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Monday News: HarperCollins sales down; Tournament of Books now Nook sponsored;...


In reporting results, News Corp. broke down HC revenue into consumer and other, although it doesn’t identify what other includes. In the quarter, consumer sales were $326 million and other $26 million, while in fiscal 2012, consumer sales were $1.12 billion and other $66 million. In providing background on HC, News Corp. said HC has about 100,000 SKUs with about 30,000 titles available in digital formats.

Each weekday in March, two works of fiction from 2012 go head to head, with one of our judges deciding—with elaborate explanation—to advance one title into the next bracket. At the end of the month, the winner of the tournament is blessed with the Rooster, our prize named after David Sedaris’s brother (because why not). Along the way, each judge reveals his or her biases and interests, any connections they have to the participating authors, and, most importantly, how they decided between the two books. Then our ToB Chairmen, authors Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner, weigh in with commentary, and finally leave it up to you, the readers, to add your own passionate thoughts and rebukes to the mix.

One of the things that’s striking about GiveWell’s list is that a lot of marquee charities — UNICEF, Oxfam, the Salvation Army, Doctors Without Borders, among others — aren’t on it. It’s not because GiveWell thinks those groups do a bad job, necessarily, but that it’s just not possible to know whether they’re doing a good one. Oxfam, for example, neither publicly releases evaluations of its programs nor focuses on areas where interventions would be particularly cost-effective. The next time you are thinking about giving to a charity, you may want to see what Give Well has to say about them.

To those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas. Tomorrow there will be no news because a) it is Christmas but mostly b) I won’t be in a place that has internet access.  I know. Quelle horreur!  Pray for me.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. MarieC
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 09:21:45

    I wonder how ‘GiveWell’ compares to ‘CharityNavigator’ in their evaluations….

  2. Carrie G
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 09:30:37

    Another great place to find all kinds of information about charities and how they spend their money is

    And I just entered all the SFR Blitz contests! Thanks!

  3. cleo
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:29:34

    Merry Christmas and may you enjoy being unplugged! I’ll be staying with family who have Internet (on an ancient iMac) but no wireless, so I’m looking forward to being semi-unplugged.

  4. Liz H.
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:49:10

    I have found that Charity Navigator, Give Well, and the Better Business Bureau ( each provide slightly different information. In addition, although not all cover every group, between the three you’ll find at least 1 evaluation of almost any organization you’re looking for.

  5. Heather Massey
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:57:08

    Thanks so much for the linkage!

  6. Darlynne
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 12:04:58

    Merry Christmas, Jane. Enjoy being unplugged.

  7. Lori
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 12:11:08

    Merry Christmas Jane and all the DA contributors. Hope your holidays are wonderful and the toddler is overwhelmed by Santa.

  8. Janine
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 15:23:33

    @Lori: Thanks so much the holiday wishes! Right back at you. Jane’s “tot” is growing up and hasn’t been a toddler in some time, but Santa will likely still make an impression.

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