Friday, December 3, 2010

Market News for the Week

Happy Friday, everyone! Let me tell you though, I am SO glad that Friday is almost over. I am finally done with my 15 page postcolonial literature paper. Woo hoo! That was my biggest hurdle for finals, so it's a big relief to by done with it. Now onto the post for today!

It's time for some market news! So here is what's been going on in publishing:

As usual, lots of news about ebooks this week. Barnes and Noble reported that their Nook, nookBooks, children's books and non-book merchandise are driving their market. CEO of Barnes and Noble, William Lynch, stated that the physical book market is still flat, but that Barnes and Noble is committed to staying in the book selling business. For more information on Barnes and Noble Digital Content Increase, click the link.

More news in the world of ebooks: Google has announced a long planned e-book venture called Google Editions. Google is hoping to lead the market by creating a 'read anywhere' ereader, which has features that are currently not on the market. In recent weeks, independent book chains have received contracts from Google and it is planned that they play a large role in the company's ereader launch plan. For more information on Google's Ebook Venture, please click the link.

In lesser, but still interesting ebook news, ereaders have tripled in ownership in less than two years with the predominant increase being among adult women.

But most exciting, at least to me, is the non-market related news. The details of the next Sookie Stackhouse novel have been released! Woo hoo! The next installment of the already ten book series, Dead Reckoning, is set to be released May 3rd. For you faithful Sookie readers, you know that there is always a new book released each May ;-) Here is a quick synopsis (aka, the back cover blurb):

"With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board . . ."

For more information on the next Sookie Stackhouse release, click the following link: Dead Reckoning Release Info.

That's all for the market news this week. Don't forget to check out our usual blog hops and a few new hops that have been added as well. On Monday we'll have a review of Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, the second book in the Novels of Haven. To read the review of the first novel in the series, Once Bitten, click HERE. Til Monday, folks! Have a great weekend!

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