Divergent Does Hunger Games Impression

14493498Veronica Roth’s Divergent series is mimicking The Hunger Games.

The trilogy has continued to lead the ebook best-seller list all year. And in a first this week, it swept all top three spots.

The first Divergent movie, due out March 21 is expected to be up to $60 million, putting it in a league with the Twilight franchise. Much of that speculation is built on the strong ebook sales of the series in the run-up to the film’s release.

More: The top-25 best-selling ebooks; Amazon Publishing update; best-seller prices.


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Nook Press Launches All Over Europe (DBW)
Nook’s self-publishing platform Nook Press is now operating in seven major European markets: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Nook’s Smart Move (DBW)
By leading with Nook Press in some important international ebook markets, Nook is giving itself a good chance at being profitable in its expansion.

Implications of the Open Road-HarperCollins Ruling (PW)
Because of the narrow language used by the judge in the case to determine that Open Road violated the author’s contract with HarperCollins, the ruling may not have a wide impact on the ebook industry.

Penguin Random House: Ignoring Blogger Advice (Futurebook)
Penguin Random House in the UK has had a successful run at things and it has ignored virtually every piece of unsolicited advice it’s gotten from publishing observers.

Another “Netflix for Ebook” Skeptic (The Street)
Columnist Jonathan Blum: “New York-based Oyster shows just how shameless the e-publishing race to the bottom has become. It offers utterly unlimited access to more than 100,000 titles for the same $9.99 per month. And there’s San Francisco-based Scribd, which sets the low bar for e-book value: All of its 300,000-plus books are available for just $8.99 per month.”

India: Printed Books Will Be Luxuries (Times of India)
A prominent Indian author and thinker believes that ebooks will soon take over in his country. (Try to ignore that he way overstates the dominance of ebooks in the U.S.)

Self-Published Ebook Prices Too Low? (Pub Perspectives)
Established self-publishing pundits seriously consider that indie authors have low-balled themselves into a difficult pricing situation.

The Dangers of Content Exploitation (Pub Perspectives)
When considering new places your content can live and flourish, beware of possible dangers, like being a pawn in a larger platform wars and the diminishing margins for content creators.

Pholium Updates (DBW)
The iPad-based multimedia ebook creation app has been updated to automatically create multimedia ebooks, drawing from multiple content sources.

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