The Sunday Scoop (July 8-14, 2013)

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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 8thIron_throne_proposal

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…

Read the full GalleyCat Article!

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.

Read the full GalleyCat Article!


-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???

Whimsically Yours,



The Sunday Scoop (June 1-16, 2013)

Hey Readers!

Yeah, I know…The Sunday Scoop is supposed to be weekly but I’m still getting back in the routine I lost during midterms/finals time (next Sunday, back on schedule, promise!) …without further ado, here’s what happened, the first two weeks of June,  in the world of publishing:

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Side Note: A lot of pub news had to do with the big eBook price fixing case(s), so, although I love court cases (PoliSci major, hehe) I’ve tried to condense & add in other things 🙂 (for more background you can read an article I wrote on it)

eBook Price Fixing Case Updates – June 7-13th

Background: U.S. v. Apple et al. is a case which will decide if five of the big six publishers (Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster (who have all settled)) and Apple colluded to fix eBook prices.

June 7th – “The Department of Justice shared direct testimony from three Amazon executives about tempestuous negotiations over the agency model for setting eBook prices in 2010.” Read the full GalleyCat Article!

June 12th – “Macmillan CEO John Sargent returned to the witness stand again on the sixth day of the Apple e-book price fixing trial, followed by Apple executive Keith Moerer, a key figure in the negotiation of the agency pricing agreements in question.” Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

June 13th – “Although Hachette CEO David Young was ostensibly the star of the seventh day of the Apple price fixing trial, it was Apple lawyer Orin Snyder that really grabbed the court’s attention at the end of the day. Beyond his relentless questioning of a government expert witness about what he called factors other than Apple’s MFN that may have forced Amazon to accept agency pricing, Snyder essentially went ballistic when he learned that Random House COO Madeleine McIntosh would not be required to appear in court.” Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

June 13th – “If there was a conspiracy to push Amazon off its $9.99 e-book pricing, Apple was not part of it, testified Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue in his long-anticipated turn on the witness stand at Apple’s e-book trial. In front of a packed courtroom, Cue testified that he had no idea whether any of the six publishers with which he was negotiating at the time were communicating with each other, whether in phone calls, meetings or dinners.” Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

OpenDyslexic Font Helps Readers with Dyslexia Read – June 10th

“Designer Abelardo Gonzalez has created OpenDyslexic, a free, open-sourced font that can help people with dyslexia read a book more effectively.” Read the full GalleyCat Article!

Kenn Nesbitt Named Children’s Poet Laureate – June 11th

Poetry Foundation created the post “to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them.” Read the Full GalleyCat Article!

ABFFE Joins Campaign Against NSA Surveillance – June 12th

“The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) has joined a number of other civil liberties organizations, including the ACLU, to protest the National Security Administration’s surveillance of Americans’ Internet activity and phone records. The recently revealed news of the NSA’s actions spurred ABFFE and the other groups to write an open letter to members of Congress.”  Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

Public Libraries Outnumber McDonald’s (& Starbucks) – June 14th

“Institute of Museum and Library Services statistician Justin Grimes mapped all 17,000 public libraries in the United States, revealing there are more public libraries (about 17,000) in America than outposts of the burger mega-chain (about 14,000). The same is true of Starbucks (about 11,000 coffee shops nationally).” Read the Full GalleyCat Article!


-Happy 30th Anniversary, Reading Rainbow! – June 6th Read the Full GalleyCat Article!

-NYPL Reminds Patrons ‘Why Children’s Books Matter’ – June 13th Read the Full GalleyCat Article!

-Oxford English Dictionary Adds ‘Tweet’ & ‘Crowdsourcing’ – June 14th 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 publishing (etc…) news of your own???

Whimsically Yours,


The Sunday Scoop (May!)

Hey Readers!

