Mar 19 2013
Tuesday News: Amazon gets sued again; PW puts up actual ebook sales numbers; Richard Nash waxes poetic about publishing; The Altantic takes on feminism and romance
Tina Reber’s Love Unrehearsed, for instance, sold 60,808 ebooks after being taken on by Simon & Schuster. Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard sold in excess of 100,000 copies after being acquired by Berkley. Beth Kery’s serial sold nearly 400,000 units. That seems to indicate that the serial isn’t going to die off very soon.
More importantly it looks like print sales are being equaled by digital sales for some books and surpassed by others which kind of puts a pall over the idea that ebook adoption will plateau at 30%. Publishers Weekly
On the other end of the spectrum, Karen Marie Moning announced on her facebook page she bought a Lamborghini. Literary fiction may have more status but the commercial fiction writers are driving six figure sports cars. Books | Money Matters | The A.V. Club
Book culture is not print fetishism; it is the swirl and gurgle of idea and style in the expression of stories and concepts—the conversation, polemic, narrative force that goes on within and between texts, within and between people as they write, revise, discover, and respond to those texts. That swirl and gurgle does happen to have a home for print fetishism, as it has a home for digital fetishism. This is what literature has always been. Being yoked to the Industrial Revolution’s machines for analog reproduction, accompanied by an arbitrary process for selecting what should be reproduced, will prove to be an anomaly in the history of literature, useful as that phase was for the democratization of access to reading. VQR
But our love of the romance novel is weighed against the same measurements used to value our feminist credentials based on our personal fantasies. Enjoy dominance in fiction and we can’t be feminists. Enjoy books that elevate the relationship and we can’t be feminists.
I think Luther takes a good first step in exploring the concept of feminism and its struggle to accept romances. The more I’ve blogged, the more that I come to the conclusion that we need to openly embrace the romance novel without reservation before we can expect anyone else to.Jessica Luther – The Atlantic