Robert Galbraith

Hachette Book Group's e-book sales declined as a proportion of its overall business in the first half of 2014, and the impact of the Amazon/Hachette Book Group dispute may have contributed, Dominique D'Hinnin, co-managing partner of Lagardere SCA, has said. In the US, net sales of e-books were down to 29% of trade net sales as against 34% at end-June 2013 in what the company called a "zero growth digital market". 

Independent booksellers in America are weighing into the dispute between Amazon and Hachette with a series of banners telling potential customers "Thanks, Amazon, the indies will take it from here", while comedian and Hachette author Stephen Colbert is urging his viewers to plaster their books with "I didn't buy it on Amazon" stickers.

The disagreement between the retail giant and the publisher, which is believed to be over terms, has been played out in public since early last month, and has seen delay delivery on more than 5,000 Hachette titles, according to the publisher

JK Rowling is reviving private detective Cormoran Strike and his plucky young assistant, Robin Ellacott for another mystery adventure, "The Silkworm."

As with her previous Strike novel, the follow-up will be published under the "Harry Potter" writer's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. It centers on a novelist who is brutally murdered after writing a manuscript featuring poison pen depictions of almost everyone he knows.

Even though J.K. Rowling’s book The Cuckoo’s Calling jumped to the top of bestseller lists, the lawyer who outed the author is not enjoying the success. Lawyer Christopher Gossage revealed to his wife’s friend that author Robert Galbraith was actually Rowling, who penned the Harry Potter books. She let it slip and soon enough everyone [...]

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It's a marketing triumph no book publicist or agent could have dreamt up: appear on Fox News, patiently endure a markedly confrontational line of questioning about one's religious affiliation, and wait for the whole thing to go viral.

But it's precisely what has happened for Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American scholar of religion, who appeared on a weekly Fox News webcast on Friday to promote Zealot, his controversial new biography of Jesus, only to be asked-repeatedly, for several minutes-why he, a Muslim, would be writing about Jesus.

JK Rowling ‘Very Angry’ That Law Firm Leaked Her Name (NPR) In a twist worthy of her latest detective novel, it turns out it was a lawyer’s wife’s best friend who leaked J.K. Rowling’s identity as the “Robert Galbraith” who wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. Pro tip: When you have a JK Rowling secret, don’t [...]

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