Fanfiction – Deb sent me a link to this video. It’s a rather fun look at fan fiction including a historical aspect. Did you know that someone published a sequel to Don Quixote? Unauthorized?Know Your Meme
Hold the front page: cover art is going out of fashion – James Bridle suggests that ereaders have no use for cover illustrations and thus cover art may be entirely obsolete. I’m a little befuddled by this as covers are as important today in a digital world as they are in a paper world. They are one of the first things that a reader sees when she is shopping and an eye catching cover on a computer screen has just as much power as one in the bookstore.The Observer
Intel Inside ignites mobile branding war – Chip manufacturers are trying to create customer loyalty through more visible branding. Intel is seeking to get smartphone manufacturers to share branding space. Apple refuses to do it, but Motorola’s new phone will contain “Intel” on the back. This reminds me a little of publishers trying to increase brand loyalty through more obvious badging. The smaller digital publishers like Ellora’s Cave and Samhain have successfully leveraged this for the benefit of their authors and the badging on Avon/HarperCollins Voyager is becoming larger and more visible.Reuters
The Rise of Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea – I can’t read the entire article because I am not a subscriber to the New Yorker, but the abstract indicates that there is a strain of drug resistant gonorrhea on the rise and that it could be a global epidemic. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the U.S. I did some additional googling and there is a big concern about this worldwide. Condom use, safe sex, and limiting partners is one way to reduce the spread. I’m getting fairly tired of the “I’m clean” promises in books and wish more authors would use their skill and imagination to make condom use sexy because it can be and I enjoy reading about characters who are smart and inventive. The New Yorker
Why genre fiction is an e-reader’s best friend – I feel like this is one of those “things” where the prophecy becomes a reality with very little grounding in reality. If you recall, I posted a link to David Hewson’s blog post about how his self published book which is a “more conventional horror story with a straightforward plot” was outselling his more complex book Epiphany. Hewson blames this on the fact that ereaders are suited to “less complex” fiction. Guardian picks this up and despite the acknowledgment that Hewson’s research is “far from scientific”, his conclusion must be accurate.The Observer
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