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New York Leads Google eBookstore Adoption

New York, Seattle, Chicago, LA and DC have been the top cities to embrace Google’s eBookstore. According to Abe Murray, product manager at Google Books, who shared some statistics on how the Google eBookstore has been doing since launch at Digital Book World this morning, Houston, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta and Minneapolis also made the Top 10 list for Google eBookstore adoption since launch.

Google’s top selling eBooks are not a surprise. The current bestseller is Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, followed by George Bush’s Decision Points at No. 2, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest at No. 3 and John Grisham‘s The Confession at No. 4.

Interestingly, the top category in the eBookstore is romance, despite the fact that no romance titles made the Top 10 bestsellers list. Biography, thrillers, finance and YA titles are also popular in the Google eBookstore.

When it comes to devices, people are reading their Google books on more than 85 different eReaders. Murray said that while most pages are read in apps, most books are read on the web. “If you allow people to read anywhere, people will read just about anywhere,” he said.

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Bush Compares Himself To Zuckerberg In Book Tour Interview

As part of his book tour for his new book Decision Points, yesterday former president George Bush did an interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The unusual meeting was live streamed on the social network at 2pm PT on Monday afternoon. In the interview, Bush said he was an iPad user and asked listeners to buy his book in print and electronically.

Bush also related to Zuckerberg in the interview. He compared his time in the White House with Zuckerberg’s leadership of the social networking site. The Guardian UK has more: “They both, Bush said, had had to make quick and difficult decisions based on common sense. They both shared a passion for education, which Zuckerberg has recently embraced, donating $100m to state schools in Newark, New Jersey.”

They have also both faced a lot of criticism. But despite Zuckerberg’s indiscretion when it comes to privacy and business partnerships, the former president is guilty of a lot worse, having started a questionable war and almost abandoned Katrina victims, as he admits in his book.

To see the whole video, follow this link.

George Bush Kicks Off Book Interviews

Former President George Bush will kick off a book tour for his new memoir Decision Points tonight on NBC in an interview with The Today Show’s Matt Lauer.

The New York Times has more: “The NBC interview is the start of a book tour like almost no other. Mr. Bush will sit down with Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh, as well as with all three prime-time hosts on the Fox News Channel this week. There will be print interviews, too, but the only one announced so far is with AARP The Magazine.”

Crown Publishers is releasing the new memoir in North America tomorrow in print, as well as in two different eBook versions. The book will come with a standard eBook edition for sale in the U.S. and Canada, as well as a deluxe eBook version that will include interactive features and additional multimedia content.

The deluxe eBook features will include videos of the 43rd president giving a speech to 9/11 rescue workers, as well as Bush family movies. It will also include full texts of some of Bush’s key speeches, and 50 additional photographs not contained in the print edition. Follow this link to watch the trailer. In addition Random House Audio is releasing the audio book, which will be read by the former president. Crown is also putting out a limited edition cloth-bound, signed, and numbered version that will be published on November 30, 2010 for $350.

George Bush Memoir To Come In Two eBook Versions

Crown Publishers is releasing the new memoir from former President George W. Bush called Decision Points in North America on November 9th. The book will come with a standard eBook edition for sale in the U.S. and Canada, as well as a deluxe eBook version that will include interactive features and additional multimedia content.

The deluxe eBook features will include videos of the 43rd president giving a speech to 9/11 rescue workers, as well as Bush family movies. It will also include full texts of some of Bush’s key speeches, and 50 additional photographs not contained in the print edition. Follow this link to watch the trailer.

The hardcover, audio, and two eBook editions will all be retail for $35. A limited edition cloth-bound, signed, and numbered version will be published on November 30, 2010 for $350.

In addition Random House Audio is releasing the audio book, which will be read by the former president.

George W. Bush Joins Facebook

George Bush's Facebook Profile PictureDo you want to be George W. Bush’s friend? The 43rd President of the United States is now officially on Facebook, and while he has a page rather than a profile (so you can only “like” him rather than “friend” him), he has amassed over 80,000 fans since signing up yesterday morning. The Facebook page has only two wall posts as of today, but well over 5,000 comments between them.
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