Round up #166: signed books, Because of the Kindle pushed back

Round up #166: signed books, Because of the Kindle pushed back

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

National Book Award winners 2017

The National Book Foundation’s National Book Award winners were announced yesterday:

Official Site

Congratulations to the winners!

Because of the Kindle won’t be out on November 19th

In part because of our recent internet outage (but that’s not the only reason), my next book won’t be out on the 10th anniversary of the Kindle on November 19th. I will do a special post (a “First Decade Snapshot”?) which will commemorate it, and will perhaps serve as a preview of the book.

The good news is that means you can still get me your thoughts! My guess is I won’t publish it before December 1st, and it might be a week or so into that month.

I would have liked to have had it out on November 19th, but it is going to be much bigger than I thought originally. I like how it is shaping up…it was fun to think about “Topaz” files again. 😉

In fact, it’s likely to be so big (it could be perhaps, the equivalent of 1,000 pages) that I may price it at $2.99 rather than $0.99 (and I do intend it to be part of Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)).

I’m interested in your feedback on that, too, since I’m planning to put 20% of the gross royalties into giveaways on this blog. At $0.99, I get about 35 cents per sale. At $2.99, I get $2.09. I have to double-check that I check all the other boxes, but I think that’s right. So, I have to sell about six times as many at roughly a dollar than at roughly three dollars to have volume outweigh the price point. I’m ignoring, in this calculation, royalties from KU. Any thoughts?

It just simply wasn’t going to be ready. It’s not easy to make the decision to hold it back (I’ll potentially miss out on some publicity, and I’m likely to miss Black Friday interest), but I didn’t want to put out something that was clearly incomplete. It’s more important to me that people get value out of it than that it gets the maximum sales.

On the bad side: my Significant Other has to put up with my focus on the book for longer. 😉

Meanwhile, at Barnes & Noble…

On Thursday, November 30th (a week after Black Friday this year), at 10:00 AM Eastern, Barnes & Noble will announce their Second Quarter financials.

The morning timing is interesting…if companies expect to report bad numbers, they sometimes want to do it when the market is closed (to minimize the one day market stock impact). It’s possible that the numbers aren’t all bad…although I don’t expect the NOOK line to have recovered much.

It will be webcast here:

They are also repeating a really interesting holiday promotion…literally hundreds of thousands of autographed books:

Barnes & Noble Announces the Return of Over a Half-Million Autographed Books from Acclaimed Authors Just in Time for Black Friday press release

These are genuinely big name authors. They list all these for Black Friday:


Adult Fiction Signed Editions

  • In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • End Game by David Baldacci
  • You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) by Alec Baldwin
  • The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
  • The Alchemist (25th Anniversary Edition) by Paulo Coelho
  • Two Kinds of Truth: A Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
  • Enigma: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter
  • Typhoon Fury: A Novel of the Oregon Files by Clive Cussler
  • The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
  • Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
  • Dark Legacy: A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • Vengeance by Newt Gingrich
  • Camino Island by John Grisham
  • The Saboteur by Andrew Gross
  • Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • To Be Where You Are: A Mitford Novel by Jan Karon
  • The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel by Dean Koontz
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Amanda Lovelace
  • Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
  • Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire
  • The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
  • The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
  • Deep Freeze: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sandford
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • Exposed by Lisa Scottoline
  • Rest in the Mourning by r.h. Sin
  • A Beautiful Composition of Broken (B&N Exclusive Edition) by r.h. Sin
  • Whiskey Words & a Shovel by r.h. Sin
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Adult Nonfiction Signed Editions

