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Print Book Releases On The Rise

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Due to the increasing number of e-books being published and the growing availability of digital reading devices, readers have been bombarded with stories heralding the death of the printed book. However, according to a recent industry report, the number of traditionally published print books is on the rise. 

Bowker’s Annual Book Production Report cites preliminary findings indicate that print titles have increased by 5% over the past year. This means that in 2010 alone there were over 316,000 new books released. And that’s not even counting the explosion of public-domain reprints and self-published works. 

The one area where the numbers are unclear is in e-books. Because of difficulty with defining and identifying e-titles, it is difficult to get an exact count on these releases. However, Publisher’s Weekly projects that this number is in the six-figure range. 

So no matter how you get your books, if the trend continues, there will be more titles than ever to choose from in the future!

For additional information, see more of Bowker’s findings here.


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Meet Two Debut Authors Who Are Part Of The Dark Days Of Supernatural Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today two YA authors chat about their paranormal YA novels and give you a special look at the making of their debut paranornal tales, Die for Me by Amy Plum and Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed. (And then don’t miss your chance to win these new novels and more in the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaways all month long!)

Amy Plum Joesephine Angelini
   

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Inside The Issue: July 2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

The July issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS will be in stores soon. Here are some of the stories you can look forward to:

This month we get a special look at Diana Palmer’s Merciless.

Find out what your favorite authors are reading this month.

Check out an interview with the incomparable Catherine Coulter.

We investigate the new trend of novels featuring Cleopatra.

George R.R. Martin chats about his A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the HBO television series that is based on it, Game of Thrones, in a special author interview.

Get the details about Kim Harrison’s Hollows series spin-off: a graphic novel prequel!

Brenda Novak heads to "the big house" for some in-depth research for her new novel.

And author Sarah Mlynowski stops by Teen Scene and more!


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Classic Novels Get “Amplified”

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Context can be key when reading novels written in previous centuries, and whether it's knowing the customs of the times or understanding how people reacted to the story when it was published, these details can help contemporary readers connect to classic novels. With this in mind, Penguin Classics has announced that it will be publishing “amplified” e-book editions of some of these beloved novels.

Starting this week with John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men: Amplified, the publisher will be releasing digital copies of classic novels with supplementary content. For $10.99, when readers purchase the Kindle amplified edition of Of Mice And Men, they will also receive an audio interview with actor James Earl Jones who performed in the play on Broadway, photo stills from the film adaptation, Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech and more. 

Penguin claims that with the additional content they hope to “provide a deeper, richer insight into an author’s work.”

Readers can look forward to more classics being amplified by Penguin including the summer release of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road

For more information, visit PenguinClassics.com


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Six Historical Tales Of Damsels In Distress From Harlequin

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

The handsome hero riding to my rescue, slaying a dragon, or untying me from train tracks ... it may not be realistic but it's certainly a nice fantasy. While I've got faith that I could eventually rescue myself from any of these situations — given some time and hopefully access to some power tools — occasionally it's nice to kick back and imagine a hero who wants to do the hard work for me. This month's Harlequin Historical romances bring this fantasy to life from the ballrooms of Regency England to the Wild Wild West, these are six tales of damsels in distress and the handsome men who come to their rescue — whether or not they need it!


 

Sir Ashley's Mettlesome Match
by Mary Nichols


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On The Bookshelves Tuesday 5/17/2010

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 17, 2011 | PERMALINK
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy  
  
 Graveminder
by Melissa Marr

“The uber-talented Marr takes her mesmerizing storytelling talents into the adult arena...Outstanding!”
    
       
Science Fiction/Fantasy 
  
 Embassytown
by China Mieville

“Mieville’s latest is a densely written, thought-provoking and challenging story about language and communication.”
  Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince
by Noriko Ogiwara

“Ogiwara’s prose and characters elevate what could have been a mere collect-the-plot-tokens quest.”
       

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Stefanie Pintoff On Secret Of The White Rose And The Art Of Criminology In The Early 20th Century!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

We are more than a little bit obsessed with Criminal Minds, CSI and Bones, so we were excited to learn about Stefanie Pintoff's new release Secret of the White RoseThe story features a turn-of-the-century sleuth Simon Ziele who uses the era's budding practice of criminology to solve a judge's murder. So we knew we had to ask the author, "what are the CSI techniques of the early 1900s?" 

My historical mystery series revolving around Detective Simon Ziele and early criminal scientist Alistair Sinclair is set in early 1900s New York. It’s a time period I was attracted to largely because of the zeitgeist of this era, which was characterized by a tremendous faith in possibility. People – especially scientists – believed that the next big discovery was just around the corner, certain to change society for the better. Their innovations were revolutionizing all fields and areas of life – criminology among them.


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Forewords - The Books Before The Buzz

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

NEW SERIES ALERT

Romantic Suspense - Elle Kennedy will be launching her new series, Midnight Forces, with the upcoming Midnight Rescue. The story will feature two mercenary assassins — one male, one female. 

Young Adult - When 2 fifteen-year-old Southern teens move in together — one wealthy, one poor — they discover a secret that will change both of their lives forever. Belles, the first in Jen Calonita’s four-book series, will release next spring. 

EXCITING DEBUT AUTHORS

Mystery - When Tokyo’s only female detective gets possession of the most dangerous sword ever made will she be able to utilize its power, or will the sword end up using her? Find out in Steve Bein’s debut novel The Sword Scholar


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Enter To Win 7 New And Upcoming Paranormal YA Novels!

BY Whitney Sullivan, MAY 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

It is time for round three of the Dark Days of Supernatural giveaway, your chance to win a tote bag full of seven new and upcoming paranormal YA novels. The winner of this week's giveaway will receive the newest novels from Aprilynne PikeEllen Schreiber, Kim Harrison and four new talents in the genre: Veronica RothAmy PlumJosephine Angelini and Tara Hudson.

             
                     
           

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We Ask Sarah Bower About Her Historical Fiction Novel Sins Of The House Of Borgia - With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

We are really enjoying the new trend of controversial historical figures being featured on TV, such as Showtime's The Tudors and The Borgias. But we aren't just seeing this on screen, writers have also been delving into the lives of the rich and privileged. This month author Sarah Bower caught our attention with her latest historical fiction which was rated an RT Top Pick. Today we interview the author about her novel, Sins of the House of Borgia. And make sure to enter our giveaway to win Bower's book at the end of the interview!

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Sins of the House of Borgia follows La Violante, who begins her life as Esther, a Jewish girl who becomes entangled in the Borgia court politics at her father’s insistence. Which of Esther’s character traits does her the most good in her new life, and which ends up being the most harmful?


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