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April 2008

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The following news items were posted on Star Wars Books during April 2008:

Book news: Confirmation of The Clone Wars books for children:
Posted: 29th April
The Official Star Wars website have announced the details of licensed publishing deals between LucasFilm Animation and The Penguin Group. As speculated, Grosset & Dunlop (a division of Penguin US) will publish six books (including the young reader adaptation) in the US on 26th July, while its sister UK divisions (Ladybird and Puffin) will publish here on 7th August. Meanwhile, Dorling Kindersley will release four books in the US and UK.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book news: The cost of Betrayal is free (for two weeks at least):
Posted: 29th April
As a "special gift to Star Wars fans" and as a countdown to the release of the final Legacy of the Force book, Invincible on May 13th, Del Rey has partnered with booksellers to provide a free downloadable PDF, audio book, and e-Book of the first Legacy of the Force book Betrayal for two weeks only. The free download, which can be shared, e-mailed or printed, will be available via legacyoftheforce.com from 9a.m. Tuesday, April 29, until midnight on Tuesday, May 13 2008.
(Source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book news: Legacy of the Force novels to be published as e-books:
Posted: 12th April (UPDATED 29th April)
As reported on The EU Cantina, all nine of the Legacy of the Force novels are to be published as e-books. The first 8 will be available from 29th April priced at $7.99 each, with Invincible on May 13th for $21.95. Alternatively the first eight novels will be available as a single combined e-book for $40.


Book news: Possible Millennium Falcon novel discovered:
Posted: 27th April (UPDATED 3rd May)
TheForce.net are reporting the discovery of two listings at Random House for audiobooks of Star Wars: Millennium Falcon by James Luceno. Both are due for release on December 30th but have no corresponding book listing. TheForce.Net speculates "if it is a new Star Wars novel, it's also reasonably likely that it represents the new [book license] contract and [...] hints that Del Rey will remain as Lucas Books' partner for the next tranche of novels."...full story at TheForce.net
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UPDATE: Affiliate The EU Cantina are reporting that both TFn's Jedi Council and NJOE.com forums have posts that claim Invincible contains an advert for the "Millennium Falcon" book.
(Source: The EU Cantina[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book news: Republic Commando: Order 66 & Shadows of Mindor covers revealed:
Posted: 24th April (UPDATED 25th April)
Random House have just released a cover image for Karen Traviss's fourth and final Republic Commando novel, Order 66. This hardback book is due for release on September 16th.
(Source: RandomHouse.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])

UPDATE: The cover for Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor has also been released by Random House. This hardback is due for release on October 21st.
(Sources: Club Jade[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Random House[External site - opens in a new window/tab], The EU Cantina[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Media news: What are The Clone Wars?:
Posted: 24th April
Subscribers to StarWars.com's Homing Beacon newsletter should check their inboxes for the latest issue (# 224) as it contains the first part of an essay written by George Lucas that defines the conflict: What are The Clone Wars? George Lucas defines the conflict. An Introduction: Part I by George Lucas looks at the roots and causes of this galactic war.
Could this be the official countdown to the release of The Clone Wars on 15th August?


Media news: New and original short story fiction at Hyperspace:
Posted: 24th April
A new and original short story as appeared at StarWars.com. Titled Precipice by Chris Cassidy it enlarges the scene in Attack of the Clones between Count Dooku and the captured Obi-Wan Kenobi.
It is available for Hyperspace members to read at StarWars.com
[External site - opens in a new window/tab].
(source: StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book news: Title discovered for The Clone Wars book:
Posted: 16th April (UPDATED: 27th April)
Star Wars Books have discovered that the title for Kirsten Mayer's children's book will be The Clone Wars: Battle at Teth.


Book news: The Clone Wars novels for Traviss and Miller?:
Posted: 12th April
Affiliate EU Cantina, have discovered listings on Random House's (Del Rey's owner) website indicating that the two untitled books by Karen Traviss and Karen Miller (due for publication in July and November), may actually be The Clone Wars tie-in novels: "Del Rey has listed the Traviss audio book as first in a Clone Wars era series, while the Miller audio book has been listed to be the second one in the same series."...full story at The EU Cantina
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Book news: New youth novel series planned for next year from Scholastic:
Posted: 12th April
In a press release last week, Publishers Weekly discussed the forthcoming licensing deals for The Clone Wars. Apart from the obvious children's and young readers tie-in books, the release also mentioned: "Meanwhile, classic Star Wars publishing will continue; Scholastic will introduce a new series next year." As Last of the Jedi ends in June, it is nice to know that a new youth novel series is planned even if it is at least six months away.
(Source: Publishers Weekly[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book news: Unconfirmed Rebellion Era Star Wars Omnibus:
Posted: 7th April
Affiliated website Jedi News have discovered a listing on Amazon.com for a new and as yet unconfirmed Omnibus graphic novel edition set after A New Hope that collects several comic series' that have yet to be published in Graphic Novel form. Star Wars Omnibus: Early Victories is expected to collate the following stories into one volume: Shadow Stalker, Tales from Mos Eisley, River of Chaos, Splinter of the Mind's Eye and Vader's Quest. It is due for publication in October.
(source: JediNews.co.uk[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


Book news: Two new The Clone Wars comics series':
Posted: 2nd April
In an interview given to FanForcePortugal, Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley said that following their Vector issue releases, Dark Times and Rebellion "are going on hiatus so that we can roll out a new Clone Wars comics series and a new Clone Wars digest-sized series." We can expect both Dark Times and Rebellion to "probably return early next year"
(source: FanForcePortugal[External site - opens in a new window/tab])


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