Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wow, way to go Sookie and Charlaine !
- Debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list in May, with more than 540,000 copies shipped to date.
- Sold more than 100,000 copies its first week of sales as booksellers across the country came back with reorders after one day.
- Six different Harris titles were on the New York Times mass market fiction bestseller list simultaneously for one week in January.
- The Ace paperback edition of From Dead to Worse debuted at #1 on the New York Times mass market paperback bestseller list in April.
- More than 10 million copies of the nine books in Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series are in print.
- A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories will be published in hardcover by Ace in October.
Penguin Group (USA) iPhone App
- Penguin Group (USA) is the only leading consumer trade publisher to have an iPhone app, available free from the iTunes app store, which optimizes its consumer website for mobile devices.
- Version 1.1 of the app, released in April 2009, features eCommerce (which enables U.S. users to buy print books directly from the iPhone) and expanded excerpt reader functionality, which includes portrait or landscape reading, automatic text reflow, five different font sizes, and page-turning animation.
Alan Ball, executive producer and creator of "True Blood," introduces the new bottled beverage at Comic-Con 2009.
The once-fictional Tru Blood beverage from the HBO hit series "True Blood" will be coming to life in bottle form this September.
The blood-orange carbonated drink has a slightly tart and lightly sweet flavor that is sure to taste better than the O negative blood consumed by the show's fictional vampires.
Crafted to replicate the appearance of the synthetic blood beverage preferred by the undead in the series, the real-life drink will also be called Tru Blood.
"From its first season, fans have been enamored with the show and have expressed a keen interest in the Tru Blood beverage," added James Costos, vice president of licensing and retail at HBO. "We're extremely excited to be able to bring this original drink to life."
Allan Ball, creator and executive producer of the series, announced the launch of the bottles at the San Diego Comic-Con convention and joked that the drink was a mixture of "wine, vodka, Vicodin, Viagra and Ecstasy" and that it was "completely illegal."
While they will cost an arm and a leg ($16 for a four-pack), curious fang fans will no doubt be stocking up on the drinks when they hit store shelves this fall.
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HBO is launching a new TruBlood Beverage this weekend, starting at 6pm (PST) on Saturday, 7/25. It’s a Blood Orange flavored carbonated beverage, “All Flavor. No Bite.” Available exclusively at the HBO Shop, there will also be a special promotion starting Monday, 7/28, for 15% off True Blood merchandise when you pre-order the new TruBlood Beverage.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/07/28/2009-07-28_reallife_tru_blood_bottled_beverages_from_hbo_series_true_blood_to_be_sold_in_st.html#ixzz0MaUGJMPO
From Buddy TV
In case you're watching True Blood with an extraordinary sense of ignorance--and by that, I mean not having an idea how it arrived and what it's done since--and you haven't paid attention to the pretty good opening titles for the show, well, you probably don't know that the whole thing came from Charlaine Harris' book series. But you probably know that, because two seasons in, you've probably paid a bit more attention.
Which means you probably know that series creator Alan Ball isn't sticking to the books. If you've read the books--or, even if you haven't, like me--you know that at this moment Lafayette is supposed to be dead; instead we see that woman who conned Tara and her mother. Or, say, the entry of Sophie Leclerq into the whole picture, which isn't supposed to happen this early, at least according to the books. Now that True Blood is more successful, arguably, than the books themselves, the question is, will be books adapt?
Pretty good question, I must concur. And when the folks at E! Online asked Harris that question, the answer's pretty simple. "I don't think I'm that affected by the show because those are past books that the current plot is kind of hooked to, and I'm way beyond that now," she said. And no, that isn't supposed to sound snobbish.