Friday News Roundup, March 19, 2010

Steampunk and Kindle

Here are some book related stories that have been in the news this week:

Check out the viral video everyone’s talking about: The Future of Publishing

Amazon is playing hardball with publishers over ebook pricing in preparation of the iPad release. (NY Times)

John Grisham is in the news this week:
He’s publishing a children’s book called Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. (Publisher’s Weekly)
And charge up your Kindle because he’s finally allowing his books to be sold as ebooks. (Washington Post)

In case you haven’t been following what’s been happening down in Texas, the Texas Board of Education has decided to rewrite history books with a conservative slant. Thomas Jefferson is being dropped from a list of politically important figures in favor of St. Thomas Aquinas. Apparently writing the freaking Declaration of Independence doesn’t mean much in Texas. (Huffington Post)

Steampunk is really popular these days and Library Journal has a list of 20 steampunk core titles. (Library Journal)

The top 5 books on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller list:
HOUSE RULES, by Jodi Picoult
THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
FANTASY IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, by Seth Grahame-Smith
WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwige

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