February 04, 2012

BEA News / Amazon War / Book Deals Galore!

This Sunday we'd like to share TWO pieces of news for you....

B.E.A. Dedicates Day to Children's Literature!
In addition to a few other changes that BEA is planning this year, one of their largest is dedicating an entire day (Wednesday, June 6th) to children's literature. This will be the first time BEA has ever done this. 

Although the autographings on Wednesday won't be restricted to children's authors, the children's breakfast will take place on that day, rather than the traditional first day. 

Be sure to keep up with GoodChoiceReading during the week of BEA (June 4-7) for all of the latest pics, news and updates! 

Are You Headed To B.E.A. This Year?

Books-A-Million Joins Barnes & Noble in Their Anti-Amazon Movement
Two days ago, Barnes & Noble announced that they would no longer sell Amazon books in their 703 stores.

B&N's chief merchandising officer said in a statement, "Our decision is based on Amazon's continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain e-books to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole and have been prevented millions of customers from having access to content."

Well, yesterday, Books-A-Million has joined B&N in their cause and will also no longer carry Amazon Publishing titles, including those published under Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's New Harvest imprint. 

I'd Love to Know Your Thoughts on This Internet vs. Brick-&-Mortar War!

Book Deals Galore
In a major deal, Riverhead Books has bought a buzzed-about debut novel by Anton DiScianfani (in photo). The book is a depression-era novel entitled The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. Rumors have quickly spread that the asking price for the book has reached into the seven-figure price range.

Romance author, Kresley Cole (in photo on left) has landed a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for her first young adult novel. 
The book will be entitled Poison Princess and will be the first book in The Arcana Chronicle series. Publication is set for October 12th.

Cole currently has published seventeen romance books with Simon & Schuster adult imprint, Gallery Books.

Scholastic announced this week that it will publish a new four-book series by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater (in photo), whose Shriver Trilogy series has more than 1.7 million books in print and whose most recent novel, The Scorpio Races was just named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. 

The first book in the series will be entitled The Raven Boys and will be released in September, 2012.
Are You Looking Forward to Any of These Books?


  1. I think they lost their minds! The internet is now and the future. It doesn't make any sense. They are acting like a child having a tantrum. Karma has come full circle on them. They nearly exterminated the independent book shops. And now the internet threatens their existence. *shakes head* I'll shop at Books-A-Million at times but rarely. I won't shop at Barnes & Noble because they cost to much.

    1. I totally agree with you! They need to learn how to work together with Amazon, rather than this constant fighting that doesn't benefit everyone.

  2. I really don't get what B&N is trying to accomplish with this, after all they've done to all the indie shops, very greedy indeed. And unfortunately, unless I order online from someone else, B&N is the closest 'real' bookstore to me. We have a warehouse, but they don't have a huge selection of newbies... sigh...
    I am thinking of going to BEA this year! I live on Long Island, so I'm hoping to just drive in or hop on the train, but I can only go for one day - it will be my first time! Any suggestions or tips would be great! So far, I know to wear comfy shoes, be super polite and don't go in expecting anything :) Hope to see you there!

    1. Margie, I totally agree with you on B&N.

      And as for BEA, all of those tips are great, but also: bring a suitcase or a really good bag! You're going to have a lot of books to carry - or if not books, lots of free goodies - make sure you can carry it all :)

      If you end up going, let us know!

  3. Okay I don't like limiting books in any situation. I don't think this is gonna help B&N at all either. I rarely shop there. I buy online most of the time - not just from Amazon. Shooting your own foot comes to mind.


  4. I had already heard about B&N and thought they were cutting off their nose to spite their face. If a person wants the book, they will buy it. Now they will only buy it at Amazon.

    I am looking forward to Kresley and Maggie's new books as I love both of them as writers.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. You are most welcome! And thanks for the comment. I hope Kresley & Maggie's books are awesome :)

  5. When I was doing research on what e-reader to buy, I read about Amazon's exclusivity deals, and that really turned me off. To me, it read like they were limiting who had access to reading books, and that was one of the factors that lead me to go with the Nook instead of the Kindle. Plus, I really like Barnes and Noble. But...I don't know what Barnes and Noble is going to gain from this. The only people who won't turn to Amazon for these exclusive books are people who are loyal customers to B&N like myself. But, I don't reckon there are too many of us to really make an impact.


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