Friday, May 7, 2010

The Week In Books: Google's E-Bookstore Is Your New Bicycle, Sony E-Reader Proves Schlock Sells Electronically, Mash-Ups - I Hate'Em,

After producing a vat of this stuff, guilty publishers use the remainders to manufacture zombie mash-up novels.

There will be no need to add a hint as to the free book contest at the end of this post, as Christopher Schaeffer knocked my poorly disguised tendencies out of the park. Next week's Back List title is The Castle Of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino.

I am that obvious.

In any case, you can check out Mr. Schaeffer on Tumblr. There's a reason he got that so quick. Well, actually it's because I'm that obvious.

Let's have some Week In Books fun now.

Google E-Bookstore Could Be What Is Right

Fair and equitable. This PC World article is by far the best one on Google's plans to launch a e-bookstore this summer. The thing that jumps off the page, er, screen is the fact that Google is going to be very aggressive in its affiliate program in order to coax booksellers, that's right book-jockeys, to participate and sell from their catalog.

If Google can get in the 20% share for booksellers then I for one would fully back their launch and or open an online bookstore. The percentages Amazon offers, or even the program I use with Powell's, is comical at best.

I truly hope Google looks at becoming an online book clearing house. That would be visionary and full of hope.

Sony E-Reader Proving That E-Book Readers Are Run-Of-The-Mill

Per a GalleyCat post, it seems people have actually been buying and using Sony's buy Dan Brown. The 10,000,000th customer purchased Digital Fortress, which if you don't know is one of Brown's...uh...formative works.

It's not that I don't like D. Brown. It's just that I long for a day when Harriet Beecher Stowe was a bestseller. We were there once. We can get there again.

Boy. That was as tender and spirited as I've been in years.

The top 5 list on the Sony E-Reader looks about par for the wasted course. Though it could be worse. It could be a harbinger's registry of publishing woes.

Mash-Ups Have To Go

Seriously. This stuff is inexcusable. Pastiche of a genre of pastiche is, no hyperbole here, awful.

But worthy of a movie option.

It does make sense from a publishing standpoint. There are tons of graduates of writing programs with slickly penned crappy novels (senior thesis) so thoroughly starved of ideas that even they know not to think of them as worthy beyond their own egoism. Yet they are so polished... Really, we need to harness these workshop craftsmen and women. Especially because they write so damn clean. No editing needed at all. A breeze to publish. I know! Let's have them write pastiche!

Please, everyone. No mash-ups at home. What will you tell your grandchildren?

Toronto District School Board Going Electronic With Texts

This is going to happen more and more. Text books are toxic to print, wasteful in consumption and quickly outmoded. This is a good article discussing the precedence of such a decision and what it's impact will be for the city of Toronto.

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