Wednesday Midday Links: Classic nook for $79
The classic nook, refurbished, is on sale today only for $79 at 1 Sale a Day. I’ve never purchased from them and I can’t vouch for the service. I’m not a fan of the classic nook. I think that it’s touchscreen + eink screen is confusing and I’ve heard reports that the buttons break easily. That said, it is the cheapest eink with wifi out there. Via eBooknewser.
Internet friend, Nate the Great is a new contributor to eBooknewser, a division of MediaBistro. Nate is a very knowledgeable, pro consumer guy and it’s exciting to see him get an even greater platform than his already wonderful blog, the Digital Reader.
You know how traditional publishing moves slower than the sands of time on a soap opera? Simon & Schuster is launching a social media site aimed at chic lit readers. True, it is in the UK and maybe chick lit is selling like hotcakes over there.
Self publishing phenom, Amanda Hocking, will make her top 50 USA Today besteller list debut with three novels: Switched, Torn and Ascend. All told, Hocking sold over 450,000 copies of her nine self published books in January.
More astounding: This January she sold more than 450,000 copies of her nine titles. More than 99% were e-books.
According to this article, HarperCollins may cease production of CD audiobooks altogether.
In a move that may indicate a major shift in format, HarperCollins is only publishing two out of its 150 spring audio titles on CD. The rest will be available as digital downloads.
A spokesperson for Harper says that they are not discontinuing the CD format and may decide later to publish a few more titles on CD. However, the move is being interpreted as a sign of things to come.
Bloomsbury has announced a company wide initiative to acquire world rights whenever possible.
"We want world rights where ever possible," Charkin said, adding at a minimum Bloomsbury expects to acquire all English-language, German and Arabic rights. And, Charkin noted, Bloomsbury won't do a deal that doesn't include digital rights. He said the number of titles released in the U.S. annualy could rise as books acquired in other regions are released in the States. In addition to the global reach of Amazon, Apple and Google in digital distribution, agents and printers have also expanded internationally, Charkin said, making it imperative for publishers to keep up.
In piracy news, Astatalk has deleted its fiction downloading board:
Posting of Fiction related Releases (downloads) is strictly forbidden because in most cases it turns to the problems for copyright owners.
ANYONE who creates fiction related releases/requests Will Be Banned
Thank you for understanding
FYI: you can’t ask for links to other sites and no discussion about other sites and etc. Also posting INFO that privately releases books is also banned
PS. WE CAN FIND OUT WHAT YOU PM TO EACH OTHER…..
PS. AGAIN I am not responsible for this mayhem..I only posted this WARNING for your own good
My guess is that Astatalk was talked to by the FBI as there have been reports of increased scrutiny by the government directed toward sites were there is commonly known downloading of copyrighted material.