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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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Jason Collins on book rumors: 'I have no current plans to write any books'

After rumors started swirling that Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out as being gay just last week, was looking to publishers for a potential book deal, Collins took to Twitter to quiet the rumblings. Collins tweeted, “Contrary to Sportscenter reports, I have no current plans to write any books. Sorry to disappoint my literary loving fans.” READ FULL STORY

Alexandria, Va. tops Amazon's list of well-read cities

The most well-read cities in the country may surprise you.

According to the third-annual survey conducted by Amazon.com, the most well-read city in the country is Alexandria, Virginia. Fitting that it is name for an ancient city with the most famous library in the world, right?

Well, not exactly — it isn’t the classics that are boosting Alexandria’s readership. According to Amazon, ranking is based on sales of books, magazines, and newspapers — in print and for Kindle. The top selling book was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Romance novels like E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey contributed greatly to sales in two-time list-topper Alexandria, and this year’s number two city, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Knoxville made a jump from the number 12 spot to number two this year, in large part due to sales of Fifty Shades of Grey. Vancouver, Washington, Dayton, Ohio, Clearwater, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida are on the list for the first time this year.

See the top 20 here.

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner lands book deal with Crown Publishers

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Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has scored a book deal with Random House imprint Crown Publishers.

Geithner’s memoir, which is slated for 2014, will provide a “behind-the-scenes” look at the financial crisis, specifically offering a “play book” for future policy makers to draw on, as well as helping the public to understand how and why governments act in crisis.

“In telling this inside story, Secretary Geithner will chronicle how decisions were made during the most harrowing moments of the crisis, when policy makers faced a fog of uncertainty, risked catastrophic outcomes, and had no institutional memory or recent precedent to guide them,” Crown Publishers said in a press release. READ FULL STORY

The End of 'Sweet Tooth': A deep dive with Jeff Lemire about wrapping up his acclaimed comic book saga

Jeff Lemire isn’t just one of the most acclaimed talents in comics, he’s also one of the most prodigious. In 2012, the Toronto-based writer/artist’s illustrious output included the monthly serials Animal Man, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E and Justice League Dark for DC Comics (all of which earned Lemire an Eisner nomination for Best Writer), and the much-praised graphic novel The Underwater Welder published by Top Shelf Productions. But this week, Lemire’s workload officially becomes one title lighter when DC’s Vertigo imprint releases the last issue of his epic fantasy, Sweet Tooth. READ FULL STORY

'Wool' author Hugh Howey on his publishing deal: 'Every milestone has been a shock' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Calling all geeks everywhere! Hugh Howey’s sci-fi sensation Wool has scored a major publishing deal with Simon & Schuster, with hardcover and paperback copies set to be published in March 2013.

Initially self-published as a short story in 2011, Wool was released with very little fanfare — that is, no promotion or formal marketing. However, as word began to spread, the book quickly gained traction, garnering thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Readers begged Howey for more, and one book became two and two became five. “Every single milestone has been a complete shock,” Howey told EW in an email. “I’ve been telling myself for a year now that things have peaked, to brace for impact, and then something else amazing happens.” READ FULL STORY

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