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Tuesday News: Literary Skeumorphism; Zombies; and Kobo’s data partnership with Google

The idea was to deliver a familiar romance trope in an unfamiliar setting.

“Now they involve real-life characters who act as detectives (Josephine Tey, Oscar Wilde) or have alternative timelines (Stephen Baxter, Robert Harris) or books in which characters may not have committed crimes at all and are suffering existential crises (The Thief, Snowdrops). The crutch of something known and familiar is being used to ease us into a new form.

Arriving at Hachette in 2007 as a solid midlist author with five St. Martin’s titles behind her, Hilderbrand now has over four million books in print, according to Hachette’s figures. As Little, Brown prepares to publish its seventh Hilderbrand novel, Beautiful Day (June 25), it is returning to the message it’s been driving home since the beginning: a new book is dropping from the summer novelist.

But Hilderbrand is trying to grow outside of her East Coast readership into the South, Midwest and West by engaging in road trip signings. I remember when I was in the Amazon Roundtable, CJ Lyons mentioned that her readership seemed to be around 250,000 to 300,000 and that she wanted to grow it. Growing seems kind of incredible when you are at Lyons and Hilderbrand numbers but then you think of the volume of books that are selling for authors like Sylvia Day and EL James.Publishers Weekly

Novou wrote, “I’d known about the KT’s GA integration for a while, but after just now looking into the implementation, I am concerned by the detail of the stats…But aiming to report each time you load the home-screen, or read a book for X minutes nonetheless seems like overkill to me. .. That said, for me at least, they still do cross the line into ‘creepy,’ especially since the callbacks are being sent to Google, where those stats will be be saved and analyzed as a part of Google’s hoard of personal data. (If it were Kobo infrastructure, I’d still be concerned, but much less so. Kobo isn’t a business built on harvesting personal data.)”

And then novou goes on to explain how to get rid of the Google Analytics callback. Mobileread

Salon has an excerpt from How to Make a Zombie: The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control by Frank Swain.

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

One Comment

  1. Ros
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 18:03:50

    I feel like it’s often the other way round with the literary skeuomorphism. Steampunk and space opera and whatever the latest new trends are, are using things that seem new and exciting to tell the same old story, not using things which are familiar to introduce something novel.

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