– Penguin Random House will be publishing the late Terry Pratchett’s final novel on Sept. 10. Titled The Shepherd’s Crown, it is the fifth book in Pratchett’s Discworld series involving young witch Tiffany Aching. Pratchett died in March, but he completed the book in the summer of 2014. (GalleyCat)
– Oyster, the so-called “Netflix for books,” is now the Netflix and Amazon for books in one. The ebook subscription service has added a retail component, offering more than a million e-books for purchase. The service will remain $9.95 per month for those who wish to subscribe, but non-subscribers can use the retail service as well. The ebook store will sell titles from Penguin Random House, Macmillan HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette, while only S&S, Macmillan and HarperCollins are available on the subscription service. Titles not featured on the subscription side will also be available for sale. (Publishers Weekly)
– Two of author Jessica Seinfeld’s books have been acquired by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, Ballantine Bantam Dell’s EVP and Publisher Libby McGuire announced Wednesday. The first, a cookbook, will be published in fall 2016, followed by the second, a “humorous collection of personal essays and observations” which does not yet have a release date.
– Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder all honored Maya Angelou at the dedication ceremony of the late literary icon in Washington, D.C., on April 7. The stamp has been under fire recently, as the featured quote, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” might not be Angelou’s original quote. The Washington Post reported that the quote, which is a reference to Angelou’s 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, can also be found in A Cup of Sun, a 1967 poetry collection by Joan Walsh Anglund. While a Postal Service spokesman said Angelou’s family approved the quote for use, the news has sparked some reaction via Twitter. (L.A. Times)
– The title of the next installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, was announced on March 31, to the excitement of many fans. Now, another movie based on the series could be in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Pascal negotiated for Sony’s right to produce film adaptations of the series when she ran the studio, which includes The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Now that Pascal is no longer the studio head, she will act as a producer. (The Hollywood Reporter)
– Former Vice President Dick Cheney is ready to put some strong opinions about President Barack Obama in words in a new book that will be co-authored with his daughter. Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America will mainly consist of criticism of Obama’s foreign policy and will explain how Obama has “abandoned the tradition of American leadership in the world,” according to CNN. Cheney and his daughter have already expressed their feelings about the Obama administration, penning an editorial in The Wall Street Journal last summer. Already available for preorder, the book has been slated for a Sept. 1 release. (CNN)
– The Bible is now the official book of Tennessee, thanks to an overwhelming approval (7-0-2) from state Senate and House committees on April 7. Several local religious leaders spoke out on their disapproval of the bill at the hearing, saying they feared it would demean the Bible and what its contents mean to Christians. This argument didn’t hold up against the final vote, erring on the side of Rep. Jerry Sexton’s opinion, suggesting that the Bible could never be diminished. “It doesn’t need us to hold it up. It stands on its own,” he said. (The Tennessean)