Tuesday Midday Links: Dorchester’s Big Secret Sale
Reader Karen brings this great deal to readers:
There’s no indication on the site that the sale exists. I called their 800 number to confirm before creating my account (which requires credit cad info before the promotion code entry is available). I’m thinking about placing another order today since i don’t own any Marjorie Liu books…
Go forth and buy!
Here are links to a couple of book trailers from high powered authors: Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon and What I Did for Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. These videos are quite different in look, feel, and tone. They both match the overall feel of the books but does one sell better than the other?
The nook is delayed again and customers are not happy. (link via Teleread.org). The forum thread is interesting because there is discussion about the Spring Design lawsuit and debate over whether demand is causing delays. I have a hard time buying into why increased demand would cause delays in shipping for all orders. The pushback of release dates seems to me either a production issue or a legal one rather than – oh, we can’t ship out the thousands of nooks we have already produced because there is too much demand.
Search Engineland has a live blog of the FTC Workshop on Journalism and the Internet.
Today, papers are in position of producing a product that’s liked but not considered needed by college grads. But you can’t reverse the internet revolution. You couldn’t if you tried. Nor would you want to, as it has benefits. Goal should be to extend the benefits broadly and ensure survival of journalism (not necessarily newspapers). Seattle PI is now online; Rocky Mountain News [I think] closed. Nearly 47,000 workers in journalism laid off, hardest in investigative and foreign coverage, as these are most expensive. Meanwhile in Trenton, where 50 reporters were covering the statehouse, now think he said only 10.
Bookavore pleads with authors to a) stop describing every non white character’s race because the default assumption that all characters are white unless otherwise described is, well, irritating; and b) to stop using shorthand in YA books.
To go a bit further: look, I know WHY you create these mythical best friends, these girls who wave their hands in the air like they just don’t care, who pair Converse with tutus, who play viola in the morning and varsity soccer at night. It’s because they make your protagonists seem normal and relatable. Of course we all think other people are cooler than us (especially when we’re 14) and of course this is a good way to impress upon your reader that your main character is "JUST LIKE YOU!"