The Sunday Scoop is a weekly (for the most part) post of mine that highlights publishing headlines (& other fun/important news) from the previous week 🙂
George R.R. Martin Reveals True Shape of the Iron Throne – July 8th
George R.R. Martin revealed this week that HBO’s “Iron Throne”–the throne of melted swords that has become a trademark part of the show–is “not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see.” Read George R.R. Martin’s Full Post!
Judge Rules That Apple Led ‘Conspiracy’ To Fix eBook Prices -July 10th
U.S. district judge Denise Cote ruled today that Apple colluded with publishers to fix eBook prices. You can read her 160-page ruling at this PDF link. The DOJ offered this statement:
After carefully weighing the evidence, the court agreed with the Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general that executives at the highest levels of Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with five major publishers – Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster – to raise e-book prices…
Baker & Taylor Owner Buys Bookmasters – July 11th
While Penguin and Random House were completing their merger, Baker & Taylor’s majority owner, Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., was finalizing a transaction of its own. Late last week it purchased 41-year-old Bookmasters in Ashland, Ohio. Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters now have a contractual commercial relationship that will enable B&T to offer many of the same publisher services as its largest competitor Ingram Content Group. Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!
UtopYA: A Fantasy Conference Grows in Nashville – July 11th
In July 2012, the first UtopYA conference – touted as “a convention for female, paranormal/fantasy young adult authors and the readers who love them” – drew 80 people, half of them panelists. In 2013 the conference returned to Nashville’s Scarritt-Bennett Center for the weekend of June 28–30. This time, UtopYA sold out four months in advance and quadrupled its attendance. Read the Full Publishers Weekly Article!
J.K. Rowling Wrote a Novel as Robert Galbraith – July 13th
J.K. Rowling has confessed to writing a mystery novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Mulholland Books published The Cuckoo’s Calling in April, attributing the book to Galbraith. You can sample The Cuckoo’s Calling at this link.
-Random Penguin is Here! (well, sorta) – July 1st
Just in case you missed the merger between Random House & the Penguin Group is complete. Unfortunately the name Random Penguin did not but you can be assured this will be a publishing powerhouse. All hail Penguin Random House (now that’s a mouthful). #allthebooks Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!
–What Books Scared You As a Kid? – July 11th
What books scared you as a kid? Video blogger Vsauce created a great video called “Why Are Things Creepy?,” exploring the nuances and science of scariness (video embedded above). Along the way, he cites the great Stephen King and shares a few scary books. Read the full GalleyCat Article!
And that’s all folks!
What are you thoughts on what’s going on in publishing and do you have any news of your own???