New University of Colorado-Ricoh Study Finds Readers Won't Give Up Printed Books
Ricoh Americas Corporation (Ricoh) released an interesting study it did with the University of Colorado. The study found that despite the advent of ebooks, readers really love paper books and have no intention of giving them up.
The study was called "The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for U.S. Book Manufacturers and Printers." It found that nearly 70% of consumers felt it was unlikely that they will give up on printed books by 2016. Readers have an emotional attachment to printed books and enjoy the physical aspects of them.
The study claims that 60% of ebooks downloaded in the U.S. are never read.
The study authors note that the growth of ebooks has declined since 2012. One finding was not at all surprising: college students far prefer printed books to ebooks for textbooks. They said the physical books helped them concentrate -- electronic displays are too distracting.
The top three reasons consumers gave for choosing printed books over ebooks were: ebooks cause eye strain, whereas printed books do not; the look and feel of paper is preferable to holding an electronic device; and the enjoyment consumers receive when adding a printed book to their bookshelves.
George Promis, vice president of continuous forms production solutions & technology alliances at Ricoh had this to say about the study:
"More than 500 years after the invention of the printing press, book manufacturers and publishers are playing a pivotal role in the next renaissance in books that is happening now. To borrow a phrase from Mark Twain, reports of the printed book's death are greatly exaggerated. Print is alive, well and sought after in today’s book market. At Ricoh, we're focused on ensuring this stays true for years to come."
President Obama and Daughters Sasha and Malia Visit Independent Bookstore for Small Business Saturday
In honor of Small Business Saturday President Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha visited Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore. The day is meant to promote small, family owned businesses. The president loaded up on books and said that he bought books for every age from 5 to 52 (his age). He chatted with customers and staff and wished everyone a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Here is the list of books the president purchased:
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
Moonday by Adam Rex
Journey by Aaron Becker
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football by Nicholas Dawidoff
Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories by Carson McCullers
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Ragtime By E.L. Doctorow
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
All That Is by James Salter
Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Derek Jeter Gets His Own Book Imprint at Simon & Schuster
Derek Jeter is getting his own book imprint at Simon & Schuster. Yes, you heard that right, baseball star Jeter has partnered with the Simon & Schuster to
form Jeter Publishing. The new imprint will release adult non-fiction titles, children's picture books, middle grade fiction, and ready-to-read children's
books. The children's books will be published in conjunction with Paula Wiseman Books, Little Simon and Simon Spotlight. The adult titles will be published in conjunction with Gallery Books.
Jeter said in a statement: "This publishing partnership with Simon & Schuster is an exciting way for me to discover and develop
new books, sharing insights of my own, or from people I believe have interesting stories, philosophies or
practices to share." Gallery Books' Louise Burke said,
"Derek Jeter brings his talent, strong work ethic and charm to anything he attaches his name to. Jeter Publishing will allow this elite athlete to share his passions with readers of all ages
When we hear the name "Derek Jeter" the first thing we think of is not book publishing. We think of the sports icon who has played 19 seasons for the New York Yankees and who helped take the team to five World Series Championships. On the other hand, the legendary shortstop has come off an injury-ridden season and turns forty next spring. He's most likely looking for a post-baseball career. It makes sense to launch a new venture while his fan base is incredibly strong.
The New York Daily Newsreports that Jeter explained his new career this way: "I understand how important content is this day and age. You get an opportunity to share people's stories -- it doesn't necessarily have to be baseball -- that I find interesting, I'm happy I get an opportunity to do it. I'm looking forward to it. This is my publishing imprint. It has my name on it. I'm going to try and make everyone proud."
Disney Publishing Announces Zodiac Novel by Stan Lee
Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced it will publish a novel, Zodiac, based on the Chinese zodiac, by comic book legend Stan Lee. Andie Tong will provide illustrations for the hardcover original, which will go on sale January 27, 2015.
Disney says Lee's new novel follows Steven Lee, a young Chinese-American teen who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding twelve mystical pools of energy and a power-hungry secret organization. Lee and other randomly chosen teens around the world are suddenly gifted with magical powers. The teens have to locate each other and learn how to handle their new powers and the new responsibilities that come with them.
Lee said in the announcement, "I'm thrilled to be working with Disney Publishing Worldwide with whom I always hoped to develop this project. Our partnership has been enormously fruitful, collaborative and great fun."
Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy, arrived in bookstores this week. Author Veronica Roth talked to the AP about the series and the film, starring Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley, which arrives in theaters on March 21, 2014. She says having the film shot in Chicago made it feel authentic. She says she knew how the series would end before the wrote the final book, but she did not always know how she would get there. She says it is not easy to let the series go, but she is happy to be able to share it with everyone. She describes finishing the Divergent trilogy as "bittersweet." Take a look:
Veronica also wrote about Kate Winslet playing Jeanine Matthews on her blog in July. She says, "I was able to see a little bit of Kate’s Jeanine while on set, and she was incredibly good. I feel like this should shock no one, considering her level of talent, but still: wow. And even better? As a person, she is so warm and lovely."
