- Stung: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the final volume (for now) of Steig Larsson's bestselling trilogy, finally lands on U.S. bookstore shelves on May 25th.
However, as NPR reports, a great many Larsson fanatics simply couldn't wait to read the book — and didn't have to, as it's been available in other countries (in English, even) for months already.
Knopf obtained the rights to the books after Larsson's death in 2004. At the time, he was unknown in the U.S., so the publishing company's first priority was to introduce him to the public. At that point, they didn't think about the need for a simultaneous release of the books in different countries. They just wanted time to build interest with the release of each book. They had no idea that avid fans would be so eager to get their hands on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
No explanation is offered as to why Knopf didn't bump up the U.S. publication to be closer to the U.K. release date (last October!) once it was clear they had a runaway bestseller on their hands.
The publisher points out that buying the U.K. edition is illegal and also bad for team spirit. (Even though it's actually only illegal for purposes of resale; see the comments on the NPR piece.) Plus, the U.K. edition uses those single quotation marks instead of our double ones, which is just weird and confusing.
- Pad It Up: The iPad was launched this weekend. As you might imagine, sales got off to a brisk start — though, according to the Wall Street Journal, maybe not quite brisk enough:
But the long lines soon faded, and few stores sold out of the device, which continues to face questions about how broadly demand for it will spread beyond technology enthusiasts.
The WSJ has another piece that looks at why some publishers are concerned about selling through iTunes — and if they ought to be.
Book News Round-up:
- The New York Times has a profile of David Remnick, the New Yorker editor whose new book The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama hits stores this week.
- The Harper Studio imprint is closing.
- Is Greek mythology staging a comeback? The Percy Jackson books are bestsellers (even if the movie tanked), the Clash of the Titans remake had a godlike opening weekend, and The New Yorker reviews three new books that tackle the Greek myths: John Banville's The Infinities, David Malouf's Ransom, and Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of the Odyssey.
- Portland Center Stage is presenting The Chosen, based on the novel by Chaim Potok, premiering this week. Powell's own Christopher Johnson helped PCS put together a list of other notable bildungsromans that's more than worth checking out.
- The Monkey See blog has started on its new book club title, which is a little novella called Moby-Dick. (A fitting follow-up to Twilight, I suppose.) Some early reactions here.
- NPR's Morning Edition has a piece that asks whether the iPad will be the end of the Internet as we know it.
I so look forward to getting my news from corporations and businesses. Hey, wait a minute...
- How green is the iPad?
- Because I know you never, ever get tired of this stuff: "From free books to e-books: how publishers are dealing with digital."
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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