A new (for real!) Harry Potter book is coming — Harry Potter play script of “the eighth story” tops book charts

I haven’t been paying too much attention to the upcoming London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — I think I wasn’t quite sure it was going to be considered canon, or if, like the upcoming movie version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it wouldn’t feature any familiar faces.

It will, however — Harry is back in a new story, that now will be released in script form (both hardcover and Kindle) at midnight after the play’s opening night, July 31, 2016. And now I’m all excited.

The upcoming book, which will reproduce the script from the forthcoming play by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, shifts the action of the Harry Potter stories to 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry is now “an overworked employee of the ministry of magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children”, grappling “with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs”.

Source: Harry Potter play script hits No 1 on book charts a day after announcement of ‘eighth story’ | Books | The Guardian

Color your own Red Wedding – Game of Thrones coloring book out this October


Khal Drogo, From the online Game of Thrones coloring book.

UPDATE: This (old) post gets a lot of hits looking for the book, now published — so here it is:

Given my recent return to coloring, this caught my interest — coming October 2015, a “Game of Thones” coloring book. From Daily Dot:

Forget the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding. Thanks to the newly announced Game of Thrones coloring book, you can make sure all of your infamous nuptials are hued in Jazzberry Jam, Purple Pizzazz, or Razzle Dazzle Rose.

The new coloring book for adults will feature 45 images based on characters and scenes from the series. Presumably, the activity will be a particularly vital form of therapy for stressed-out fans of the series. Now you can finally give Joffrey his royal due by coloring him a nice shade of Eggplant, or imbue all of the Three-Eyed Raven’s visions with a hue of Robin Egg Blue or Granny Smith Apple.

Until October rolls around, Westeros fans can play with this unsanctioned online coloring book instead.

this is huge: Unprecedented Breakthrough for Spinal Cord Injuries

hp_feature_bimovementLast weekend, Dave and I went to the New York ComicCon. That was an adventure in itself. 🙂 But the most amazing thing we saw was a panel from the  Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Christopher Reeve was a talented actor, director, husband and father. He died ten years ago this week, almost ten years after suffering from a near-fatal riding accident that left him a quadriplegic. While he never walked again, he recovered far more quality of life than even the most optimistic of his doctors could have imagined. He fought tirelessly for progressive treatment of spinal cord injuries. He had faith that a solution would one day be found.

Now, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has news to share that is beyond exciting. Epidural stimulation has resulted in an “Unprecedented Breakthrough” for the paralysis community. Four young men who have been paralyzed for years achieved groundbreaking progress – moving their legs – as a result of epidural electrical stimulation of the spinal cord. New research published in the medical journal Brain documents the effectiveness of epidural stimulation as a therapy option for chronic motor complete spinal cord injuries. The study was funded in part by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

At the panel, we heard from Matthew Reeve, Christopher’s son and now on the Board of Directors of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. We then watched a video about their campaign, The Big Idea. There were heard from four exceptional young men who have achieved progress thought impossible. You can view the video in its entirety at www.reevebigidea.org. Below is a portion featuring Rob Summers, who was the first person to receive epidural stimulation.

Finally, we were honored to meet and hear from those four men. They were inspirational. We were incredibly moved by the entire experience.

Here are some words from Matthew Reeve. I hope you will read, visit the site, and share this amazing, wonderful news.



Honor My Father In 3 Simple Ways

Earlier this year, we brought you the exciting news that as a result of epidural stimulation of the lower spinal cord, four young men, all classified with a chronic motor spinal cord injury, were able to move their legs and stand. This was an unprecedented, unparalleled, and unexpected achievement.

Even more surprisingly, these men also experienced significant improvements in autonomic functions, including bladder and bowel function, sexual control, and temperature regulation. This is a major breakthrough for millions of people living with paralysis and signals the start of a new era in research.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation just launched a new campaign titled The Big Idea, which will support the next phase of epidural stimulation research.

The goal of this initiative — the largest in our history — is to raise $15 million to accelerate this critical study.

This money will fund 36 new participants to further evaluate the efficacy of epidural stimulation in restoring autonomic functions and movement. From there, our goal is to expand the program to hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands of people living with SCI to dramatically change their lives.

This is a HUGE undertaking. And we need your help.

Here are three ways you can show your support and be a part of this revolutionary new step toward reversing some of the most life-threatening effects of paralysis:

1. Visit ReeveBigIdea.org and make a financial contribution. Just $36 to change 36 lives will make all the difference but any amount can go a long way.

2. Email your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and anyone you can, to encourage them to show their support as well.

3. Rally for the Reeve Foundation by posting to Facebook or Twitter using #JoinReeve and linking to ReeveBigIdea.org — and let everyone know that you are investing in the future of SCI research.

