Disney Hyperion and ABC Family Debut eBook Inspired by ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’

Hyperion and ABC Family announced today that The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens (Hyperion; $12.99) is now available as an enhanced eBook on the iBookstore, which is included in the free iBooks app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (www.itunes.com/apps/ibooks). The first based on a television series on the iBookstore, this eBook is enhanced with video footage from Season One of ABC Family’s top-rated hit television series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” integrating complementary text and video to provide a cohesive story.

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Disney Publishing Worldwide Launches International Editions of ‘Toy Story’ iPad App

On the heels of the success and industry recognition in the U.S. for its innovative format with the recently launched “Toy Story 3” app as well as with its “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” and “The Princess and the Frog” read-along apps, Disney Publishing Worldwide has created its first ever international versions of the “Toy Story” read-along app for iPad.

Launching on July 20th in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, the “Toy Story” apps will each feature songs and movie clips in French, German, Italian and Spanish. The app will have special promotional pricing for a limited time at €2.99 through August 31st; pricing will then shift to €6.99. The Disney-Pixar feature film Toy Story 3 will launch in Europe throughout late July.

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Cal Ripken Jr. Signs Middle Grade Book Deal with Disney Book Group

Disney Book Group will publish a middle-grade baseball series written by National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and co-authored by Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Cowherd. The series will feature characters from a Babe Ruth League team named the “Orioles”. The agreement for world rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Ian Kleinert, of Objective Entertainment.

The first book in the series—Hothead—will be published in Winter 2011 under the Disney-Hyperion imprint. It centers on all-star third baseman Connor Sullivan, who has a big problem: his temper. The story was inspired by Cal’s own struggle with frustration as a young player. Additional books will follow every year.

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OverDrive Announces Preliminary Agreement to Bring Disney Digital Books to Public Libraries

OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital content to libraries and schools, today announced a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com) that will enable libraries to offer access to Disney’s comprehensive library of books online. Young library patrons and their parents will be able to enjoy — for the first time — unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages with just an Internet-connection and library card. The extensive library features hundreds of digital books available at the click of a mouse, including favorites from popular Disney franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Cars, and Hannah Montana, along with many other classic and contemporary Disney stories.

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ABC Family Launches Bus Campaign, New Health Initiative in Honor of ‘Huge’

ABC Family is launching its “Live Huge” campaign, a new health initiative in support of the network’s upcoming one-hour scripted series, “Huge.” The initiative, which runs across multiple platforms on the network, including on-air, online, and off-air, kicks off with a national bus tour beginning in Michigan on Friday, June 18. The “Live Huge” Bus will continue to make stops at festivals and fairs across the country throughout June and July 2010. “Huge,” starring Nikki Blonsky, premieres on ABC Family on Monday, June 28, at 9:00PM ET/PT.

The “Live Huge” Bus, wrapped in white, will serve as a blank canvas that will allow people to share how they “live huge” by writing messages directly on the bus that tell how they live their lives to the fullest. With each stop, photos of people signing the bus will be uploaded to abcfamily.com for use on the site’s digital mosaic – “The Live Huge Wall.” Additionally, ABC Family will be distributing recipe booklets featuring healthy recipes from two cookbooks by Jamie Oliver and published by Hyperion Books – Jamie’s Food Revolution (available now) and the soon-to-be-released Jamie’s America (coming in October).

The bus tour will kick off at Hamburg Family Fun Fest (Hamburg, MI) on Friday, June 18 and will continue on to make stops including:

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of June 13

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

A Busy Day (Available Tuesday, June 15 or Pre-Order from Amazon.com)

Soar to infinity and beyond with this exciting novelty book that features Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang!  Readers can lift-the-flaps to help Woody and his pals meet the new toys, slide the windows to see the little green aliens making pizza, touch Rex’s scaly dinosaur skin, and much more! Young fans will love discovering all the fun tactile elements of this busy Toy Story 3 day!

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‘Learn to Draw’ Book Offers New Look at Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s ‘Tangled’

'Learn to Draw Disney's Tangled' from Walter FosterLearn to Draw Disney’s Tangled: Learn to Draw Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and other Characters from Disney’s Tangled step by step! from publisher Walter Foster gives us a fresh look at Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (and Pascal the chameleon).

Set against a stunning fantasy world, Rapunzel—Disney’s latest film in the Princess lineup—contains all of the ingredients necessary for retelling this beloved fairy tale: a beautiful girl with big dreams (and 70 feet of golden hair!); a mysterious tower; an evil witch; a handsome hero; and one very enterprising horse. After watching the story unfold onscreen, young fans of the film can re-live the magic, fun, and adventure with Learn to Draw Disney’s Rapunzel. In addition to a detailed story synopsis, this beautifully illustrated 32-page book features step-by-step instructions for rendering favorite characters from the film, as well as art tips from professional Disney animators. Learn to Draw Disney’s Rapunzel is a must-have for all aspiring artists and princesses.

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Disney Books, Music and Videos Being Released During Week of June 6

Here’s look at some of the Disney-related books, movies and audio CDs being released this week. Please note that this list is automatically generated and information is not guaranteed by this site.

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New Astrology Book Matches Birthdays with Disney Personalities

Disneystrology by Lisa FinanderIn definitely one of the more interesting Disney-related products we spotted coming down the pipeline, renaissance woman / astrologer Lisa Finander has managed to identify 366 distinct Disney characters and personalities and match them up with specific birthdays (sorry, no choice for the leap year babies).

Disneystrology is the title of the Finander’s compilation and it definitely appears to be an intriguing one at that. According to the book’s description, for example, those born on November 9 identify with Pinocchio: exuberant, friendly and youthful. Meanwhile, Mufasa is the role model for those born on February 22 who are often powerful, principled and determined.

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Glamour’s Chicken Dinner Recipe Yields Engagement and Three Book Deal with Hyperion

Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion, and Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour magazine, today announced a publishing partnership. This collaboration begins with three books to be published in 2011 and 2012. This deal marks a strategic partnership that draws on each company’s promotional and marketing strengths to reach and cater to women readers. Both Hyperion and Glamour will support the books with multi-tiered publicity and marketing campaigns. Glamour, which has a readership of 12.2 million, was just selected Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards, given by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The website Glamour.com has an online monthly readership of three million unique visitors and is the #1 women’s magazine website in the country. Hyperion is known for its innovative digital outreach, exemplary publicity campaigns, and strategic ability to build upon platforms and leverage partnerships.

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