September 15, 2012

Kindle HD / Stephen King / YA Study / Bklyn Book Fest

This Saturday we'd like to share four pieces of news for you....

The new Kindle Fire HD went on sale yesterday, September 14. The new Kindle offers better hardware, useful new features for watching movies and reading books, and all the same access you used to have on Amazon with your original Kindle. 

But the reviews are definitely mixed. There are some who think that for a Kindle, it's amazing, but as a new tablet device, it's just..."okay".

There are three different prices for the Kindle HD. The 7" will cost you $199, the 8.9" goes for $299 and the 8.9" 4G LTE will run you a cool $499. The HD display looks amazing! 

What Do You Think of the Kindle Fire HD?

A new study released by Bowker Market Research has shown that more than half of the people who buy Young Adult books are not actually Young Adult. (Really...did we need a study to tell us that?)

According to the study, 55% of buyers that purchased books for ages 12-17 were actually 18 years or older, and actually, the oldest of that group were 30-44! And before you say that they're buying it for their kids, 78% said that they are buying the books for themselves, LOL. (I'm laughing-out-loud because I am totally one of these adults!!)

Are You An Adult Who Purchases Y.A. Novels?

A film adaptation of Stephen King's seven-book series, The Dark Tower has once again been de-railed. 

Warner Bros. has recently decided not to go through with the project, making it the second studio to turn down the film. Universal Studios also turned it down, citing budget concerns. 

Thirty million copies of The Dark Tower books have been sold in over 40 countries (am I the only one seeing $$ signs here?!). Imagine Entertainment's Ron Howard was set to direct. 

The Dark Tower series focuses on a gunslinger who takes both a metaphorical and physical journey to reach a tower. It combines western, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Stephen King is currently working on the 8th book in the series. 

These Studios Don't Know What They're Losing Out On, Am I Right?


If you live in NYC or plan on being around the area, don't forget to check out the 2012 Brooklyn Book Festival from September 17-23! It's the largest book festival on the northeastern seaboard.

At this year's festival, they will have 250 authors, 12 stages, and 150 exhibitors. Launched in 2005, the Brookyln Book Festival has soared in recognition and fame, especially with it's informal motto, "Hip, Smart, Diverse."

For a full listing of their schedule and events, check out their website:


  1. I must admit, I'm 100% guilty of buying YA books for myself and I'm 33 years old.

  2. I purchase/get young adult books all the time and I'm 41. The stories are better.

  3. I had a Kindle Fire and I like it, but I am not completely wowed by it. I like playing games on it, but I think I would prefer something with e-ink for reading.

  4. I'm guilty as well. I'm 41 and I love YA books.

  5. I absolutely love reading YA. I'm not going to be getting a new kindle. If I can't buy one that doesn't have adds then I won't be buying a new one.

  6. I still have a Kindle 3. At least I'm pretty sure it's a Kindle 3. And I'm totally happy with it! I won't get a new one unless it breaks (but the new one sure is purdy)

  7. Maybe it being a study and not just anecdotal will help some of the people who continue to insist on knocking YA books - for no real, valid reason.It makes sense that adults read some YA books, just like it makes sense teens read adult books.

    I don't know if I'll get a Kindle Fire - I do have a regular Kindle. The ads on it don't bother me at all (though I do like putting screensavers on the Nook), but full color ones might be different. (Not sure I want to pay $15 more to get rid of them, though.)

  8. Count me among the age 30-44 who buy YA books! I'm not surprised by the statistic because I have several friends who also love reading YA.


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