Round up #239: Dreamworks makes books, not ninety-nine
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
HuffPo: 11 Reasons to Date a Bookworm
I need to add a twelfth before the link…and then tell you why. 🙂
12. We don’t spoil books for other people…ever 😉
That’s why I had to add that. I have to recommend that you not read this list, unless you’ve: read both Harry Potter (all seven of them) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) and The Help (at AmazonSmile); you figure out a way to skip #10; or you don’t care about spoilers.
Honestly, I stopped reading a newspaper forever after a major spoiler. I’d love to leave a comment on the HuffPo letting them know about my concern with this, but they have one of those “you must let us post for you to Twitter or let us publicly identify you with one of these other accounts” things. Oh, well…if you fit one of the three categories above, enjoy the
.lit me once, shame on you. .lit me twice…
According to this
Microsoft is looking to hire someone to make “…”a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics.”
As I wrote about back in 2011, Microsoft used to have a Microsoft Reader software…and abandoned it that year.
Anybody out there still have books you bought in .lit format?
Anyway, this is probably a good thing…anything that encourages reading is good for the world, right?
NPR: “Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability”
has a fascinating assertion:
“It’s estimated that about 60 percent of all romance novels are e-books, and that’s compared with about 40 percent of trade fiction. I think one thing is that literary fiction does not get along well with e-books and self-publishing because it takes too long to write, and e-books are cheap. So e-books will favor writers who can write schematically, quickly.”
That’s not an estimated of the number of copies/licenses which are sold…just the number of titles, I assume, which would make it easier to make that guess (since titles are public, and sales figures often aren’t).
No surprise here, by the way. Cheap formats, for the reasons indicated above, have often relied on genre writing for their early success. “Penny Dreadfuls”, “Dime Novels”, even mass market paperbacks weren’t likely to draw the brand name literary authors of the day, since the compensation was less (try a penny a word for some writing).
Charge less, pay less…get less known writers. Since you can’t sell the writers as well, you sell the genres, and you make them formulaic so that the reader is reasonably comfortable with what they will get.
Is it a good time to start a publishing imprint?
Absolutely! The walls of the giants’ castles have crumbled, and readers are running everywhere! Certainly, those giants will scoop some of them back up, but they are out in the wild like they haven’t been for decades.
Dreamworks announces in this
that they are going to start a publishing program, with books coming out “… in time for the 2014 holiday season”.
“The in-house staff will produce digital and print books, along with book apps featuring DreamWorks Animation franchises including Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and the upcoming B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, as well as assets from the DreamWorks Classics portfolio and recent acquisition AwesomenessTV.”
This makes sense to me.
I would assume that these would be sold at Amazon (along with other places), and that it wouldn’t affect the possibility that these might get licensed into Kindle Worlds, that sort of thing.
Who gets hurt by this?
Traditional publishers which have been publishing books based on Dreamworks characters.
Take down the barriers, and it isn’t just the indies (independent publishers…often just authors) who can benefit…
Adobe doesn’t obsolete some EBRs…exactly
I had reported earlier that Adobe was changing its DRM (Digital Rights Management) in a way that might make it difficult for people with some EBRs (E-Book Readers) to read their books.
paints a somewhat rosier picture.
“Although Adobe will not cut old e-readers off, they still won’t be able to read the new eBook formats, once more companies start adopting them.”
I recommend the article for the details.
It appears to me that you’ll be able to read what you already bought, but won’t be able to read newer titles, eventually. It’s a bit like listening to your 8-track tapes: as long as you had a player that worked, you could still do that, but most new artists weren’t releasing in that format.
I always shy away from comparing a physical item like that to a digital format, but because we are talking about DRM, here, there are some similarities…
The return of dualume!
Gee, the last time I wrote about a “dualume” device (my term for one that uses both a backlit screen and a reflective screen…like a Kindle Fire and a non-Fire Kindle) was back in 2012, when Amazon got a patent:
reports that Google has also patented one.
Hey, wait a minute! That’s not what this is. I’ve looked into it a bit more deeply, and it’s actually a device with two reflective screens! My apologies…this isn’t dualume after all.
Why would you do that? Reflective screens, by the way, are ones that you read by the light reflecting off them…the same way you read a paperbook.
Well, it appears that the point is that they could take turns refreshing, and therefore reflect twice as quickly.
I guess I’d have to see it to appreciate it. Right now, I like having a single screen: I don’t need it to mimic a paperbook and have “two pages”. Oddly, I’m at the point now where that feels like it would be awkward to me.
What’s going to work eventually is a two-screen in situ solution: one that can switch back and forth between reflective (for long battery charge life and easy reading in bright light) to backlit (for full animation) in the same physical space. Don’t know how that would be done, but that seems like it will happen eventually.
Connection problems on my Kindle Fire HDX again
Come on, update!
For along time, it worked great. Then there was an update, and it didn’t. Then, without an update, it started to work again. Now, it’s back to having that issue.
I am expecting an update to the KFHDX soon, with some new features and bug fixes.
I’m actually guessing they may wait until after Valentine’s Day, but that’ just a guess. My thinking there is that the ones that they have ready to go out wouldn’t have the new update, and it may be easier to update them before they sent them out. That’s pure speculation, though. 🙂
A new price point?
This is just a bit odd to me…and cheap, which is a good thing. 😉
When I do my price point analyses, I usually base them on the price ending in .99. That’s a good traditional amount, along with ending in .00.
Right now, there are 773
including some rather intriguing traditionally-published ones.
one of the long-running blogs covering e-books, really inspired me to check that price point when they recently wrote about books from Angry Robot which are on sale.
Interesting! There are also more than 2,000 books which are $1.29!
I used a random number generator to generate three numbers from 0 to 9, and came up with $6.33.
Checking that price point, I get 157 results.
I’m guessing here that some of this might have to do with discounting by a certain percentage…and some of it might have to with pricing algorithms.
When I managed the brick-and-mortar store, we did have an interesting circumstance. Some people would want to pay us more than the price of the book…one penny more…consistently.
The books were Bibles: and with the discount, and the tax, the price happened to come out to $6.66…
In that case, certain people, because of the number 666, would want to pay us $6.67.
That certainly complicated things! You had to account for those extra pennies in some way.
It was actually easier to let them pay a penny less for it, and take the loss at the end of the day…as long as you accounted for it.
Back to the e-books…I guess any price goes, at this point. Has the psychology of purchasing really changed that much?
What do you think? Is it a good time to get into publishing? Do true bookworms avoid spoilers (while perhaps loving discussing a book with people who have already read it)? Do bookworms make good dates? Are there times when formulas in writing are a good thing? Are you having trouble maintaining a wi-fi connection on your KFHDX? What would be important to you in the next KFHDX update? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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