News Round Up: Free Actually Works
Last week there was a source at TUAW that Apple was rejecting all ebook applications. I had some doubts about this as I couldn’t imagine well established apps like Stanza or the individual ebook apps from ScrollMotion getting the boot. Can you imagine the teen uproar over the removal of the Twilight series?
In any event, Apple responded yesterday to the controversy. They are not rejecting all ebook applications. Second, content that is not properly labeled (i.e., 17+) will be rejected.
“The issue that the App Store reviewers did find with the Ninjawords application is that it provided access to other more vulgar terms than those found in traditional and common dictionaries, words that many reasonable people might find upsetting or objectionable….Even though the developer chose to censor some terms, there still remained enough vulgar terms that it required a parental control rating of 17+.”
I’ve raised the issue of ratings a number of times and I believe it is coming for books. I would prefer that the publisher take control of this issue than have it forced on them, but I have my doubts that this will happen.
Andy Kessler gives tips on how to game the AMAZON bestseller list:
“After countless hours watching the timing and delivery of PR for my books-‘radio, NPR, cable TV, broadcast TV, newspapers, magazines, blogs, newsletters-‘I have picked up on the rhythm of Amazon rankings,” Kessler says. “I’ve done the best after a week or two of decent PR followed by an e-mail newsletter (from a third party with a big, big following) with a link to click. The former sets up a base, and the latter spikes the sales within a few short hours or over the course of the day.”
But it’s not worth it, according to Kessler, other than the ego boost.
This article talks about romance being about sex, sex, sex, and more sex. I assume from the reading of it, that romance readers are the most sex hungry individuals in the country. Consuming more sex than the average porn addict so long as the sexxoring ends with the couple together at the end of the book.
The chairman of Barnes & Noble owned a number of college bookstores in the US and now Barnes & Noble has purchased those from the chairman for $596 million.
Hugo Award winners announced. Nothing new or surprising here.
Hillel Italie writes about the number of publishers who are jumping on the “free ebook” bandwagon because, surprise, suprise, the giveaways have increased sales of other titles. Del Rey has seen Naomi Novik’s titles increase by more than 1,000 percent when it gave away the first book in her series.
William Morris Agency came out against the Google Book Settlement and Authors Guild fired back. AG will be holding a conference call on Thursday at 2 pm EST so that it can convince all you haters that it was right put authors in the position of having to opt out in exchange for the Book Rights Registry. See more at E-Reads.