lourdes royals – Maybe today’s video will be less controversial. It’s an all female acapella choir covering Lourdes’ Royals
An Ancient Love Letter Found in South Korea Will Break Your Heart – Reader Elisa passed this link on to me. It’s a searing love note from the pregnant widow to her lost lover. “I just cannot live without you. I just want to go to you. Please take me to where you are. My feelings toward you I cannot forget in this world and my sorrow knows no limit. Where would I put my heart in now and how can I live with the child missing you?’ViralNova
eBook Sales Are In Decline (For Now), As August Marks Turnaround for Trade – I wish you all could read this post but it’s behind a paywall. Michael Cader of Publishers Lunch is one of those who’s been adamant that ebook sales are declining. This month he says that adult ebook sales (which I assume is revenue over units) have declined for four months in a row. Ebook sales are $982 million versus $1.04 billion last year.
But Cader goes on to note (despite the headline and the led) “But that does not mean ebooks have declined in significance to the trade. In that respect, actually, ebooks continue to gain — albeit slightly. Part of that is because all trade sales have declined so far this year.” He also notes that August ebook sales were strong and the second biggest month of 2013 so far and +36% better than last year. I don’t have access to the numbers so I can’t really parse them out for you. Publishers Lunch
The comfort of pages: Why a Kindle will never be perfect – Writer Zan McQuade argues that there are some stories that can only be read in paper and that the intent of “social reading” is designed to “mimic the comfort of the weight of a book in your lap on takeoff.” I never thought social reading was designed to recreate the feel of a book. I mean, wouldn’t it be like having your entire book club on your lap?
My friend has a book club where they’ve read everything from Kite Runner to 50 Shades. Every single one has a Kindle. At my mother / daughter book club there is a mix of paper books and digital devices, all reading the same book. (Yes, it’s still a book in digital). There might be something fetishistic about paper or about digital but drawing strained metaphors doesn’t make me interested in picking up any works drafted by the author of the piece. The Daily Dot
E-books ‘too pricey for 16-24 market’ – The younger crowd to whom I guess Young Adult is intended to appeal believe that ebooks should be cheaper from half the print cost up to 75% of the print price. Middle grade books are pretty high too. I just racked up a pricey bill at my school’s book fair and the tot wanted another one the other day and I hate to say no. The report suggests that publishers should look at how young people download content, because although about 85% have a smartphone, only 55% have some kind of e-reader.The Bookseller
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