Thursday News: More About Mars; Ebooks are for genre readers; Print books are for the literary fiction readers or so says David Hewson
I feel for you Hitler, I really do. That said, my little index finger will be hovering over the buy button on the 12th.
In short… if you’re looking to the ereading revolution to save interesting, innovative and revolutionary writing then Ewan Morrison’s bang on: you’re looking in the wrong place. The challenge for those of us who care about quality is going to be to find the texture, resonance and depth of ‘literature’ — whatever that is — within the tight strictures of an undeviating narrative shorn of anything the average reader might regard as ‘art’.” David Hewson
A long time ago, I wrote an article about how literary fiction writers should embrace digital publishing. This author, a literary fiction writer, claims that digital books (which he seems to equate with self published ones) do not do well in digital because digital readers are genre readers; not literary fiction readers. He has some interesting things to say. I don’t think I really agree with him wholeheartedly in part because literary fiction people have been some of the strongest advocates of the print form, eschewing digital. It may be that the primary audience of Hewson’s books simply prefer reading print and therefore self publishing digitally is missing the main audience.
This is the text of an order in the Oracle v. Google intellectual property case. I think the list of paid journalists and bloggers could be really interesting and potentially damaging if these writers haven’t previously disclosed.
I was wondering why the photos from Curiosity were so poor I needed everything labeled (and possibly even when they are in high res, I will need labels) but the good news is that better, amazing photos are yet to come. And just as I was getting this article ready to go, this panoramic image of Mars was posted.
Why wait until there is a crisis to make a change?
You can’t help but wonder if HarperCollins wishes the ABA, BN, and Authors Guild etc would stop protesting the settlement of a very expensive lawsuit for HC.
Thursday News and Deals: Naming Rights, Paypal (Again), Sockpuppetting, Amazon
RT is offering a chance for one reader to have her (or his) name in Kristen Callihans’ next book.
And now, Kristen Callihan is offering readers a way to become part of her new series. One lucky reader’s name will be used for a character in the upcoming series second, Moonglow.
More on the Paypal thing. Roslyn Holcomb had commented early on that Paypal issue may be related to chargebacks and I received another private email that suggested the same thing. Visa/Mastercard apparently charge “high risk” accounts a higher fee and Paypal isn’t set up that way and thus the chargebacks are becoming a problem and charge backs are frequent within the adult industry. One adult vendor shared a list of keywords that Paypal indicated cannot appear in book titles. AKA no “Daddy’s Best Friend”.
Jennifer Rhinehart wrote a two star review of The Firelord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy. A reader by the name of “Dark Hero: creates a profile and gives a one star review of Rhinehart’s book and starts hassling Rhinehart in the comments of her review. Unfortunately, CT Kennedy logs in and gives a positive review of another book and when you clicked on the CT Kennedy name, it led directly to Dark Hero profile. When this was outed, CT Kennedy changed the name to Angel Eyes and separated the identity from Dark Hero. Dark Hero also proceeds to delete a few comments on the thread under Rhinehart’s review.
Dark Hero continues to post using poor grammar and lower case letters. I guess to better disguise the identity?
I emailed Kathryne Kennedy and asked her for a comment and her reply was that it was her husband and not her. Shared with permission:
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. CT Kennedy is my husband and I confronted him about your email. He recently received a Kindle, and apparently in a misguided attempt to defend me, he responded to a negative review on Amazon. I asked him to stop it and delete anything he might have written! I have never responded to any negative reviews or comments in any way over the many years I have been writing, and I apologize if this has created any problems.
Again, thank you for letting me know.
Amazon is trying to flex its muscle in order to improve its margin. When Independent Publishers Group’s contract with Amazon came up, Amazon wanted better terms on the ebooks. IPG didn’t agree and in response, Amazon pulled the buy buttons for all the ebooks. This constitutes about 5,000 books. Amazon still sells the print versions. IPG sent out a press release/email to all of its client publishers telling them to stay strong and send all the traffic they could to other retailers.
Bundles. I think the great prices might only be at Amazon.
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