OMG why didn't anyone tell me Apple's coming out with this tablet device thingy?! No seriously, is anyone talking about it? CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT IT'S CALLED?
Let's just get all the iPad-related news out of the way, hmmm? In case you haven't heard the 3G-less versions are dropping tomorrow, David Pogue is half-fan/half-skeptic, Vook is releasing 19 iPad friendly titles, Harper and Simon have come to terms with Amazon on the agency model but Penguin and Hachette are having hiccups/disagreements/depends on who you believe, and dear god, with this many games on the iPad let's hope people also read books.
There is one iPad article that I actually want to highlight, because it's probably the biggest deal in terms of the iPad and the future of publishing. The Wall Street Journal has a report (snippet except for subscribers) wondering if Amazon is going to actually become the dominant bookseller on the iPad because Apple doesn't include the iBooks app pre-loaded, the iBookstore doesn't yet work on the iPhone (unlike the Kindle app), and Amazon already has an existing customer base who can easily transfer their e-book titles from the Kindle to the iPad (if this sounds familiar it was previously predicted by Peter Ginna). Will people gravitate to the Kindle app or the iBooks app? The reason this question is such a big deal is, as we all remember, the Agency Five publishers are actually giving up per-copy revenue in order to have (only slightly) more control over pricing and to hopefully open up the market to other vendors. Worst case scenario for the Agency Five: the market doesn't open, Amazon still dominates, and agency model publishers (and authors) are receiving less money per copy.
In other big news this week: BORDERS LIVES! They were able to secure financing to pay off some debt and will live to sell books another day.
Oh, and an author named Stephenie Meyer proves that the novella isn't dead.
In publishing demystified news, Moonrat (who is celebrating 500,000 hits, congrats and deserved!) talks about what goes into the all-important decision about which books become "lead titles", Eric at Pimp My Novel has a great list of publishing abbreviations, defined, and the NY Times tells us that science is busy figuring out why we read (via @annedayton)
Meanwhile, lots of people wonder what an agent's inbox actually looks like, and while we can't of course show you, the Rejectionist came up with the next best thing: a look at queries by comparing them to Craigslist personal ads. Probably 10-20% of my queries actually sound and are spelled like #4 on Le R's list (well, minus the whole looking-for-a-date-thing).
In life after publishing/re-finding publishing news, Bruce Tracy wrote an incredibly moving, gripping, honest, and all-out wonderful article about what it was like to be laid off after a twenty+ year career in publishing. (via @ColleenLindsay)
This week in the Forums: I'm soliciting blog contest ideas, puppies!, how important are character names, all things world building, and yes, still trying to figure out what in the heck is happening on Lost.
Also, Kristi from How Did You Get There was kind enough to include me in her series where she remixes interviews and spins them into a sitcom scene.
The! comment! of! the! week! goes..... to..... Sam Hranac on which book is the most influential of all time:
Nathan - are you trying to tell us the The Little Engine that Could is secular? Wake up, man!
As for my choice, I would have to say the question cannot be answered. But if you held a gun to my head, I would say the McDonalds Training Manual
And finally, I'll end this list of links with a really nice post by author R.L. LeFevers at one of my favorite blogs, Shrinking Violet Promotions, about the pleasures of unplugging from the Internet for a while and cutting back on the number of blogs she follows in order to feed the creative process.
Have a great weekend!