Taking on To Kill a Mockingbird

Taking on To Kill a Mockingbird

In very exciting e-publishing news, To Kill a Mockingbird is coming legally to the Kindle on July 8th of this year!

It can be pre-ordered right now:

To Kill a Mockingbird (at AmazonSmile)

I’ve suggested that it might be in the top 100 e-books of 2014 in terms of sales (and I suspect it may be near the top).

That got me thinking.

What books were already scheduled to be released July 8th?

Now, many people will, of course, buy TKaM and something else, if they would have bought that book anyway. That’s not always going to be the case, though…particularly with people looking for a gift. It’s actually not a great gift-giving date (after Dads, Grads, and Brides…and for that matter, the Fourth of July weekend. Some people travel on the 4th of July, and especially plane travel can mean book sales).

Still, it means a lot to publishers to have their books be number one…and TKaM may take that spot.

Here are some of the books scheduled for July 8th. It’s even possible some of them will shift release dates, but I think that’s unlikely, generally.

Hudson (Fixed) (at AmazonSmile)
by Laurelin Paige

This follows the Fixed trilogy, which was reportedly a New York Times bestseller.

Four Divergent Stories: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor (Divergent Series) (at AmazonSmile)
by Veronica Roth
young adult science fiction

Four stories that supplement the novels in this New York Times bestselling series. Looks like the stories are also being released individually.

Power Play (at AmazonSmile)
by Catherine Coulter

A thriller from a New York Times bestselling author…

Uncaged (The Singular Menace, 1) (at AmazonSmile)
by John Sandford and Michele Cook
young adult thriller

The first young adult title from the many-times New York Times bestselling author Sandford.

The Highlander’s Bargain (The Novels of Loch Moigh) (at AmazonSmile)
by Barbara Longley
time travel romance

Gee, I don’t think she’s had a New York Times bestseller before. 😉

Out of the Black (Odyssey One) (at AmazonSmile)
by Evan Currie
military science fiction

From one of Amazon’s own traditional publishing imprints, 47North.

Reward of Three (Rule of Three) (at AmazonSmile)
by Kelly Jamieson

This is from Samhain, so more explicit than many romances…and that is indicated in the content warning they provide.

Gray Retribution (A Tom Gray Novel, Book 4) (at AmazonSmile)
by Alan McDermott
military thriller

Again, traditionally published by Amazon (Thomas & Mercer, in this case). One thing that means: this will be available in the KOLL (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)

The Dead Will Tell: A Kate Burkholder Novel (at AmazonSmile)
by Linda Castillo
police procedural mystery

This is from a Big Five publisher (Macmillan), so they may be worried about TKaM on the same day…

Wolf in Her Bed (Salvation Pack) (at AmazonSmile)
by N.J. Walters
werewolf paranormal romance

Another Samhain…I wonder how many people look at someone reading this (you know, if they can see the cover…not on a Kindle), and think, “At least they aren’t watching TV…” 😉

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning (at AmazonSmile)
by Chris Colfer
children’s books

Yes, this is that Chris Colfer…star of Glee…and a New York Times bestselling author!

The Sweet Spot (at AmazonSmile)
by Stephanie Evanovich
fiction, humor

The author is a “Jersey girl” named Evanovich…yes, she’s Janet’s niece, and I’m guessing Stephanie Plum might have been named after her. Well, I suppose it might have been vice versa…the first Stephanie Plum book was published about two decades ago. 😉

The Girls of August (at Amazon Smile)
by Anne Rivers Siddons
literary fiction

Siddons’ works have been adapted a couple of times (Heart of Dixie, based on Heartbreak Hotel, starred Ally Sheedy, Phoebe Cates, and Virginia Madsen).

The Promise (The ‘Burg Series) (at AmazonSmile)
by Kristen Ashley
contemporary romance

The Good, the Bad, and the Emus: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow Mysteries) (at AmazonSmile)
by Donna Andrews

Another Macmillan title…

The High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara (at AmazonSmile)
by Terry Brooks

It would be a surprise if this one isn’t a New York Times bestseller (Shannara has been a very popular series…this is a stand-alone in that universe), but will it beat TKaM?

Landline (at AmazonSmile)
by Rainbow Rowell
women’s fiction, fantasy

Yep…another NYT bestselling author. 😉

Tales of the Hidden World (at AmazonSmile)
by Simon R. Green
urban fantasy, short stories

Popular science fiction/fantasy author Green (the Deathstalker series) has written afterwords for each of the stories in this collection.

