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On the Books: British judge defends inmates' right to read

- A British judge has declared unlawful the partial ban on books in prisons issued last year by the nation’s justice secretary. In November 2013, Secretary Chris Grayling introduced new guidelines for an “incentives and earned privileges” system where inmates gradually earn the freedom and money to buy items as they move up from “basic status.” Those items included books, and the rules prevented people from sending them into prisons.

Enter 56-year-old Barbara Gordon-Jones, who has a doctorate in English literature and is currently serving time for arson. Prisons minister Jeremy Wright has said characterizing the rules as a complete ban amounts to “complete nonsense” because “all prisoners can have up to 12 books in their cells at any one time, and all prisoners have access to the prison library.” But that didn’t cut it for Gordon-Jones, who said the literary options provided by the prison system were insufficient.

Justice Andrew Collins sided with Gordon-Jones. “A book may not only be one which a prisoner may want to read but may be very useful or indeed necessary as part of a rehabilitation process,” he said. The ruling pleased prominent authors like Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman, who have fought the rules since their creation. “I’m very glad that the courts have seen through it, and stated that reading is a right and not a privilege,” Pullman said. [The Guardian]

- Amazon doesn’t only antagonize customers stateside. On Thursday, Indian president Pranab Mukherjee will release a blockbuster history book, The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years—and for three weeks it’ll be exclusively available though Amazon. That’s frustrating many Indians excited about Mukherjee’s book, which recounts his role in the 1970s administration of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. “It is the biggest book of the year,” said one Indian brick-and-mortar bookseller. “People come to us to browse, and say, ‘Oh it’s a damn good book, I’ll buy it online.’ We can’t give the 40% discounts that online retailers give. And a bookstore is a bookstore. What does it matter if its online or offline?” [The Times of India]

- Back in the U.S., print book sales for this Thanksgiving week improved from the same period last year. Unit sales rose five percent over Thanksgiving week 2013, according to Nielsen BookScan. The top-selling book was The Long Haul, the latest installment of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The popular children’s book sold 221,000 copies. [Publishers Weekly]

On the Books: Paperbacks and hardcovers still reign over ebooks

Early adopters of e-readers: The literary revolution still has not been digitized. In the first six months of 2014, ebook sales composed 23 percent of total book sales, according to new data from Nielsen Books. That’s certainly a hefty chunk, but even hardcovers alone beat out ebooks, making up 25 percent of unit purchases.

Not everyone buys ebooks at the same rates, though. Only 22 percent of adult nonfiction books purchased in the six-month period were ebooks, while a whopping 47 percent of romance novels purchased in the same span were digital. This could explain recent pushes by publishers to expand the ebook market, by offering titles by authors like Gabriel García Márquez and Charles Dickens. [Publishers Weekly]

One bestselling book in particular has had a big week. Thanks to its new film adaptation, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl—which has spent 121 weeks on USA Today‘s bestseller list without claiming the top spot—should hit No. 1. The film topped its own charts in its debut weekend, raking in $38 million. [USA Today]

Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been adapted for the silver screen, but a new trailer the author released promotes the next literary installment. Kinney plans to upload five teasers trailers for the ninth book in the series, The Long Haul, to YouTube before the book hits shelves on Nov. 4. [Mediabistro]

The comic series Naruto, published by Japan’s Shueisha Inc. in its weekly Shonen Jump magazine, will end in November after 15 years. Shueisha gave no reason for ending the series, which has proven massively popular. About an adolescent ninja’s struggles to become the strongest in his village, Naruto has spawned 70 comic book volumes, which have sold an estimated 205 million copies in 35 countries and regions. Naruto has also been adapted into an animated television series. [The Wall Street Journal]

More than 150 years after his death, Edgar Allan Poe’s hometown of Boston has erected a statue in his honor. Poe died 165 years ago Tuesday, but a monument was never a foregone conclusion. The author and poet had a contentious relationship with the city, complimenting the intentions of Bostonians but remarking that “their poetry is not so good… the Bostonians are well-bred—as very dull persons generally are.”

Still, Boston seems to have buried the hatchet after all these years, commissioning a life-size brass statue of Poe. Artist Stefanie Rocknack didn’t skimp on details: The statue, located in a downtown park, faces away from the Frog Pond to show Poe’s disdain for Bostonians, and the author’s image carries a raven and a briefcase containing a human heart, both references to his work.

Poe’s adopted hometown, Baltimore, has shown the author much more affection over the years, proudly displaying its own statue since 1921 and naming its NFL team after one of his famous poems. [L.A. Times]

Get a sneak peek at the next Wimpy Kid book 'The Long Haul'


We’re pretty sure someone’s going to get carsick in The Long Haul, the ninth book in the Wimpy Kid franchise by Jeff Kinney. Before you ride shotgun in the Heffleys’ minivan on Nov. 4, Abrams will be handing out an excerpt tomorrow at Comic-Con — but if you can’t make it to San Diego, you can see it even earlier right here. In the exclusive excerpt below, the whole Wimpy family takes off on a road trip in Heffley style: Greg fends off a deranged seagull, Mr. Heffley fights his bridge-o-phobia, and everyone fights over the radio dial. READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Former CIA head to publish book on capture of Osama Bin Laden; infomercial host jailed for making false claims

Today’s top book news is, for lack of a better word, strange: A former CIA head’s book about the Bin Laden mission has found a publisher, while an infomercial host has been found guilty of “criminal contempt.” Read on for more headlines:

Former Deputy Director of the CIA Michael J. Morell will publish his book, The Great War Of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA’s Fight Against al Qa’ida, through Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, in Spring 2015. The book looks back at the Bush and Obama administrations’ efforts to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden. “It is important to tell this story, not only as a reminder of what our country has endured, but how we have triumphed and the serious threats we need to be mindful of and attentive to going forward,” Morell said in a press release.

