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The Irony Deepens

Whilst the Non Chick Lit Authors are enjoying a wine, cheese and shopping event sponsored by Vogue and Dooney & Burke (not to mention the special shopping discount), the authors of This Is Chick Lit have been invited to be… more

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A Stunning Case of Hypocrisy?

Remember when the chick lit wars were burning this summer? We blogged about Elizabeth Merrick’s hate of the pink covers and shopping included in books. She published a collection of “real” fiction by the top voices in women’s literature. Alison… more

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Blacks & Books

The New York Times reported that The Baltimore Times will join The New York Amsterdam News, The Philadelphia Tribune and several other newspapers in including a monthly insert called Blacks & Books that showcase African American authors. On the one… more

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Mislabeling Is Getting Around

RTB and LLB have recently had posts on it. We’ve talked and talked and talked about it. So has Angie W. Recently I purchased two books in a trilogy by author Cameron Dean. (I have my suspicions that this is… more

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More bandwagonning

Apparently, everyone (Christina Dodd) wants (Barbara Samuel, Mary Jo Putney, Elizabeth Bevarly, and Karen Harbaugh) some (Linda Lael Miller) of that paranormal sales love. Let’s not just beat the dead horse. Let’s grind her up and scatter her ashes like… more

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Miss Snark has a Nitwittery followup

Ms. Snark posted a followup to her Anne Start criticism. Was Anne Stuart’s comment brilliant viral marketing or a step closer to non publication? Some commenters think that we, err I, am a kettle and a nasty one at that.

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Hot Library Smut

David Rothman, the purveyor of book porn, put up this link today. Can any true bibliophile not get off looking at these pictures? As an aside, those library ladders are expensive. We were going to install one and it cost… more

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Random House Contentlinkinc.com Update

AvidReader, Keishon, emailed me last night to give me the heads up of Random House’s ebookstore closing. I emailed Kelley Allen, Director of New Media at Random House, about the closing of ebookstore, contentlinkinc.com. He replied and said I could… more

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Microsoft’s Answer to Google Book Search

The search inside feature must be a big marketing tool. Harper Collins has it. Google has angered authors over its digitization plans. Now Microsoft is inviting authors and publishers to submit their books to its search inside feature. Send them… more

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HarperCollins 1st Quarter Sees Decrease

Has wunderkind Jane Friedman lost her touch? After 9 straight years of record profits, first quarter sales for fiscal year 2007 (fiscal meaning budgetary year v. calendar year) were down 6% Part of the decreased profits are blamed on capital… more