Tuesday Midday Links: Stephen Covey Decouples
I have no idea the contractual terms under which Stephen Covey made his publishing deal with Simon & Schuster but apparently it is allowing him to sell his digital rights to Rosetta Books in a deal that will make two of his bestselling books available ONLY on the Kindle platform for one year. My guess is that Rosetta and Covey got some kind of deal from Amazon for the exclusivity.
This is a coup for Amazon because the only thing that prevents Amazon from real domination is content control. I’ve argued, although not many people believe me, that Amazon wants to publish and will unveil more partnerships like this in the future.
Huffington Post has collected a number of photographs of innovative bookcases. I love the first one that has the lounging seat in the middle. I wonder if I could get Ned to build one in the tot’s bedroom.
Author’s Guild calls the move by Random House that all its ebook rights belong to the publishing house so long as the word “book” is in the contract “regrettable.” Regrettable? Really, that’s the harshest word you can think of?
Harlequin’s collaboration with Big Fish Games hits the market today. You get to play the role of a reporter while you find hidden objects and solve puzzles. Have I ever mentioned how I played Riven like 32 hours straight. It is sad but true. Nora Roberts has a game coming out based on her wedding series. I would have said that a JD Robb based game made more sense, but puzzles are puzzles, right?
Speaking of Harlequin, it has been the subject of two more controversies. First up is the fact that Harlequin, in re-releasing some vintage titles, edited the content to make it more palatable. Harlequin probably should have had a forward/editorial note regarding the changes.
Second, in the recent Harlequin Presents writing contest, entrants were disappointed that two published authors won the contest. The authors were within the terms of the rules because only currently contracted Harlequin authors were ineligible but entrants felt the playing field was uneven. I think Trish Morey has it right, though, that you don’t have to win the contest to sell.
Andy Ihnatko writes about the mythical Apple Tablet, the death of the Crunchpad, and envisions new publishing formats:
Device-independent standards are the tools that allow them to sell content to anybody with money to spend, and investing in an open standard liberates them from the problem of predicting a winning horse a year before the race is run.