This week! Publishing!
So apparently the iPad is still for sale. Amid news that Apple’s iBooks has registered 600,000 downloaded books (note: not necessarily sales) so far compared to 450,000 iPads sold. While many are excited by the iBooks app, TeleRead wonders if the iBooks will be publisher’s Waterloo (via @DonLinn).
Meanwhile, former Random House CEO Peter Olson has some tough words for book publishers, who he perceives as “scared” of the coming e-book era. Olson: “In a sense, many book publishers are trying to buy time, to postpone a reckoning with reality.”
And amid the shift to e-books and all the disruptions it’s bringing, Smithsonian Magazine looks back at another format change that rocked the publishing world: paperbacks. (via John Ochwat in The Forums)
Ever wondered how to pronounce author names like Chuck Palahniuk and Jhumpa Lahiri? Buzzfeed spotted a helpful link.
The Guardian UK is wondering about a trend in children’s literature: why are there so many bad parents?
In author advice news, the Rejectionist would like MFA grads to wake up and smell the real world publishing industry roses, Eric from Pimp My Novel explores the world of trade paperback originals and asks if you’re 100% completely no seriously this time sure you want to self-publish, and if you’re thinking about paying for a critique at a writer’s conference, Editorial Anonymous has some very helpful tips.
This week in the Forums… people discuss their favorite writing/procrastination tipple, what makes you re-read certain books, what did adverbs ever do to you, and, of course, actually we may be starting to find some clarity about Lost.
Comment! Of! The! Week! goes to………. Amy, whose comment notes a very successful DRM program that is working in the world of video games and wonders if its principles could be applied to books. An excerpt:
I hate DRM, but I accept DRM on my Steam games (and prefer buying from Steam than from anywhere else, even if the Steam version is not discounted from retail) because what they offer is so compelling. I own the game forever! I can install it anywhere and on anything! I can even let a friend play it–though while my friend is playing, I can’t use my Steam games myself. (This restriction is 100% fair.)
Steam has turned this DRM-hater into an eager, satisfied, and loyal customer. I wish the publishing industry would come up with something equivalent. Realistically, a Steam-for-books isn’t feasible until e-readers are better and cheaper. But I hope that’s the direction the industry is heading in. I don’t think it will get far trying to persuade readers to buy the same book twice at full retail price.
And finally, this isn’t strictly book related, but Mashable had a pretty great list of the Top 10 Recut Movie Trailers. My favorite has to be Shining, a romantic comedy about a hilarious dad struggling with a writing project:
Have a great weekend!