1) So. All kinds of stuff went down yesterday with the Department of Justice filing suit against Apple and five of the Big Six publishers about the agency pricing model for ebooks and most favored nation clauses. Hachette, S&S and HarperCollins have settled with the DoJ, while Penguin and Macmillan are fighting it. Read about it at Publishers Lunch, PW (settlement), Wall Street Journal (an early report), and Dear Author (today’s rundown).
2) Little, Brown has released details about J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel. It’s called The Casual Vacancy and will be released in multiple formats and territories on Sept. 27. Here’s the description:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
3) Carina Press editor Angela James blogs about some of Carina’s fantasy titles at The Book Pushers, with a giveaway for 3 fantasy books of your choice, including my recommendation Gate to Kandrith by Nicole Luiken.