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Thursday News: B&N defers digital audio plans, George RR Martin plans...

B&N Plans Return to Digital Audiobooks – Publishers Weekly is reporting that Barnes and Noble, which recent announced that it was closing its downloadable audio book business, is still interested in physical audiobooks, and will, at some point in the future, be re-introducing some form of digital audiobook. Filed under things that make you go hmm.

The spokesperson continued: “We have plans to provide customers with a more well integrated digital audio experience at a future date yet to be determined. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and ask for their patience.” –Publishers Weekly

George R.R. Martin talks “Game of Thrones” publishing plans – So the fact that George R.R. Martin is even talking about finishing the Song of Ice and Fire series seems like pretty fantastic news to fans, but now there is confusion, excitement, and perhaps even disappointment over the possibility that the series might extend to eight, rather than seven, books. Has the cable series affected the timeframe in which readers can expect the rest of the series, do you think, or is there no connection.

“My plan is to finish in seven,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.” –CBS News

19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors – Given the post above about audiobooks, check out these remarkable audio recordings from authors including Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Arthur Conan Doyle, Tennyson, and Langston Hughes. Apparently Thomas Edison recorded Whitman reading “America.”  –Mental Floss

A Necklace to Save You From That Awkward Date – For weeks, every time I opened my Yahoo homepage this article would come up. Finally, I clicked on it, and was like, hmm, how many Romance novel heroines need this kind of device?! Apparently it calls your cellphone so you can get yourself out of a bad date. It’s called the Guardian Angel and also comes in bracelet form for a mere $120. On a more serious note, it can also transmit an SOS message to an emergency contact, with a link to the wearer’s location.

“Especially in a workplace or social scenario, there can be social penalties for confronting harassers directly,” said Corinna Lim, AWARE executive director, in the press release. “The Guardian Angel can help defuse some harassment situations. The emergency contact function also empowers women to more easily seek help in cases of serious threat.” –ABC News

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9 Comments

  1. Cynthia Sax
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 08:16:04

    I feel for George R.R. Martin. As a writer, I find it brutally difficult to end a series, saying good-bye to beloved characters, walking away from a world I’ve built and lived in for (in his case) years. I can’t imagine doing that AND being pressured by fans/cable series execs to extend the series.

  2. Isobel Carr
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 09:14:50

    That necklace is a prime example of things that only exist because women have to maintain a fiction for male egos (and have a SAFE escape plan). Though I like the alternative function of setting it as an emergency notice to someone else (Life Alert for everyone).

  3. Lostshadows
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:10:44

    I’d been under the impression GRRM had extended it to eight books when he split book four into two.

    Clap if you believe in faries GRRM still knows where he’s going with this series.

  4. Lostshadows
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:12:55

    “In faeries” was meant to have had a line through it. (And been spelt correctly.)

  5. Susan
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 16:12:37

    This may be out in left field, but is the blog button/link working?

  6. azteclady
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 17:37:05

    @Isobel Carr:

    That necklace is a prime example of things that only exist because women have to maintain a fiction for male egos (and have a SAFE escape plan).

    This was my first thought.

  7. L A
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 22:12:04

    No way that series will be finished before that guy kicks off. The more he talks about what’s left to write, the surer I am of that.

    I think he’s trying to maneuver HBO into more seasons than they want to do, but I don’t see that happening, personally.

  8. SAO
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 04:27:29

    I tend to view sexual harassment as comments and brief groping, not something that requires emergency services. I don’t see how the bracelet is going to help with that. It seems to me the easiest way to get out of a date with a dud is to have your first date pretty brief.

  9. Cynthia Sax
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 07:36:00

    @Lostshadows: One of the reasons I like finishing the first draft of a series or serial before the first book is published is because writers receive so much input from readers, other writers, editors, etc., that it is difficult to stay true to the original vision of the series and so easy to wander off track.

    I have a small but growing readership. I can imagine GRRM’s situation is a thousand times worse.

    And I understand about his writer’s block also (the delay in the books). That’s another reason why I like to have a series finished (first draft anyway). Either the first story sells very well and there’s immense pressure to make the second story ‘better’ or the first story sells poorly and there’s the feeling of “what’s the point” in writing the second story. Either result, for me, results in word constipation.

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