Friday Midday Links: Amazon Sells 3 Million Kindles in 3 Weeks
In a move of smart and generous customer service, Harlequin is replacing everyone’s LIT and Mobi purchases with ePub copies. If you recall, earlier this year Harlequin announced that it was eliminating support for LIT/Mobi purchases. I had hoped that like Fictionwise, Harlequin would offer this switch out for customers and Harlequin did.
As of December 31, 2011, your purchases in the .LIT and .PRC formats will be switched over to Adobe EPUB format, wherever possible. The industry standard format for ebooks, Adobe EPUB ebooks are available for desktop and laptop computers as well as eReaders using Adobe Digital Editions.
I saw that Carina Press has also raised royalties from 15% off the cover to 40% off the net. Source: Erotic Romance Publishers.
I saw this link on Twitter and thought it was lovely holiday story:
At Kmart stores across the country, Santa seems to be getting some help: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers’ layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn’t afford, especially toys and children’s clothes set aside by impoverished parents.
Before she left the store Tuesday evening, the Indianapolis woman in her mid-40s had paid the layaway orders for as many as 50 people. On the way out, she handed out $50 bills and paid for two carts of toys for a woman in line at the cash register.
A reader sent me this article about Debbie Macomber who attempted to quietly donate $500,000 to the Salvation Army but news of her good deeds have got out.
The millionaire author tried to make the $500,000 donation anonymously, and leaders at the Bremerton Salvation Army repeatedly refused to identify her as the donor. But Macomber ultimately confirmed her donation through her longtime publicist, Nancy Berland.
Source: Kitsap Sun
The problem with eink readers has always been the lack of a backlight because a lot of people read in low light situations. Sony and Kindle have responded by creating covers with lights built in, but how about sheets of light pressed within the device itself? So long as it doesn’t degrade the quality of the eink screen (Sony once had a touchscreen overlay that affected the clarity of the eink but it also produced a device with lights on the side that flooded the screen).
Source: The Ebook Reader
Amazon is notorious for not giving numbers about the sales of any of its products from Kindles to books, but it feels confident enough to release the news that for the third straight week, people have purchased over 1 million Kindle products:
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 15, 2011– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com today announced that Kindle devices remain the hottest products this holiday season – for the third week in a row, customers are purchasing well over 1 million Kindle devices per week, and Kindle Fire remains the #1 bestselling, most gifted, and most wished for product across the millions of items available on Amazon.com since its introduction 11 weeks ago. To learn more about the all-new Kindle family – the $79 Kindle, $99 Kindle Touch, $149 Kindle Touch 3G and the $199 Kindle Fire – visit www.amazon.com/kindle.
No deals today.