What Your Email Inbox Count Says About You – I thought this was a funny categorization of people based on the unread email messages in an inbox. What it doesn’t really identify is how many emails are read but not responded to. Currently I have 47. Most times I get it down to 20. How about you?Technology – The Atlantic Wire
Sorry, but e-readers aren’t dead – Laura Hazard Owen of paidContent argues that ereaders are dead but that growth is slowing down, perhaps somewhat parallel to the growth of ebook sales in general? Her article was in response to IHS iSuppli reports that ereader shipments are falling precipitously, over 50% since 2011. IHS Suppli suggests that dedicated devices are going to be a thing of the past. Hazard Owen disagrees because the dedicated ereading will likely stick with their single function device. I’m inclined to see ereader devices like the Kindle Paperwhite to become more of a niche item in the future, but not for a few years. paidContent
Scholastic Editors Forecast Top 10 Trends In Children’s Books For 2013 – Scholastic provides insight on what it will be publishing in 2013. The heading is kind of misleading because Scholastic and all other major publishers have largely bought and scheduled all their 2013 books so isn’t Scholastic just telling us what books they are going to be promoting heavily (it is a PR release) and hope to take off or is that just the cynic in me? Nonetheless, I laughed a little at number 9 because while it would be great to see more diversity in fiction, particularly middle grade and young adult, publishing is actively engaging in whitewashing. What’s the point of diversity if you are too ashamed to show it on the covers? PR News
Simon & Schuster Acquires Print Rights to Self-Published Ebook Hit Series Wool – Hugh Howley is the second author that makes a print only deal, keeping the ebook rights. Bella Andre sold her World English print rights to Harlequin for seven figures. Howley sells the Wool Omnibus (five books) print rights to Simon & Schuster for a “significant” deal. Significant is between $251,000 – $499,000.Digital Book World
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com