Tueday Midday Links: Go the F to Sleep
I received Go the F to Sleep in PDF form in two different email boxes. One in my Dear Author account and one emailed to me by a personal, non book friend. I knew when it had hit my personal inbox, that Go the F to Sleep had hit piracy levels that I hadn’t seen before. Despite this, Go the F to Sleep, an irreverential bedtime story, debuted at the Number 1 slot on the New York Times last week even though it’s official release date is today. The film rights were sold to Fox. And the digital version releases from Open Road Media today.
Clearly a great new Dad’s day gift.
Australian finance minister announced that he believed all but speciality and niche bookstores would fall within the next five years to online shoppers. I suspect some of this might be the huge import prices Australians have to pay for their books. Territorial restrictions were often put in place to help foster local publishing houses. If there are no local bookstores for those local publishing houses, territorial restrictions become increasingly pointless.
According to a summary at PW, U.S. Census Bureau shows an uptick in retail brick and mortar book sales of 0.2% year to date. This includes, however, the sales at the closing Borders’ stores.
Two lesbian non fiction writers have been outed as men. Straight men, no less.
On Sunday, a writer named Tom MacMaster confessed that he had fabricated the online persona of openly gay Syrian blogger Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari.
Via Galley Cat
Paula Brooks, editor of the lesbian news site “Lez Get Real.”
“Paula Brooks,” editor of Lez Get Real since its founding in 2008, is actually Bill Graber, 58, a retired Ohio military man and construction worker who said he had adopted his wife’s identity online. Graber said she was unaware he had been using her name on his site.
We’ve addressed this issue, obliquely, as it relates to women masquerading as men in the gay and lesbian romance genre. Some don’t care. I think masquerading as something that you are not to gain authenticity is problematic.