Wednesday Deals and News: Apple Has Blowout Quarter & Social Media Out of Control
I think it is hard to say whether Apple can make inroads on textbooks, but schools are already looking for funds to increase iPad and laptop distribution throughout classes. This infographic suggests that learning can be enhanced by technology but there are other studies that indicate the opposite. Apple’s success does not depend on the education sector. It’s 4th quarter financial results were beyond any analysts’ estimations and make Apple one of, if not the most, profitable company in the world.
Apple reported revenue of $46.33 billion and profits of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. That was up from the $26.74 billion, or $6.43 per share, the company saw at the same time last year.
Apple’s gross profit margin is a stunning 44.7 percent. Are we overpaying for our iThings? I guess so.
At Digital Book World, the early mantra was that publishers need to develop direct relationships with consumers. Man, how many times are we going to hear that before it actually happens with the mainstream publishers? Also, publishers hate Amazon. Yet, Penguin and Amazon announced the launch of the 5th Annual Amazon Breakthrough Contest. That’s a strange relationship for frenemies.
The downside to social media is that the originators can’t control the message or so learned McDonalds. The fast food king urged users to start tweeting their McDStories and it quickly was picked up and mocked by users. The most popular McDStories are about fast food eaters having heart attacks or growing weed. Even the World Heart Federation retweeted this one “My dad’s friend ate a Breakfast Sandwich every day for 2 yrs. He had 3 heart attacks & is now dead.”
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Carly Phillips is a victim of social media as well. Someone used her author photo for an internet meme called “Sheltering Suburban Mom“. The idea is that the suburban mom is a hypocrite, hating gays but loving Ellen Degeneres. Someone from reddit, a place of knowledge and great misogyny, discovered the other day that the photo is Carly Phillips. This led to a link to smexybooks.com website who hosted an interview with Phillips. My advice would have been for Mandi at Smexy Books and Carly Phillips to do an AMA (ask me anything) thread.
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Oh dilemma, you guys. You see, there is this awful post and comments written by some guy out there on the internet on the topic of romances.
What the modern reader needs to understand is that romance novels by their very nature are meant to be inferior.
I think it’s safe to say that no Ivy League school will ever teach out of romance novels as part of the curriculum. No romance novel will ever be thought of as a classic along side Spencer, Bunyan, Swift and Dickens. If a romance story were that good, it would no longer be referred to as romance, but would instead simply be known as drama or literary fiction or a classic love story. If you think about it, there are of course a handful of classic novels that fit the description of the latter: novels that are full of romantic love but which are so well written that they aren’t thought of as romance novels/stories. Romeo and Juliet probably tops the list (though it was a play of course) followed by Jane Eyre. No one would call Jane Eyre a “romance novel.” It would instead be referred to as a “classic love story.” The very thing that separates classic love stories from romance novels is that romance novels must by default be bad, tacky even, or they’ll no longer be classified as romance novels and will get placed in a higher category.
I feel like he is being intentionally degrading in order to get hits. Plus, he is deleting comments according to various individuals who have left comments. I don’t want to link to him and give him the page hits. On the other hand, per my inbox and twitter feed, many readers already know about it. In sum, Cale McCarthy, possibly gaslighting us romance readers for attention, says that romances are all inferior and his view of us is summed up in one of his comments:
“You might be surprised by this, but well adjusted women do not sit around thinking about romance as though they were still in junior high. Have a nice day. Have it away from me.”
Seriously, why am I writing about this? The good thing is that Cale McCarthy won’t have any trouble staying single given that he views any woman who reads romance as his intellectual inferior.
Booklvr Blog has a chart showing the price differences between the Amazon v. Nook bestseller lists. Amazon average price is almost $2.50 lower than the nook average price.
Lyrical Press is looking for submissions. Please do not consider this an endorsement of Lyrical Press. I have no idea whether they are a good publisher and urge you to seek out that information on your own:
How would you like to start your new year with a publishing contract? Lyrical Press (http://www.
LyricalPress.com) is now accepting entries for its first annual How Lyrical is Your Romance? Contest . This contest is open to both published and unpublished authors. Entries must be complete works, ranging in word count between 15,000-100,000 words, any heat level, and fit into one of the following subgenre categories:* Contemporary romance* Historical romance* Paranormal or urban fantasy romance* Romantic steampunk* Romantic SuspenseCheck out the Prizes!
1st Place: $200 advance and digital publishing contract (advance payable as $100 upon finalized contract and $100 upon publication).
2nd Place: $100 advance and digital publishing contract (advance payable as $50 upon finalized contract and $50 upon publication).
3rd Place: Top-scoring contestant in each genre category will receive an acquiring editor’s critique of synopsis and first 50 pages of manuscript.
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- The Red Heart of Jade by Marjorie M. Liu * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Deep in the Heart by Sharon Sala * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Truest Heart by Samantha James * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S