Welcome to Fresh Ink, my new aggregated book news feature, where I’ll post news from the publishing world!
1. A few weeks ago, the cover of Amy Poehler’s upcoming-memoir, Yes Please, was released. The book will be published by HarperCollins in October and will include personal anecdotes about love, friendship, sex, and life. I have no doubts it will be just as lovely and insightful and flat-out hilarious as Poehler is.
I’m already making room for the book alongside Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) — my shelf can never have too many sassy, smart memoirs written by women.
All I can say is YES PLEASE.
2. Penguin Random House, which merged back in July 2013 and now controls more than 25 percent of the book industry, unveiled their new logo last week. The company released a House Brand Animation video outlining the new logo for the publishing megahouse. According to Publishers Weekly, Penguin Random House worked with the New-York City-based design agency Pentagram to redesign the interim logo they had been using for the past eleven months.
Personally, I love how clean and sleek the new logo is. It was well worth the wait.
3. The Hachette-Amazon Feud has been all over the main stream news lately, but last week some of Hachette’s authors made public quips and jabs at Amazon and their bullying tactics. Stephen Colbert, a Hachette Book Group author, recently waded into the discussion about the actions of the online retail giant allegedly regarding ebook prices. On his show last Wednesday, Colbert declared himself “Mad Prime” and had a few choice words (and fingers) for Amazon, which you can watch here.
Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym, also commented on the feud last week via twitter. After Amazon removed the “preorder” button for her upcoming novel, The Silkworm, the second Comoran Strike Novel, the author tweeted that there were many places where you could order her (his) new book, which comes out June 19.
I’m really digging the snark, everyone.
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What was your favorite book- or publishing-related news of the week?