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.
Brazilian prisoners given novel way to reduce their sentence | World news | guardian.co.uk – “Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a new way to shorten their sentences: a reduction of four days for every book they read. Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil’s most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced.” Guardian UK
PN: I think it is great to encourage reading but increased reading =/ decreased criminal intent.
News Corp Considering Splitting Into 2 Companies: WSJ – Deadline.com – “Analysts said a split would be positive for the company as whole although they warned some investors may want to sell out of the publishing company to focus on the much bigger and more profitable film and entertainment company. Some analysts value the publishing division as worth just 7% of the empire and estimate that it contributes around 10% of earnings before interest and tax.”WSJ
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.
Andrew Zack: Making E-books Is Harder Than It Looks – “Recently, I became a publisher when my company, Author Coach, LLC, began publishing e-books from out-of-print titles (we also have a few originals in production) as Endpapers Press. As a small press, I’m mostly viewed in the “self-publishing” category by Amazon, B&N, etc., since I don’t have hundreds of titles. Amazon keeps a bit over 30 percent of every book, because it also charges a “delivery fee” above and beyond the percentage it makes. B&N keeps about 35 percent. Google kept 48 percent on my last report. The vast majority of publishers are paying 25 percent of the net amount received as a royalty to authors. ” Huffington Post
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.
Leigh Bardugo – Author of Shadow and Bone, Book 1 of The Grisha Trilogy – “Here are a few terms found in the pages of Shadow & Bone. Special thanks to my Celebrity Guest, David Peterson of Conlang.org. Dave created the Dothraki language for HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones. To my surprise and delight, he generously gave his time to help me out with the phonetics. We didn’t always agree on pronunciation or spelling (he’s right, I’m stubborn), but that was part of the fun”Leig Bardugo
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?
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