CES opened last night with the keynote address from Microsoft. They touted new slate forms of computing. The HP slate is purportedly going to have a sub $500 price. Come to mama, I say. Matthew Bernius, at the Open Publishing Lab, is keeping track of all the publishing related CES announcements. There are a plethora of ebook readers. The 6″ Audiovox for $299 is interesting.
The USA Today list was released yesterday for the week of January 3, 2010. What’s notable is that 6 of the top 150 books are Harlequin Presents. I believe that this is a first but it won’t be the last. Harlequin has implemented a new tracking system for its series books so instead of being a general “book” sale, the checkout systems can correctly identify exactly which title from the Harlequin series are being sold.
In other Harlequin news, Malle Vallik blogged about the digital initiatives that Harlequin has taken.
- Almost 3 million downloads occurred of their 16 free books given away in 2009.
- All books are published simultaneously in digital and print with the ebooks priced lower than the print version.
As for enriched content:
We have published a dozen enriched eBooks like Deanna Raybourn’s Silent in the Grave. Each title has had different unique content: behind the scenes, photos, deleted scenes, recipes, etc. We’ve learned that while readers like this extra content, we are a little ahead of the times. Readers are more interested in figuring out eBooks rather than advanced eBooks. You have to walk before you run
Sarah from SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com had a great couple of articles. First, she had an interview with Laura Clawson, the author of the DailyKos piece, Romance Reader, Unashamed.
Second, Sarah wrote about whether technology is changing the way that we read.
This is absolutely true of me. If a book does not grab me within the first 30 pages or so, or if something is bothering me about a character and there’s not enough else to hold me to the narrative, I have a few hundred other books queued up on the same device waiting to be read. I am not going to read more because I have other options of books to read. This is very different from the time when I did not have a digital reader with a few hundred books with me. I would keep reading because otherwise, I didn’t have much else to do on the bus, and commuting without reading is miserable for me.
Katiebabs brings to our attention a reviewer who has been asked not to review books by authors because, I guess, the reviews haven’t all been positive. I know that authors have asked publishers to remove and add reviewers from their ARC list. Obscurity is far bigger threat than a negative review.