Wednesday Midday News: Update on the Agony/Ecstasy Anthology
China has quickly become the second largest consumer of digital books.
The India Times reports last year, e-book sales reached 3.82m in China and accounted for more than 20% of the world’s total in the first half of this year.
Allowing readers globally to have a legitimate path to purchase is really important in these days.
Attributor has a new study out based on Google trends to determine the demand for pirated ebooks (although how they are drawing effect from demand is questionable). Eric Hellman challenges these findings and suggests that Google Trends shows growth for pirated ebooks has stopped.
The Commerce Department is asking for public comment on the issues of copyright and innovation. I know that this is making the author loops and authors are being urged to speak out in favor of copyright. Longer term and restrictive copyright helps the major copyright owners and in this country that is major corporations. With publishing houses looking to be packagers like Macmillan is with its new film program, more and more copyrights will likely be swallowed by those with money. That’s dangerous to innovation and creativity. Shorter copyright terms, fair use determined by market impact would go a long way toward fostering an innovation rich environment.
Readers, you can speak out too by telling the Commerce department what copyright means to you. How digital licenses are whittling away at your rights of ownership. How fair use is being trampled upon. The more comments that they get, the better. Here is the link.
I’ve maintained for a long time that the biggest threat to book sales is not piracy or digital books but rather competing entertainment options. It’s one reason why I have advocated for digital books. If every other form of entertainment can be downloaded immediately, shouldn’t books be immediately available as well? A new study shows that playing social games on iOS (iThings – iTouch, iPad, iPhone) is rivaling prime time TV watching. In other words, as many people who are watching NFL Sunday night football are playing a game on their handheld or mobile device. That’s the real competition for reading.
In the guise of a public service announcement, I would like to point out for authors that readers don’t like a) music on author websites or b) flash. I read Ascension the other day and went to Caris Roane’s website and music started playing the minute that the site loaded. No, no, a thousand times no. Authors, readers view your site at work. Make your front page, at least, work safe. Do you want readers to visit your site? Do you want them to get in trouble with their boss trying to find out more information about your book? Why are you punishing readers?
Bookbinge commented how much they hate flash. Me too. Julie Garwood’s site is unuseable. Rachel Gibson, Bookbinge’s example, is easier to figure out, but here is the real secret. Over 80 million iThings have been sold and not one of those devices can see a flash page. Again, are you trying to hide your information from readers? What is the ever loving deal? Authors, you are not selling a video game. You do not need animation on your sites.
I finished picking the shorts that will comprise the Agony/Ecstasy flip novel that will be published by Berkley in November 2011. I had 78 submissions (I thought I had more but when I did my spreadsheet, alas, I had miscounted). I sent most of my rejections out yesterday which made me a bit sad. I only received one response that said essentially I had no taste but that just made me feel like it was all the more real. I think I would have been disappointed not to have had at least one disgruntled response.
One of my favorites is the sole m/m inclusion which is by a previously unpublished author by the name of Cameron Belle. It’s a futuristic story that features a scene between a gladiator type and a med technician who is ensuring the fighter is clean (no drugs or enhancements) for his upcoming bout. It definitely left me wishing that there was a longer story for me to read.
I didn’t receive many gay or lesbian submissions (more lesbian submissions than gay and no transgendered that I can recall although there was one about a pansexual dungeon). Hardly any menage stories and none made it into the collection. There were three multicultural stories, two that were set in East Asia, but the one that made it in was by about a tattoo artist and a heartbroken woman by blogger, Dionne Galace.
I’m still wavering on a couple stories but by next week I should have a list of all the included stories and the authors who wrote them.