Monthly Archives: February 2014

CHEAP WORDS: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?

In the era of the Kindle, a book costs the same price as a sandwich. Dennis Johnson, an independent publisher, says that “Amazon has successfully fostered the idea that a book is a thing of minimal value—it’s a widget.”

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4% of Readers Read eBooks Exclusively

eBook reading is on the rise, primarily due to the sheer amount of e-readers and tablets being adopted. The number of adults who have read an eBook in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. As much as digital reading has increased, print remains the foundation of the vast majority of Americans reading habits. Although there is a crossover of being reading both print and eBooks, only 4% of readers read eBooks exclusively.

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One Dozen Quotes About Love

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“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.” ~ Plato, Phaedrus

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Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor

 

Style Sheet A Conversation with My Copyeditor

I’ve fallen in love with my copyeditor Susan Bradanini Betz.  Not only did she find all the mantle/mantel homonym errors in my novel manuscript, she also helped me with my commas and discovered a couple of embarrassing inconsistencies.  (“First she had a briefcase,” one of her notes reads.  “Now it’s a suitcase.”)  She is both respectful of style and sharp as knives about grammar.  Also, she said she’d read a sequel to my book — if not a whole series! — so of course I love her.

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When Free Is the Best Launch Strategy

RosettaBooks decided to test the effects of a free eBook marketing strategy with the most recent Shriver Report. Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress have together issued a series of Shriver Reports. The most recent report is “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” which has had an extraordinary amount of national publicitysince its launch on Jan. 12 last month.

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Tolstoy’s Take On Sochi: Now Is A Time For Celebration Not Cynicism

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We’ve long known that Russia operates differently than America does. Russia settles disputes with neighbors by turning off their gas and stifles free expression by murdering journalists. This disrespect for human life was most recently exemplified by Putin’s freeing of political prisoners as a pre-Olympics publicity stunt.

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