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Justin Halpern

HarperCollins Titles Absent From OverDrive’s Top Adult Fiction Downloads

Despite all of the controversy surrounding HarperCollins and eBooks at libraries, the publisher failed to make OverDrive’s ten most downloaded books from the library list in adult fiction for February 2011.

Knopf Doubleday’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson was most popular adult fiction title, followed by Knopf Doubleday’s The Confession by John Grisham and The Help by Kathryn Stockett from Penguin USA.

While the Crown Publishing Group dominated the most downloaded adult nonfiction lists with three eBooks in the top 4, HarperCollins only had one title on the list, Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern, which was No. 5.

In fact, HarperCollins books only made three of OverDrive’s various lists, with one title on the most popular adult nonfiction list, one title on the juvenile fiction list and one title on the most popular juvenile nonfiction list. HarperCollins’ I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore was the most popular juvenile fiction title and Justin Bieber by Justin Bieber was No. 4 on the most popular juvenile nonfiction download list.

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CBS Developing Yet Another Twitter Series

CBS is tapping Twitter for another comedy series, as Katie Kindelan of sister blog Social Times reports that the network is developing a sitcom based on the Twitter feed of Kelly Oxford, a stay-at-home mother of three in Canada, called Mother of All Something, to be produced by actress Jessica Alba, who discovered Oxford’s Tweets, and by former Will & Grace writer Jhoni Marchinko, with Oxford herself doing the writing.

The network is also in production on two other Twitter-related series, both from noted Tweeter Ashton Kutcher: Dear Girls Above Me and Shh … Don’t Tell Steve, according to Social Times.

And of course, $#*! My Dad Says already airs on CBS, based on Twitter feed Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern, who was the subject of a mediabistro.com So What Do You Do Q&A in September.

The Year’s Most Retweeted Tweets: Stephen Colbert to Receive First-Ever Golden Tweet Award

Twitter’s year-end wrap-up continued in full force, as the microblogging service followed up Monday‘s Top 10 Twitter Trends of the Year and Tuesday‘s 10 Most Powerful Tweets with Wednesday’s installment: The Year’s Most Retweeted Tweets.

Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, will receive the first-ever Golden Tweet award during Wednesday night’s broadcast for topping the list. The 10 Most Retweeted Tweets:

1: Stephen Colbert, @StephenAtHome: in honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles. http://bit.ly/cIhZNf

2: Drake, @drakkardnoir: We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us

3: Lil Wayne, @liltunechi: aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk

4: Justin Bieber, @justinbieber: te quiero mucho mi amor

5: Al-Qaeda, @alqaeda: Just noticed Twitter keeps prompting me to “Add a location to your tweets”. Not falling for that one.

6: Joe Jonas, @joejonas: I cry because I love Justin Bieber!!!

7: Lady Gaga, @ladygaga: I’m beautiful in my way, ’cause God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track, baby. I was Born This Way.

8: Kanye West, @kanyewest: I’m sorry Taylor.

9: Rihanna, @rihanna: Justin Bieber just flashed me his abs in the middle of a restaurant! Wow! He actually had a lil 6 pack! Sexy,lol!#Beliebersplzdontkillme

10: Justin Halpern, @shitmydadsays: “Don’t focus on the one guy who hates you. You don’t go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog shit.”

John Grisham eBook Hits Top Three For Library Downloads

While Stieg Larsson’s eBooks continue to be the most popular adult fiction downloaded from libraries, John Grisham’s The Confession climbed to No. 3 last month in OverDrive’s “Most Downloaded Books from the Library Lists.”

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love; Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler remained the Top 3 library downloads in the adult non-fiction category. AndStephenie Meyer’s three Twilight titles continued to hold the Top 3 most downloaded eBooks in the juvenile fiction category in November.

Decision Points, the new memoir by former president George W. Bush joined the list as the second most downloaded audiobook in the adult non-fiction category. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell was number 3.