Chris Colfer Signs Three Book Deal With Little, Brown
Author and Glee star Chris Colfer has signed a three book deal with Little, Brown. The deal includes two more books in the bestselling Land of Stories series and a debut picture book with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Colfer's book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, debuted at the top of The New York Times children's bestseller list in August 2012.
Book three in Land of Stories will be released in fall 2014. The fourth book will be published in 2015. Colfer's new children's picture book is called The Curvy Tree. It will be illustrated by Brandon Dorman and published in spring 2015. The Curvy Tree is based on tale in The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
Colfer said in a statement, "The Land of Stories has been an incredible journey for me as a writer, and I am so happy the series has a home at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The fan support and love for these characters has been more than a dream come true-I'm humbled and excited to be able to share these new adventures with my readers."
Scholastic Acquires Inbali Iserles' I Am Fox Series
Scholastic has announced the acquisition of a middle grade fantasy series called I Am Fox. The author of the series is award-winning UK-based author Inbali Iserles. Iserles wrote the bestselling Survivors series under the pseudonym Erin Hunter. Scholastic will begin publishing the three book series in 2015.
The trilogy, for readers eight and up, follows Isla, a young fox whose world is shattered when her family suddenly vanishes. Isla's search for her family leads her to the Elders, a society of shape-shifting foxes, and to her own legacy as one of the world's most tormented creatures. The cold touch of humanity - known as the furless - is everywhere, with traps, dogs, and poisoned meats posing constant threats. Isla must use with her foxcraft to survive. Foxcraft is skills of cunning known only to foxes.
Inbali said in a statement, "I am thrilled that the team at Scholastic will be publishing the 'I Am Fox' trilogy. I was very impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment and I feel sure they will provide a welcome environment for my bright-eyed fox friends."
Inbali is also the author of The Tygrine Cat, the tale of a cat with ancient powers.
Andrews McMeel Publishing Announce Ebook Editions of Calvin and Hobbes
Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Uclick have announced three ebook editions of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. The ebook editions include, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes, The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes, and The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes. They will be available starting November 12, 2013. The books will be available on tablet formats only and will cost $12.99 each.
Hugh T. Andrews, chief executive officer and president of AMP, said in a statement, "Calvin and Hobbes is firmly established in the hearts of millions, who have been eager to enjoy the antics of their favorite duo in a digital format. We are delighted the technology has evolved to ensure the quality and high-resolution of images to accommodate the exceptional creative mastery of Bill Watterson, one of the greatest comic artists."
National Laydown Date for Rick Riordan's The House of Hades is Tuesday, October 8
The national laydown date for Rick Riordan's The House of Hades is Tuesday, October 8. Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced that the latest entry in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series will have a 2.5 million copy first printing.
Annabeth and Percy have to find their way out of The Underworld in The House of Hades. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can somehow survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors on both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea.
Suzanne Murphy, vice president and publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide, said in a statement, "Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter are still at odds, and time is running out with Gaea on the rise in The House of Hades. Rick continues to top himself with each new book. In The House of Hades he will take readers on a roller coaster ride of plot twists and intense action that will leave them breathless with anticipation for the series finale, coming in October 2014.
Rick Riordan is embarking on a book tour for The House of Hades. He has listed the dates for the tour here on his blog, Myth & Mystery.
Grand Central to Publish Memoir by Boston Marathon Bombings Survivor Jeff Bauman
Grand Central Publishing to publish memoir by Bostom Marathon bombings survivor Jeff Bauman. The memoir, called Stronger, will be co-written by Bret Witter. Bauman lost his legs during the attack but went on to help identify the terrorists behind the horrific bombings. The memoir will be co-written by Bret Witter (Dewey, Until I Say Goodbye, Until Tuesday). The book will be published in April 2014 to coincide with the first anniversary of the attack.
Just prior to the first bomb exploding at his feet, Bauman was at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, waiting for his girlfriend to finish. Shortly after the bombs went off, he became the face of the attack when a photo of him in a wheelchair with blackened clothing and a smoke smeared face (and in some versions including his severely injured legs) was being shown by press outlets throughout the world.
Bauman remembered every detail of the attack when he woke up the next afternoon after two life-saving surgeries. He was the only survivor with a clear view of the bomber. He struggled to communicate so he could identify the terrorists, which set off one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history.
Bauman said in a statement, "The past months have often been difficult, but the support I've received from around the world, and especially from the people of Boston, has inspired me to set and achieve high goals. I hope sharing my story will inspire others in the same way, because together we are stronger."