May 20 2010
Zane is interviewed by Mediabistro about her self publishing origins. I haven’t listened to it but hers is a success story.
For all those writers out there, an iPad fan figured out how to hook up his alphasmart to the iPad.
Apple is selling more than 200,000 iPads a week. That’s a stunner but I also think it points to consumer desire to have a good priced, fast machine that allows them to surf the ‘net, look at pictures, watch videos and send/receive emails.
Barnes and Noble is offering a free download a week if you come into the store and show them a device with the BN Reader on it. This would include the Nook, iPhone/iTouch, laptop, Blackberry. In exchange you will get a voucher that you can use to download the free book. Anything interesting you ask? Titles per Teleread:
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Next week's title is Storm Front, the first Dresden Files novel, by Jim Butcher. Other titles will include The Long Tail by Chris Anderson, Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg, and One Shot by Lee Childs. All e-book vouchers can be redeemed through July 1.
Teleread points to an article by Guy Gavriel Kay about the downside of robust communities attached to an author. For instance, Gavriel Kay points out, the false intimacy created by the online community breeds reader entitlement. Readers become demanding and angry when authors like George RR Martin are not producing.
A commenter on Mobileread pointed to a press release from Overdrive. Overdrive is developing a reader app for all mobile platforms. Overdrive powers libraries and retailers so I wonder if this app will compete in anyway with retailers or just be an added benefit. For fans of Harlequin, I believe it will mean that you will be able to read Harlequin books on your mobile apps because Overdrive powers the Harlequin ebook store.
Also on Mobileread, a commenter who works at Target says that all Targets will be selling the Kindle as of June 6.
Kidlit blog says that only 3-5% of authors make a living off of writing alone. In her books, Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, Grace Lin refers to the avocation of author/illustrator as a “cold door.” I love that phrase.