Nelson Lifts Sales, Earnings at HC in Fiscal 2013 – Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson, was the primary reason for the positive results for fiscal year 2013. Revenue was up $1.37 billion from $1.19 billion due to lower litigation costs and $27 million in earnings from Thomas Nelson. 19% of GLOBAL sales are digital for the company. Publishers Weekly
Lady Danielle’s Status Update – Lady Danielle’s positive 5 star reviews for Harry Potter books were deleted without warning. She has no idea why they were deleted only that they were. Goodreads is not returning those reviews and this has Goodreads users in a panic. Whether this was just an error is unknown but coming so close on the heels of Goodreads new policy regarding the deletion of reviews and shelves, one has to wonder what is happening on the tech side of the book reading social media site. Goodreads
Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You – New York regulators will announce on Monday the most comprehensive crackdown to date on deceptive reviews on the Internet. Agreements have been reached with 19 companies to cease their misleading practices and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties. Unless New York targets an author or even Fiverr, I don’t see this law having a huge effect in publishing. The FTC can’t even crack down on its own promotional speech without disclosure policy. NYTimes.com
Another HBP video spoof. Definitely something you should watch with headphones due to the strong language.