Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Book News, In Brief

Yet another reason why indies are better than the big box stores -- we don't kill our shoplifters.

The Shallow Readers of Montpelier is looking for shallow readers. The VT based book club is making internet headlines for turning their noses up at upturned noses.

James Patterson has signed a 3 1/2 year deal with Hachette for a whopping 17 books. For those keeping count, that's roughly 4.85714 books a year from now 'til 2012.

Financial Times has done the impossible. They've broken down the whole Google Books fiasco -- concept, controversies and court cases -- into an easy to understand, one page primer.

Tiny mustache, giant eyes: A manga version of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf has sold over 45,000 copies in less than a year. (And with sales like that, you can bet dollars to Deutschmarks that there will be an English language version released in the next few months.)