Today it was announced that computer giant Microsoft has invested $300 million in a subsidiary of the Barnes & Noble Nook ereader. Microsoft will own 17.6% of the Nook subsidiary, valuing it at $1.7 billion. Unsurprisingly, Barnes & Noble shares are up more than 70% pre-marketing trading, and it seems clear which side Microsoft is taking in the competitive Kindle vs. Nook ereader battle. Microsoft will also begin providing a Nook application on its new Windows 8 platform.
The final book in Mira Grant's Newsflesh Trilogy, Blackout, is due out May 22 (my birthday!). Here's some tidbits on what readers can expect from the book, as well as some fun puzzles to solve from the publisher, Orbit, and a giveaway of all three book in the series from SF Signal.
An interesting article from Quill & Quire discussing some of the more disliked authors in the publishing world, including David McKee and Stephenie Meyer.
Bestselling author Jackie Collins is self-publishing a book, The Bitch, in a new version. On her website, she talks about why she's doing this.
One of the big publishers, Tor/Forge, have made the big decision to publish their ebooks DRM free, making the books more available and usable to readers, but also increasing the possibility for pirating.
The well-known author of In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, recently hit the news as it was announced that his typewriter was up for auction and ended up selling for $8,281.
IO9 recently published their big summer beach reads, listing the big upcoming science fiction, fantasy and horror releases for the big summer months.
A Memory of Light
While the final book in the bestselling epic fantasy Wheel of Time series is still a long way off, a cover retrospective from the late cover artist, Darrell K. Sweet, has been revealed by Tor, including a sketch for the final book. Tor has also released an excerpt to the prologue of A Memory of Light. The book is scheduled to come out January 8, 2013.
Flavorwire has done an article on the 10 grumpiest writers currently living, including the likes of Jonathan Franzen, Harlan Ellison, and Bret Easton Ellis.