Well, that was fun! I always like to find new ways to do sort of random (but not really…there are always rules) discovery of book titles, and this worked for me!

You might be wondering if every day is this busy, and oddly, the answer is no…traditionally, Tuesday is a big release day for books.


It made sense to me when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore.

My idea was that over the weekend, the store gets trashed. 🙂 So, Monday is a busy day…it’s a day for merchandising (making the books you are selling look nice…so it’s not a good day to dump a bunch of new boxes on us.

However, as I went to do a little research (I try not to just trust my own intuitions), that didn’t seem to be a popular theory.

One suggestion was that Tuesday is otherwise a slow selling day…so it’s a way to bump up sales.

Another is that it gives you a chance to judge interest, and quick ship some more copies for the weekend.

Yet another was that you don’t want to do Mondays, because shipments might get delayed over the weekend.

Regardless, it makes sense to have one day of the week for a store. We would actually have more people working on Tuesday, so somebody could focus on the “receiving”. That’s harder than it sounds, because you have to check all the boxes you received to make sure they have the right books in the right quantities. Then, you have to get them on the shelves…which may mean pulling other books to be returned. You need somebody who is pretty sophisticated to take on the task.

For whatever reason, Tuesday became tradition…those reasons are probably largely obsolete now, and I’m guessing indies and e-book only releases don’t stick to it much. If a book is also coming out as a p-book, though, it’s going to be most commonly on Tuesdays, at least for a while.

I’ll be interested to see how To Kill a Mockingbird does!

What do you think? Do you have another story for “why Tuesdays?” Are you looking forward to any of these books in particular? Did I not mention one coming out that day that is your favorite? That might be because it blocked* text-to-speech access, by the way…there were a couple of big ones where that was the case, so I didn’t list them. Just two, though. Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


4 Responses to “Taking on To Kill a Mockingbird”

  1. Clint K6LCS Says:

    I thought that the release date of TKAM coincided with the original publication date.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Clint!

      Yes, that’s correct. July 8th, 1960 was when the book was originally released. That was a Friday, by the way. 🙂

  2. Edward Boyhan Says:

    When I first saw that you were going to list books coming out on July 8th, I already had my post written as to how I don’t buy much from the big six anymore — just favorite authors (and as time goes by there are fewer and fewer of them) — most of my experimentation with new authors is in the Indie space. But then I was pleased to see that your list includes Indies as well — in fact the Evan Currie Odyssey One title is one series that I’m reading. 😀

    Janet Evanovich and Stephanie Plum was a series that I got through 12 or 13 titles, but then I lost interest. As a Jersey boy growing up, I guess there’s only so much of Trenton that one can take :grin — it is after all a pretty dreary place (in the books and in real life).

    As to Tuesday releases — I can shed some light. For a few years I did some work for Target in their MMB (Movies, Music, Books) area. Tuesday goes far beyond books and includes all entertainment media (music, books, movies, video games, etc). Target would get this stuff up to two weeks in advance of the release date. Store team members had to come in early (6AM) on Tuesdays to set all the media endcaps and shelves.

    My understanding was that this day was driven by Hollywood more than anyone else. Occasionally there would be exceptions for single titles (but only for a movie or an album– never for a book) if there was some special marketing thing. Woe behold any retailer who put something out early — there were fines, and in egregious cases loss of access to the product.. Theatrical release of movies is always on Friday — I’m guessing Hollywood chose Tuesday so that the marketing workload can be spread out over the week.

    Target also used to do price signage changes on Tuesday’s (they now do all that on Sundays to coordinate with the ads in the Sunday papers). Tuesdays before store opening used to be a mad house. Sometimes 40 copies a title would have come in a week ago, but who knew where the backroom stocked it. It was scanned into the store, but it wasn’t in the correct backroom location. The Sunday paper would have highlighted everything coming out on Tuesday, and customers would be lined up outside at 8AM. If we couldn’t find it, unhappy customers, and the store manager was in on her way to a coronary — all in all Tuesdays were not a pleasant day for Target team members :grin.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      I’m a bit skeptical that the release dates of movies drove the establishment of the release date for books. I’d be surprised if the Tuesday book thing doesn’t predate consumer video releases. My intuition would be that the “media” stores had extra staff on hand for the book deliveries, and the video deliveries piggy-backed on that…but I’m just guessing. 🙂

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