Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on April 15, 2011 @ 11:19 am 9 comments
Well this week we have had some interesting developments with Amazon and some goodies with new covers and blurbage from long awaited books!
First up – Amazon is going to offer a new Kindle that will be cheaper than the current Wifi/3G models the Kindle will be around $114 which is $25 cheaper. But to make up with the lower price it will host ads in the screensaver mode or at the homepage. They have stated that the ads wont be intrusive and will hope to reach a wider audience with a cheaper price. Now I am not sure about this because I am not a fan of ads even if is on a standby mode and I am not sure if this will catch on because its only 25 dollars cheaper but who knows!

February wasn’t a good month for print books – in fact it was more evidence of the growth of ebooks overtaking print – most notably paperbacks which fell 41.5 % which translated to $29.3 million in sales whilst ebooks grew around 202.3 % which made around $90.3 million. Hardbacks didn’t fare any better because they fell around 43% and made around $46.2 million. The future is really digital!

Author Courtney Milan has a great post explaining about the issues surrounding the now stalled Google Settlement. She lays out clearly the true costs this venture would have cost authors and it would not be a good thing.

The Wicked Pretty Things anthology has been officially cancelled – at this point I don’t think a lot of people have been surprised by this. But the fact that the response from the publisher regarding their Publishers Weekly post was a lot to be desired.  Especially about how they reacted to this blowup has added more fuel to the fire especially with book blogger Cleolinda who has followed this whole saga from the beginning and I think she has been fantastic about the whole coverage. She has posted a new blog entry about the fact that this wasn’t the first time that this happened concerning other stories, with another author offering more info that it may not be all Telep’s fault.

Now for some gurrrd upcoming covers!

Ilona Andrews has unveiled the cover for Fate’s Edge which is the 3rd book in the Edge series. I really like it- she also has a snippet from the Prologue although it can change because it is still the first draft.

Kelly Gay’s The Hour of the Dust and Ashes which is slated to come out in September.

And we also have Seanan Mcguire’s latest October Daye book! One Salt Sea (I think this is my favourite yet!)

October “Toby” Daye is settling into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She’s actually dating again, and she’s taken on Quentin as her squire. So, of course, it’s time for things to take a turn for the worse.

Someone has kidnapped the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must find the missing boys and prove the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. Toby’s search will take her from the streets of San Francisco to the lands beneath the waves, and her deadline is firm: she must find the boys in three days’ time, or all of the Mists will pay the price. But someone is determined to stop her — and whoever it is isn’t playing by Oberon’s Laws…

Lauren Dane has a new series coming up called  Bound By Magic! The first book Heart of Darkness is coming out in November 2011. (anyone thinks that cover looks like it’s been inspired from Lauren’s author pic? Another proof that this author rocks!)

Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of the Clan. It’s a direct violation of the Clan Code of Conduct, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel’s willing to make a deal. One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch, and she’s eager to go further: he’s her bond mate, a legal conduit into the world of Clan witches and their magic.

Playing by the rules isn’t Dominic’s style, but bonding with Meriel—night after explosive night—is. However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic’s mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magic addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches. Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her Clan, and the man Meriel loves, and it’s casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness.

The ads in the new Kindle has given new light to the idea of ebooks with ads- would you buy/read an ebook if it has ads? Is it a good idea?

About Has

Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • Estella April 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I would not buy a Kindle with ads, nor an ebook with them.

  • Mel April 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I wouldn't buy a paperback with ads in so why would I buy kindle with ads? Glad I already have my ad free kindle!

  • Sheree April 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    No ads in my ebooks, please. It's one thing to have ads in a paper book (the pages can be ignored), but it's another to have an ever present ad while reading an ebook.

  • LSUReader April 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I don't want advertising on the items I've purchased. Isn't Amazon getting a high enough profit margin off the Kindle? Give it a rest, already.

  • Jen B. April 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I think Kindle needs to further define "ads" before I make that decision.

  • Jenny N. April 16, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I don't think I will mind the ads if its only in standby mode.

  • Jessinia April 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I'm in the minority here, because I just had to preorder that Kindle with ads and am looking forward to it. I actually like the idea that I could get some good deals from Amazon along with the garbage (makeup ads, car ads, that sort of thing) I don't need. Not to mention, my Cruz tablet is just not cutting it (three months in and I still don't know how to use it) and I want a dedicated reader.

  • draconismoi April 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Ugh, ads in my ebooks? No-freaking-way.

    Unless they are ads AT THE END for similar books. I always loved those inserts in the backs of YA books I got from the library….helped me find new authors.

    As for being in the minority, I think I'm there on Toby. Feed has to be one of my favorite books of the last decade, but I cannot for the life of me finish Rosemary and Rue.

    Fate's Edge definitely has a superior cover to the previous Edge books. I love Ilona's writing, but I have yet to like any of her American book covers. Fate's Edge is edging in the right direction – from blegh to meh.

  • JenM April 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I think the Kindle with ads would be tolerable as long as the ads are only on the screensaver page. I'm pretty good at ignoring that kind of stuff. If I had a choice, though, I wouldn't buy the one with the ads. As for the ebooks themselves, UGH! The only way I'd put up with that is if they are at the very beginning where I can flip through them, or at the very end where I can ignore them.

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