Bloomsbury decided to change the cover of Magic Under Glass after intense criticism of the cover arose around the web.
“Bloomsbury is ceasing to supply copies of the US edition of Magic Under Glass. The jacket design has caused offense and we apologize for our mistake. Copies of the book with a new jacket design will be available shortly.”
Keishon is running her To Be Read Challenge for 2010. Next month is virgin heroes. I’m going to have to do an “If You Like” post for that so we can get some ideas of what to read for that challenge.
Drive Thru RPG is offering access to over $1000 worth of RPG titles if you donate $20. The money will go to Doctors Without Borders. See this great Boing Boing piece on the Doctors Without Borders inflatable hospitals.
Ann Somerville is selling two of her books to raise money for the Haitian relief effort. Links here:
Susan Helene Gottfried says that any royalties earned on her books from now until January 31 will be donated to Haiti.
Crossed Genres is hosting free fiction for Haiti.
Wired did a more comprehensive look at ebook readers than I did last Sunday. You might want to take a look.
Kobo has announced its ebook reading platform and bookstore will be available on all mobile platforms shortly.
With applications in development for Windows 7, Android and additional operating systems, Kobo, Inc. today announced that the service will be available for various tablet and slate computers in February 2010. Kobo (www.kobobooks.com) is a global eReading service that offers mobile applications on the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Palm Pre, as well as support for netbooks and dedicated eReaders, like the Sony eReader. Kobo's selection of popular books includes more than two million titles with content from major publishers including Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Harlequin.
BISG has released press releases about its new study of ebook readers and their habits. For example, the study noted that 30% of ebook readers would wait three months for an ebook release of their favorite author and 20% of ebook readers stop buying print within 12 months of adopting ebook reader. Richard Curtis says the 30% number signals a confirmation of publishers’ decisions to delay ebooks. I think it only signals that consumer buying behavior for a select few authors can be manipulated. Computers remain the primary ebook reader of choice. It’s interesting and I wish I had an extra thousand of dollars or two laying around. Maybe it’s a study I can request through the college library.
Harlequin is leaving no digital reading venue untouched (like a Regency rake!). It has partnered to provide 33 novels on the Nintendo DS platform in Japan. I think some of the books are manga although I’m not entirely sure. Here’s a couple of links that talk about the deal. It’s more than a port of just text to the digital platform. Harlequin has added features like a content relation chart of characters. Sounds like something I need in a Liz Carlyle book.