Welcome to this week’s Buzz Worthy News! The Department of Justice hits out at the retailers, J.K. Rowling will be heading, briefly, to America, Finnick Odair has been cast in the next Hunger Games movies, Weird Tales magazine makes a statement and much, much more. Read on to find out everything that’s been happening in the book world this week.
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly Monday news post. Bringing you all the most interesting, relevant and fun news from the publishing and book blogging world. For Young Adult cover reveals and new releases, check out our weekly Friday post, Hot New Titles.
Buzz Worthy News
27th August 2012
After Apple’s statement last week, claiming it will go to trial rather than settle, the Department of Justice has hit out in response and has requested that the court force settlement without going to trial.
“[Apple] is not entitled to preclude the United States and Apple’s co-defendants from obtaining the immediate benefits of their settlements, as it is well established that the United States ‘need not prove its underlying allegations in a Tunney Act proceeding.’”
“Railroads, publishers, lawyers, construction engineers, health care providers, and oil companies are just some of the voices that have raised cries against ‘ruinous competition’ over the decades.”
The DOJ has also responded to Penguin, Macmillian, Barnes and Noble and ABA.
J.K. Rowling will be doing one and ONLY one publicity tour for her new book The Casual Vacancy.
When Barry Fairweather dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Details for the event:
Tickets go on sale on Monday September 10th and cost $37, if you buy them in the theater box office, $43 if you buy them online, and $44 if you buy them over the phone. Tickets include a copy of the book. – Galleycat
Flaming Jizz Balls! I thought the price would be closer to my first born child!
Self-Published tycoon, Ruth Cardello, claims to have turned down a seven figure book deal in favour of continuing to be a badass self-publishing force of nature.
“She was just a kindergarten teacher barely making ends meet months ago and now she is an indie published New York Times bestselling author who recently turned down a 7-figure book publishing deal to continue on her path, definining her own destiny.” writes Jeff Rivera.
“Even though one of the offers was seven figures, I haven’t accepted any of them yet. So far self-publishing is the route that makes the most sense for me to continue on.” Cardello claims.
Cardello gives some advice for her phenomenal success. Interestingly enough, she discusses the amazing impact making her first book free did for her career. Maid for the Billionaire is still free for download.
The character of Finnick Odair for the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, has been cast!
I, personally, had rather hoped the role would go to Jesse Williams- but I guess the odds weren’t ever in his favour or mine on that one. There had been a lot of contention over the role of Finnick Odair. Especially with many fans campaigning for Ian Sommerholder to take the role (he gets nominated to play EVERYTHING. WHY!? Someone explain it to me.)
The role has, instead, gone to Sam Claflin. If you’re unfamiliar with the name then you may remember him from Snow White and the Huntsman, AND that Pirates of the Caribbean movie that nobody talks about.
Catching Fire is going to be directed by Francis Lawrence and is expected to open in theaters November 22. 2013.
Let the countdown begin!
Weird Tales Publisher Takes a Moment to Be Awesome
After Marvin Kaye wrote a post defending Save The Pearls – Defending Eden, and made the decision to reprint the first chapter in Weird Magazine’s next issue.
This story is a compelling view of a world that didn’t listen to the warnings of ecologists, and a world that has developed a reverse racism: blacks dominating and detesting not just whites, but latinos and albinos, the few that still survive of the latter are hunted down and slaughtered… Racism is an atrocity, and that is the backbone of this book. That is very clear to anyone with an appreciation for irony who reads it.
Ann Vandermeer, former editor-in-chief resigned over philosophical differences with the magazine.
The response to the blog post was, unsurprisingly, negative with some authors stating they didn’t want to be associated with the magazine anymore, prompting the publisher to step in and do some of the best back tracking we’ve ever seen.
