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'Orange Is the New Black' Star Laverne Cox to Pen New Memoir

Harlequin announced today that it has secured the rights to a memoir penned by transgender actress Laverne Cox, who shot to fame this year in Netflix’s hit original series, Orange is the New Black. The book, which hits shelves in 2015, will describe Cox’s personal journey growing up transgender and how she overcame the personal obstacles in her life to become not only an acclaimed actress, but a popular advocate for LGBTQ organizations.

Cox made history when she became the first African-American transgender woman to appear on an American reality show, VH1′s I Want To Work For Diddy. She also produced another VH1 program, TRANSform Me, and starred in a number of small films before landing her breakout role of Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black.

“Laverne Cox is a powerful, accomplished actress and a beacon of hope to countless people of all ages around the world. The story of her life to this point is nothing short of an inspiration,” said editor Rebecca Hunt in a press release.

Watch Cox eloquently respond to an invasive question from Katie Couric about transgender people’s bodies here.

'On Such a Full Sea' debuts as the first-ever 3D book cover

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3D movies. 3D televisions. 3D…books?

Yep, you read that right. Riverhead Books has released what they’re dubbing “the first-ever 3D printed slipcover” for Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea. Hitting the market at a cool $150, the title will be available as a limited-edition white slipcover, which shows the words rising off the edges – just as if you were to look at the book through a pair of 3D glasses.

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Jeff Bezos' wife gives Amazon book a one-star review

The wife of Jeff Bezos is giving a thumbs-down to a recent book about her husband’s company, Amazon.com Inc.

On Monday, MacKenzie Bezos posted a one-star review on the Amazon page for Brad Stone’s The Everything Store, which came out last month and has been received positively by critics and Amazon readers. Bezos wrote that the book was filled with inaccuracies and biased against her husband and Amazon. Spokeswoman Sarah Gelman of Seattle-based Amazon confirmed that the review was indeed written by MacKenzie Bezos.

“While numerous factual inaccuracies are certainly troubling in a book being promoted to readers as a meticulously researched definitive history, they are not the biggest problem here,” Bezos wrote. “The book is also full of techniques which stretch the boundaries of non-fiction, and the result is a lopsided and misleading portrait of the people and culture at Amazon.”

Stone, who authored the book, is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek. As of Monday evening, his book ranked No. 109 on Amazon’s best seller list. The Everything Store is being billed as a rare look inside a “corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy,” a portrait Bezos is strongly disputing.

Ohio kidnapping survivors are working on book

Two of the three women held captive for a decade in a Cleveland house are collaborating with a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Washington Post reporters for a planned book about their ordeal.

In a statement issued Monday to The Associated Press, an attorney for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus said they will work with the Post‘s Mary Jordan, a Cleveland native, and her husband and fellow reporter, Kevin Sullivan. No meetings with publishers have been scheduled, although interest would likely be based on the popularity of another kidnapping survivor’s memoir, Jaycee Dugard’s A Stolen Life.

Negotiations for the book will be handled by Washington-based attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients have included President Barack Obama and Amanda Knox.

“Many have told, and continue to tell, this story in ways that are both inaccurate and beyond the control of these young women,” said James Wooley, the attorney for Berry and DeJesus. “Our clients have a strong desire for privacy, but it is a reality that confronts them every day. Gina, Amanda, and their families have decided to take control and are now interested in telling the story of what happened to them.”
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Demi Lovato signs multi-book deal, including memoir

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Demi Lovato’s next stage will be on the page.

The singer-actress has agreed to a multi-book deal with Feiwel and Friends. The publisher, an imprint of Macmillan, announced the deal Monday.

The first book features tweets she had written about her life. It’s called Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year and comes out in November.

Lovato also plans a memoir. The 21-year-old superstar has openly struggled with drug addiction and other personal troubles, some of which she has described on Twitter.

She will be seen this fall on several episodes of Glee and is in her second year as a mentor on The X Factor.

Edward Snowden journalist gets a book deal

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The reporter central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance efforts has a book deal.

The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald signed with Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan, for a book to be published in March. Metropolitan announced Thursday that the book would include additional material on government operations and its “extraordinary cooperation” with private companies.

Greenwald is a journalist and commentator for the Guardian whose reports have been based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Greenwald has written three books in which he argues the government trampled on personal rights in the name of national security.

Another reporter who has broken news based on documents from Snowden, Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, has a book deal with an imprint of Penguin Group.

Law firm admits leaking J.K. Rowling alter ego

The mystery has been solved.

A British law firm admitted Thursday that one of its partners inadvertently revealed that J.K. Rowling had authored a mystery novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling.

The Sunday Times newspaper revealed over the weekend that the Harry Potter author had penned the book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

The newspaper said it had received a tip-off on Twitter, and there was speculation that Rowling or her publisher were behind the revelation — which has sent sales of the thriller skyrocketing.

But law firm Russells said Thursday that one of its partners, Chris Gossage, had let the information slip to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari — the woman behind the tweet. Her Twitter account has now been deleted.

A phone message left for Callegari was not immediately returned.
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NY judge: Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

Apple Inc. broke antitrust laws and conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing “compelling evidence” from the words of the late Steve Jobs.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Apple knew that no publisher could risk acting alone to try to eliminate Amazon.com’s $9.99 price for the most popular e-books so it “created a mechanism and environment that enabled them to act together in a matter of weeks to eliminate all retail price competition for their e-books.”

The Manhattan jurist, who did not determine damages, added: “The evidence is overwhelming that Apple knew of the unlawful aims of the conspiracy and joined the conspiracy with the specific intent to help it succeed.”

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the Cupertino, Calif.-based company planned to appeal.

“Apple did not conspire to fix e-book pricing and we will continue to fight against these false accusations,” he said. “We’ve done nothing wrong.”

Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer called the ruling “a victory for millions of consumers who choose to read books electronically.”
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Publishers Random House, Penguin complete merger

Random House Inc. and Penguin Group have completed a planned merger that creates the world’s largest publisher of consumer books.

Parent companies Bertelsmann and Pearson said they signed the final contracts on Monday to combine the global activities of the two publishers and create Penguin Random House. Random House parent Bertelsmann will hold 53 percent of the new company and Penguin owner Pearson 47 percent.

Penguin Random House will include top-selling authors such as Dan Brown and Ken Follett and a vast back catalog ranging from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
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Move over, Grumpy Cat! 'Pig in a Wheelchair' lands three-book deal

Turns out being grumpy isn’t the only thing that people like to see when it comes to animals. YouTube sensation Chris P. Bacon, best known as “Pig in a Wheelchair,” is a baby pig with deformed back legs who uses a custom-made wheelchair to get around. With more than 1 million views on YouTube and special appearances on the likes of the Today Show and ABC Action News, Bacon’s story will soon be coming to a shelf near you. Len Lucero, Bacon’s caretaker and designer of the wheelchair, recently signed a three-book deal with Hay House to chronicle his journey with the adorable animal.

Could Bacon be the next animal to hit the big screen?

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