Rob LaZebnik’s Message for the Class of 2013 | Saturday Essay – WSJ.com

Rob LaZebnik’s Message for the Class of 2013 | Saturday Essay – WSJ.com

eloisajames:

This is a story about a very curvy heroine, so think of the skinny heroine above (the novel’s stepback) as a publisher commentary on what they think readers want.

*applause*

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Okay. Got it. I haven’t actually heard anyone argue that print books will not continue to have a place in our lives. But the very fact that so many from the traditional publishing sector feel the need to reiterate these talking points argues against the very point that they’re trying to make.

(via BEA authors: Ebooks will never replace books)

Mass Romance Novel Publisher Going All In On E-Books | Wired Business | Wired.com

E-books are becoming more popular by the minute thanks to devices like the Kindle, Nook, and iPad, but major dead tree publishers have been hesitant to go all in—until now. Dorchester Publishing, which describes itself as the “oldest independent mass market publisher in America,” has decided to ditch its mass printing business to go digital- and print-on-demand only.

Unsurprisingly, Dorchester had a little nudge in that direction: the publisher said that sales of its books had declined a whopping 25 percent in just the last year, while its e-book sales are expected to double in 2011. The company specializes in romance, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy novels and sells directly to major retailers like Wal-Mart.

(via Mass Romance Novel Publisher Going All In On E-Books | Wired Business | Wired.com)

An error in the headstone of British novelist and poet, Anne Bronte’s, grave has finally been corrected after 164 years of her passing.

Bronte who is credited with two novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, died on 28 May, 1849 in Scarborough, after battling pulmonary tuberculosis. She was 29. But the headstone at her grave in St Mary’s Churchyard said that she was 28.

Keeping in tune with her approaching 164th death anniversary, a new plaque with her correct age was unveiled during a service, according to BBC News.

(via Anne Bronte Grave Headstone Error Corrected after 164 Years – International Digital Times UK)