The Thursday Book Beat: “Love Letters to the Dead” Gets Optioned by Fox 2000

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Hello, Book Nerds! Thursday means book news, so anything that quakes in the book industry in the last week will be featured here. Grab onto your favourite dog-eared book and enjoy the ride.

Fox 2000 Options “Love Letters to the Dead”

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) April 1 2014

The young adult book by Ava Dellaira has been optioned by Fox 2000. The author is set to write the script and the team behind The Fault In Our Stars is set to produce the film. Dellaira previously worked in the film industry on Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

Forbes Takes On The Real Story Behind Amazon v. Hachette

Tim Worstall, a Forbes contributor, breaks down the Amazon/Hachette fight. In the meantime, Amazon doesn’t seem to be targeting Hachette’s graphic novels which includes Marvel titles. Sadly, Yen Press seems to be experiencing Amazon’s aggression via their sales.

2014’s BookExpo of America Has Begun!

Yes, the New York based event for book industry folks has started today and Publisher’s Weekly will be doing some coverage of it. The public has access to the event on Saturday via BookCon (I high suggest The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel). Not going? No problem! Check out Armchair BEA where they host Twitter chats, feature guest posts and giveaways until May 31st.

Atria Publishes Books by Youtube Stars

In the latest mash-up of old and new media, a division of Simon & Schuster, the Atria Publishing Group, has teamed with Hollywood’s United Talent Agency to create a new imprint to publish books by Internet entertainers. Five deals have already been made with YouTube stars like Shane Dawson and Justine Ezarik.

For the love of all that is holy, why??

HarperCollins Wants An Injunction Against Open Road

It seems like Hachette isn’t the only publisher with issues lately and it appears that HarperCollins’ is on the legal side of things:

Calling it a case of “blatant infringement,” attorneys for HarperCollins have asked the court for a permanent injunction blocking Open Road from publishing its unauthorized e-book edition of Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves, as well as more than $1.1 million in damages and attorney costs.

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