The runaway global successes of Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games published by rival companies helped cut sales at the Penguin book publishing company and its adjusted operating profit down by about 50% for the first six months of this year.
"Those big bestsellers really did take a lot of air out of the market," according to Marjorie Scardino CEO of Pearson, the parent company of Penguin.
# Some studious types may want to compare the
new Penguin English Library with its 1963 version.
# Scheduled to debut later this year in October, Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe is about immigration and set in Miami. Meanwhile, there is some sort of documentary movie being made about it.
# Fans of author Michael Chabon may be interested in an enhanced eBook sampler being released of his new novel Telegraph Avenue.