Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000% | Andrew Hyde – “Wait, Amazon pays out the worst? What? This can’t be right! They are the best right? Everyone loves them. I love them. I dig a bit deeper and find this little gem: Avg. Delivery Cost ($) 2.58. So for every $9.99 book I sell I, the author, pay 30% to Amazon for the right to sell on Amazon AND $2.58 for them to deliver the DIGITAL GOOD to your device. It is free for the reader, but the author, not amazon, pays for delivery.”Andrewhy Andre writes a travel book. It’s a big file at 18.1 MB but under the Amazon suggested cap of 50 MB. Kobo made a point of telling me that there were no download fees or hidden costs. I didn’t understand what they meant at the time. I do now. Most text based books won’t find this problematic although someone pointed out that with the move to high res devices, like the iPad, iPhone and now computer screens, that cover images will have to be larger in file size. That could be a problem.
Mother Daughter Book Club | Scholastic – “Start a tradition of reading with your daughter with a Mother-Daughter Book Club! Scholastic’s selections below will help you choose books that you and your daughter will enjoy! Don’t miss the discussion guides and recipe suggestions for hosting a book club with friends.” Scholastic When I was at BEA, I heard about this book club and it sounds pretty awesome. I love the idea of participating in a book club with my daughter and have actually emailed a few moms I know to see if they are interested. This would be the first physical book club I’ve ever participated in.
The Cartland Institute for Romance Research ‘The Cartland Institute for Romance Research’ (CIFRR) is a new art installation exploring the life and work of the celebrity romance novelist, political activist and aviator Dame Barbara Cartland. Inspired by this extraordinary woman, art collective UHC have created a new work which is part sculpture, part shrine, and part romance novel. We have set aside Dame Barbara’s caricatured pink gown and mascara image, choosing instead to explore the author’s record breaking output as a writer, her status as a champion of midwifery and traveller’s rights, her Tatton connections, personal wartime tragedies and perhaps her least known accolade as the co-inventor of the passenger carrying towed glider. From my inbox
CIFRR is currently on show in the grounds of Tatton Park www.tattonparkbiennial.org and features an exact 1/2 scale replica of the glider; the Colditz Cock, which also lends its name to our limited edition novel. The novel is inspired by the works of Barbara Cartland and tells the story of Mary, a British woman trapped in war torn Germany and based on a young Barbara Cartland. After an unexpected encounter with a British airman, they create a daring escape plan echoing the true story of the famous glider built by prisoners of war at Colditz. The story draws on real people and events to create an imagined account of aviation, romance, escape and wartime Tatton. The character of Mary is based on the young Cartland.
Tessie Girl: The Stephen King Universe Flow Chart – “Now, I TOTALLY do not recommend ten year olds reading Stephen King books (messed me up good), but this was when my life long relationship with Mr King began. My love for his books is based around his characters. They are so full. I love Stephen King dialogue. I love his sense of humour. And I love the links and connections between the books. I am the kind of annoying person who likes to know the ‘In Joke’. So, of course, I MADE A FLOW CHART!!!” Tessie Design Company I love people like this.
After 115 Years Together, Turtle Couple Calls It Quits | NewsFeed | TIME.com – “If these turtles can’t make it work, what hope do the rest of us have? Bibi and Poldi have been together longer than most humans have been alive: both are 115 years old, and have known each other nearly since birth. The two giant turtles share a cage at a zoo in the Austrian town of Klagenfurt, where they have been living for the past 36 years. But it looks like that time might be coming to a close, and Bibi is ready to move on.” Time Weak minded womenz, take note. HEA does not exist in real life. LOOK AT THE TURTLES.
Sainsbury supermarket buys HMV’s aNobii stake to enter e-books — paidContent – “HMV bought a 45.4 percent aNobii stake for £2.1 million ($3.25 million) last year, according to its accounts. Together with digital music retailer 7digital, HMV made a £1 million annual loss from its two digital investments last year. [ UK supermarket chain J. Sainsbury]’s acquisition is for just £1. aNobii’s potential usefulness to HMV was cut short when the latter sold its Waterstones book chain, which had planned to work with aNobii, to alleviate worries around its core music and video entertainment business last year.” Paid Content aNobii was owned (or at least invested in) by HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House. Sainsbury bought this for a pound. ONE POUND.
What will the global e-book market look like by 2016? — paidContent – “Overall, the [Price Waterhouse Cooper] sees total book spending in North America as relatively flat, “1.1 percent compound annual rate” of increase between 2011 and 2016 — and PwC thinks that while total spending on print trade books will decline, the e-book market will be growing fast enough by 2013 to offset those declines. In the U.S., the company estimates that “around 30 percent of adults had at least one portable reading device [an e-reader or tablet] in the first quarter of 2012.””Paid Content
CBC Books – Marvel writer Marjorie Liu on scripting a gay Canadian X-Man’s wedding – “Cartoon characters have been coming out of the closet lately, with an openly gay character named Kevin Keller featured in Archie comics earlier this year, and DC comics recently revealing that the Green Lantern is gay. Marvel Comics, meanwhile, beat them all to the punch when they revealed that Northstar — a character who is part of the superhero team Alpha Flight — was gay (and Canadian!) back in 1992. Now, Marvel is publishing the first mainstream superhero gay marriage, as Northstar is set to wed his partner Kyle in an upcoming issue of Astonishing X-Men. Bestselling romance novelist Marjorie Liu is scripting the same-sex wedding storyline, and she spoke with Jian Ghomeshi about it on Q recently.”CBC Books
McNally Jackson Bookmongers – “When you go to buy the books you’ve seen so intelligently reviewed at the LARB, you can only be led to Amazon. It is as if the other sites were defunct, broken links to the wild west days of the internet, before the grand and benign rule of Bezos. Okay, so, it was mercantilism that broke the LA Times Book Review. I can understand if they are squeamish about entering into any sort of bookseller infighting. But this is not something they or any book site can ethically remain aloof from. This, this did not happen by itself. This was a choice, a choice to align themselves with an empire whose success is predicated on stifling literary culture and, while they’re at it, state government, decent labor practice, and probably puppies. People will argue this was done for the “Affiliate Program” Amazon offers. Powell’s offers the same, at great rates. Indiebound, whose web commerce architecture we use, does, too.”McNally Jackson LARB received a $25K grant from Amazon. Beware of gifts.
Cover Cafe – 2011 Romance Cover Contest Results – The annual contest process is complete and the 2011 results are ready for Cover Cafe fans to enjoy. This year, the biggest cover trend was the “back”. There were covers featuring a “woman incognito” facing away from the camera and also covers featuring a “talk to the hero and heroine’s back” scenario. I haven’t decided whether the trend was a compromise between the “anti-head chopping” readers and the “I don’t want to see faces on my covers.” readers or if publishers just jumped on the “back” bandwagon one by one.Cover Cafe
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In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
Timeless Innocents by Janis Susan May * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
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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