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Tuesday Midday Links: HarperCollins parent corp debating a breakup

PN: The price point would remain the same and the current Kindle Fire would be reduced to $149. The rumors regarding Kindle Fire 2 include higher resolution and a camera.

PN: I think it is great to encourage reading but increased reading =/ decreased criminal intent.

PN: The split would spin off the film/entertainment with the publishing/newspaper portions. For some reason, I always thought it was CBS that would shed Simon & Schuster first.  News Corp owns, among other things, HarperCollins, the parent of Avon.

PN:  Andrew Zack’s post is about how the DOJ lawsuit is wrong because Agency pricing hasn’t brought about higher prices, but I thought it was interesting to look at the revenue split from each retailer along with Zack’s admission that publishing an ebook is harder than he had originally envisioned.

PN: I thought this was fun but I didn’t understand why the author didn’t know how to pronounce her own words. Or am I misunderstanding her post?

PN:  The BookPushers sought recommendations for post apocalyptic romances and generated a wonderful list. The giveaway deadline has passed but the list lives on.


Reposting the deals that I posted yesterday because the prices have flipped.

  • THE BLACK ECHO by Michael Connelly * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN by John Fowles * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • FOREVER by Pete Hamill * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • ALONG CAME A SPIDER by James Patterson * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • THE PILOT’S WIFE by Anita Shreve * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • THE WINDS OF WAR by Herman Wouk * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • THE TIPPING POINT by Malcolm Gladwell * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • MYTHOLOGY by Edith Hamilton * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • BLUE HIGHWAYS by William Least Heat-Moon * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • AMERICAN CAESAR by William Manchester * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • LONG WALK TO FREEDOM by Nelson Mandela * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • NAKED by David Sedaris * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • WAR by Sebastian Junger * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S

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


  1. Lynne Connolly
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 11:20:10

    Newscorp is probably splitting to preserve its different parts. The Leveson Enquiry in the UK is threatening to rip the organization apart, and some of the Newscorp employees are under investigation. One of them has been arrested.
    It might be a bid to reinstate Murdoch’s heir apparent, James, who was forced to resign from his positions as head of BSkyB and the newspaper UK arm. There’s a fairly comprehensive account of the ongoing enquiries here:
    It’s moving so close to government, and by implication, the governments of other countries where Newscorp operates, that I suspect they’ll pick a few scapegoats and leave it at that.

  2. MinnChica
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 13:53:32

    Thanks for linking to us Jane!! :)

  3. Karenmc
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 14:02:15

    Yesterday I saw something about the annoying thing that FB did with email addresses. Changed mine immediately and told me friends to do the same. Why does FB continually mess with things? I also read on Deanna Raybourn’s blog that they try to charge people such as authors who run fan pages to “promote” a post. In other words, if you “like” a fan page, a new post from it may not show up in your timeline unless the page’s owner pays FB. Puh-leeze.

  4. Ann Somerville
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 02:41:03

    “Why does FB continually mess with things?”

    To increase your time on the site and the value of the site to advertisers. It’s never about user convenience, otherwise this new ’email’ would automatically forward to your real one. It doesn’t, and you can’t make it, and you can’t read it anywhere else but on the site. It’s ridiculous.

    “They try to charge people such as authors who run fan pages to “promote” a post. In other words, if you “like” a fan page, a new post from it may not show up in your timeline unless the page’s owner pays FB. Puh-leeze. ”

    It’s an option but so far I haven’t had any problems getting posts to show. I suspect only companies will do this, and you can avoid their posts by not liking their pages. I suspect this will backfire big time.

  5. sarah Mayberry
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 03:45:20

    So, with the prison sentence reduction thing… How will they know if the dudes have actually read the books? Pop quizzes? Comprehension exercises? A nice idea, to try to educate the recidivist, but I’m not sure that’s the way to go about it.

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