Oct 10 2011
Monday Midday Links: USA Today Gets a Romance Blog and Amazon Exclusives Brings Out BN’s “Scorched Earth” Policy
USA Today launched a blog devoted to romances. Huzzah! Author Joyce Lamb, a copy editor for the paper and author of romantic suspenses published by Berkley, heads up the blog. Mandi S is one of the reviewers. Her blog is here. Other readers and authors will be contributing. It’s great to see positive coverage of the genre at one of the largest mainstream news sites in the US.
Mitchell Gross writing under the name Michael Graham is an author of thrillers and a fantasy trilogy and he’s been using his status as an author to lure women online into a relationship and then convince them to invest in a fraudulent company.
Mitchell Gross, whose books include the suspense story “Circle of Lies,” duped at least two women into investing about $4.4 million in a sham company he set up, using some of the money to buy expensive artwork, a luxury car and a golf club membership, federal prosecutors said.
Seattle Times had an interview with the VP of Kindle and he revealed a few interesting tidbits.
- The Kindle Fire will mount as an external drive.
- It does not support ePubs.
- Seven hours of use for video playback and eight hours for mixed media usage.
‘There appears to be a contemporary obsession on the part of some academics and commentators to a) pretend that women are cultural dupes passively accepting anything they ever read or see; and b) to pretend that any single controversial item-be it a Twilight novel or an explicit music video-is the only media influence that a person gets.
“Neither of these things are true.We’re each exposed to a deluge of different media influences and to pretend that any one item influences more strongly than another is ludicrous [as years of media research has proven].”
Inkubate is an online site currently in development that allows writers to upload content—full manuscripts, excerpts, out-of-print works and more—for review and possible acquisition by agents or publishers. The site is free to writers while publishers and agents pay a subscription fee for access to a database of content designed to provide copyright protection for the writer and an auditing system that tracks revisions, drafts and who has viewed its content.
Initial offerings includes Watchmen, the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, which has more than a million copies in print; it has never been offered digitally before. The rest of the line-up includes such perennial favorites as The Sandman, Fables, Y the Last Man and Superman: Earth One. The digital Watchmen is available for pre-order now and sells for $9.99, half the print price. These 100 books represent only the initial roll-out; more titles will be announced as the Kindle Fire becomes available in November.
They contacted DC to express their displeasure, but hit a brick wall. And as a result, they’ve gone for a scorched earth policy. An email sent to stores yesterday instructs them to remove all of the 100 graphic novels listed from the shelves, including Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, Sandman, Fables, Blackest Night, All Star Superman, Y The Last Man, V For Vendetta, all strong sellers for the company. You will still be able to order the books on the website, but in bookstores you won’t even be able to special order a copy – unless you request it delievered to your home. Copies will not be allowed to enter Barnes & Noble premises.