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On the Books: Could 'Beowulf' be the next 'Game of Thrones'?

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Could the Old English epic poem “Beowulf” become the next Game of Thrones? The British network ITV, which also airs Downton Abbey, has announced plans to adapt the story for a 13-part miniseries that will feature “epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles.” The series will join the adaptations of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the network is currently developing. Hopefully this Beowulf revival goes better than the last one. [The Guardian]

James Patterson is literature’s top earner, but he also has a charitable streak. Following a string of donations to independent bookstores, Patterson made another Monday, in the form of $473,000 in grants. Patterson started the program in February for independent bookstores with children’s sections; he’s already donated to 178 stores for a total of $1,008,300. [Publishers Weekly]

So much for the digital generation. A survey by Nielsen says that, by a narrow margin, teens are actually less likely to buy ebooks than their older counterparts. While 20 percent of teens go digital, that number increases with age—23 percent of 18-29 year olds and 25 percent of 30-44 year olds buy ebooks, according to the research. None of those numbers are particularly big, but suggest the digital format might not enjoy as easy a transition as once thought. [Nielsen]

Deadheads, prepare yourselves: Jerry Garcia is coming to comic book stores near you. Bluewater Productions has released a biographical comic book of the iconic rocker, that focuses on “separating the myth from the man.” The company has previously produced comic books about stars like Paul McCartney, David Bowie, and Prince. [Mediabistro]