Big Changes Are Coming to Harlequin.com! – When I read this my only response was finally. Harlequin is finally combining their print and digital sales into one site. No longer will you have to go to the ebook site and remember a new login account information. All of that will be combined into one account. When you search, it will search the digital and print books, not just one or the other. This merger is a long time in coming. As a result of the print and ebook stores merger, the ebook wishlist feature is being discontinued. Harlequin Blog
What Ever Happened to Book Editors? – Marjorie Braman spent 26 years in traditional publishing beginning as an editorial assistant in 1984 with Random House and then as a V.P. & Editor in Chief of Henry Holt. She wrote an advertorial for Publishers Weekly touting her availability as a freelance editor but I thought that her insight into what editors do at publishing houses is interesting. Editors today must buy books that they think can sell so they have to balance their role as a sounding board for their authors. They do so much more than edit a book, but must also serve as part marketer for their authors and themselves. Publishers Weekly
Digital Reading Company Kobo ‘On Pace To Be A Billion Dollar Company’ – Kobo says (although provides no numbers to confirm this) that it is on pace to be a billion dollar a year company by 2014 which would present an eleven fold growth since 2011 when it had 91 million in revenue. Kobo focuses on the heavy buyer which I guess is the entirety of this blog and the blog’s audience.
Kobo has chased the “heavy reader” segment in particular. Book buying resembles many consumer markets, where the 80/20 rule operates: 20% of the customers buy 80% of the product. So by Kobo targeting heavy users, they can efficiently sell a larger volume. It’s difficult to get comparable figures internationally, but according to management consultant (and my colleague) Brian O’Leary, the average U.S. consumer buys about 4 books per year, and the frequent buyer purchases 12 to 45 books per year. Humphrey reports that his readers via a Kobo device buy on average four books per month, or 48 per year. Forbes
Study: New Medical Device Extremely Effective at Preventing Immunodeficiency Virus – HIV may be more associated with gay men in the United States but worldwide, the face of the HIV epidemic has a female face. A new intravaginal ring filled with an anti-retroviral is demonstrating 100 percent success rate in preventing contraction of the simian immunodeficiency virus. Scientists will soon start testing this on humans. How I’m not sure.
The upcoming clinical trial, to be conducted in November at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, will evaluate the ring in 60 women over 14 days. The trial will assess the ring’s safety and measure how much of the drug is released and the properties of the ring after use.
The ring stays in place for 30 days. The ring can be used deliver other drugs in the future such as contraceptives or other STI killers. Maybe a new and better condom doesn’t need to be invented? News | McCormick School of Engineering | Northwestern University