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Thursday
Sep132012

"Fifty Shades of Grey" Most Likely to Be Left at Hotels, Survey Finds

Aaron Davidson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hotels may be creating packages around the novel Fifty Shades of Grey to attract visitors, but turns out visitors are leaving their copies behind when they check out of hotels.  Could they be worried about being seen with the book and want to ditch it as soon as they’re done reading?

Maybe.  More than any other book, Fifty Shades of Grey was left behind at Travelodge U.K. properties, according to the hotel chain’s annual survey of books left behind.  But more likely, the book is just so immensely popular that there are more copies making their way into hotel rooms in the first place.

According to Travelodge, 7,000 copies of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey were left behind.  That’s nearly one-third of the total 21,786 books left behind in 36,500 Travelodge hotel rooms.

The other two books in the trilogy -- Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker -- also made the top 10 of books left behind.  Stieg Larsson’s trilogy that began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is also very popular with travelers.

What else was left behind in the last year?  An elderly couple left behind not one, but a bag full of Karma Sutra books.  Hotels in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool reported the most e-readers left behind. And a CEO who is a regular guest left his collection of comic books.

Here are the rest of the top 10 books left behind in the Travelodge U.K. survey:

2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
3. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, by Stieg Larsson
4. Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
6. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
7. Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James
8. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
9. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
10. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun282012

Facing Decline in Book Sales, Publishers Unveil Disappearing Ink

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ebooks continue to gain in popularity while old fashioned books with covers and pages are losing readers.

The decline of traditional books is happening everywhere, including Latin America, where sales of new Spanish authors have dropped 37 percent over the past 20 years.

Hoping to revive interest in books, Argentinean independent publishers Eterna Cadencia are creating a sense of urgency with something called “The Book That Can’t Wait.”  And they mean that literally: The print is done in a special ink that evaporates two months after the pages are exposed to light and air.

Thus, buyers of these books are on a tight deadline to finish the stories by new Latin authors or else they’ll vanish.

While forcing people to read books in this way might not exactly please consumers, the publishers believe this will help expose the public to fresh talent.

Otherwise, the publishers warn, “if people don’t read their first books, they’ll never make it to a second.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep132011

Report: Amazon to Offer Netflix-Like Service for Books?

Amazon dot com(SEATTLE) -- Amazon is thinking of starting a rental service for electronic books. Just as Netflix changed the way people rented movies, Amazon is proposing changing the way people rent books.

Details about the project are limited, but The Wall Street Journal reports that the rental books would probably be older works, and you could only check out a limited number of books at one time.  

Amazon is reportedly in talks with publishers about the idea.

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