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New Web Site for Books At Least a Year Old

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 9.32.23 PMIf you’re anything like me, it take you a while to get around to reading the books you’ve added to your “To Read” list. Usually I’m a few years behind on the big bestsellers. It’s not that I don’t want to read them; it’s just that I’m backed up with reading other things, and before I know it, I’m reading books two years after they made the bestseller list.

Well if you’re like me, there’s a new web site that’s perfect for us! According to The New York Times, publisher Simon & Schuster has created a web site called offtheshelf.com. Those who run the site review book that are at least a year old — books that you may not have gotten around to reading, books that you may have simply overlooked, or classics that you read years ago and forgot about. This is the explanation on from the web site:

Off the Shelf is a site and newsletter created by passionate editors, authors, and others inside the book business to help you discover—or rediscover—great books. Whether they’re bestsellers you never got a chance to read or classics you remember falling for when you first read them, the books we write about have made an indelible impression on us as readers and have become friends we revisit often. We hope that shining a new light on these wonderful books will help you discover a passion for them too. 

Sounds awesome! What do you guys think? Stupid or brilliant?

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Goldman Sachs Parody Book Gets New Publisher

gselevatorA little more back and forth about that Goldman Sachs Twitter feed turned book deal — the book is back on!

Last week, I reported that after having gotten a book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone, the Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking author had lost the deal since he never actually worked for Goldman Sachs.

But according to The New York Times, author John LeFevre got a new publishing deal, this time with Grove Atlantic, an independent publishing house. Plans for the book remain virtually the same; the book will be based on the Twitter account @GSElevator, a parody account that includes dark, harsh, but funny tweets supposedly overheard in the elevators at Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest investment banking firms in the world.

LeFevre, who until now had remained anonymous, received a six-figure advance from Grove Atlantic. Publishers promise the book will be strictly marketed as a work of fiction — again, because he never worked for Goldman Sachs. (He worked for Citigroup.) The book is due to be released in November.

Sounds like it’s hard to say no to this wolf of Wall Street!

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Derek Jeter: Baseball Player to Book Publisher

djNo, Yankee Captain Derek Jeter has not announced his retirement. In fact, he’s signed on to play another year for his beloved Yankees. But he is adding a new title to his name: book publisher.

According to The New York Times, the baseball player is starting his own publishing imprint, Jeter Publishing, partnering with Simon & Schuster. His imprint will publish books in a variety of genres, including adult nonfiction, children’s books, and young adult fiction. He says he started thinking a lot about life after baseball after he was injured several times in 2013, as Julie Bosman explains:

But Jeter said that in recent months, he had let his mind wander to the next phase of his career. An impetus was the injuries, which forced him to rest.

“I’ve had a lot of time to myself to think,” he said. “The whole last year has been sort of a blur. Being away from it for so long gave me the opportunity to think about what the future may hold after baseball.”

Jeter Publishing has been in the works for about a year now. The first of Jeter Publishing’s books are expected to  be released in 2014.

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‘The Jefferson Lies’ Bestseller Dropped by Publisher for Factual Errors

It takes a lot to have a publisher completely drop an author’s book and ask that bookstores stop selling it. Such is the case with David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson.

According to Huffington Post, publisher Thomas Nelson decided to stop the presses after the bestseller took heat for having factual errors. The Jefferson Lies is Barton’s attempt at telling the “true” story of Jefferson, one that makes him seem less racist, less bigoted, and less secularist, as Meredith Bennett-Smith explains.

In an early press release for the book, Barton was depicted as a historian’s version of David, battling against the Goliath forces of secularizing liberal revisionists, USA Today notes.

“History books routinely teach that Jefferson was an anti-Christian secularist, rewriting the Bible to his liking, fathering a child with one of his slaves, and little more than another racist, bigoted colonist — but none of those claims are actually true,” the press release stated.

But as it turned out, many of Barton’s claims were hard to verify, and in July the book was voted “the least credible history book in print,” by readers of the History News Network.

Religious groups were starting to organize protests, while other religious experts condemned Barton’s writing. Now it’s finally come to a head. The book is still available through Amazon, but Thomas Nelson has stopped new shipments, recalled copies from bookstores and asked other retailers to stop selling the e-book.

I don’t know about you, but all this controversy actually makes me want to read the book more than ever. Am I the only curious one? What do you guys think?

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The Next Big Trilogy Is Getting Everyone Hot and Bothered

It’s the book that has women across the country hot and bothered: Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s the new adult fiction hit that’s selling so fast, publishers recently reached a deal to release more copies. And like Eat, Pray, Love and The Kite Runner, it’s also having a broad impact on women.

Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel — one that tells the story of a successful business man and his heated relationship with an innocent — or not-so-innocent — college student. Oh yes. I know you’re thinking dirty thoughts already.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, erotic novels are exactly the type that women will purchase on their e-readers. After all, no one can see what they’re buying and judge them for it. But Fifty Shades, which is the first in a trilogy of the same name, appeals to more than just the romance novel aficionados, and that’s why it’s #1 on The New York Times e-book fiction bestseller list and #3 on Amazon’s bestseller list, according to this article by The New York Times.

It’s selling out everywhere; not to mention, not too many copies were published because it was written by a British author, E L James. But alas, Vintage Books this week paid a 7-figure sum, winning a bidding war for the rights to all three books. New e-book versions of the trilogy will be released next week, followed by 750,000 print copies.

And as Julie Bosman explains, the book is doing more than just selling; it’s affecting women’s sex lives.

Except this book has been credited with something else: introducing women who usually read run-of-the-mill literary or commercial fiction to graphic, heavy-breathing erotica. And in the cities and suburbs of New York, Denver and Minneapolis, the women who have devoured the books say they are feeling the happy effects at home.

“It’s relighting a fire under a lot of marriages,” said Lyss Stern, the founder of DivaMoms.com and one of the early fans of the series. “I think it makes you feel sexy again, reading the books.”

So, will you be picking up a copy? I know I will!

The first book is available for pre-order on Amazon now for $10.85.

It’s also available on your Kindle for $9.99.

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