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Saturday, January 30, 2010

FAIL: Amazon pulls Macmillan books

Man, has Amazon really stepped in it! The online superstore, wonderful literary oasis that it is, got its panties in bunch and decided to pull books published by Macmillan from the site after a fight over the pricing of e-books. Like several other publishers, Macmillan asked Amazon to raise the price of e-books from $9.99 to around $15.

Unable to resolve their dispute, Amazon is throwing tantrum. It has pulled anything published by Macmillan, whose imprints include Tor Books, St. Martin's Press, and Farrar Straus and Giroux. Not just e-books either. Now, you can only buy Macmillan books from third party sellers. See?



Outrageous! Amazon is abusing its power and acting like a three-year-old. They aren't just sticking it to a company here. Their hissy fit is affecting authors, some of which rely on sites like Amazon for sales because big box bookstores don't sell their books.

From here I defer to the wisdom of YA author Jackson Pearce whose Vlogging prowess far exceeds my ranting capabilities.



Read a letter about the kerfuffle from the Macmillan CEO here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ARC of THE SECRET SOCIETY by Tom Dolby!

Book Mac is giving away an Advance Reader Copy of Tom Dolby's THE SECRET SOCIETY, which was just released in September 2009.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .


An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.


They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

Contest ends on January 31. ENTER HERE.

Friday, January 22, 2010

THE BODY FINDER & its awesome book trailer

THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting will be released in mere months on March 16, 2010.

THE TEASE
"A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her."

Now, there;'s a beautiful new book trailer for it. Take a gander...




Visit Kimberly online at http://www.kimberlyderting.com/

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sisters in Scribe CONTEST!!!

There's a great contest going on over at Sisters in Scribe where you can enter to win an autographed copy of Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. Deadline for entries is Thursday, February 4.

ABOUT THE BOOK
How far will Rose go to keep her promise?The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them. . . including Dimitri.
 He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

What are you waiting for? GO ENTER!!!