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NBA Launches Innovations in Reading Prize

The National Book Foundation has opened submissions for the Innovations in Reading Prize, an award given to  individuals or organizations that “create and sustain a lifelong love of reading.” From startups to after school programs, the judges will consider a wide variety of entrants. Show More Summary

Can Learning to Read Too Young Backfire?

Many studies have pointed to the benefits of reading to children from birth, but can teaching kids to read too early backfire? According to a new report from Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood, requiring kindergarteners...Show More Summary

Simon & Schuster is Selling Books on 11Main

Simon & Schuster has begun selling books on the e-commerce site 11 Main. The publisher has introduced its two new boutique shops to the site. One will feature bestselling fiction, nonfiction and history, children’s books, illustrated books, cookbooks, and box sets. Show More Summary

The Punctuation Guide Online

Knowing how to punctuate parenthesis or how to use an em dash correctly can require some consultation. Thankfully there is a new web app to help. The Punctuation Guide, a new online site dedicated to punctuation, brings together punctuation...Show More Summary

Tell Us a Story: Authors Reframing Their Tales

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HarperCollins & Harlequin to Modify Sales Operations

HarperCollins and Harlequin plan to make changes to their sales operations. Henceforth, the two organizations will be integrating their selling ventures. The Harlequin sales team will handle several key merchant accounts for mass market titles on behalf of Harlequin and HarperCollins/Avon. Show More Summary

Several Actors Sign On For a Batman vs. Robin Movie

Warner Bros. plans to create a Batman Vs. Robin animated film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast includes actors who worked on the Son of Batman movie and several new faces. Those who will return to reprise their roles include Jason O’Mara (Batman), Stuart Allan (Damian Wayne a.k.a. Show More Summary

HarperCollins Now Selling eBooks on Social Networks

HarperCollins Publishers has begun selling eBooks through social networks. The pilot program is through a partnership with a company called Aerbook. The tool allows the publisher to sell its books on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest on...Show More Summary

Katherine Applegate, Rory Vaden, & Tim Johnston Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending January 11, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #5 in Children’s Interest) The One and Only...Show More Summary

The Morgan Library is Hosting An Alice in Wonderland Exhibit

How has Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland stood the test of time? The Morgan Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit called “Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland.” The curators plan to bring over the original manuscript for Carroll’s beloved children’s book “across the pond” from the London’s British Library to New York City. Show More Summary

Matching Girl Scout Cookies With Books: INFOGRAPHIC

Are you one of those people who are not following a New Year’s Resolution diet? The team at BookRiot.com has created an appropriate infographic called “Girl Scout Cookies & Books.” The piece features sweet treats paired with books that...Show More Summary

Exploring the Careers of Famous Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

Which authors do you admire most? The team at blinkbox books has created an infographic that examines the careers of several famous authors including J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, Stephen King, and Haruki Murakami. For each author that is listed on this image, their “breakthrough” novel is highlighted. Both Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Show More Summary

Self-Published Bestsellers List

Maude by Donna Mabry continues to lead the Self-published Bestsellers List this week. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Show More Summary

Harry Potter Fans Convince WB to Change Ways

Warner Bros. has committed to adopting new standards for cocoa production after \"Harry Potter\"fans pushed the franchise to adopt the ideals of Harry Potter and forgo the use of child labor. By the end of the year, all Harry Potter chocolate products sold at Warner Bros. Show More Summary

HarperCollins eBooks Now in EPUB3

HarperCollins is done with its eBook formatting project. As of today, all of the publisher’s eBooks will be made in the industry standard EPUB3 file format. The files will also have backward compatibility to EPUB 2 for readers using older devices. Show More Summary

Brad Pitt to Produce The Big Short Movie

Paramount and Plan B plan to create a film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ 2010 bestselling title, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will join the cast. Pitt will also serve as a producer. Show More Summary

Print Book Sales Rose 2.4%

Think eBooks are killing print book sales? Think again. According to the latest metrics from Nielsen BookScan unit sales of print books rose 2.4 percent in 2014. This accounts for more than 635 million units sold. The increase was largely driven by retail and club sales, which were up 3.4 percent last year. Show More Summary

Screenwriter Eric Heisserer to Publish a Comics Mini-Series

Eric Heisserer, a Hollywood screenwriter who has worked on the scripts for The Thing and Final Destination 5, has been writing a comics project. Dark Horse Comics will publish the first issue of Shaper on March 18th; four more installments will follow. Show More Summary

Ray Bradbury’s House to Be Torn Down

Ray Bradbury’s former house has sold, but it sounds like the buyer is not a fan. The house, which fetched $1.76 million, is currently being torn down. Bradbury lived in the charming three bedroom, single family home at 10265 Cheviot Drive in Los Angeles for more than 50 years. John King Tarpinian visited the house and documented the teardown. Show More Summary

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