Freebies from Samhain:
8/15/2010 to 8/28/2010. Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell
(Let us know in the comments if we have missed any specials)
Linda Howard writes that a health issue has changed her voice and she’s struggling to return to the voice she had prior to her health issues. She says she posted, not in response to negative reviews, but in response to a young woman who asked her why her voice has changed since 2005.
This is such an interesting post and I’ve received a number of varied responses via email. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Sony may be announcing new readers this coming week. Google Editions may finally launch. There are also rumors that the new Apple iTouch with camera and Retina 4 display will be announced within the week.
Simon & Schuster is reorganizing into teams (paid link):
Each team will comprise approximately two editors, two publicists and a marketing specialist. Karp writes that the teams “will propose, develop, and execute their own publicity and marketing plans, from the moment of acquisition through paperback publication, in consultation with associate publisher Aileen Boyle and me.”
I don’t know what this will mean for the Pocket imprint. Maybe nothing.
There appears to be a lot of confusion about whether publisher Dorchester will be a digital first publisher or a digital only with select print in the future.
Carrie Lofty pointed out a couple of Dilbert cartoons which make me wonder if Scott Adams has friends who publish at Dorchester:
Michelle Styles blogged a bit about the PAN retreat. The news from RWA can be viewed as gloomy or exciting. Digital books are 8.4% of the entire trade (fiction) market and romance accounts for about 13%. Unfortunately, the speaker at the PAN retreat reinforced what I think is a false statement about ebook buyers:
The big problem for publishers is that there is currently no mechanism that allows the consumer to browse in the same way as they can in a bookstore. The consumer can not be caught by a random book on the shelf above the author they were looking for example.
I’m not entirely sure what browsing is, but if it is looking at books you didn’t intend to buy, what about the “new releases” lists or the “bestseller lists” or the “recommended for you” lists or the “other readers bought this book” lists or your goodreads’ friends updates and so forth? Yes, digital browsing may be different but the idea that digital purchasers aren’t browsing is a falsity, in my opinion.