John Harlacher made the following statement:
I have not read the novel, but have gone over its online presence today. I have no need to read it. I saw the blackface video and read the excerpts the author and publisher chose to make available. I must conclude that the use of the powerful symbols of white people forced to wear blackface to escape the sun, white women lusting after black “beast men,” the “pearls” and “coals,” etc., is goddamned ridiculous and offensive. It seems like the work of someone who does not understand the power of what she is playing with. Marvin says if you read the whole book, she explains her use of this imagery, and it ends up as a plea for tolerance. I say, so what. And that is the position of Weird Tales — and upon reviewing the video and other materials, Marvin is in full agreement. I deeply apologize to all who were offended by our association with this book. I am offended by it. I fully respect those who have been writing negative things about us today. You are correct.
It’s yet to be seen if this measure will restore some of the Magazine’s venerable status.
For the first time a book has been successfully stored in DNA. The book, which has a file size of 0.7 megabytes (the human genome represents approximately 800 megabytes of data). The team was led by George Church from Harvard Medical School, who claims that DNA storage could be most advantageous over other storage methods like flash media and quantum holography. Well, except for all the time and energy it currently takes to code DNA.
But, obstacles today – overcome tomorrow as I always say since ten seconds ago!
The book they coded was Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves – which was co-written by Church. This could be the best publicity stunt to get your otherwise largely ignored academic volume bought!
The team copied the book 70 Billion times. So I guess if you ever need to borrow it – you know who to ask.
The New York Times cleverly brought us an article about that thing we all know happens but hope it’s not as bad as we think it is: fake reviews.
The article chronicles the rise and fall of Rutherford, a reviewer for hire who made significant amounts of money writing and commissioning fake reviews for authors.
“In the fall of 2010, Mr. Rutherford started a Web site, GettingBookReviews.com. At first, he advertised that he would review a book for $99. But some clients wanted a chorus proclaiming their excellence. So, for $499, Mr. Rutherford would do 20 online reviews. A few people needed a whole orchestra. For $999, he would do 50.”
Rutherford, who wrote or commissioned fake reviews between 2010-2011 produced 4,531 reviews in that brief window of time!
The article goes on to explore the dynamic between reviewers, their role in sales and the scarcity of those who do them.
All this has inspired us at Cuddlebuggery. I think we should start accepting money for our reviews. Specifically to take down our bad reviews! What do you say, people? $50 per review to be taken down?
After one of Giffin’s books received a less than positive review, her husband decided to take matters into his own hands. Calling the reviewer a pscyho and attacking her on her review. Giffins posted on her Facebook to encourage fans to help defend her honour against the Amazon review.
Giffin’s assistant went on to attack a secondary review after the reviewer changed their rating of the book and discussed Giffin’s antics. Shortly after that Giffin’s husband apologized for the attack, claiming ignorance on his wife’s behalf for her actions.
Corey Ann blogged about her experience and about receiving calls telling her to kill herself here.
“Around 11:00PM I received 3 different calls, all blocked, with one leaving a “delete your review!” voicemail and the second stating that I should just kill myself for being such a miserable person for attacking poor Emily. REALLY? And yes, I’m talking with the cops about this already. I mean that’s Misery kind of fan territory. Not long after I heard a loud bang on my deck and I was legitimately scared that it was a gunshot. Far fetched maybe but this was quickly sinking into WTF territory.”
We’re sad to say goodbye to another Book Blogger this week.
Hippies, Beauty and Books Oh My wrote its finale post and packed up shop this week.
“For the past several weeks we have been bombarded with rude, vile and offensive comments being left on our blog in the comments section of our posts and in our emails. We’ve done our best to ignore and delete as much as possible, but we can (or rather I can) only handle so much negativity. This is a problem that has grown steadily worse and since I started blogging over a year ago. To be honest, I’m not sure what brought all of this to us. We are generous, nice people who genuinely care about others. We aren’t sure if this is stemming from THE SITE THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED, the fiasco with self-published author Carrol Bryant, or if people just decided to make us their next target.”
The blog, which had recently been targeted by bullies and for harassment, will be missed by many.