Archive for January, 2012

Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory Introduction and Giveaway

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Each season we announce our new titles individually, each in their own post, to give you a little extra background behind the book. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here. Fall 2011”²s intro posts are here.


There are many reasons why The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on TV right now: the friendships, wonderfully geeky references, and of course, Sheldon’s antics, all combine to create something we’ve never seen on TV before. A show about geeks that celebrates them instead of mocking them; a show that makes these nerdy guys the heroes that you root for while you’re watching; a show that makes being smart cool and funny, instead of something to be avoided. …

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We didn’t blackout today. But we did want to talk a little bit about why we don’t support SOPA.

We are not in support of piracy, obviously. Our continued existence and ability to create books depends on people buying those books, and as e-books are adopted more widely, e-book piracy is bound to continue to grow. But I’m personally not convinced–as many, many people around the web and in academia and in politics are not convinced–that SOPA and PIPA are the way to do that.

We publish books. We’re in the business of making agreements with writers on their copyrighted work, where we pay them a certain amount of money for the privilege of making their work available to book buyers. And so we …

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Beyond the Wall: Unveiling the Cover

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If you, like me, have a permanent Amazon search for “Smart Pop” as one of your browser bookmarks, you might have noticed a new book that popped up a few months back, to be published in late June 2012: Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, a collection of essays on the books. You might have also noticed that this page has remained stubbornly absent of cover image.

Today, I’m very pleased to share Beyond the Wall‘s front cover, which you’ll see over there to the right of this paragraph. The design is the always-excellent work of Charles Brock over at Faceout Studio, who not only put together a whole set of fantastic comps for …

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Perfectly Plum Giveaway

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We’re guessing that the Stephanie Plum fans out there are getting pretty excited about the One for the Money film premiere later this month, and thought it only appropriate that we give Stephanie her due with a Perfectly Plum giveaway!

Through midnight (EST) on February 8 you can enter to win one of three signed copies of Perfectly Plum. Just leave a comment below to be entered (U.S. and Canadian-only entrants, please).

And if you don’t feel like waiting until February to get your hands on a copy of Perfectly Plum, then there’s no better time than the present to purchase a copy for Kindle: it’s currently only 89 cents! You can grab it on Amazon here.

Finally, for the next four …

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The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Giveaway Winners

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A few weeks ago we announced a special The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-themed giveaway to celebrate the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie release. Over 200 of you, Smart Pop readers, entered to win, and the following ten have won the prizes listed here! (All winners were chosen with the help of

Grand Prize Winner



Runner Up Winners




Book Winners









For everyone who didn’t win, we can at the very least offer a free PDF excerpt download when you sign up for The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo mailing list below. We’ll also send you occasional updates about …

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