Wednesday Midday Links: DABWAHA Third Round Voting
It’s time for more voting. Only 16 books remain and it’s not just bragging rights for the DABWAHA and a iPad from AllRomanceeBooks on the line – there’s also bragging rights for the second chance tourney, with a Kindle from Samhain publishing up for grabs, too. It is on, folks. On, like books about Donkeys and Pong.
There will be four polls starting at midnight EDT tonight and the four polls will run for 24 hours. That’s a lot of time to get out the vote – by which we mean “shamelessly guilt, bribe and coerce people into voting for the book you want to win, provided you double-checked your bracket and are pimping for the correct book.”
Here’s some quick and handy links for you:
Go forth, and pimp some voting!
There are low cost ebook readers dropping which may mean that the sub $100 eink reader may be on us before Christmas. Sony Reader has dropped the price of the Sony Pocket Reader (which I like quite a bit) to $169 until April 4. Kobo has another eink reader that has bluetooth capabilities for over the air synching (no need for a cord) that will be available at Indigo Bookstores in May and Borders in June for $149. Kobo Launches New E-reader! over the design but for $149.00, I think the design is okay.
I think the DVD wars are interesting to follow because there are a lot of parallels with the ebook market. Warner Bros refuses to give Redbox or Netflix new movies in a timely fashion, forcing a 30 day delay on them. WB has made a distribution deal with Blockbuster, allowing Blockbuster to get a 28 day exclusive for new movies. Blockbuster is on the verge of bankruptcy and is closing over 500 locations. Essentially WB is trying to prop up Blockbuster who was too slow to adapt to the Netflix business model.
The Book Smugglers have a post about upcoming books that they are interested in. The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart looks charming in its oddity.
An anonymous poster (who looks familiar) at Absolute Writes notes some big changes at Medallion Press.
1) Medallion Press is now Medallion Media Group. The three branches are for publishing, movies and music.
2) The business hook-up with IPG has had no major positive effect on distribution, from those authors I spoke to. In fact, the issue of dealing with backcover blurbs and the like became a nightmare.
3) Today, the publisher cut loose some of their long-standing authors with regards to their upcoming releases. The company is paying out the full advance, but will not be publishing the books. Authors are recieving ALL their rights back, including characters used in series.
4) Today, some authors who were to be published in mass market and hard cover were notified that the books will only come out in ebook. Lets just say, thats not going over well.
5) One author in particular was told that the company focus is switching to ebook, rather than print.