The dating service you’d literally die for – We pretty much hate ghost romances around here. JR Ward’s book with Jane? Disaster. Kresley Cole’s Naomi? Not as good as we’d have liked. Ghosts are better suited as plot protein – something that agitates the characters and heightens tension. But maybe we’re being unfair and discriminatory. GhostSingles.com is here to address the lovelorn wisps who are hanging around, perhaps because of an unresolved romantic conflict. Ghosts need love too.The Daily Dot
Hudl: With Tesco’s tablet, you get a lot of bang for your buck – If you live in the UK, you might want to give Tesco’s Hudl tablet a look. It’s got the interior hardware of a high class tablet and it adds in the convenience of an SD slot and a HDMI port that allows for streaming. “Given the Nexus 7 will set you back £199, you could be forgiven for thinking that the extra £80 you’re paying is going on the aforementioned spec-enhancements, but the Hudl actually has a few tricks of its own up its sleeve. These come in the form of a micro-SD slot that lets you expand the storage up to 48GB in total and – drum roll – a Micro-HDMI slot. Yes, you can hook your Hudl up to your TV and watch movies stored on your device, or stream from Tesco-owned Blinkbox, Google Play or any other similar service.”The Next Web
Apple Files Expected Appeal of E-Book Injunction – Apple filed an appeal against the permanent injunction and verdict filed against it by the District Court. Simon & Schuster and Macmillan also appeal the permanent injunction on the grounds that the ruling against Apple acts to limit agency agreements for five years instead of the two that the parties had agreed to in their settlement. That’s the risk with verdicts – you have the potential for worse odds than in a settlement. The AllThingsD article notes that legal scholars believe that the likelihood of Apple succeeding in appellate (higher) court is low. That’s what we’ve thought here at Dear Author too. Don’t expect a quick ruling. John Paczkowski – News – AllThingsD
Is Publishing Still Broken? The Surprising Year In Books – While some of the details in the Forbes article is incorrect*, I thought it was interesting that indie publishing has not eroded print publishing revenues. While indie publishing prices may have flattened prices for traditionally published books, the Forbes writer claims that unit sales for traditional publishing has increased by 138 million.
*The article incorrectly states that EL James was self published when in fact she was published through The Writers Coffeehouse.Forbes
Book Covers: Before and After – The New York Times has a small photo essay of book covers, both the original idea and the one used for publication. In the four different examples, some of the more iconic images are really the result of happy accident. In terms of marketing, I think that the two most important elements of any book are the cover and the blurb.NYTimes.com
McCall Smith to rework Austen’s Emma – Alexander McCall Smith will be writing an adaption of Emma by Jane Austen. This is part of HarperCollin’s “Austen Project” in which they have recruited Joanna Trollope to redo Sense and Sensibility; Val McDermid to do Northanger Abbey; and Curtis Sittenfeld to do Pride and Prejudice. The greatest modern adaption of Emma has to be the movie Clueless. The Bookseller