Last week, Publisher’s Weekly announced that Vook is releasing 19 titles for the iPad. I’m very happy about this because my husband owes me an iPad and because as I said back in November when I bought my first (and only) Vook, I want an e-reader device with video. Steve Jobs heard my prayers and answered them.
And while we’re on the topic of ebooks, Galley Cat reports that author John Scalzi defended Randy Cohen after Cohen wrote a controversial column in the New York Times stating that it’s okay to pirate an e-book once you’ve already purchased the hardcover. Scalzi says once you’ve bought one copy of the book, you’ve fulfilled your contract with the author. I wish I’d known this the last time I purchased multiple hardcovers of an author’s book. I could have just bought one and stolen the others. Damn.
For those of you who are disappointed that you’ll never get to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show, there’s hope. Also via Galley Cat, there’s rumored to be a book club show on Oprah’s OWN cable channel: the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The Millions has a great essay on what it’s like to cease to exist (on the Internet).
Eric at Pimp My Novel gives his two cents about self-publishing, and a guest blogger for Intern, Lindsey Carmichael, writes a fantastic post about how to make your book jump off the shelves of bookstores. READ this post. It’s fabulously informative.
Don’t forget to enter the latest Writerland contest to win a copy of the hot-off-the-presses Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook and a critique of 20 pages of your work. I’m dying to know where y’all are from and what kind of ice cream you like!
And now, just for fun: If you’re a fan of Death Cab for Cutie, as am moi, and you’ve always wondered where they got their name, here’s a video sent to me from RJ Squirrel by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (duh), who performed this song for the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” movie.