By Edward Nawotka
Well, we know one writer who won’t be out of work for awhile: mystery and thriller writer James Patterson has just signed a 17-book deal with his US publisher Little, Brown. “The deal includes 11 adult titles, to be published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company and in paperback by Grand Central Publishing, and six titles for young readers, to be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,” reports Publishers Weekly.
In the UK, The Bookseller summarizes a statement that was released yesterday in the lead up to this week’s talks about the Google Settlement in Brussels. The statement by Viviane Reding, commissioner for Information Society and Media, and Charlie McCreevy, commissioner for the Internal Market and Services, read in part: “Europe is facing a very important cultural and economic challenge: Only some 1% of the books in Europe’s national libraries have been digitized so far, leaving an enormous task ahead of us, but also opening up new cultural and market opportunities. A better understanding of the interests involved will help the Commission to define a truly European solution in the interest of European consumers. We believe that such a European solution should breathe fresh life into this issue and could give every citizen with an internet connection access to millions of books that today lie hidden on dusty shelves. Our aim is to blow away stale stereotypes that hindered debate in the past and focus on finding the best approach that today’s technology will allow us to take in the future, while giving a new boost to cultural creation in the digital age.”