Authors Alice Hoffman and Alain de Botton compete for author douchebag of the day. Hoffman tweets the phone number and email address of the awful reviewer and de Botton essentially curses the career of the NYTBR critic. See more here.
In better news, publishers are just giving away the farm on Kindle which is great for Kindle users (and also those who have iPhones or iTouches) but not so great for everyone else. What’s free?
- Mary Jo Putney’s Loving a Lost Lord (a return to straight historicals)
- Dee Tenorio’s Kiss Me Again
- Lara Adrian’s Kiss of Midnight (first in the Breed series)
Quartet Press, a new romance epublisher, is open for submissions.
Joe Wickert looks at Fast Company’s cover story of Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Kindle numbers are eyebrow raising.
Recently, Bezos claimed that Kindle e-books add 35% to a physical book’s sales on Amazon whenever Kindle editions are available. Put another way, for every three print copies of, say, Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Outliers” the site sells, it also sells one Kindle e-book — or about 25% of total sales.
Barnes and Noble released an iPhone app. It allows you to search for a product, reserve it at the store or purchase it online. The purchase link takes you out of the iPhone app to the Mobile Safari program. The locator feature which uses your current location to suggest a bookstore is off because it recommended a bookstore about 2 hours from me even though I have 2 Barnes and Noble stores within 10 minutes of my “current location.” The program is also very buggy, crashing everytime I selected an item from the search list.