Welcome to the The Sunday Scoop!!!  Since I’ve been MIA for some time (thank you finals) I’ve decided to do highlights from the previous month so without further ado, here’s what happened during May in the world of publishing:

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Children’s/YA Sales Rose 13% in 2012 – May 16th

“Total sales in the children’s/young adult segment rose 13.0% in 2012, to $3.70 billion, according to figures released by BookStats, the statistical program run by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group…E-book sales had the biggest gain in the year within the segment, jumping 117%, to $469.2 million.” Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

AAP, AEP to Merge – May 20th

The school division of the Association of American Publishers has agreed to merge with the Association of Educational Publishers, a move that unites two of the largest organizations that deal with publishing for the K-12 market. In their announcement the two organizations said the merger will combine “AEP’s quality programming and professional development with AAP’s public policy advocacy to provide the strongest services for the preK-12 education publishing industry in a rapidly changing environment.”  Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

Amazon Debuts Licensed Publishing Program for Fan Fiction – May 22nd

Amazon is launching an innovative licensing and publishing program targeting the flourishing world of online fan fiction.  The program will support Kindle Worlds, a new commercial publishing program that will enable fans to create original works based on established franchises, and earn royalties for doing so. In June the Kindle Worlds self-publishing portal will be available for fans to upload their stories. Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

Young Authors Give Back Tour Starts – May 30th

Four (amazing!!!) YA authors who started writing when they were young (Erin Bowman, Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kat Zhang), are going on a multi-city tour, hosting free workshops for young aspiring writers, and attending book signings and discussion panels.  Learn more and see the full tour schedule!

BEA 2013: Strong Season Ahead for Children’s Publishers  – May 31st

Browsing the booths, booksellers found plenty of titles to get excited about. “I’m just ecstatic about the children’s books I’ve seen,” said RenĂ© Kirkpatrick, owner of the recently opened Eagle Harbor Book Co., in Bainbridge Island, Wash., and a longtime children’s bookseller. “It looks like a great fall season. There’s a trend toward more realistic books, and I’m thrilled about how much good middle-grade there is—it’s been so hard to find.” Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

*Bonus – New Guide Navigates World of Kids’ Books – May 29th

“Parents, grandparents, and teachers in search of help selecting books to share with the children in their lives may want to consult The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children’s Books by Kaylee N. Davis, released last month by Sterling. Organized by age levels, genres, and subject matter, the book offers succinct evaluations of 1,000-plus titles, guidelines for choosing books in different categories, and brief essays by 20 acclaimed children’s authors and illustrators.”  Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

And that’s all folks!  

What are you thoughts on what’s going on in publishing and do you have any publishing news of your own???

Whimsically Yours,


The Sunday Scoop (Jan. 21-27, 2013)

Hey Readers!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Sunday Scoop!!!  without further ado, here’s what happened last week in the world of publishing:

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Amazon Children’s Publishing Names Two New Imprints – Jan. 21st

Roughly a year after the Amazon Children’s Publishing division launched, it has announced two new imprints. Two Lions will be home to picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction, and Skyscape will be devoted to titles for young adults, encompassing works from both established authors and new voices.  Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

53% of Library Users Want ‘A Broader Selection of eBooks’ – Jan. 22nd

“An overwhelming majority wanted more coordination with local schools and more help for teaching children how to read.”  This is according to a survey done by The Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project Library Services.  Read the full GalleyCat Article!

Libraries: Good Value, Lousy Marketing (How American Libraries are Changing) – Jan. 23rd

The singular most important finding in the latest Pew study, Library Services in the Digital Age, is that libraries—in the opinion of most Americans—aren’t just about books. 80% of U.S. residents say that lending books is a “very important” service, but they rate the help they get from reference librarians as equally important. And nearly the same number, 77%, reported that free access to technology and the Internet is also very important. Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

Algonquin Launches Young Readers List – Jan. 18th (I didn’t hear about it until the 24th so…)

With an eye toward what Howard, editor and publisher of Algonquin Young Readers, calls “character- and voice-driven stories,” the imprint is releasing its first list in fall 2013. The roster includes two YA and three middle-grade books; the spring 2014 list will be similar in size, she says, with a goal of 15 books per season, beginning in the third year.  Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

Macmillan to Begin E-book Library Lending Pilot – Jan. 24th

As the American Library Association Midwinter conference kicks off its run in Seattle, Macmillan has announced that it will begin its first e-book library lending program by the end of the first quarter. Using the agency model and working with a number of distributors, Macmillan will offer libraries over 1,200 backlist e-books from its Minotaur Books imprint.  Read the full Publishers Weekly Article!

*Bonus – The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2013

Culled from PW‘s Spring Announcements issue (on newsstands January 28), we asked our reviews editors to pick the most notable books publishing in Spring 2013. Links to reviews are included when available.  See the full list!

And that’s all folks!  

What’s going on in your life?  what are you thoughts on what’s going on in publishing and do you have any publishing news of your own???

Whimsically Yours,