Follow this link to check out all of the most popular downloads from libraries lists for November.

‘Sh*t My Dad Says’ Is Most Popular Library Download In October

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern was the most downloaded nonfiction eBook from libraries in October, according to OverDrive, an eBook distributor for digital books that distributes eBooks to 11,000 library branches throughout the U.S.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler were the second and third most popular downloads.

Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy topped the most popular adult fiction downloads. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was No. 1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was No. 2 and The Girl Who Played with Fire was No. 3.

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga titles were the most popular downloads for the juvenile fiction category with Twilight at No. 1, Breaking Dawn at No. 2 and Eclipse at No. 3.

Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma topped the library downloads in October in the juvenile nonfiction category, followed by Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson at No. 2 and 1,001 Facts About Dinosaurs by Neil Clark and William Lindsay at No. 3.

Shh … Don't Tell Steve, But CBS Got Another Show Idea from Twitter

Perhaps encouraged by the successful debut of sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, based on Twitter feed Shit My Dad Says, CBS is developing another Twitter-themed sitcom, this one based on Shh … Don’t Tell Steve and produced by high-profile Tweeter Ashton Kutcher, The Hollywood Reporter‘s The Live Feed reports.

Shh … Don’t Tell Steve, which has more than 13,000 followers, follows the action of its creator’s jobless, drunken roommate, without the roommate knowing. The Live Feed reports that CBS TV Studios and Katalyst will produce the project; Andrew Waller and Mike Gagerman are the writer-executive producers; and Kutcher and his producing partner, Evan Goldberg, are executive producers.

The Shit My Dad Says Twitter feed was created by Justin Halpern, who was the subject of a mediabistro.com So What Do You Do Q&A earlier this month.

Shit Justin Halpern Says

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JustinHalpern.jpgJustin Halpern, the creator of the Twitter account Shit My Dad Says, which is also the inspiration for the upcoming CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says starring William Shatner, — spoke with mediabistro.com’s E.B. Boyd about how he parlayed the popular feed into book and television deals.

The interview is part of mediabistro.com’s Profit From Your Passion series running all month long. This week focuses on media careers and tips for comedy lovers. Here, Halpern recalls when his Twitter feed first became popular:

When did you first realize your Twitter feed might actually lead to something much bigger?

At first, I didn’t even know how to check @ replies. I didn’t think there would be any, so I never learned how to check them. Then I figured it out and started scrolling through them. I was getting so many, and I saw one that said, “Hey, I think there might be a book in this. If you get this, please Direct Message me.” I did, and then I talked to the guy on the phone. He was like, “What do you think about doing a book about this?” And I was like, “I haven’t even told my dad that this is going on.”

Read the full interview here.

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‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Is Top Nonfiction Download At Libraries In August

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert topped OverDrive’s most downloaded adult nonfiction eBooks from libraries in August 2010.

The memoir turned movie was followed by Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern at #2 and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler at #3. Malcolm Gladwell‘s Outliers and Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Committed came in at #4 and #5 respectively.

Stieg Larsson took the top three spots for the most downloaded adult fiction titles from OverDrive. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest topped the list. Kathryn Stockett‘s The Help came in at #4 and Private by James Patterson at #5.

Check out OverDrive’s other Top 10 lists by following this link.

A Twitter Feed Becomes a TV Series: CBS Picks Up “Shit My Dad Says”

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It finally happened. A Twitter feed has made the jump to television.

CBS has just picked up a show based on the Twitter account Shit My Dad Says. Tentatively called “$#*! My Dad Says,” (cause you can’t say the S-word on network TV) the comedy stars William Shatner as the title dad and Ryan Devlin as his son.

Justin Halpern, who authors the Twitter feed, co-wrote the pilot script with Patrick Schumacker.

The project was previously announced as in development, but with CBS’ upfront slated for Thursday, the network has been making pickups.