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With over sixty novels, and countless characters, Stephen King has created the imaginary worlds of our lives. So much of modern make believe is informed by King’s creations, and invariably we are affected by these scribblings of words on paper. The fake men and women who are tested remain with us long after we close the book.
Need help figuring out what to read next? Amazon released their list of Best Books of 2013, a selection of 100 “editors’ picks” as well as Top 20 lists in over two dozen categories, from Children’s & Teen to Cookbooks to Celebrity Picks. And nothing says “fill up your Kindle with all of these books” better than the helpful (free) guide Amazon has made available for all U.S. customers.
The setting of a great book can prove to be just as memorable and relevant as anything else in the story. So when we consider the most famous book set in every state, it's actually not all that difficult to guess some of them. For example, Maine would probably be something Stephen King, right? And if you guessed The Great Gatsby for New York, you'd be correct. What about good-old Washington? I'll give you a hint: Think vampires.
Popularity of a book doesn't automatically translate to box office success. For example, young adults seem to love Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, but that didn't do much for the film's opening box office, and the planned sequel has since been put on hold.
It it's with great sadness that we share reports that author Tom Clancy has died. It sounds like this news is unconfirmed -- officially anyway -- but multiple sites are reporting the news that the author has died at the age of 66. Clancy's biggest claim to fame is the surely the Jack Ryan series of novels, a number of which have been adapted to film over the years, with numerous A-list stars portraying the character, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford among them.
In this day and age of viral marketing, it rarely takes the internet very long to unravel a mystery that wants to be unraveled. Such was the case for the mysterious Bad Robot trailer that made its way online last month, leaving fans wondering what J.J. Abrams had up his sleeve. Soon after, people began to put the pieces together and it seemed all but certain that the mystery trailer was related to S., an upcoming book created by Abrams, written by Doug Dorst.
Following up on their excellent AutoRip feature and Whispersync for Voice, Amazon is introducing "Matchbook," a new incentive that offers a discounted price for select eBooks if you purchase or previously purchased the print edition of the book. This feature will go into effect this October, so if you're a Kindle reader who's ever purchased a print book from Amazon at any point since 1995, you may benefit from this feature come next month.
In less than two months, Divergent fans will have all of the answers they've been waiting for. Or most of them, anyway. With the Divergent movie and the Tobias eShorts along the way, there's certainly no shortage of material in the works for fans of Veronica Roth's young adult series. The third and final book in the main trilogy arrives October 22, and we now have our first little sample of what's in story. And we do mean little…
After the success of The Catcher in the Rye and a few other publishing ventures, Salinger stopped publishing altogether, but he never stopped writing, and just a few years after his death in 2010 at the age of 91, it seems fans of the author’s works may get to read more of them.
Between film and television, Abrams has enough Hollywood credit to carry him comfortably through his career, and yet he keeps going. Among his latest endeavors, he's set his sights away from the screen and to the page, collaborating with author Doug Dorst on a novel called S, which appears to be linked to that mysterious trailer we saw earlier this week.
Following up on her announcement that she was cutting off her hair in preparation to start shooting the feature adaptation of The Fault in our Stars, Shailene Woodley made good on her promise in chopping off her locks, which she says she'll donate to charity. The above photo gives us a look at Woodley's new hairdo… kind of. She's got her hands in her hair, making it difficult to see just how short it really is.
Many readers may have started consuming their books in different ways over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still shelling out money for their favorites. In fact, the last year has treated the authors at the top of the food chain extremely well, most overtly newcomer E.L. James whose 50 Shades books netted her an astounding haul between June 2012 and June 2013.
The first of Veronica Roth's planned Divergent eShorts will arrive in less than a month. Earlier this summer, we learned that Roth was writing four short eBooks which would be told from Tobias' perspectives, the first of which is titled The Transfer.
With Divergent headed into theaters next winter, the feature adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth's trilogy got a fair amount of exposure at Comic-Con, due largely to its presence during the Summit Panel in Hall H. In addition to revealing the first footage from the film, Veronica Roth offered up an exciting update about the third book in the trilogy, Allegiant, stating that the last book would be split between two perspectives, Tris' and Four's.
From a promotional standpoint, there's a benefit to an incomplete book series ahead of a feature adaptation's arrival in theaters. Take Fifty Shades of Grey, for example. The series was completed before word of mouth made the steamy trilogy a pop culture reference. The bright side to that was that readers could gobble up all three books if they wanted to, no wait necessary. The downside is that, with the movie expected to arrive in theaters next year, there isn't much in the way of book material for fans to look forward to while they wait for the movie.