Thursday, June 4, 2009

Book News, In Brief

AICN has the first photo of the Scott Pilgrim movie poster. To quote The Beat, "We’re told that the SCOTT PILGRIM key art will all be in the style of the comics, so score another one for our team." Indeed.

Longtime book blog readers have waited with baited breath for this day: The Written Nerd is getting her bookstore! Although I'll probably be the millionth person to say, 'Greenlight Books is a go,' f**k it, I'll say it anyway.

The NYTimes promises "Publishers are learning from music labels' struggle to make online music profitable and combat piracy." This sounds good, except for the fact that the music industry is failing miserably!

If your bookstore is planning to have Pan's Labyrinth director, Guillermo del Toro, in to do a signing of his new novel, The Strain, make sure you start the event early. Not only are the lines stretching out the door and down the block, but del Toro promises to stay until every autograph request has been fulfilled.

You know times are tough when even the Catholic Church is hard up for some quick cash. California Catholic Daily reports, "Some faculty members at the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco are up in arms over economic contingency plans that include selling some of the university’s rare books collection and auctioning off pieces of valuable art owned by the school. [...] 'Selling parts of the library collection in order to pay current costs is like burning the furniture to keep warm.'" Via.

Of course, there's other, less 'Christ-like' ways to make a buck. The New Orleans Metro has an article about two criminal masterminds/functioning idiots who stole over 4,000 books (worth appr. $325,000) from area Barnes & Nobles, re-selling them at half the cover price to a lone, local, indie bookshop. Somewhere around the 3,999th book, said indie began to suspect something was amiss and called the cops. Or, as the paper puts it, "Staffers certainly took note as the women began turning up with so many books to sell, including multiple copies of certain textbooks, according to Villegas. 'No student uses five copies of a Photoshop book. No student has a bunch of medical dictionaries,' he said."