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Wednesday Midday Links: Kindle Lending Launches

Wednesday Midday Links: Kindle Lending Launches

I’m reposting these deals in case someone missed them yesterday.

  • Halfway to the Grave with Bonus Material: A Night Huntress Novel for $1.99 * Amazon | nook | Kobo
  • Cassie Palmer Series: Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night and Curse the Dawn in one bundle by Karen Chance for $7.51 – Amazon | (couldn’t find this set at nook store) |  Kobo ($8.99 at Kobo)
Kindle library checkout
Kindle library lending is no longer in beta.  According to a blog post at the Amazon Blogs, kindle library lending is available at 11,000 libraries. Using your browser, you will check out the books you want, power up your Kindle and download the checked out titles.
Apple is holding an event on October 4.  It is presumed they will be announcing the iPhone 5 and possible a cheapie iPhone.
Borders employees, frustrated with losing their jobs, take the time to vent. Shorter list: They hated customers as much as customers hated them.
In preparation for Digital Book World 2012, surveys are taking place.  The latest one is from Aptara which can be downloaded free.  There is some interesting information in the survey such as trade publishers want to forge connections with the readers.  That would be a first.  Publishers have always viewed retailers like Barnes and Noble as their customers.
Despite Trade publishers using all of the main ebook online retailers, Amazon is the one producing sales—and, presumably, revenue—by a disproportionate margin (43%). Interestingly though, outside of the trade, in the STM, College, K-12, and Corporate publishers report that the greatest percentage of their sales come from their own eCommerce sites. In conversations with publishers, we’ve repeatedly noticed the trade looking towards establishing better direct to consumer relationships.
The Harris Poll also points out that digital book reading is on the rise:

While some may lament the introduction of the e-Reader as a death knell for books, the opposite is probably true. First, those who have e-Readers do, in fact, read more. Overall, 16% of Americans read between 11 and 20 books a year with one in five reading 21 or more books in a year (20%). But, among those who have an e-Reader, one-third read 11-20 books a year (32%) and over one-quarter read 21 or more books in an average year (27%).

E-Reader users are also more likely to buy books. One-third of Americans (32%) say they have not purchased any books in the past year compared to only 6% of e-Reader users who say the same. One in ten Americans purchased between 11 and 20 books (10%) or 21 or more books (9%) in the past year. Again, e-Reader users are more likely to have bought, or downloaded books, as 17% purchased between 11 and 20 and 17% purchased 21 or more books in the past year.

Amazon Montlake has a new senior acquisitions editor.

Kelli Martin has joined Amazon Publishing in Seattle as senior acquisitions editor leading Montlake Romance. Most recently, she was a senior editor at Harlequin, and has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Disney-Hyperion.

Prior to her position as Montlake Sr. Acquisitions editor, Martin was the head editor for Kimani.

Tuesday Midday Links: Scribd Launches New Reading App with Dear Author Featured

Tuesday Midday Links: Scribd Launches New Reading App with Dear Author...

One of the things I did at RWA was meet with industry people. Okay that’s all I did but I actually got something accomplished besides doing interviews. I met with Anne Watters Westpheling from Scribd and she shared with me their new App. It’s called Float and it’s designed to bring together your social media platforms like facebook, twitter, blogs, and other reading content into one unified place.

Many publishers have signed with them to allow 20% previews of the upcoming releases and those will be available through the app as well. They asked if we wanted to be included and I agreed. There is no money exchanged and basically what it does is reformat the RSS feed of Dear Author into a more pleasing platform. It’s a really nice way to read it. If you want to comment, you’ll have to click on the DA link to come to the site itself, but because you can save posts and because of the nice way that it is formatted to work with your device, it’s probably a more pleasurable reading experience. The iOS app should be available at the end of July and the Android App is due out in October. Let me know if you enjoy it.

Here’s some photos:


There was no bidder for Borders and thus it plans to liquidate.  What’s horrible about this isn’t the closing of the stores, but the lay off of over 11,000 employees.  The executives appear to be getting some severance plans but there is no word on how Borders and the bankruptcy court will help these employees gain new employment.


Publisher’s Weekly has an article about a new company called Book Lamp which is in beta testing right now.  Book Lamp is a recommendation engine that is based on the content and writing style of the author:

The Da Vinci Code, for instance, contains 18.6% Religion and Religious Institutions, 9.4% Police & Murder Investigation, 8.2% Art and Art Galleries, and 6.7% Secret Societies & Communities (among others), according to BookLamp’s engine. The program also catalogs things like denseness and length, all of which allow it to take someone’s favorite book and recommend others like it.


Sarah from SmartBitches tweeted a fascinating Q&A John Meyer did at Berklee.  As one commenter said “Even though I don’t go to Berklee and am not a music major in any way this is an amazing piece.”

It is.  It’s an article I’ve bookmarked because there are so many really wonderful things to ponder in the article. Mayer talks about always trying to better oneself and putting down other artist’s works.  He spoke about inspiration and allowing yourself to write bad content.  This Q&A could spawn a hundred thoughtful blog posts in a dozen different fields.  It truly is inspirational.