Tuesday Midday Links: More on the pedophilia author
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Remember the pedophile book that got pulled from Amazon? The author has been brought up on obscenity charges and extradited from Colorado to Florida to face prosecution. The Polk County sheriff’s department got the author to send an undercover officer a copy of the book through the mail. The author was charged with distribution of obscenity. I’m not an expert on obscenity law or child pornography but I thought that the Supreme Court had determined that artist renderings of such acts were not obscenity but I do know that a manga collector in Iowa was charged with “possessing ‘obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children and mailing obscene material.'” The collector pled guilty so there was no legal challenge to the statute. Unless the author of the pedophile book gets some pro bono defense, my guess is that he will plead guilty and be imprisoned as well. Thanks to everyone who mentioned the article to me.
Avon Romance website has a new look. It’s a cleaner design although with a few more css bells and whistles. They are NOT selling ebooks from their site but rather highlighting some new ebook ventures like the original fiction shorts (this month it is Eloisa James) and ebook bundles of two of its more popular authors.
Last night I was bemoaning that I was paralyzed by the size of my to be read pile and that my next instinct was to go to buy something new. Apparently it is not an unfamiliar sentiment. Someone tweeted me this link to an article in The New Yorker. The essayist, Meredith Blake, suggests that the promise of an unread book is almost better than the satisfaction of the read book:
An unread book is an intoxicating, romantic thing, and the act of reading is, in one sense, destructive: all that possibility is reined in, made finite. Certainly we all have ideas about books we haven't read before we read them. That's why we pick them up in the first place. These preconceived ideas can be useful, too: part of the performance of being well-read is the ability to know what a certain writer or novel represents, even if you haven't actually read them (yet).
- Random House’s global ebook sales are up 250% from last year.
- 5% of Hachette’s sales in the 4th quarter were ebooks.
- PW has an interesting article full of interesting stats on ebook reader usage/buying habits from a Bowker study. Mass market and hardcover sales are falling. Trade is holding its own. eBook sales are growing. Nate’s analysis of these Bowker numbers suggest that ebook unit sales are growing, but not the revenue amount which means customers are buying more ebooks but cheaper ones.