Links, News, and some WTFery | Blog | Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – “YA Author Sarah Cross has a guest blog about plagiarism and how it sucks a lot (which it does). It’s not a bad post, as it discusses the different types of plagiarism. But it’s a guest post on Kristi Diehm’s site, The Story Siren, where plagiarism occurred last January, and was discovered last month. ”SmartBitchesTrashyBooks Personal note: the unfortunate thing isn’t that the Story Siren is hosting a week long series on plagiarism, it is that Kristi Diehm still refuses to acknowledge what she did and so many of her readers express bewilderment, she allows the victims (the fashion bloggers) to be harassed and blamed for this kerfluffle, and she plays the victim card.
Reversing Logos with Different Brands Is So Confusing – “The whole Brand Revisioning set is on display at I’m Just Creative and it’s fascinating to see Smith fiddle with our brains and our alliances toward certain brands. Aside from some slight brain fraying, what I noticed was that Internet companies are missing the fun logos of brands that were created pre-Internet. Sites like Vimeo and Skype are really just fonts and not true logos like Domino’s or BMW.” Gizmodo
“Bared to You,” the Self-Published Erotic Fiction eBook Sensation by Sylvia Day, Now a Berkley Books Title – PR.com – “Author Sylvia Day originally self-published “Bared to You,” offering the first installment in her Crossfire series as an eBook and a print-on-demand title. The buzz for Day’s erotically-charged novel began within days of the April 3rd publication—reviewers across the internet compared the book (favorably) to Fifty Shades of Grey. “Bared to You” immediately jumped into the list of top 40 bestselling eBooks at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The author is currently selling about 1000 copies of “Bared to You”—everyday. “Bared to You” is now a national bestseller, landing on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. And sales are continuing to grow.” Press Release Personal Note: According to Publishers Marketplace, this sold for a “major deal” which s 500,000 or more and has already sold many foreign rights. The new cover looks very 50 Shades of Grey.
CreateSpace: Self Publishing and Free Distribution for Books, CD, DVD – “CreateSpace, an Amazon company, today announced that authors and publishers around the world can now use its independent publishing platform to distribute their books in Europe for free on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es and Amazon.it. By using CreateSpace to distribute directly to Amazon, authors and publishers ensure that their titles are always in stock for customers to purchase. Books will be available for same-day shipping, and are also eligible for free shipping and Amazon Prime. CreateSpace authors and publishers will earn industry-leading royalties on each sale while continuing to own the rights and have creative control over their work. Additionally, CreateSpace authors and publishers can now receive their royalty payments by direct deposit in US dollars, British pounds or Euro.” CreateSpace
Latest results – Corporate and Investor Relations – Bloomsbury.com – “Ebook sales were £5.7 million, up by £3.5 million, 159% compared to the year ended 28 February 2011. They now represent 6% of continuing sales (year ended 28 February 2011: 3%). In the US, ebook sales were 23% of continuing sales compared to the UK where they were 3% of continuing sales. We anticipate most markets will reach the US level of ebook sales in the near to medium term future.” Bloomsbury
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