Aug 22 2009
Barnes and Noble’s retail sales have slipped 5% because of low retail traffic while the web sales are up a tiny fraction from 8.2 to 8.9%. I’ve just scrambled to recover from one of my busiest weeks in a long time and I think that web sales are up because who has time for shopping inside the store? It’s Saturday and I think that I might get some time to browse today but in store book buying seems like such a luxury.
Gena Showalter and Harlequin are offering a $10,000.00 cash prize to some random entrant to promote her first YA release, Intertwined.
Rupert Murdoch has declared his intention to make everyone pay for Newscorp news. A recent article at American Journalism Review suggests that if newspapers would remove themselves from the internet entirely, the industry could be saved. I think that publishing houses sometimes think in this manner, wanting to sustain the print environment by delaying ebook releases, pricing the ebooks at a huge premium, and not releasing ebooks at all. Is it forward thinking or dangerous?
Kristin Nelson blogs about how authors can get publishers to spend money on promotion for them. Most of the ideas center around being willing to spend a little money of your own to show publishers how serious you are about pushing your own work.
Amazon, Yahoo, Microsoft are joining together to oppose the Google Book Settlement because they argue the class settlement will prevent other competitors from entering the book scanning market.
Gawker points out the Forbes’ power ranking for women leaders is embarassingly flawed. Click on over to see how low Michelle Obama ranks. I think stuff like this does belong behind a paywall that is insurmountable enough that shit like this dies.
If you’re going to just make up a list like this based on nothing, shouldn’t it at least make intuitive sense? Here’s the thinking that went into it:
Forbes’ Power Women list isn’t about celebrity or popularity; it’s about influence. Queen Rania of Jordan (No. 75), for instance, is perhaps the most listened-to woman in the Middle East; her Twitter feed has 600,000 followers.
Kim Kardashian has 1.9 million Twitter followers. WHY WAS SHE DENIED? Does Angela Merkel even use Twitter!?!?
In an effort to make print seem more like digital, CBS has paid an exoribant amount of money to insert a tiny video screen inside Entertainment Weekly to play about 40 minutes of video to advertise its fall release schedule. It’s intentionally very loud so don’t open it at your desk during lunch.
A study by Cleantech Group has determined that Kindle’s command about 45% of the market and Sony 30%. The study was to determine the environmental impact of digital reading and the results showed that Kindle’s carbon imprint was fully offset in the first year. Given that Kindle book sales are purportedly higher than any other format, I can’t help but wonder if the Sony readers are buying a number of different formats instead of straight from the Sony store. That would explain why Sony is abandoning its BBeB format for ePub.