Last tidbits for the month of January:
MotherVook? Sounds alien to me, but it's another brick on the changing publishing landscape. Barnes & Noble announced that publishers, by way of the MotherVook platform, will be able to upload content to create multimedia versions of their books themselves.
A continuing discussion within publishing--at least among the African-American members--is how poorly books by and about African-Americans are treated by booksellers and publishers. A sad fact. Kudos to agent Kristin Nelson for highlighting the truth of this based on her experiences: Publishing Is Not Color Blind.
I get that Zondervan and Baker want to provide something other than "Thanks, but no thanks" to authors of rejected manuscripts, but authonomy?
The big news of the week, of course, is the launch of Apple's iPad, a touchscreen device bigger than an iPhone and smaller than a laptop. Along with it, Apple is launching its own iBook software and iBookstore. iBook titles will run about $15. (If readers don't like paying $9.99 for Kindle titles, will they pay more for iBooks?) It will also support the ePub format. No phone capabilities, which to me seems to be a drawback. Do folks want an iPod--wait, that's included--,an iPhone and an iPad? Not to mention a laptop because I'm thinking that on-screen keyboard is not great for writing. I'm guessing Apple hopes you do. I've not been converted yet, but...
Watch the 8-min demo video below for a look at the iPad:
And here's what pundits in the publishing world think about it...
Have a great weekend!
Peace & Blessings,
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