C.S. Lewis

Playster, the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform, announced it has signed a content agreement withHarperCollins, one of the world's leading book publishers, to feature its U.S. catalog on the Playster service. The agreement will provide Playster members with more than 14,000 titles within HarperCollins' catalog. Currently in BETA, Playster gives users unlimited access to movies, TV, music, video games and books for one low monthly subscription price.

So, someone else has come out with the whole stupid “you shouldn’t read young adult books because they’re beneath you” argument. Earlier this year, we saw that kind of thing with Lynn Shepherd blowing off J.K. Rowling’s children’s books and declaring Rowling should stop writing to leave some success for everyone else. The latest idiocy […]

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A new year means a new batch of copyrights expire, and works like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Bell Jar become as free to use as Charles Dickens or Shakespeare. Unless you happen to live in the United States, that is.

As Duke University notes in its mournful annual report, no books will enter the public domain this year, or next year, or the year after that.  This situation is the result of Congress's decision to add another 20 years of protection for long dead authors, which means that no new works will become public until 2019.

Following my earlier report on the launch of  HarperCollins’s two portals specific to C.S. Lewis and the Narnia franchise, offering direct book and ebook sales to the public in conjunction with Accenture technology, a HarperCollins spokesperson contacted me with further comment and clarification. Here are the replies provided to my questions: TeleRead: What is HarperCollins’s [...]

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Topping off the list are three books that continually rank among the most sought-after: "Sex" by Madonna, "Rage" by Stephen King, under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, and "Promise Me Tomorrow" by Nora Roberts. Another Stephen King book, "My Pretty Pony," comes in at number four.

From the press release: HarperOne, in collaboration with the estate of C. S. Lewis, announces the first English language E-book release of his three classic “Space Trilogy” titles—Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. Standing alongside such classics as George Orwell’s 1984 and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the Space Trilogy follows [...]

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