Harlequin has posted a behind the scenes look at a cover shoot for the upcoming trilogy by Linda Lael Miller:
They obviously put a lot of thought and time into the covers. You know who I think romanticized cowboys for me? Louis L’Amour. I remember devouring his Sackett series as a teen. Sa-wooon. Anyhoo, Harlequin is also giving away $10,000 dollars. Enter here.
Time Magazine has a very interesting look at the corporate writing machine that is James Patterson Inc. Mr. Patterson candidly agrees his work is not fine art, but entertainment and he treats his books and his name as a profit center.
Games and other apps are coming to the Kindle. Kindle has announced that it is releasing a Software Development Kit so that third parties can produce applications to run on the Kindle. As Jessica of RacyRomanceReviews.com put it, let’s hope this leads to organizational tools like folders!
The sticky case of copyright is portrayed in the Sherlock Holmes case and, I think, is argument against the 70 years beyond the death of an author.
Financial Times reports that small publishers are not getting paid by Borders Group and that a group of smaller publishers have retained the bankruptcy group of Lowenstein Sandler as legal counsel.
The paradigm shift in the traditional bookselling space has forced some publishers to re-adjust how they do business with the retailer. One major publisher has terminated its return policy with Borders to reduce risk, said a consultant to publishers. A seventh publisher canvassed by Debtwire said his firm has stopped shipping to Borders because of fears the retailer will send the books back unsold…
Factors and credit insurance providers no longer sell hedges on Barnes & Nobles or Borders because of high perceived default, said two trade insurance brokers, a credit insurance provider and two factors.
UPDATE: PW reports that Lowenstein Sandler have not been retained by any group. Sheesh.
In other big Amazon news, it is now allowing publishers to remove DRM from their Kindle titles.
But eliminating DRM could also increase customers' comfort level with buying ebooks. Right now, someone who buys lots of Kindle ebooks is out of luck if, six months from now, some better non-Kindle ereader comes along. The books can't be moved over. Without DRM -‘ and with the knowledge that their ebook investment can have long-term returns -‘ readers might be willing to shift their buying to digital.
UPDATE: I have been informed that this option has existed for over a year.