Thursday News: ABA and Barnes&Noble receive permission to file amicus brief; Harlequin earnings up but sales down
h/t Ilona Andrews via @ExperimentBL626
Overall this is a fairly good article. I’m excited to read this book and I love that the profile of the author. From the article is a mini summary of the book:
Narayanan’s couple, though, follow the path previous Indian M&B’s — The Love Asana (Milan Vohra) and His Monsoon Bride (Aastha Atray) — have trod. They’re more new-Bollywood than old-world: he’s an architect from Singapore, she’s a consultant in Mumbai, and they find each other a challenge.
Amicus briefs are accepted routinely in cases like this. The standard for an amicus brief is that it adds some new argument not already considered by the parties. Given that brick and mortar booksellers aren’t a party to the suit, it is easy to see why Judge Cote would grant the filing of the brief. It also makes Judge Cote look like she viewed all sides of the argument before coming to a decision
Profits are up even though revenue is down at Torstar. Not sure about the breakout for Harlequin.
A couple of years ago, I was in my car waiting to get my hot tea in a coffee shop drive thru. When I got to the service window, I was informed my tea and breakfast sandwich had been paid for by the person in front of me. What an amazing random act of kindness. A while later I was having dinner with my daughter at a local restaurant when the waitress came to tell me another couple had paid for my bill. Since then I have made it a practice to pay it backward (or pay it forward) by buying someone else’s breakfast order a couple times a month. In my mall there is a Chick Fil A and a Panera. Guess which one I’ll be choosing.
I don’t know whether to be more disheartened by the pranksters or for the purchasers.
Some clean up items.
1) The Berenstein Bears tried to distance itself from Chick-fil-A and posted a note ostensibly from HarperCollins saying that HC wouldn’t be doing business with Chick-fil-A in the future. HC sent out a statement that what was posted on the Berenstein Bears’ site was “unauthorized. Berenstain Bears try to keep distance from Chick-fil-A NBC News
2) Remember the Chicklitgirls? They were the site that was charging for positive reviews. After the author’s blogpost was picked up by blogs like Popehat and TechCrunch, the chicklitgirls took their site down and put up a “coming soon” page. Now it appears like the site is completely gone as is the twitter feed.