|Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Lawyers|
|Monster mash-ups and movie deals - nice work.
Seth Grahame-Smith caused quite a stir in 2009 with his hit novels, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the follow-up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both of which sold well, and brought Zombie Mash-Up into the literary mainstream.
In 2010, with striking success and a breakthrough genre, Graheme-Smith signed a $4m deal with a $1m advance. In return the author agreed to produce two new works, with delivery of the second novel expected by 2013.
According to The Guardian, Hachette is not satisfied that the second novel, which was finally submitted in June 2016, meets the terms of its contract with Graheme-Smith. The publisher is unhappy, believing that the text is “in large part an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain work”.
The publisher is suing the author and his company Baby Gorilla for at least $500,000.
Documentation at The Passive Voice
|PRINT STILL RULES... for now|
|Print books still dominate but e-books close the gap.
The number of Americans who read books in print remains strongly ahead of those who read e-books, but the gap is narrowing year on year. The survey, conducted by The Pew Research Center, found that while only 6% of Americans are 'digital only' compared to the 38% who describe their reading habits as 'print only', the percentage of readers who have read a book digitally has increased to 28% from 17% in 2011.
Further good news for those who publish digitally is the increasing use of mobile phones and tablets to read, especially among the young. 22% of 18-29 have read a book using a mobile phone in the past year. The percentage of readers using mobiles to read books has more than doubled since 2011 while the percentage using tablet computers has more than tripled to 15%.
College graduates are nearly four times as likely to read ebooks compared with those who have not graduated high school. Perhaps this is indicative of the cost of the technology as a barrier to entry into the e-book market, and we might expect this gap to close as the the tech becomes more broadly used. Men and women are equally likely to read ebooks and audiobooks.
The findings are taken from a telephone survey of 1,520 American adults conducted between March 7 and April 4, 2016.
|NEW FRONTIERS FOR ARTHUR C CLARKE.|
|Jeff Noon missed out; Becky Chambers on the shortlist
The Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction has changed its rules to allow self -published titles to be considered.
The competition's director, Tom Hunter, cites the changing publishing environment. He makes the point that under previous rules, works like Jeff Noon's Channel Skin have not been considered, and that the judges would not have been able to include Becky Chambers' The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet on this year's shortlist.
Hunter told The Book-Seller the search for the UK's best science fiction will be widened across new frontiers.
|A FEW COMPETITIONS|
|Ghost story competition this month.
Prize: $250 plus publication
Deadline: 15th September
Entry fee: $10
Word count: 500
Prize: 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £50
Deadline: 15th September
Entry fee: £5
Word count: 5000
Prize: 1st $1000, 2nd $250, 3rd $100
Deadline: 30th September
Entry fee: $20
Word count: 10,000