Still reading! I tell you what, reading 675 entries while also having a job is quite a task. Holly and I hope to have finalists for you soon, but meanwhile, there was a week in publishing, and it was an eventful one.
In perhaps the biggest publishing news, Publishers Lunch is reporting that, hot on the heels of acquiring Brilliance Audio, Amazon is making an offer to purchase digital audio distributor Audible. My mind? BLOWN. Audible has been the #1 player in the digital audio marketplace in part because of their popular subscription plans and due to their exclusive arrangement with iTunes. Many had thought that Amazon would develop a rival non-DRM model (background on DRM here) to compete with Audible/iTunes, but this seems to signal a different strategy. Should this happen, what does this mean for Audible’s relationship with iTunes given that iTunes is a competitor of Amazon’s? What does this mean for the non-Amazon/Audible/iTunes digital marketplace? And WHO IN THE HECK WAS IN JACOB’S CABIN ON LOST LAST NIGHT?? This inquiring mind wants to know.
Back when I asked people to propose contest ideas, one of said ideas was to have a Shakespearean query contest. Reader Scott Rhoades was kind (and brave) enough to run with this contest, so grab your quill and make like Will Shakespeare trying to find an agent!
For all you Wire fans out there, May Vanderbilt from Good Girl Lit has a post on seeing God in the Wire. Did I tell you that show is awesome or what?
Reader Chris Dodds pointed me to this rundown of George Orwell’s six rules for writing. Somehow George Orwell forgot to mention Rule #7, which is that one should not begin one’s query with a rhetorical question.
In addition to endorsing Barack Obama, Toni Morrison just announced…. SHE’S A KINDLE FAN! Wow. I don’t know who was more excited, Barack or Amazon.
Via… shoot I can’t remember where I saw this. Sorry original finder who deserves credit! Anyway, Amazon has a listing for a book on the Patriots going undefeated, with a publication date of February 11th. One problem? THEY’RE NOT UNDEFEATED YET. Come onnnnnnnnn Giants.
And finally, remember last week how I linked to a New York Times article on the popularity of cell phone novels in Japan? Well, leave it to the brilliant people at The Millions to translate an excerpt from one of the cell phone novels so you don’t have to. My reaction: Either something is lost in translation or I’m just getting old.
Have a great weekend!