Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday YA News

Get all your week’s YA news right here:

First off, here are two free opportunities to get all up to date on YA books. School Library Journal is holding two webinars; one on Feb 11, on the SLJTeen Book Buzz (discussing upcoming releases), and one on Feb 25, titled What’s Up in YA Books 2010. All you have to do is sign up and log on when the webinar is held—all for free, which sounds like a sweet deal.

GalleyCat reports on a presentation by Verso Digital business development director Jack McKeown, on statistics, readers and ebooks. The short version: people will buy both, and price points seem to be between $10-18 a book. Read the details here.

I’m sure you’ve heard already, but all the same: Apple came out with the iPad.

Some disturbing new statistics on teen pregnancy (it’s up), putting the rate at 7 percent. This article suggests abstinence-only sex-ed from the Bush era is to blame; no surprise there.

Omnivorious chooses eight most influential YA authors of the decade. Not seeing some of my faves, but alright, there were only eight spots. Still.

PR Newswire releases a poll of teens, showing they’re optimistic about their job prospects, and value having a positive impact on society over money. Let’s hope all those dreams come true.

This report told me HarperCollins launched Inkpop, an online interactive way for readers to help aspiring authors get a book contract. The authors post their work online ‘for everyone to see,’ according to the site (bye-bye first rights). Again, let’s hope all those dreams come true…

An interesting article with stats (I love numbers) on how media habits change from teens to Gen Y to young professionals. And dBusinessNews reports on a Wells Fargo study, stating that teen does not equal tech-savvy—it’s actually us thirty-somethings that are the tech geeks.

Publishers Weekly reports on the ALA Midwinter Meeting, for those of us who missed it. And the SCBWI conference is on; if you’re going, let us all know how it was. Wish I was there.

Scratch that, actually—I wish I was here:

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