Amazon to Sell Ads on Kindle Fire Welcome Screen | Digital – Advertising Age – “Amazon is pitching ads on the device’s welcome screen, according to an executive at an agency that Amazon has pitched. The company has been telling ad agency execs that they must spend about $600,000 for any package that includes such an ad. The ad campaigns would run for two months and also include inventory from Amazon’s “Special Offers” product. For $1 million, advertisers would get more ad inventory and be included in Amazon’s public-relations push, according to this executive and an exec at another ad agency.” “AdAge
Hammond File Sharing Leak – ” The results strongly suggest that an album benefits from increased file sharing: an album that became available in file-sharingnetworks one month earlier would sell 60 additional units. This increase is sales is small relative to other factors that have been found to affect album sales. I conclude with an investigationof the distributional effects of file sharing on sales and find that file sharing benefits more established and popular artists but not newer and smaller artists.” Pre-Release File Sharing and the Music Industry by Robert G. Hammond Personal Note: This surprises me. I would have thought it helps smaller artists and hurts more established ones.
Simon & Schuster settles e-book antitrust suit with state AGs | Apple – CNET News – “Simon & Schuster, one of the five major book publishers accused in multiple lawsuits of conspiring with Apple to fix e-book prices, has settled the complaint filed by numerous states’ attorney generals, CNET has learned… The terms of the settlement weren’t provided in court documents. A Simon & Schuster spokesman declined to comment. Spokespeople for Apple and the Texas AGs office did not immediately respond to a request for comment but we will update as soon as we hear back.”CNET Personal Note. I tweeted about this and someone sent me an email asking whether the details of the settlement would ever be known. Yes absolutely. All government settlements are public. My guess is that the parties are waiting to see whether all the states are going to be involved in the settlement and what all publishers are going to be involved. It could be up to 30 or 60 days before we see the terms. Based on other reports, however, it is likely that the settlement will involve some rebate to customers and change in the existing contracts the publishers have with retailers.
MGM film studio options desert island romance novel set in the Maldives | Minivan News – “A best-selling novel based on the captivating love story of a mismatched pair deserted on an uninhabited island of the Maldives is to be made into a feature-length film. According to reports, leading Hollywood production company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has optioned the rights to Tracey Garvis-Graves‘ best-selling castaway novel “On the Island”, a five-week inhabitant of the New York Times bestseller list.”Mini Van News Personal Note: This is the second self published book to be optioned for a movie in as many weeks.
An Annotated Bibliography of Contemporary Romance Scholarship on Romance Readers | Blog | Smart Bitches, Trashy Books | Romance Novel Reviews | All of the Romance, None of the Bullshit. – “The process of creating a bibliography about romance readers forces the obvious question: Who are romance readers? On the surface, the answer is equally obvious: those who read romance fiction. But this answer becomes more complicated when you consider the various identities belonging to a romance reader inform who reads romance, how they read romance, and what kinds of romances they read. Gender, geography, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, cultural heritage, and socio-political ideologies are some examples of factors that affect reading habits. The types of romances –genre, format, etc. also are influencing factors of reading habits, as well as factors that are themselves influenced by the identities of romance readers. “SmartBitches
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com