Sunday, July 19, 2009

Our video, the Swindle, and sea monsters..

An eventful week, just ended.

1) We posted our "Shop Local, Save the Planet" retro video on youtube:
and we're currently at 3,500 views and counting.
Good notices in Bookselling this Week:
and Shelf Awareness:
as well as a really nice press release on July 17 from the Durham Visitors and Convention Bureau:
Bookstores across the country tell us they will be pointing their customers to the video in their stores' upcoming email newsletters.

2) Amazon gave us all another peek into the future when they reached out to all those folks who own Kindles (rhymes with swindle..) and deleted George Orwell's 1984 from the devices--even when people had already paid for the book. A problem with the digital rights to the book, amazon said.

Being astute business folk, amazon is probably already hard at work marketing the Kindle to places like China and Iran. Authoritarian regimes everywhere are going to love the ability to edit, delete, and snoop on what people are reading. Of course that kind of thing will never happen here...

George Orwell would not be a fan of this device.

3) Saving the biggest news for last. Quirk Books, publisher of the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has announced its next mashup, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. And I was just sure their next book was going to be Wuthering Heights with Werewolves..