Monday Midday Links: More on the DOJ suit, Cover Testing, Fake reviews
“What this [lawsuit] basically says is, any form of colluding to protect the producers, or primary sellers, is illegal. And given how poorly we regulate intermediaries, this is a landmark event,” says Clemons. “Given that you aren’t allowed to collude to protect yourself — because that is traditional restraint of trade — and given that we have very limited regulations to control the intermediaries, this is going to put enormous pressure both on traditional intermediaries and on traditional producers, or primary sellers.” ” Law.Com
“What every author wants from a review of this type is that one line they can quote. I would’ve been happy with something like, “Down at the Golden Coin is a fast and witty read that could have been so much better without Strickland’s ham-fisted dialogue.” Because of course I would quote only the first part of the sentence! But reading the PW reviews in the supplement, every one of them is suspiciously crafted so as to not string together a single sentence like the above. There’s basically no way to get a useable blurb from any of the reviews, even when they do say very positive things. It reeks of sneaky, if you ask me.” Chicago Now
“In an age where women are dominating – in the workplace, at school, at home – why are they seeking to be dominated in their love lives? Recent media portrayals have shown that a rising number of modern women fantasize about being overpowered, while studies are turning out statistics that bewilder feminists. New shows like HBO’s Girls and books like Fifty Shades of Grey are showcasing the often hidden desire for powerlessness. But why? Katie Roiphe examines the submissive yet empowered female in Newsweek. “It is perhaps inconvenient for feminism that the erotic imagination does not submit to politics, or even changing demographics,” she writes.”
[If] you suffer from a chocolate allergy, you might assume that the cocoa bean is the culprit. An ABC News report, however, points to a different allergen not listed on labels: cockroaches! The FDA deems certain levels of contaminants in foods to be safe, and as many as 60 insect parts per 100 grams of chocolate could be present without being rejected by the administration. This contamination is pervasive across all chocolate brands, as getting rid of them would likely require heavier pesticide use.
- From Two Rivers: Part 1 of Eye of the World by Robert Jordan * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Sleepwalkers by Paul Grossman * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Still Missing by Chevy Stevens * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- First Among Equals by Jeffrey Archer * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- A Matter Of Honor by Jeffrey Archer * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Dry by Augusten Burroughs * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Borgia Betrayal by Sara Poole * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Spy Who Left Me by Gina Robinson * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- A Dog’s Purpose by Bruce Cameron * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Shakespeare Undead by Lori Handeland * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Little Children by Tom Perrotta * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
- The Soprano State by Ingle/McClure * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
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Monday Midday Links:
Google announced a deal last week with Espresso Book Machine wherein the full panoply of out of copyright books Google has scanned and digitized can be available through the POD machines. The books can be printed in less than five minutes. The suggested retail price for such a book is $8.00. Maybe publishers want to consider my idea for customized print on demand books?
An enterprising coffee shop owner in London’s Soho has created a Mills & Boon reading club where authors are invited to come and participate in a reading and conversation with readers. In other Harlequin conglomerate news, Harlequin has partnered with Softbank to bring digital adaptations of Harlequin manga to South Korea with cooperation of Teruten Incorporated.
Barnes and Noble has announced that the downloads for both the BN App and the BN eReader App have surpassed 1,000,000 mark.
Speaking of ebooks, Dystel & Goderich has posted a response to the ComputerWorld article by Mike Elgan on ebooks. The ComputerWorld article suggests that innovation needs to happen in publishing but all the change is focused on the retailing and reading experience in the digital market. Dystel & Goderich agent, Michael, agrees and disagrees. Both Mikes appear to not realize that digital borrowing of audio books takes place already. O_o.
Blast editor in chief, John Guilfoil, borrows from Janice Radway’s seminal scholarly work to suggest that the feminist/anti-feminist arguments of the Twilight series are both right. Radway suggested romance books both empower and reinforce gender stereotypes. Likewise, Guilfoil argues that perhaps the Twilight series can provide ample argument for both sides of the feminist argument. For me, I think that the Twilight series isn’t a statement on girl power, even if Meyer would like it to be. I plan on letting my daughter read them but seriously discussing whether trying to kill herself repeatedly in order to gain the attention of a boy makes a lot of sense.