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.”
Monthly Archives: February 2014
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.
“The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.” ~ Plato, Phaedrus
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.
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.
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.