The Next Fifty Shades of Grey?

Penguin has acquired an erotica trilogy from best-selling author Maya Banks for an undisclosed seven-figure sum, hoping to attract Fifty Shades of Grey readers.

The Breathless trilogy will be published as both an e-book and paperback starting in Feb 2013. All three books will be published within six months of each other.

Fifty Shades of Grey has been at or near the top of best-seller lists for about half a year and has propelled its publisher, Random House, to a record-breaking first-half of 2012. The series has sold some 30 million copies – half of them e-books – as of August 31.

Perhaps Penguin is trying to catch some of that lightning in a bottle? It sure beats trying to make a buck with Fifty Shades the Musical (yes, this is real).

Hachette Price Increase for Libraries Overstated (DBW)
Last week, it came to light that Hachette was going to charge libraries 220% more to buy its back-list of 3,500 e-books. OverDrive, one of Hachette’s library e-book distributors, has sent out a note that it miscalculated. The real number is 104%. Librarians are likely still a little peeved.

Librarians Who Buy From Hachette Now Are “Suckers” (Library Journal)
The “annoyed librarian” takes a bite out of Hachette and librarians who would buy from Hachette at its elevated e-book prices. This post was published when it was thought to be a 220% increase. Wonder if the 104% number changes anything.

Stay of Execution for Google (WSJ)
A U.S. appeals court will again consider whether authors can sue as a group over Google’s effort to scan books. The Author’s Guild is seeking $750 in copyright damages per book that Google scanned, adding up to about $2 billion.

Children’s Publishing Looks to Promising Fall (Columbus Dispatch)
Riding years of growth from the likes of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games, the children’s book market is set to have another big fall with a spate of promising new releases.

E-Reading in the London Underground (DBW)
Londoners are using e-readers on the subway and on beaches but iPads in the bedrooms, says our UK-based spy. Still, e-ink in the isle might be only a year or two away from extinction.

Tablet’s Continue Rise (DBW)
Shipments for screens of tablet computers of all sizes continue to skyrocket, up to about 120 million in 2012.

Penguin Shares Pricing Charts (Pub Lunch)
Penguin has been given permission to share pricing data in the open court docket which it says shows that some of its e-book prices were higher than $9.99 following the introduction of the agency model.

Help! I’ve Been Plagiarized (The Scholarly Kitchen)
What do you do if your work has been plagiarized? According to one recently plagiarized author, professional writers should be more assertive about their rights. (Note: Apologies for plagiarizing the headline; it was good.)

How Social Networks Have Changed Book Discovery (DBW)
In this free webcast, Bowker’s vice president of publisher solutions Kelly Gallagher will take attendees through new research on how different kinds of readers discover different kinds of books on various social media and new media platforms.

What’s Inside the iPhone 5? (UBM Tech Insights)
Apparently $167.50 worth of materials (for the 16-gigabyte version, which retails for $199 with a phone and data service plan). Is Apple following the Jeff Bezos strategy to make money off content and not devices?

The Promo Apple Didn’t Want You to See (YouTube)
Apple’s slick announcement of its new device last week was, well, slick, wasn’t it? This is the announcement that Apple didn’t want you to see. (Possibly NSFW, depending on where you W.)

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