On the 10th anniversary of my father’s passing, we have a chance to change the future of what it means to live with paralysis.

My father once said, “Nothing of any consequence happens unless people get behind an idea. It begins with an individual and they share the idea with more individuals…and eventually it becomes a movement.This is our movement. This is our moment. Let’s make it happen.

Thank you,
Matthew Reeve
Board of Directors
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Amazon releases “Kindle Unlimited”: Read as much as you want for $9.99 a month

I got an email today about whether or not I want to have the book I edited, Dearest Girl of Mine, included in “Amazon Unlimited” (I said yes; it was a project I enjoyed thoroughly in another time of my life, but it was never anything more than an academic exercise). I had heard rumors about the new service but didn’t know it was ready to go.

Amazon’s long-rumored e-book subscription service is now a reality: “Kindle Unlimited.”
The company announced the $9.99-per-month service on Friday and said that it would let users “freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books.” A portion of Audible’s audiobook library is also included.

Of course, the 600,000 titles represent only a small slice of all the Kindle books for sale through Amazon’s sprawling online store. This is due in part to disagreements between Amazon and some major publishers.

But the service has a number of hit titles that Amazon is promoting, including “The Hunger Games,” the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and the new Michael Lewis book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.”

via Amazon: Read as much as you want for $9.99 a month – Jul. 18, 2014.

Hmmm. While it sounds interesting, as a Prime member I already get to borrow one book a month, and I rarely do that. Not sure I’d be willing to fork over $10 a month extra for more.

Amazon buys Goodreads, and I feel fine

Amazon, the online retail behemoth that has made a much-publicized foray into publishing, has just bought Goodreads, the social book-recommendation site.

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Apparently I’m supposed to be devastated and angry about this, though I’m not completely clear why — review gaming? Big brother? I hate to disappoint you, but the opposite is true. I use Amazon. (In all honesty, I love Amazon.) I have a Kindle. I use Goodreads. I get to use them all together. Works for me.

Librarians launch boycott in battle over e-books

HarperCollins has a lot of librarians up in arms over their new policy: ebooks can be leased by libraries, but not purchased outright. After 26 loans, the ebook “expires”, and is no longer available to the library. The library would have to purchase a new lease on the ebook in order to lend it out again.

This is an ugly quandary. Libraries are trying to jump into the ebook fray, trying to provide users what they want and need, trying to do more with less, and trying to stay relevant in a digital age. If publishing houses set restrictions that make it impossible, fiscally and practically, for public libraries to provide ebooks, it may make a profound impact on their ability to serve their respective communities, as the demand for ebooks rises. And the last thing public libraries need, while already forced to beg for funding, is to even appear less relevant.

At the same time, publishing houses have their point of view on the issue. From HarperColllins’ Library Love blog:

“Selling e-books to libraries in perpetuity, if left unchanged, would undermine the emerging e-book eco-system, hurt the growing e-book channel, place additional pressure on physical bookstores, and in the end lead to a decrease in book sales and royalties paid to authors.”

It also says, “If a library decides to repurchase an e-book later in the book’s life, the price will be significantly lower as it will be pegged to a paperback price.”

Librarians are protesting online and with proposed boycotts of HarperCollins products, including print materials. For more information on the story, read here on USATODAY.com.

HarperCollins Puts 26-Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations

From Library Journal, some alarming news:

In the first significant revision to lending terms for ebook circulation, HarperCollins has announced that new titles licensed from library ebook vendors will be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires.

If a lending period is two weeks, the 26 circulation limit is likely to equal roughly one year of use for a popular title. For a three-week lending period, that stretches to a year and a half.

For librarians—many of whom are already frustrated with ebooks lending policies and user interface issues—further license restrictions seem to come at a particularly bad time, given strained budgets nationwide. It may also disproportionately affect libraries that set shorter loan periods for ebook circulation.

While HarperCollins is the first major publisher to amend the terms of loan for its titles, two other members of the publishing “big six”—Macmillan and Simon & Schuster—still do not allow ebooks to be circulated in libraries, much to the consternation of librarians.

Read more: HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations.

Borders files bankruptcy

I’m not, sadly, entirely surprised. Like in football, at the end of four quarters, there’s a winner, and there’s a loser. Somehow, Borders got outplayed by Barnes and Noble in the brick and mortar business of books, and they got blown out of the water by Amazon online. Apparently some stores will remain for the time being… but I wouldn’t count on those for too long.

Borders files bankruptcy and plans to close 30% of stores as book market changes

By Michael S. Rosenwald
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 16, 2011; 11:08 PM

Borders Group, the bookstore chain whose rise helped crush scores of independent booksellers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Wednesday, announcing the closing of 200 stores, including eight in the Washington area.

Read more here.