In this week’s Buzz Worthy News: Apple is still in trouble over price fixing, JK Rowling gets damages paid for her pseudonym being leaked by her lawyers, every single YA novel gets adapted into a movie. Come check it out!
Buzz Worthy News is Cuddlebuggery’s weekly news post bringing you all the best information about the book and blogging world, particularly for the venn diagram of people who overlap between the two. For new releases and cover reveals of all the best Young Adult fiction, check out our Sunday post: How New Titles.
After a court found that Apple had led ebook price fixing with it’s competitors to unnaturally inflate the price of books, the DOJ has set down a remedy plan to try and ensure it doesn’t happen again with Apples other products. This plan will require court’s approval.
It would stop Apple from “entering into agreements with suppliers of e-books, music, movies, television shows or other content that are likely to increase the prices at which Apple’s competitor retailers may sell that content.”
In addition, the agreement would force Apple would have to allow eBook retailers like Barnes & Noble or Amazon “to provide links from their e-book apps to their e-bookstores” within apps for Apple devices–blocking one of Apple’s key competitive practices on the iPad and iPhone.
Finally, the DOJ proposes that Apple would install an officer inside the company.
A Law Professor came out this week to say that all this is really unnecessary and that the damage award would probably be enough.
The bans and the monitor are probably unnecessary. Apple will have to pay damages, unless it is successful on appeal. The damage awards should serve as a sufficient deterrent. The monitor, an increasingly popular remedy, converts the Sherman Act into a regulatory statute, which is not its original purpose.
Yup, because those fines that companies get for bad behaviour has totally been enough in the past as a deterrent for companies to stop their bad behaviour. I’ve really noticed that with Exxon.
So after Rowling’s pseudonym got leaked by a douche lawyer and his wife’s douchier friend, it seemed like a good time to get some recompense. Rowling, who had been legitimately enjoying her brief stint as Robert Galbraith. She was enjoying the anonymity and opportunity to grow as a writer without the immense pressure of the world watching on.
Then a lawyer for her entertainment firm decided to try and impress his wife’s best friend, who then immediately went and tweeted a journalist the tip.
Rowling’s solicitor told Mr Justice Tugendhat that Russells had contacted the writer’s agent after the story was published, revealing it was Mr Gossage who had divulged the confidential information to Ms Callegari.
Ms Callegari then revealed the information in the course of a Twitter exchange with a journalist.
The court heard Rowling had been “left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust”.
Mr Gossage, Ms Callegari and Russells all apologised and the firm agreed to pay the author’s legal costs.
It also agreed to make a payment, by way of damages, to the Soldiers’ Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund.
Well, that’s Rowling for you. She takes the money awarded to her and gives it to charity. I want to start a religion for this woman.
Confession time – I have no idea what Artemis Fowl is. Never read it, no clue, never even picked up a book. BUT some of this fanart looks freakin’ amazing. I wants it. And, coincidentally, it too is coming to the big screen! It is likely that, within a few years, everything you’ve ever read will have been adapted for movies or TVs.
The live-action feature will be based on the first and second installments in Disney Publishing Worldwide’s best-selling children’s fiction series by author Eoin Colfer. The screenplay is being written by Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project.
The Fifth Wave is Coming! Repent All Ye Haters!
The Blood-Thirsty YA Book to Movie Converting Producer Gods have heard my pleas and are translating The Fifth Wave into a movie. So, people like Stephanie who didn’t appreciate the brilliance of one of my favourite YA novels, will have to put up with me squeeing for just a little longer.
Columbia Pictures has tapped Susannah Grant to adapt the YA sci-fi novel The 5th Wave.
Grant, who was nominated for an Oscar for her Erin Brockovich screenplay and is one of the studio’s go-to script doctors for high-profile projects, will tackle Rick Yancey’s first installment in a planned trilogy. The book, which was published May 7, has drawn comparisons to The Hunger Games because of its themes of teen romance set against the backdrop of a future in peril.
Markus Zusak’s famous book, The Book Thief, is coming to a cinema near you. But before you fall in love with this wonderful, heart-wrenching book with it’s amazing writing and vivid characters, try to remember that Zusak is my arch-nemesis. Every week we vie for Australian’s #1 most followed Goodreader. Most weeks he wins, leaving me to slip into slot #2. It’s time to bring this tyrant down and defeat him! Despite how awesome this book is and how good the movie is looking to be, we must resist. Do it for me, do it for book bloggers everywhere. DO IT FOR SOCIETY.
Director Brian Percival took a big chance with Sophie Nelisse for “The Book Thief” giving the 12-year-old girl the central role in the movie adaptation of the international best seller. “She was wonderful to work with,” says Percival. “I don’t think I have ever come across such a natural talent. She’s remarkable.”
Director Brian Percival knew it was crucial to find the right actress to play Liesel Meminger, the young heroine of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel, The Book Thief.
The Book Thief is set in WWII Germany, in a small village, where a young girl and her family hide a Jewish man from authorities. The young girl discovers a love of stealing and reading books.
I’m going to go out on a limb and imply that Zusak probably kicks puppies occasionally. I don’t have any evidence, mainly just a gut instinct, but surely this wild conjecture is enough to provoke you to stand with me against his reign of terror?
Elusion Gets Movie Deal
Elusion isn’t due out until March next year, but sources say a movie deal has already been etched for the anticipated YA novel. And Katherine Tegen books is really promoting this one. REALLY promoting it. I mean, who do you have to take on a world-wind adventure in a TARDIS to get this kind of pre-release press? AND that cover!
The Synopsis for the book is this:
Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.
Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.
Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.
Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.
Hmmm. . .addictive computer program? That’s impossible! *Goes back to obsessively playing WOW*
According to Deadline, the book by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam has been picked up for a movie adaptation by Silver Reel and FlynnPictureCo.
It’s been an insanely successful couple of years for Jennifer Armentrout. The success of her Lux series has been phenomenal, garnering her positive reviews, an excited fanbase and now a movie deal to bring the popular Entangled Press title to the big screen.
Sierra Pictures will finance and produce the film adaptation of Obsidian, about a 17-year-old girl who discovers that her neighbor is anything but the normal guy next door.
Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg will executive produce the movie, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales. Sierra/Affinity senior vp of production and acquisitions Kelly McCormick and senior vp of sales Kristen Figeroid were instrumental in bringing in the property. McCormick will oversee production.
Obsidian is the story of Katy who moves to a new town and discovers that her totally hot neighbor is also a total dick. Then she discover’s it’s because he’s an alien – though still a dick. The novel follows their journey and their adventure, dodging goverment peep’s, other aliens and trying to navigate their tenuous relationship.
All I Need by Susane Colasanti
Reviewed by Alexia of Adventures in Reading
Well having no internet for a week can definitely help with the reading pile. This book was a very easy read. I finished it in less than 24 hours.It started off really cute and I liked Seth and Skye instantly and I felt the spark between them. After that first meeting,all went to hell in a hand-basket.