Let’s keep this short and sweet, bookworms, because there is a lot of Book News to get to. Happy Saturday, and here we go:
- Ding dong the feud is dead? After being locked in an e-book pricing dispute since April, Hachette Books and Amazon have reportedly reached a multi-year settlement. The agreement, due to start in early 2015, will allow Hachette to oversee and manage pricing for its e-books, something Hachette’s CEO calls a “victory for writers.”
- Today marks the last day in the second round of voting for Goodreads’ annual Goodreads Choice Awards. The third and final stage of voting will open on Monday, with winners announced on December 2nd. If you’re a Goodreads user, vote now!
- Last month, Harry Potter fans got a taste (however bad) of Dolores Umbridge. But JK Rowling surprised fans by publishing six additional stories as well, sharing details about Professor Trelawney, thestrals and the Minister of Magic.
- Speaking of Harry Potter, the good folks over at the Sesame Street Studio have continued their traditional of parodying literature, with “Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies.” Cookie Monster, naturally, plays the title role. For the record, Harry probably would have preferred cookies to dragons, underwater rescue missions and that maze.
- In adaptation news, three book series are coming to television:
- The SyFy channel is on track with a television version of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians; it recently casted three roles, including the key role of Julia (key primarily due to her role in the sequels).
- Just forget about that Jim Carey version, please. Netflix plans to create a new original series based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The book series had 13 novels.
- Lastly, Lifetime TV recently canceled the television version of Melissa de la Cruz’s Witches of East End (on a cliffhanger, no less!), but de la Cruz is writing a YA spin-off and hopes to answer those leftover questions through the books.
- Movie clips and trailers for everyone! Hang on, because there are plenty:
- A first peek at Natalie Dormer as Cressida in Mockingjay Part 1
- Katniss and Gale fight over Peeta in another Mockingjay clip; in other news, TEAM PEETA!
- A teaser trailer for the upcoming Insurgent movie was released this week. Nice haircut, Tris.
- One ring, lots of gold, and five armies: the final Hobbit movie will be released at Christmastime and there’s a whole lotta fightin’ going on.
As always, happy reading.