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David McCullough to Publish Book About American Pioneers in 2019

David McCullough has been working on a book about American pioneers. The book, The Pioneers, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2019. McCullough is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author known for his historical books. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his books Truman and John Adams. Read more... October 6, 2016

No Easy Day Author to Pay Nearly $7 Million to U.S. Government

Author and former U.S. Navy Seal Matt Bissonnette has agreed to pay nearly $7 million as part of a settlement with the U.S. government for violating non-disclosure agreements. Bissonnette's book about the Osama Bin Laden raid called No Easy Day was published in 2012. It was published under the pseudonym Mark Owen. Read more... August 25, 2016

Mike Mignola Writing New Hellboy Adventure for Dark Horse called Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea

If you thought Hellboy's story had come to an end, think again. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has signed with Dark Horse Comics to write a new original Hellboy graphic novel called Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea. The project will be co-written and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Gary Gianni. The book will be colored by Dave Stewart. Read more... August 18, 2016

President Obama Shares His 2016 Summer Reading List

President Obama has released his 2016 summer reading list which has five books on it: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. Read more... August 15, 2016

The Phantom Tollbooth to be a Feature Film

Tracking Board reports the children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster wrote the book in 1961; it was illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Read more... August 10, 2016

Google Play Launches Bubble Zoom Technology for Digital Comics

Google has announced a new technology called Bubble Zoom for digital comics on Google Play. Bubble Zoom zooms in a speech bubbles in comics using a technology that is similar to the way it recognizes objects in photos. Read more... August 6, 2016

Oprah Chooses The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead for Oprah's Book Club

She's still got the Midas touch. On Tuesday Oprah Winfrey chose Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad as her newest Oprah's Book Club pick. The book is now selling like crazy. On Amazon it is already the 6th bestseller in Books of all genres. Read more... August 5, 2016

Anna Faris Inks Memoir Deal, Chris Pratt to Write Forward

Anna Faris (The House Bunny, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) just inked a deal with Penguin Random House to write a memoir. The actress currently stars in the hit sitcom Mom with Allison Janney. Anna also produces and stars in a comedic web series called Anna Faris is Unqualified which will be the basis for the memoir. In the advice show she delivers unqualified, hilarious dating advice with the help of her celebrity friends. Read more... July 28, 2016

Stephenie Meyer's Next Book is a Spy Thriller

Twilight author Stephenie Meyers announced that her next book will be The Chemist a spy novel that will hit stores on November 15, 2016. The thriller will introduce a new character, a secret agent that must go into hiding after she is targeted for death by her own government. Read more... July 19, 2016

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Publish Book With HarperCollins

HarperCollins has announced that it will publish a book by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Fall 2017. The book will be published by Harper Business. It will be called Hit Refresh. Read more... July 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders Inks Book Deal With St. Martin's Press

Bernie Sanders just inked a book deal with St. Martin's Press. Senator Sanders, who just recently endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, will write Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. The book will be published by St. Martins imprint Thomas Dunne Books on November 15, 2016. Read more... July 14, 2016

Should Authors Read Their Own Audiobooks?

Audiobooks are thriving. The growth in audiobook sales has been a bright spot in the book industry. And the growth is continuing to climb upward. Publishers have been pleasantly surprised to find that audiobooks sales are booming. In fact subscription audiobook models are more profitable than ebooks. But that isn't the only change in the audiobook industry. These days, an author rarely gets to read his or her own work. It's usually read by an actor. Read more... July 13, 2016

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