2013 Romance Cover Trends – Stairs, Dresses and Fences…Oh My! Linnae at the Cover Cafe points out a few trends from stairways to dresses to fences. The big big big dress that looks like it is spawning five other dresses has been around for a while. I’m not in love with it. Cover Cafe
How Deep Has Digital Backlist Gone? – Publishers Weekly reviewed the past bestsellers and how many have digital editions. It makes sense that some popular books that are graphic intensive would have trouble transitioning because of rights and cost. But for the non illustrated book, it seems almost a crime for the title to not have a corresponding digital edition.Publishers Weekly
Looking through PW’s archives at the top 25 bestselling books of both 1992 and 1982 in fiction and nonfiction (100 titles total), we found 56 books that had Kindle e-book editions. Between fiction and nonfiction, the former fared much better: 39 of the 50 fiction titles had e-book editions, compared to 17 of the 50 nonfiction titles.
German Court Nixes Selling Used E-books – There are conflicting world rulings on used ebooks. A US District Court has ruled that digital goods can’t be resold and the First Sale doctrine applies to physical artifacts. The EU ruled that software could be resold. A German court now has ruled that ebooks can’t be resold. Publishers Weekly
Amazon to Open First Retail Store in London? – A business consultant linked to a deleted job posting which referenced a physical retail location for Amazon in East London which has given rise to rumors increasing that Amazon would be opening a store and “art show room.” Kind of strange but something to think about. Ecommerce Bytes