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Thursday Midday Links: Thinking of Buying a Dorchester Book?

Barnes and Noble is going to be selling the nook in Wal-mart stores next to the iPad starting October 24, 2010. The wifi iPad will also be offered in Verizon stores beginning October 28. Be careful of the “packages” that Verizon is offering because there doesn’t seem to be much of a savings. BN has also sent out invitations for a special event next week.   Nate from theDigital Reader suggests that there is a new large screen device to pair with the previously launched nookstudy.

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If you are a Starbucks fan, you might be interested in a new Starbucks Digital Venture that presents a digital network for customers containing movies, books, etc.

A feature called the Bookish Reading Club offers a rotating selection of digital titles from publishers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster. People can read the books -’ sometimes the entire text, sometimes an excerpt -’ in their browser via an HTML5 reader while on the network.

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Borders presents its own self publishing service for ebooks. BN readers complain about the influx of BN’s self publishing ebooks through PubIt.

Please can we have a search function that allows us to filter out Pubit books if we wish? I have been using the new releases tab in ebooks to browse and find mystery books I want to buy – but I am finding that I now get floods of Pubit books. Many of these are not even classified sensibly – should “Age of Information” really be showing up in the mystery/thriller category or Jane Austen books in science fiction?

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Forbes has followed up on the FTC Guidelines for bloggers and has found few cases being investigated.   Of course, this doesn’t mean that bloggers should forget that the guidelines exist.

"Not everyone's going to obey the law," Engle adds. "People will always use shills. Where we see actions we think are egregious, we'll bring action."

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Dorchester is apparently having problems getting books for which it does not hold the rights taken off of online retailers.   Authors and at least one agent have sent letters regarding what they view to be the unlawful sale (and in some cases giving away) books that Dorchester no longer holds the rights for and received no response from Dorchester.   The timelines is very sad but basically a month of sales/giveaways has occurred for at least two former Dorchester authors: Jana DeLeon and Leslie Langtry.   Fortunately for those authors, the copyright law affords them the highest civil protection: Strict liability, treble damages, and attorneys’ fees.   Dorchester might not have any money but if Amazon, BN, etc are ignoring DMCA takedown notices, a case could be made against those two healthy companies.

In the comments, Chris Keeslar shows up and wags the angry finger at Sarah for failing to follow up with Dorchester and him for comment.   I think Keeslar’s responses should be directed toward the authors who claim over a month of silence and non response.   When you buy a Dorchester book, you may want to think about what is going on there.

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Hard Case Crime used to be with Dorchester but with the changes (going digital and then trade print later), Hard Case looked for a new publisher and distributor.   Titan Publishing is a UK based publishing and it has plans to acquire all existing stock of the Hard Case Crime and will be publishing future books under that imprint.

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Tuesday Midday Links: Free wifi at all Starbucks locations beginning...

DA Industry NewsLast week, the head of Penguin Canada stepped down. This week brings to light allegations of sexual harassment against the former President by a female executive who alleged she was the subject of a long campaign of inappropriate emails, text messages, in office treatment, and finally, a forced entry into her hotel room at the Frankfurter Book Fair. More at Quill & Quire.

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Amazon is offering new levels of service which would require publishers and third party distributors to pay more to get featured access on the Amazon site. One unnamed publisher said that this was extortion. Of course, it makes sense that no one would go on the record to accuse Amazon of criminal (and hence defamatory) conduct. What I thought was most ironic about the piece was the complaint that Amazon wasn’t pushing quality books instead of basing it on a pay to play. Coop has always been about quality? I had no idea. Via Publishers Weekly.

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MediaBistro links to a USA Today interview with Glenn Beck whose book empire pulls in gobs more money than his tv empire. Beck promotes books on his TV show and he publishes books under his own name that are co written by several authors. If you recall, Beck has a copublishing deal with Simon & Schuster and is pulling in $13 million in for his publishing efforts. From Forbes:

He has managed to monetize virtually everything that comes out of his mouth. He gets $13 million a year from print (books plus the ten-issue-a-year magazine Fusion). Radio brings in $10 million. Digital (including a newsletter, the ad-supported Glennbeck.com and merchandise) pulls in $4 million. Speaking and events are good for $3 million and television for $2 million.

Is Beck the new Oprah? If so, how scary is that? Via MediaBistro.

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You would think that Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are the poster children for overexposed. Is there anything we really don’t know about them? In case your curiosity is not yet satiated, Demi Moore is coming to the rescue with her memoir that she sold to Harper Collins for over $2 million. Good luck with that. Via MediaBistro. I’m not sure what the trends are here in the US, but the Guardian reported that celebrity book sales were down in 2009.

Celebrity books sold badly last Christmas and their sales dipped steeply.

The Times said that the celebrity book sales were down 25-30%.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Blackberry platform might be ported to a tablet by the end of the year. Will Xmas 2010 be the year of the tablet? Last year it seemed everyone and their cousin gave or received iTouches. Via Gizmodo.

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Starbucks will be offering free wifi at all its US locations beginning July 1. As if I didn’t already have enough excuses to go and get fattening lattes.