Monday News Round Up
- More rumors abound about the Apple Tablet. The Financial Times is stating that it will be due out by Christmas (registration required). There is a supposed launch of a new iTouch complete with camera and microphone in October so it’s possible that the Apple Tablet will be announced at the same time.
- Red Sage author, Leigh Court, was featured on NBC Nightly News in a piece about entertainment. I haven’t watched it yet but I heard it was pro romance.
- Speaking of national news and romance, Geri Krotow, a romance author, gave her book to Barak Obama as a gift for Michelle. The pictures of the President looking at the book are priceless.
- Penguin has a good quarter but only because of the currency exchange rate. Under the hood, it shows that profits fell 19% and there was a 6% sales decline in the first six months of 2009. Penguin appears to be losing money in its travel and reference department which resulted in the layoffs (100 people) and downsizing of its DK Publishing Group. Charlaine Harris is the highlight of the US publishing group. Dead and Gone shipped 540,000 copies of the hardcover. E-book sales are “very strong” but Penguin is concerned about the $9.99 price point. Via Publishers’ Weekly.
- Patricia Briggs (a Penguin author) is having a giveaway extravaganza. Briggs is one of my favorite UF/crossover writers. Go forth and win stuff from her and you, too, will become a convert. Via SmartBitches.
- Also at the Smart Bitches is a to die for blog along by Doc Turtle of J. R. Ward’s Dark Lover.
- All right, who named these poor kids? Seriously. It’s like the BDB had only one even halfway reasonable name to go around and they all drew straws to see who’d get it. And now that one guy is dead. The names are one of the reasons I’m finding it very hard to take this book seriously. I can’t help but think of the MST3K episode Cave Dwellers, in which Tom Servo changes his name to Htom Sirveaux and Crow says to Tom, "well, Htom, why don’t you hlick me?"
- EA (a gaming software company) tries to win the DoucheBag of the Year award for ComicCon 2009. It has a contest that requires the entrants to take pictures committing “acts of lust” with its Booth Babes. Ironically, EA is trying to reach out to the female consumer with new Wii Fit games after suffering a downturn in profits and sales. Oh, EA, did you think ComicCon was a bubble in which being assholic toward women would go unnoticed?
- AP wants to control the dissemination of its news and has now announced that it will be embedding special html code in all its stories. The sad thing is that the AP doesn’t know its ass from its head when it comes to technology because a simple copy and paste of the text will remove said special html code.