Sunday, 20 December 2009

Sunday Salon – Pressies, Rumours and Closures

It the last Sunday before the big day and the last few days to get in the pressies…. I wish you all luck, for those who have left it all to the last minute or for those who had no choice but to leave it for the last minute. Not only do you have hordes of shoppers to content with – but the weather this year is not helping at all. As I said – good luck to you..

This weeks book round up from me – I had a pretty low key week with my reading, I have been reading a lot of shorts and I find I am enjoying them alot. There’s a certain something about a book that just takes up at the essential point and does it’s business and leave you with a happy grin – I am liking it, it’s something I will be doing more of in the New Year.

This week also there's been “author behaving badly” and gotten more publicity that she actually deserved, but Jenre – from Well Read blog did an excellent article I thought on the authors that are complimentary on the blog comments, but snarkily pops off an email to you in private crying boo-hoo you have done me wrong and I don’t deserve it…

See the discussion here. -

 

 

Anyway, back to my original point.  What annoyed me mostly about this email was that the author had put a nice comment on the end of the review - a sort of, thanks for reviewing my book - so the whole world could see what a lovely person they are, how polite they are in the face of criticism, how reasonable.  Then they'd emailed me and been almost hysterical in their criticism of the review.  Talk about two faced.

So what am I to do now? I had several options:
1. Post up the email so the whole world could see it.
2. Ignore it, delete it and forget it.
3. Reply to the author.
4. Rant on to a 'safe' person.
5. Do a blog post about it.

Authors Behaving Badly (c) Jenre

 

I mention a few weeks ago that Borders UK is on it’s last leg, well the end is here – Tuesday the 22Dec, Borders UK will be no more… Sad day…

 

On another news front there has been some rumblings and denials that Amazon are on the look out for premises to act as pick up point for it’s ever increasing online book industry…  I think one of the Jane’s from Dear Author mentioned it a while ago that it would not be surprising if Amazon enters the publishing industry and I am quietly coming around to that thinking as well… only time will tell..

 

Rumors surfaced this weekend that online retail giant Amazon.com is secretly planning to open its own stores on high street. Citing unnamed property owners, the Sunday Times reported that Amazon "is understood to be scouring the country for high-profile sites".

Amazon to set up shop on high street?

 

On another sour note- Google has loses it’s battle in the courts over the scanning and publishing of a body of works by French publishers La Martiniere – that is also another news matter that I will be keeping on eye on..

 

A Paris court has ruled that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is guilty of violating copyrights in a case brought by French publishers against the search giant’s digital books project. Google will have to pay €300,000 ($430,000) in damages and interest to French publisher La Martiniere

Google Books Loses French Court Battle Over Copyright Infringement

 

On a happier note - quite a few publishing house or having fantastic discounts on either individual books or blocks of books. If you have a favourite publisher make sure you visit, as you might be pleasantly surprise at not only the discounts but the free reads as well.

 

 

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From The Sunday Salon site –

What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....

That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book

 

 

10 Speak To Me:

Amy C on 20 December 2009 at 13:47 said...

Some interesting news you've passed along. I have been wondering about Amazon and publishing. They already do do some publishing. AmazonEncore. I have a book by Kayla Kluver that was published with AmazonEncore. I don't know much about it though.

I'm sorry to hear your Borders are closing up too. Mine is done January 31 st. But we will still have the large Borders. It's just that it's 30 minutes away.

I'm done with all my Christmas shopping, but I am going out today. I will probably regret it, but it should be interesting :).

Erotic Horizon on 20 December 2009 at 14:11 said...

Hey Amy...

I have heard of Cayla's work - I saw the Spain cover when I ordered it for my Son...

There isn't really enough info about the Encore program to see how it works and they have only a few titles under their belt at the moment...

I am going to miss Borbers - I am sorry to hear about yours though... I hope they work something out for the staff...

Happy thoughts for you and your shopping trip today - I think you are going to need it...

E.H>

Jenre on 20 December 2009 at 15:28 said...

Thanks for the 'heads up', EH. :)

I have to say I'm not 100% sure that Amazon in the high street will work. Its main draw has always been that it can survive when other shops are closing because it doesn't have to pay the outgoings such as rental and workforce costs that most retailers do. It seems odd when large chains like Borders are closing that they would contemplate such a move. I'll certainly be following this news with interest.

Chris on 20 December 2009 at 15:36 said...

Sad to lose a nearby bookstore... I suppose the small independent stores are already long gone?

Erotic Horizon on 20 December 2009 at 16:07 said...

@Jenre..

I agree with you to a point... With the Post Office drama - cowboy courier service and other issues with delivery...

On balance it just might work out if they have a warehouse style collection system - So as with all things Amazon...

I'll keep an an eye on this....

That article you did was well said - it definitely needs highlighting..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 20 December 2009 at 16:11 said...

@Chris...

I have one Independent near to me - about 20 minutes and I swear I fret every week that they are going to go out of business...

Not only is online trade an issue, but the supermarkets over here are like a one stop shop and with there clout to mass buy... they eat alot of the trade away from the highstreets...

I will have to now venture into Waterstones or Foyle... not my favourite set of shops...


Happy Sunday hon...

E.H>

Suzanne on 20 December 2009 at 18:48 said...

It's hard for me to believe that Borders UK is closing shop! And 'they' say that it's just the independent bookstores that are in danger! I am not surprised at the Amazon rumor of them getting into the publishing business. They certainly have their hands in a lot of things. It will be interesting to see if they open their own doors too! Thanks for all the great info!

Erotic Horizon on 20 December 2009 at 19:01 said...

@Suzanne..

I know what you mean - Although Borbers UK was not owned by the umbrella company Borders Int.. it is still a bitter pill to swallow...

Amazon definitely have there fingers in a whole lot of little pies... We all wait to see what they will get up..

Have a great week my dear...

E.H>

Marissa on 20 December 2009 at 20:56 said...

Thanks for the heads up with the news...

Said to hear your Borders is closing, we don't have bookstores like that in Holland, I order all my books online, would love to have a store like Borders.

I am done with the Christmas shopping, so no more holiday stress for me. I am staying for away from all the giftshops!

Erotic Horizon on 20 December 2009 at 22:14 said...

@ Marissa..

Good for you -all done with your pressies...

And I don't blame you - no more shops for me as well..

E.H>