Wednesday News: Princes thick on the ground; Cybersecurity bill aims to felonize violating a terms of service
I thought this piece was kind of hilarious given how many princes there are in Harlequin Presents book but apparently those books are not exaggerating. One of the lines in Caitlin Crews’ book, Man Behind the Scars is “The whole island seemed to be bursting at the seams with this prince, that sheikh and any number of flash European nobles, their ancient titles and inherited ranks hanging from their elegant limbs like the kind of fine accessories Angel herself could never afford. It was the first time in Angel’s twenty-eight years that she’d ever found herself in a room—a palace ballroom, to be sure, but it was still, technically, a room—with a selection of princes. As in, princes plural.”
The post goes on to say that this technology could be opened up beyond groups which would allow people to identify who has been stalking/visiting their Facebook pages.
This is a passage from the keynote delivered by Stephanie Laurens at RWA. This seems like a marked departure from her posts just a year earlier. The bolded emphasis was added by me. Laurens is making some important points although she is wrong, of course. Without Amazon making the digital market with the Kindle, the “online industry” probably wouldn’t exist and we would be at 5% ebook sales and I would still be railing at publishers and authors to make their books available digitally. Further, with the success of 50 Shades in the print market, obviously publishers and their print distribution channels are invaluable right now. May that change in the future? Of course, but to say that retailers and publishers are not and never can be essential is simply wrongheaded. One thing Laurens didn’t address and she should have given she is from Australia is how the Online Industry has transformed the market into a global one and where territory rights make so much less sense now than it ever did.
NPR is conducting a poll to see what YA titles should be on a top 100 list. The nominations were curated by Pamela Paul, the features editor and children’s book editor; Diane Roback, the children’s book editor of Publishers Weekly; Tasha, the book editor of The A.V. Club, the arts and entertainment wing of The Onion; and Ted Schelvan is a teacher librarian at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground, Wash. All of this is giving me an idea….