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August 29, 2014

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Zest Books Enters “New Adult” Market with Pulp Imprint

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Pulp, the new imprint from Zest Books geared to the New Adult audience, is promising “Juicy. Messy. Truthy. Books.”

Amazon Reveals Sticking Points with Hachette

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In a Kindle forum post dated July 29, Amazon reveals specific details of its sticking points with Hachette Publishing Group over profit-share and ebook pricing—and in doing so, doesn’t do Hachette any favors.

Star YA Authors Reveal Inspirations and Challenges | SLJ SummerTeen 2014

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On July 24, SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual event, attended by nearly 800 conference goers, was chock full of popular and thought-provoking YA authors, such as keynoters Gayle Forman (If I Stay) and Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock), who reveal some of the more personal asides, challenges, and stories behind novel writing. It was Quick who said, “Good literature, he said, “[comforts] the disturbed and [disturbs] the comforted.”

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Describing the service as a potentially “disruptive challenge to libraries,” Jamie LaRue, principal of LaRue and Associates Consulting, told LJ that “even in rural areas now, a lot of folks have ereaders, and find that they prefer ebooks. This kind of service, at that price point, will probably result in another market shift. $9.99 is a pretty good deal.”

Library Journal Launches Self-Publishing Partnership with BiblioBoard

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BiblioBoard® and Library Journal (LJ) have partnered to launch SELF-e™, an ebook discovery service connecting self-published authors with public libraries and their patrons.

California Town Librarian Leads Project for Students to Publish Poetry Ebook

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The #1 Apple iBookstore top seller ebook Windows to the Teenage Soul, a poetry anthology ebook created by high school freshmen in Los Gatos, California, started as the brainchild of Los Gatos town librarian, Henry Bankhead, and Smashwords CEO and founder Mark Coker.

Upcoming Titles From Egmont USA |2014 Fall Preview

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SLJ previews the upcoming fall 2014 titles from Egmont USA, which include stories about bullies, a zombie hamster, and a guinea pig that behaves like a dog, as well as a book based on the immensely popular Temple Run app and which were presented on April 3 at Sarabeth’s restaurant in New York City.

Spring Burst: Upcoming Titles from Little Brown Fall | 2014 Preview

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On April 1, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers presented its Fall 2014 list of titles to librarians. Director of School and Library Marketing Victoria Stapleton kicked off the event by highlighting Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones who has written an autobiographical picture book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, coming out this September. Richards’s daughter Theodora Richards, did the artwork.

It’s an Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report

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The majority of students 13 and under are picking up e-readers to enjoy their favorite reads—with 92 percent doing so at least once a week—reveals the report “Exploring the E-Reading Habits of Children.”

Free Booktrack Education Tool: Engage Students with a Soundtrack to Stories

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Following a controlled study conducted by the University of Auckland, Booktrack has released a free global education tool that synchronizes a soundtrack to stories, which study shows increases reading comprehension and reader engagement.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB

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While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Sesame Street Launches First Digital Magazine Available on iTunes March 27

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On March 27, Sesame Workshop launches Sesame Street S’More, a new digital publication for families and Sesame Workshop’s first digital magazine optimized for iPad and available on iTunes.

Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant Program

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How would you use $2500 to give your school a makeover? Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. have established the first annual Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant Program to provide necessary funds to school employees to beautify their surroundings.

Diversity 101: Addressing the Need for Diversity in Materials for Kids | ALA Midwinter 2014

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In a lively ALA Midwinter panel moderated by Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein, three children’s book editors, one librarian and the Children’s Book Council’s Diversity Group discussed ways to promote diversity in the content of books for young people.

Spring 2014 Graphic Novels for Teens: Mix and Match

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Brigid Alverson, the editor of SLJ‘s Good Comics for Kids blog, curates a list of must-read graphic novels set to publish in Spring 2014. From a slice-of-life drama, teenage wastelands, a trek across the Antarctic, and crazy shoujo manga goodness, these reads make great picks for teens.

Get Your 2014 ALA Midwinter Guide to ARCs & Signings

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Before making your plans for 2014 ALA Midwinter, be sure to check out SLJ’s ARC’s & Signing Guide.

Free Mackin Ebooks; Qlovi’s Common Core Platform; E-Rate Filing Opens | News Bites

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Here are our latest briefs on a digital publishing mini-MOOC, free Mackin ebook bundles, Qlovi’s Common Core platform, an archived copyright tweetchat, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Philadelphia’s Year of the Bard, the E-Rate filing window, and the NAACP Image Awards.

From Serial Killers to Fairy Tales

From Serial Killers to Fairy Tales

We do run the gamut here at AB4T. Quite a variety to introduce today, but all three fall under the broad category of speculative fiction.

Building Better Collections; Diversity in YA | SLJ Feedback

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Readers reply to Nina Lindsay’s question: What qualities make a book a good one for kids? A school librarian challenges major publishers to stop ghettoizing “diverse” and “multicultural” children’s books.

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Curriculet—Formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins on Enriched Ebooks for Schools

Curriculet—formerly Gobstopper—Partners with HarperCollins to offer Enriched Ebooks to Schools

Curriculet (formerly Gobstopper), a digital reading platform designed for teachers and stocked with interactive educational and social media features, has teamed up with HarperCollins to offer a flexible book buying program for schools.