Amazon’s Wild Pitch to Indies: ‘Wanna Sell Kindles?’ – Apparently Amazon has contacted some independent booksellers and offered to partner with them on a program to sell Kindle devices in the store and be Amazon affiliates. Independent booksellers have scoffed at this and view Amazon as the devil trying to put them out of business. At BEA, one independent bookseller cautioned bloggers to leave their Kindles at home before stepping into her store because that was a market she was shut out of. It may be that partnering with Amazon would not make good financial sense for independents but it also might be worth exploring. Wouldn’t you rather get 8% of a business you had previously been shut of than nothing?Shelf Awareness
Why Google Reader Really Got the Axe – Based on an interview with Google, Wired explains why Google reader was canceled. Essentially Google wants to provide news related to your location and your searching and browsing preferences.
Google Now‘s approach is to leverage artificial intelligence techniques to learn your tastes and habits so it can deliver headline news you’ll want to read, when you want to read it. Since it’s on mobile, it can take advantage of device sensors to consider data like your location, the time of day, and whether you’re stationary or on the road. Over time, it will learn, for example, that you like to get the top headlines during your 8 AM commute, and that you prefer stories about politics and food. If this worked perfectly, it’d be an extraordinarily efficient way to get the news. But to start, it still has to learn your preferences, and — far worse — it’s not available on many Android devices yet (oh Android fragmentation, you rear your ugly head again). Gadget Lab | Wired.com
Nook Media Finally Responds to Kindle Singles – Launches Nook Snaps – According to Nate at The Digital Reader, Barnes & Noble is revamping it curated shorts much like Kindle Singles.The program is called Nook Snaps to be published every other month, five titles at a time and price at $2. It’s unknown at this time whether you can submit or B&N will just be selecting shorts to be included in the program. Most of the works published under this banner are by big name, established authors. The Digital Reader
Debbie Macomber is having a Fan Retreat in Nashville at the Opryland Resort from August 9–11. You’ll get swag (early access to Debbie Macomber’s new novel, Rose Harbor in Bloom; and special giveaways from event partners including FitBit, Celestial Seasonings and local favorite, GooGoo Clusters. Plus a one year subscription to ALL YOU. To lighten the load, we’re including a Debbie Macomber tote bag to help bring everything home!) and you can win a consultation with publishing professionals.
This weekend, readers and authors are gathering in Ohio at the Lori Foster Reader retreat. I’ve heard these are lovely times to meet up with other readers. In fact, I’ve heard that readers tend to spend so much time together the authors feel a little left out.
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