In other news, Kevin Trudeau, the author and infomercial host who touted a “miracle substance” for weight loss, has been charged with violating a 2004 court order prohibiting him from making false claims with his book, The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About. [Reuters]

Stephanie Smith, the blogger behind “300 Sandwiches,” has landed a book deal with Random House’s new imprint, Zinc Ink. “When she told us about her romantic, passionate, and very funny quest to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches, our first reaction was, ‘That’s a book,'” said David Zinczenko, head of Zinc Ink. [The New York Post]

T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is getting the comic book treatment courtesy of artist and illustrator Julian Peters, who posted the first nine pages of his adaptation this week. [Slate]

The latest book in Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, Diaries of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, has sold 1.3 million copies worldwide in all formats during its first week. [Publishers Weekly]

Check this out: The Brooklyn Quarterly, a new online magazine of fiction, poetry, essays, and more, unveiled its first issue last week. [The Brooklyn Quarterly]

Stephen King revealed to Agence France-Presse what scares him the most: “I’m afraid of Alzheimer’s. Declining mental ability, that scares the heck out of me.” [AFP]

Calling all votes! The Guardian is opening the floor for readers to choose the best and worst novels of the 21st century after a survey named the Harry Potter series’ fourth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the best. [The Guardian]

Just for fun: Here’s a look back on the most memorable pets in literature by author Adam Thorpe. [The Telegraph]

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author Jeff Kinney teases book 7: 'It's time to tackle love in the Wimpy way'


People may not talk about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books like they talk about The Hunger Games or Twilight, but Jeff Kinney’s illustrated series about seventh-grader Greg Heffley is one of the most popular franchises around. Each year the newest release creates a publishing frenzy — this past November, the sixth book Cabin Fever had a 6 million-copy first-run publication, and the seventh volume, slated for Nov. 13, will no doubt have a similarly huge opening. Plus, the third Wimpy Kid movie, Dog Days, will be coming your way this August. Kinney took a moment to talk to EW about what we can expect from the highly anticipated seventh book! READ FULL STORY

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever': Genuinely funny


Cabin Fever, the sixth installment (available today) of Jeff Kinney’s massively popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, won’t disappoint fans of Greg Heffley and his misadventures. Like the five volumes that came before, Cabin Fever is a smart, thoroughly enjoyable read densely packed with laugh-out-loud gags for the kids and keen insights for the parents.

I’ll throw up a light spoiler alert for those of you who want to know absolutely nothing about Cabin Fever before you read it yourselves. READ FULL STORY

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author Jeff Kinney on new book 'Cabin Fever' and the series' future


UPDATE: Read our review of Cabin Fever.

Cabin Fever, the highly anticipated sixth installment of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series, will get a monster first-run release of six million copies on Nov. 15, the largest of any book in the series. Series creator and author Jeff Kinney spoke to EW about the new book and Greg Heffley’s future — apparently love and death are on the horizon.

Tell me a bit more about the concept behind the sixth book.
On the surface, Cabin Fever is about the Heffley being family being snowed in for the holidays and the claustrophobia that creates, but it works as a theme as well. The idea behind the book is that as you’re growing up you’re forging your identity, and that identity becomes hard to escape later on. I find that no matter what I do in my professional life, if I go back home, the people I grew up with and the people in my family and the people who know me bring me back to my true self. Part of the book is about the claustrophobia of your identity — it’s hard to forge a new one. READ FULL STORY

Fifth 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' book due out Nov. 9

diary-of-wimpy-kid-book-5It’s hard out there for a wimp. But that hasn’t stopped Jeff Kinney’s illustrated series Diary of a Wimpy Kid from being a massive best-selling hit, with a successful movie adaptation under its belt and a film sequel due next year. Now, Amulet has announced the release date for the upcoming fifth book about middle-schooler Greg Heffley. The fifth book, whose title Amulet plans to release in July, will land in bookstores Nov. 9 with a purple cover to follow the previous books chromatic succession.

In the press release, Kinney says that the new entry is an important one in Greg’s personal saga. “I feel everything in the series has been leading up to the fifth book,” he says. “To me, this book is the linchpin in the series.” So, what do you think, Wimpy fans? Excited for No. 5?

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid': Details on fourth book

Layout 1Amulet Books today announced details of the fourth book in Jeff Kinney’s hit illustrated kids’ series about supposedly lame middle-schooler Greg Heffley. The new book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is due in stores Oct. 12 with a first printing of 3 million copies. Since the publication of the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 2007, more than 20 million copies of the series are in print in the U.S. The third book, The Last Straw, was released in January of this year. “I didn’t want my fans to have to wait a year for a new book,” Kinney said in a statement. “I’m very excited about Dog Days, because it takes Greg out of the school setting for the first time. It’s been a lot of fun to write about the Heffley summer vacation.”

This week, Fox 2000 also announced the casting of Zachary Gordon (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) in the title role of the movie version of the first book. The live-action film is tentatively scheduled for release in April 2010.

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