market Research. “The extent and age breakout of adult consumers of these works was surprising. And while the trend is influenced to some extent by the popularity of The Hunger Games, our data shows it’s a much larger phenomenon than readership of this single series.”
Indeed, 30% of respondents reported they were reading works in the Hunger Games series. But the remaining 70% of readers reported a vast variety of titles (over 220), only two of which commanded more than five percent of overall sales – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn.

“Although bestsellers lead, there’s a long tail of rich reading that has interesting implications for the publishers of YA books in terms of discovery and consumer relationships,” said project editor Kristen McLean.

The trend is good news for publishers, as these adult consumers of YA books are among the most coveted demographic of book consumers overall. Additional insights from the Bowker study show these readers are:

Early adopters: More than 40% read e-books, equivalent to the highest adoption rates of adult genres of mystery and romance
Committed: 71% say that if an e-book of their desired title was unavailable, they would buy the print book instead
Loyal: Enjoying the author's previous books has a moderate or major influence over the book choice for more than two-thirds of the respondents
Socially active: Although more than half of respondents reported having "no interest" in participating in a reading group, these readers are very active in social networks and often get recommendations from friends.

Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age is sponsored in the U.S. by Little Brown for Young Readers, Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Disney, Penguin, DK, and Macmillan. To order a copy, contact Bowker Market Research at MarketResearch@bowker.com


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free E Books

You could check out Project Guttenberg ( http://www.gutenberg.org/ ) which has free classics. Also, Baen Free library has some free sci-fi/fantasy novels ( http://www.baen.com/library/ ).

"Books on the knob" (http://blog.booksontheknob.org/) which is put together by a woman who lists all the temporarily free ebooks from Amazon, B&N, Apple, and publishers. If you get them while they are free, they are yours forever...

Found here: http://duluth.lib.mn.us/Media/FreeEbooks.html and copied below.

Free E-book Sites

These sites do not require a library card to download books

-Ask Sam
-Aunt Lee's Obsessive Meta Search Engine For Free E-books
-Baen - Science fiction and fantasy titles available from Baen Publishing
Google Books - through Google's Library Project. Books in the public domain - and therefore out of copyright - can be read online or downloaded to read offline.
-Great Books
-Inkmesh - e-book search engine that searches several websites for free e-books
-ManyBooks - over 29,000 titles available in many formats and languages. Search by author, title, genre or language.
-Munseys - collection of fiction titles available in several digital formats
-Online Books
-Perseus Library
-Project Gutenberg - offers over 38,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
-Public Literature
-Read Easily
-UC Press Ebooks
-Zero Dollar Books - download Kindle best-sellers for free

Here's a few more

In addition to Books On The Knob, try DailyCheapReads.com and Kindle Obsessed (not sure of the url.)

LibriVox is an audiobook counterpart to Project Gutenberg, with volunteers recording audio editions of public domain texts.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shadow and Bone to be a Movie

DreamWorks Studios Acquires Rights to Novel Shadow and Bone

Source: DreamWorks Studios

September 12, 2012

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to Leigh Bardugo's debut novel "Shadow and Bone," it was announced today by Holly Bario, President of Production at the studio. The young adult fantasy was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and is the first in a planned three book series, called the Grisha Trilogy. David Heyman, who produced the Harry Potter films, will produce along with "Up in the Air" producer Jeffrey Clifford.

In "Shadow and Bone," a young woman must learn to control her newly discovered power in order to save her country from the Shadow Fold, a creature-filled darkness that threatens to overrun the land.


Dotti Enderle



Teen Read Week will be Absolutely D-i-v-i-n-e

For all of you Libba Bray Fans check out her new book
The Diviners


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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