Wednesday News: data-driven publishing, Cursed disappointment, and 75 years happy
Publishers’ Dilemma: Judge A Book By Its Data Or Trust The Editor’s Gut? – For all of the ways in which traditional publishing favors print books, will they still use the data being generated by companies such as Jellybooks – data made possible by digital books and their readers? We’ve reported on Jellybooks previously, and they’re not the only company that is “helping” publishers. Publishing is not the most efficient industry, and as a reader, I prefer acquiring editors to data points for acquiring books. Although I don’t want to think it will ever come to the point of either/or.
Of course, most books don’t make any money. It’s the 20-80 rule, [Alan] Rinzler says. Profits from 20 percent, maybe even 10 percent, of books support the 80 percent or 90 percent that don’t sell. So some publishers think relying solely on instinct is just not enough. . . .
[Jellybooks founder Andrew] Rhomberg says no publisher has cancelled a book based on Jellybooks data. But Rinzler is wary. He points to Toni Morrison’s first book, The Bluest Eye, which he edited. A lot of people found the subject matter — rape and incest — offensive.
“I think people given that book under reader analytics would have put it down pretty quick. And publishers might have said this will never sell,” he says. – NPR
‘Rowling, you owe your fans a BOOK!’: Harry Potter fans outraged that Cursed Child script is, in fact, a script – I am of two minds about this: on the one hand, I firmly believe that the Harry Potter Industry wanted readers to perceive and anticipate Cursed as a book by Rowling, but on the other, the reality is evident ON THE COVER OF THE BOOK, uh script.
In fact, the script wasn’t strictly written by her. She and the play’s director John Tiffany collaborated with playwright Jack Thorne, and he was the one who brought her story to the stage. All of this information is written on the book’s cover, which states: “Based on an original new story by JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. A new play by Jack Thorne”. – Telegraph
Local couple celebrates 75 years of marriage – You have to watch the video to really see how adorable these two are. This article had me thinking about all the ways (and reasons) that Romance tends to celebrate love in its first flush, with just the implication (or epilogue) of many years to come.
The Gfatters — Karl is 94, Elizabeth, 91 — live together at the River Valley Care Center in Poughkeepsie. The lovebirds celebrated their wedding anniversary Monday by renewing the vows they took 75 years ago at a ceremony hosted by administrators and staff.
“Life is great with each other,” Elizabeth Gfatter said. “We had our problems, but we overcame them together and that’s all that counts. We really love each other and we have right from the beginning. We’re the happiest two people in the world.” – Poughkeepsie Journal