Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

About Ned Litte

is Jane's long suffering husband who enjoys high fantasy novels and the occasional romance that Jane disguises as a fantasy book. He is also the photographer and artist of the multimedia reviews here at Dear Author.

Posts by Ned Litte:

Dear Author

Harper Collins Offers Free Previews

Harper Collins has decided to do things a little different than Random House.   While Random House is charging 2.99 / chapter, Harper is going to give away free previews of select books at their website.   You will be able to… more

Dear Author

Chapters for Sale

Random House is going to start selling select chapters of popular books to determine potential sales. The first book is going to be “Make It Stick” which was released on January 2nd, 2008. They are going to sell each chapter… more

Dear Author

J.P. Morgan Downgrades B&N

Earlier in the week Barnes & Noble shares traded at twice the volume and fell over 10% in value after a downgrade from J.P. Morgan.   The financial services firm indicated that B&N suffered low holiday sales and with the impending… more

Dear Author

Bush Budget Strikes Book Distribution Program

According to Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., the 2009 Budget proposed by President Bush would eliminate one of their most important programs.   According to President and CEO Carol Rasco, “President Bush’s proposed budget calling for the elimination of Reading Is Fundamental’s… more

Dear Author

Why Buy Things that are Free?

Kevin Kelly has an extremely interesting article about the internet being an instant copy machine.     In brief he states how the internet allows others to make digital copy after digital copy and in the end the copies become worthless.   … more

Dear Author

Is There a Future for Mass Market Paperbacks?

Mass market paperback sales were soft for 2007.   Publishers weekly states several reasons for this including increased competition for shelf space.   Retailers are promoting hardcovers and trade paperbacks more so than mass market.   Also, the “premium paperback” which was designed… more

Dear Author

Harper Rebounds

As reported by Publishers Marketplace A Better Quarter for Harper HarperCollins rebounded in their fiscal second quarter after a “terrible” first quarter, with sales rising 3 percent compared to a year ago to $406 million and income of $67 million–up… more

Dear Author

Indigo good at Monopoly

When you buy a book in Canada, whether it is at a physical store or online, you are more than likely going to be enriching one company, Indigo. Indigo currently accounts for nearly 67% (44% excluding online and mail-order) of… more

Dear Author

Digital Initiatives are Top Priority

Simon and Schuster is creating a new position within it’s company to bolster it’s presence in digital publishing. Publishers Weekly reports that Elinor Hirschhorn has been hired into the new position titled Chief Digital Officer. S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy states… more

Dear Author

Amazonian Numbers

From Publishers Weekly: The Publishers Weekly Stock Index managed to eke out a 1.7% increase last year, thanks largely to Shares soared nearly 135% while the stock fortunes of traditional book stores fared much worse, particularly Borders Group, which… more

Dear Author

Giants Win! Giants Win!

Okay readers, don’t get too bent out of shape, this is not a sports article about why I loved seeing the Giants win (or better yet, having Tom Brady lose).   Earlier in the week there was an interesting article on… more