  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
  • Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
  • F*ck, That’s Delicious by Action Bronson
  • Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast
  • I’m Fine… and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings
  • What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography by Bruce Dickinson
  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Ree Drummond
  • Unqualified by Anna Faris
  • Blessed Life: My Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears, and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood by Kim Fields
  • Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories, and Misadventures by Joely Fisher
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
  • The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success by DeVon Franklin
  • Note To Self by Connor Franta
  • What Is It All But Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel
  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore
  • The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt
  • I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
  • Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker
  • Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman
  • Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition by Kate Hudson
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up by T. D. Jakes
  • Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  • Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade
  • Why We Don’t Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little B*tches by Dr. Denis Leary
  • The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
  • Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  • Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap Into Radical Curiosity, and Solve Any Problem by Bill Nye
  • Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good by Joel Osteen
  • Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman
  • Unshakeable : Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins
  • It Takes Two: Our Story by Jonathan and Drew Scott
  • Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated by Shea Serrano
  • Unstoppable: My Life So Far by Maria Sharapova
  • On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power by Gene Simmons
  • You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  • Two’s Company: A Fifty-Year Romance with Lessons Learned in Love, Life & Business by Suzanne Somers
  • Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan
  • Raising Trump by Ivana Trump
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay & a Few of My Other Favorite Things by Loudon Wainwright III
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage by Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins
  • Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith
  • Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink
  • The Seat of the Soul (25th Anniversary Edition with a Study Guide) by Gary Zukav

Signed Editions for Teens

  • Thirteen Reasons Why (10th Anniversary Edition) by Jay Asher
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girling Up by Mayim Bialik
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  • The Twisted Ones (Five Nights at Freddy’s) by Scott Cawthon
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy by Serena Valentino
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The Book Thief (Special Anniversary Edition) by Markus Zusak

Signed Editions for Young Readers

  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty
  • Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer
  • Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
  • Spy School Secret Service (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Spy School Series #5) by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  • I Got This: To Gold and Beyond by Laurie Hernandez
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • In the Deep Blue Sea: Jack and the Geniuses Book #2 by Bill Nye
  • Wonder B&N Exclusive Edition by R. J. Palacio
  • The Dark Prophecy (B&N Exclusive Edition) (The Trials of Apollo Series #2) by Rick Riordan
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 3: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
  • The Bad Beginning: Book the First (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket
  • Little Bigfoot, Big City (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Audition by Maddie Ziegler

Signed Editions for Kids

  • Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett
  • River Rose and the Magical Christmas by Kelly Clarkson
  • She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
  • The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
  • Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Kimberly and James Dean
  • Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me by Ainsley Earhardt
  • Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie
  • My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly
  • Be Brave Little One by Marianne Richmond
  • Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

This is genuinely a reason to visit a Barnes & Noble.

Now that Amazon has physical bookstores, I’ve wondered if they’ll start doing book signings…I’ve seen (and been impressed by) the new one in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek (across the Bay from San Francisco), California:

The new Amazon Books opened in Walnut Creek California today…and I was there!

They had a number of things that people have come to associate with bookstores…coffee and comfy chairs, for two. Book signings could make sense…

What do you think? Are Amazon bookstores too small for book signings? Are signed books exciting for you personally? As gifts? What do you think will come out of Barnes & Noble’s financial report? $0.99 or $2.99 for Because of the Kindle? What do you think has happened (for you and for the world) Because of the Kindle? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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** 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.

2 Responses to “Round up #166: signed books, Because of the Kindle pushed back”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    I’ll just mention a Barnes & Noble news story from today.

    An activist investor in BN has put together a financial plan to take BN private. The offer values BN at around $9/share (it had been around $6). The stock is up sharply on the news. Most analysts think this deal is very unlikely as it requires existing shareholders to convert their stock into shares of the new private entity. It is felt that Leonard Riggio who controls about 18% of BN stock would be unwilling to do the conversion.

    I wonder if this is a serious offer, or if it’s some kind of lead-in to the upcoming 2Q BN financials.

    There has been a lot of worry among traditional publishing types that BN may be following in the footsteps of Borders.

    One wag has pointed out that BN’s announced store closings exactly equal Amazon’s announced store openings (:grin).

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      B&N has rejected this idea:

      The press release says in part, “The Company does not take Sandell’s proposal as bona fide in that Sandell is the beneficial owner of 1 million common Barnes & Noble shares worth approximately $7 million, Mr. Riggio has no intention of rolling his shares into such a transaction, and the Company believes a debt financing of $500 million is highly unlikely. ”

      Barnes & Noble has been dancing on the edge for some time…

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