This! Week! Publishing!
Here comes the iPad! Yes, the iPad is ready for pre-order and Apple has given a deeper look into the iBook experience. And for those who had hoped that iBooks would be incorporated directly into iTunes like movies and TV shows were, or at least that it would come pre-installed: doesn’t look like it. You have to download the free iBooks app, although there seems to be some interaction with iTunes. Standing by.
Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble announced that they would be making their own app available for the iPad. Let the great iPad book app wars commence!
And Mike Shatzkin has a typically brilliant post, this one about how in an era where anyone can sell books on a relatively even playing field it diminishes traditional publishers’ historic advantages: namely their unsurpassed ability at getting print books out to “the trade.” The new era may favor multi-niche publishers who specialize because they are adept at building followers interested in certain topics, and this doesn’t play to traditional publishers’ strengths. Really interesting stuff. Can you tell how much I love Mike Shatzkin’s blog??? The people who complain about all the e-book posts are lucky I don’t geek out on you more.
Oh. Um, on second though I guess I’m too late on the whole geeking out thing.
This week in the Forums: we reached 1,000 members! If you haven’t joined the conversation it’s extremely easy to register. Among the topics being discussed this week: when will e-books reach 50% of sales, does your genre make it difficult to find an agent, how to avoid info dumps, and….. yes, still trying to figure out what is happening on Lost!
Over at her Writer’s Digest blog, Jane Friedman talks about some very common advice that writers should be very wary of/careful about: opening books with action.
And speaking of which, lots of people talk about the necessity of “tension,” but what is tension exactly? My wonderful client Jennifer Hubbard has a fantastic definition: it’s “desire balanced by obstacles.”
Carolyn Kellogg at the LA Times has a very interesting look into the modern book tour, a landscape that is being stratified between publisher organized book tours and decidedly DIY versions as everyone tries to deal with fewer bookstores and less space in local media.
Remember the wolf T-shirt at Amazon with the hilarious reviews? Reader John Ochwat has a survey of some of the different products that have attracted these hilarious reviews, including a can of uranium and a book priced at $7,679.00.
And finally, Orbit Books has one of the coolest book trailers I’ve ever seen: the making of a cover. In two minutes:
Have a great weekend!