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The Gift of Charles – CNN.com – “Charles fell into the family’s arms in November 2007. Tremica’s cousin, Charles’ biological father, had been imprisoned for illegal possession of a firearm, his third felony conviction in California. That made Ray Charles Daniel a lifer. “Will you take care of my son?” he asked. “Absolutely,” Forest replied. “You always take care of family.”” CNN Personal Note: you may need to have some tissues handy but it’s an inspirational story of a magnificent family.
Used-Book Stores in the Digital Age – “Recently Half Price surveyed customers to find out if e-readers were eating into their business. “What we’re seeing is interest in both e-books and print books,” says Thomas. “It’s going to depend on how cheap e-readers are.” To entice customers, a third of whom don’t know what they’re going to buy when they enter the store, according to respondents, Half Price has begun adjusting its product mix. It is adding more puzzles and is testing other nonbook items like leashes in the pet section.” Publishers Weekly. Personal Note: It’s a really good article with anectdata that supports a trend you see in new bookstores, a movement away from just books to books + many other items.
iPad Renews Tablet Dominance as Kindle Fire Sales Drop Like a Rock – “International Data Corporation (IDC) said worldwide tablet sales for the first quarter of 2012 numbered 17.4 million units. In its quarterly earnings call Apple said it had shipped 11.8 million iPads (both the current model and iPad 2), accounting for 67.8% of the market. That’s a big jump from the holidays, when 54.7% of all tablets sold were iPads. The holiday season, of course, was when the Kindle Fire made its debut at the rock-bottom price of $200. The Fire instantly burned through market share, becoming the second-place tablet with 16.8% of the market. This past quarter, though, sales clearly weren’t as robust, and the Kindle Fire’s share fell to just 4%, in third place.”
Warner Brothers To Release Scripts As eBooks – GalleyCat – “AppNewser has more: “While you may not be able to stream classic films like Casablanca, Ben-Hur, An American in Paris and North by Northwest on your iPad, Kindle or Nook, soon enough you will be able to read the original scripts.” According to The Wall Street Journal, these eBooks will retail for $10 each and will come with some kind of special historical document.” GalleyCat
E-book bestsellers breakdown: I married a billionaire — paidContent – “How it [Jennifer Probt's The Marriage Bargain] hit the bestseller list: Probst, the author of several erotic and contemporary romance titles, built up her presence on social media months before the book was published in February. She did a 20-stop blog tour in early 2012 to promote the book. Entangled bought a Goodreads ad and “steady positive reviews began to trickle in from various outlets.”” PaidContent
Fan fiction promises to be a rich vein for publishers – Published free online, it [Fifty Shades of Grey] began its slow burn to bestseller status surrounded by a passionate peer group of fellow fans and writers, more female than male, who are not merely consuming literature, but remixing and co-producing it. As publishers hunger for popular content while cutting promotional budgets, such ready-formed, literate and ebook-reading groups are likely to become the engine rooms of fiction. Guardian Personal note: Ethics aside, pulled to publish fan fiction is legitimized and the fan fiction community might have to come up with new community guidelines.