While the Grammy Awards on are television tonight, many others are turning on their TVs for one other very important pop culture reason: the start of the new Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul.
To tie in with the new show on AMC, HarperCollins, in conjunction with Sony, has released a fun, colorful book about the one and only Saul Goodman. Saul Goodman is the character from the hit AMC show Breaking Bad — the same character who will now have his own show on the same channel. The book details the way in which the character came to be the famous, lawbreaking, beloved lawyer in Albuquerque. It explains everything from the kinds of cases he handles to the significance of the items on his desk and decor in his office, as well as who Saul’s clients and associates are. Details and stories about Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and all of the Breaking Bad characters are intertwined throughout the book.
The book is silly. But for any fan of Breaking Bad, it’s pretty hilarious, if nothing more than a fun little coffee table book that will certainly get guests talking the next time you host a little get-together.
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First comes the book, then comes the movie. Sometimes first comes the book, then comes the TV show. But every once in a while, the TV show comes first, and then spinoff books are written. Such is the case with the CW’s The Originals.
According to Entertainment Weekly, The Originals executive producer Julie Plec is currently working on three novels based on the TV series. To tell the 1,000-year history of the characters, Plec will pen three books in an Originals trilogy: The Originals: The Rise, The Originals: The Loss, and The Originals: The Resurrection. The books are due to be released in February, April and June, 2015.
The TV show itself is already a spinoff of the CW’s biggest hit show in years, The Vampire Diaries. Now in its second season, The Originals tells the story of the original siblings returning to New Orleans for the first time since the early 1900s.
Can Clarissa still explain it all? I guess we’ll find out when a new novel about the quirky 90’s Nickelodeon character Clarissa Darling debuts next fall.
That’s right. According to Entertainment Weekly, Clarissa Explains It All creator Mitchell Kriegman is putting together a new book about the character called Things I Can’t Explain. The book tells the story of a now 23-year-old Clarissa Darling as she enters the real world. She must still deal with her parents and boys, but now a real-life job as a journalist is part of the story, as well as living in her own apartment. (Will that mean no more Sam entering her room through the window??)
Apparently back in 1995, a spinoff show called Clarissa Now had been created, but was never picked up. No word yet if this book will ultimately be turned into another Clarissa TV show or movie. The book is still in its early stages, and is only tentatively planned for fall 2014 publishing date. But I certainly think it has potential.
I still have vivid memories of forcing my father to watch the show with me, no matter how much he protested, and there’s a good chance every girl who grew up in the 90’s will want to read it, regardless of age.
A few weeks ago, I told you about a new Sweet Valley High spinoff e-book series that hit the Interwebs this summer. All six of the e-books have since been released.
But according to Entertainment Weekly, they’re now also available as audiobooks.
Check out the free snippet from book #2 here.
Before Harry Potter and Twilight, there was The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High. Well now, Sweet Valley is back. Sort of.
The young adult author who wrote the series, Francine Pascal, has written a 6-book Sweet Valley spin-off called The Sweet Life. According to Entertainment Weekly, the series is only available for e-readers. It takes place three years after the setting of last year’s Sweet Valley Confidential; in The Sweet Life, the twins are 30 years old.
Each e-book comes out Sunday nights from July 15th through August 12th and only costs $1.99 a piece. But the news doesn’t end there. Starting October 1st, the first 12 books in the original SVH series will be made available for e-readers for the first time with original covers included.
Click here for an excerpt of the first new Sweet Life book.
Get Book 1 of The Sweet Life for your Kindle here for just $1.99.
Here’s the second book in the series.
And here’s the third and most recent one to come out.
Could the Barnes and Noble Nook soon be getting a massive upgrade? That’s still up for debate, but it sure has gotten a huge financial boost, thanks to Microsoft.
According to the L.A. Times, Microsoft, which has stayed out of the e-reader business until now, is now giving Barnes and Noble $300 million for its new Nook-led subsidiary. As previously reported, the new branch of Barnes and Noble is something the company’s been considering for the past few months.
The subsidiary, which would act as an entirely separate Nook-led branch under B&N’s umbrella, has the temporary name Newco. Microsoft will get a 17.6 shares in the spinoff. As Carolyn Kellogg points out, however, it’s odd that Barnes and Noble chose Microsoft — of all companies — to help them out.
Microsoft’s investment was, at least by most in publishing, unexpected. Last we heard, Microsoft was suing Barnes & Noble over alleged patent infringements related to the Nook, which could have blocked importation to the U.S. after its offshore manufacture. As part of the new Nook deal, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble announced settlement of the patent suit.
Now that the two companies have kissed and made up, some are wondering what advancements could be made to the second-place e-reader — behind Amazon’s Kindle — with all that extra money.
So I ask you, fellow Nook users, what kind of improvements would you like to see? How do you think Microsoft could change the future of Barnes and Noble, if at all?
Investors are on edge after Barnes and Noble announced last week it was considering spinning off its Nook business.
Nook has been a beacon of hope for the company, whose physical book sales are otherwise plummeting, much like Borders before it went under. But according to this article by The Street, Barnes and Noble officials are hoping that a spinoff would allow the Nook to expand further, both nationally and internationally. B&N CEO William Lynch explains.
“We see substantial value in what we’ve built with our Nook business in only two years, and we believe it’s the right time to investigate our options to unlock that value,” said CEO William Lynch. “In Nook, we’ve established one of the world’s best retail platforms for the sale of digital copyright content. We have a large and growing installed base of millions of satisfied customers buying digital content from us, and we have a Nook business that’s growing rapidly year-over-year and should be approximately $1.5 billion in comparable sales this fiscal year. Between continued projected growth in the U.S., and the opportunity for Nook internationally in the next 12 months, we expect the business to continue to scale rapidly for the foreseeable future.”
The company says there’s no guarantee that the Nook will branch off from B&N and won’t say anything further until a decision is made.
That being said, stocks plummeted when the news broke, which does not bode well should Barnes and Noble decide to spin off the Nook.
As far as I’m concerned, the Nook will do well no matter where it sells or who owns it. But it’s a matter of how it will affect B&N. Should it spin off, B&N might suffer the same fate Borders did, and that would be a huge loss for readers everywhere.