Friday Midday Links of Webtailing
Rather than make a new post, I’m adding a few links to the existing one:
Greek opposition leader, George Papandreou, argues for a Kindle for every reader. (Sony, get yourself to Greece Stat!). Thanks Xandra G.
- UK’s RNA announces its shortlist which includes India Grey, a favorite of Meljean Brook, and Fiona Harper, who I swear won last year. Must try her out. RNA is a very, very prestigious award in the UK as the longlist is selected by a group of 80 readers all over the country and the shortlist is determined by a panel. I think it is so cool that they include readers in this award.
- Silhouette author Suzanne McMinn’s blog CHICKENS IN THE ROAD has been nominated for a Bloggie! She is in the best kept secret category of the blog awards. The bloggies are like the Oscars of the blog world. Being nominated for a bloggie is great. Winning a bloggie can turn you into Dooce or Pioneer Woman. So go forth and represent for the romance world.
- HarperCollins has offered early retirement packages to anyone who is over 55. Given how crappy people’s 401K plans are these days given the downward death spiral of the DOW, you have to wonder how many people are going to take it. And given the news that NewsCorp. (HC’s parent corporation) is having financial trouble, you have to wonder what will happen at HC in the upcoming months:
Our fear is that News Corp is so committed to its existing businesses that it will be willing to sustain businesses that slip into negative profitability for years, (similar to its approach to the NY Post). We believe several of its TV stations are or will shortly be “in the red,” with book publishing heading for losses, as well as a significant number of its Newspapers. In fact, on a reported operating income basis, Dow Jones will generate meaningful losses in its first full-year of News Corp. ownership following its $5.7 billion acquisition.”
- If you are a) embarrassed by your books or b) really into that monochromatic look or c) all of the above, you might want to check out the pixelated covers as seen on Gizmodo.
- I try to stay away from political stuff, mostly, but I loved this “story in pictures” (it’s just two pictures and safe for work).
- Amazon (and Apple) is one of the few companies making money in the down economy, at least for now. In it’s 4Q conference call, Amazon revealed that sales were up 18% over 2007 sales and net sales were up from $5.67 billion in 2007 to $6.7 billion in 2008 (for the 4th Q). Of particular note was that Kindle users continued to buy physical books at the same rate or at a greater rate than before the Kindle purchase and that Bezos was surprised by the 4th Q demand for the Kindle (to which I say, duh, it was Christmas time). Operating income hadn’t increased a much ($272 in 2008 Q4 v. $271 M) which one analyst suggests is the result of aggressive discounting.