Saturday, May 27, 2006

HarperCollins in Production Deal with Fox TV
In the first deal of its kind, HarperCollins publishers has agreed to provide current and back listed books to Fox for TV programming, reports the Book Standard. The agreement covers mystery and romance titles initially, but could expand to other genres.
Fox, which produces the series Bones, based on the forensic detective series by Kathy Reichs, has a dearth of successful fiction programming of late.
The first novels to be adapted into a series will be Lisa Scottoline's legal thrillers set in Philadelphia.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Watercooler Booksignings Have Booksellers Protesting
In an effort to reach book buyers who wouldn't attend a 7 p.m. reading at their local bookstore, and those who rarely go to bookstores at all, publishers have come up with a new marketing strategy: The Corporate Book signing. Authors are being booked to read and sign their new books in corporate conference rooms, lounges and auditoriums across the country. Starbucks headquarters, Google in New York and many other companies bring in authors who read, and their books.
Sounds great all-around except for one thing: bookstores don't like the competition.
Books That Triggered Writers' Wanderlust - New York Times
A great idea -- well-known writers share the books that made them want to visit far-flung or completely invented destinations.