The Year of the Very Long Novel

When Doubleday editor Gerald Howard acquired Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, a 736-page novel about a New Yorker with a hellish past, he told her they’d have to cut it down by a third. She countered that Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, both longer than her book, were poised to do pretty well that year. She also emailed a list of successful long novels, as well as a “passive-aggressive picture” of her manuscript beside a 900-page issue of Vogue and a paperback copy of Vikram Seth’s 1,400-page classic, A Suitable Boy. Howard lost the fight, and Yanagihara turned out to be prescient. The Goldfinch went on to win the Pulitzer, and The Luminaries became, at 864 pages, the longest novel ever to win the Booker prize.  “I don’t know if it’s a real trend or just some statistical clutter,” says Howard, “but there’s definitely something going on.”

Source: The Year of the Very Long Novel — Vulture

“Clinton Cash” Publisher Corrects Errors

In trying to defuse the potential damage of the buzzy book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies seized on factual errors identified in author Peter Schweizer’s reporting. Now, at least for Kindle eBook readers, those passages with errors have been deleted or edited in an updated version of the book.

Source: Clinton Cash publisher corrects 7 or 8 inaccurate passages – Annie Karni – POLITICO

Elon Musk Refutes Bio Passages

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc. and SpaceX Corp., took to Twitter in the wee hours of Tuesday to refute some of the passages in a book written about him. On Ashlee Vance’s “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,” Musk is said to have sent a scolding e-mail to an employee who missed a company event to witness the birth of his child: “That is no excuse. I am extremely disappointed. You need to figure out where your priorities are. We’re changing the world and changing history, and you either commit or you don’t.” That claim is “total BS and hurtful,” Musk said on Twitter:

Source: Elon Musk takes to Twitter to refute bio book passages – MarketWatch

S and S Broadening eBook Distribution 

NEW YORK, May 13— For publishers and authors, the ability to bring their books to the attention of audiences at live events, to travelers at hotels and in airports and train stations, to visitors at museums and exhibitions, or any geographical location has long been constrained by the cost and physical limitations of transporting and displaying large quantities of books, and more recently, by the technical hurdles of placing ebook content within closed networks and systems.
Now, through an exclusive partnership with Foli, a digital content mobile distribution platform, Simon & Schuster is breaking down those traditional barriers to book discovery. Employing Foli’s geo-location technology, the publishing company can deliver a specific book, or a selection of books, to pinpointed locations anywhere, enabling consumers to read Simon & Schuster’s books while they remain at the location.

Netflix: 13 Orders of Green Eggs and Ham, Please

We’d love to share some happy news based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham will become a show and you’re among the first to know.

In this richly animated production, a 13-episode introduction, standoffish inventor (Guy, by name) and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame, embark on a cross-country trip that tests the limits of their friendship.

As they learn to try new things, they find out what adventure brings. Of course they also get to eat that famous green and tasty treat!

Obama Pushes Free eBooks

Obama pushes reading through universal library cards, free e-books for low-income students | Star Tribune

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income students and that he is seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library cards to all students. Obama announced the initiatives at a library in the District of Columbia’s economically depressed Anacostia neighborhood. The initiatives are tied to his ConnectEd program, a 2-year-old effort to boost educational outcomes by improving digital connectivity. “We’re going to provide millions of e-books online so that they’re available for young people who maybe don’t have as many books at home or don’t always have access to a full stock of reading materials,” Obama said during a virtual town hall sponsored by Discovery Education.

via Obama pushes reading through universal library cards, free e-books for low-income students | Star Tribune.

Author Ann Rule Ripped Off by Sons

Bestselling true crime author Ann Rule was bilked out of more than $100,000 by two of her sons, one of whom demanded money while she “cowered in her wheelchair,” authorities said.Michael Rule, 51, has been charged with theft in the first degree and forgery, for allegedly writing himself $103,628 in checks from his mothers bank account, according to charging documents. Andrew Rule, 54, was accused of coercing his mother into giving him $23,327 and was charged with first-degree theft. Both are free on their own recognizance awaiting trial.Ann Rule, 84, the author of 30 New York Times bestsellers, has been in declining health since an October 2013 fall that resulted in a broken hip, according to court documents provided to The Huffington Post by the King County Prosecuting Attorneys Office in Washington state. She “is on oxygen at all times,” suffers from periods of “extreme confusion” and is “vulnerable to undue influence,” the documents say.

via Author Ann Rule Was Abused, Ripped Off By Her Sons, Cops Say.

Stars Planned for Blume’s Book Tour

Judy Blume’s hotly anticipated new novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” is becoming quite an event of its own. The novel, which centers on a series of plane crashes in Elizabeth, N.J., in the early 1950s, is her first book for adults in 16 years. To mark the occasion, her publisher, Knopf, has organized a celebrity-studded tour. The publicity blitz will kick off with an event at Book Con in New York on May 31, where the best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner will interview Ms. Blume.

via Star-Studded Book Tour Planned for Judy Blumes Latest – NYTimes.com.

Personalized Picture Book Runaway Bestseller

David Cadji-Newby used to get an email alert every time a copy of his personalised picture book was bought from his website. There would be just a few a day, until, shortly before Christmas in 2013, sales suddenly took off.“My email was going ‘ping, ping, ping’, I thought it was broken. I was thinking ‘oh my God, what’s happening?’” said Cadji-Newby. The book, a beautifully illustrated hardback which creates a personalised story around the letters of a child’s name, has now sold 500,000 copies to date, according to its publishers.

via Personalised picture book becomes runaway bestseller | Books | The Guardian.

New “Epilogue” for Clinton Book

“Where did Hillary go?” the President asked, looking around. He was in the middle of a short speech about democracy in Burma, standing on the porch of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house in Rangoon. “Where is she?”It was November 2012, and we were on our final trip together as President and Secretary of State. I waved from off to the side and caught his eye. “There she is,” he said. As he thanked me, I thought about how far we had come from that day more than four years earlier in Dianne Feinstein’s living room. Like our entire last trip together, it was a moment of bittersweet nostalgia, of satisfaction in what we had accomplished, delight in the partners we had become, and sadness that it would soon be over.

via A New Chapter | Hillary Clinton.