Mar 31 2011
Earlier this week, the RITA nominations were announced. We collected some of them here at DABWAHA and the full list is here. First off, congratulations to the RITA nominees. To the authors, this is akin to receiving an Oscar nomination. I understand that readers don’t necessarily feel this way but I do want to take a minute to congratulate the nominees on an honor that is very meaningful to them.
To readers, this is another list full of books, the validity of which they agree and disagree about. Here are some of my thoughts. One thing I like to do is look at the category selections because those nominations are generally for strong books. The majority of RITA voters are category writers and they know category writing. What I feel isn’t well represented is the paranormal sub genre. The paranormal writers aren’t allowed to judge this category and I think it shows. Instead of deep rich works with great world building, we get wins like Gwen Cready’s time travel fan fic, Seducing Mr. Darcy, and Anne Mallory’s The Earl’s Pleasure, a ghost romance. (and I really like Mallory’s writing).
The historical and the contemporary categories are pretty interesting as well. Victoria Dahl received a double nomination. (I think she received a double nomination last year?) I have to say I was surprised because Dahl’s heroines in both books are unusual. Dahl’s heroines have been castigated by readers for being amoral and unlikeable. (I’m a fan, full disclosure). Sherry Thomas was also nominated for His at Night and Joanna Bourne for The Forbidden Rose. Newcomer, Kaki Warner, received a historical nod for one of her epic Westerns.
Anthony acknowledged that in rebuilding Dorchester the company has had to "prioritize its cash flow." This has resulted in not all authors being paid the money they are owed and that Dorchester had committed to pay when Anthony took over from John Prebich last November. "All authors will be paid in full," Anthony vowed. The Keene controversy has been a setback to Dorchester's turnaround efforts, but Keeslar said Dorchester is committed to rebuilding.
Participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans while they:
•Viewed photos of their ex-partner and thought about how they felt during their breakup.
•Viewed a photo of a friend and thought about a recent positive experience with that person.
•Wore an arm device that created tolerable pain sensations to measure physical pain reactions.
Researchers compared the findings with 500 scans of other people’s brain responses to physical pain, emotion and other psychological processes.
“We found that the intense experience of social rejection activates regions of the brain that are involved in the sensory experience of physical pain,” Kross says.
Author Sarah Mayberry pointed to this article relating the rise of ebook interest following the collapse of a major brick and mortar bookselling change.
The Australian arm of Canada-based e-books company Kobo estimates there has been at least a 30 per cent increase in traffic to its sites, generating "good" sales, since REDgroup Retail slipped into voluntary administration in February.
“The mere fact that there is all this speculation whether e-books had pushed REDgroup into administration drove a lot of people to look at e-books," said Kobo's Australian head Malcolm Neil. "We actually saw a huge sales spike in the couple weeks afterwards."
Random House had a very good quarter and much of it is due to the rise of digital book sales. I’m not sure if this will decline now that RH has adopted Agency pricing.
Random House Group (RHG) revenues were up 6.1% in 2010 compared to 2009, to â‚¬1.8bn ( £1.bn), with worldwide digital sales up 250% on the previous year.
Operating earnings before interest and tax (Ebit) for Random House also rose to â‚¬173m ( £152.6m) from â‚¬137m ( £120.8m) in 2009.
RHG expanded its e-book programme to include 25,000 titles worldwide by the end of 2010. In the United States, Bertelsmann said as much as half of first week fiction sales were now in digital.
I haven’t tried this out yet, but it intrigues me. Asus Eee Pad Transformer is soon to hit the US shores. This is a tablet and laptop in one because the screen (or tablet) detaches from the keyboard base. I suspect that the internal guts of the Transformer is netbook and I gave up on my netbook. At $400, though, this might be a decent replacement for the iPad.