Notes: Kindle 2 Kontroversy; E-Books; New Blogs and Videos
An unhappy Kindle 2 user has filed a class-action lawsuit against Amazon, charging that cracks on the e-reader's frame have led the device to freeze, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"I think it's a much bigger problem, given the number of posts going up everyday," the plaintiff's lawyer said. "These are just the tip of the iceberg."
An Amazon spokesman told the Journal that the company encourages users with cover attachment problems "to return the cover and device for a free replacement so we can investigate further."
Author Jeffery Deaver chose his top 10 computer novels for the Guardian, which noted that "long before e-books appeared, computers were providing rich material for writers."
NPR's All Things Considered showcased "Radio Reads . . . If you listen to radio, you know it's an intimate medium, and, no offense to my cat, for me, radio is an essential companion. If you've ever known that feeling, even for a moment, then these three books might be on your wavelength."
Quirk Books, publisher of the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has released a book trailer for its next mashup, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
"Shop Local--Save the Planet" is the message of a new retro video made by the Regulator Bookshop, Durham, N.C. Co-owner Tom Campbell wrote: "The basic story is that folks that order from Amazon put three times as many trucks on the road--driving hundreds of miles from the warehouses to their hometown--compared to folks that order from a local store."
HarperStudio's blog, the 26th Story, offered writers preparing for a bookstore signing five tips from Bookseller X "to make a local event work . . . and keep your local booksellers happy."
- We are investing in you. Invest in us!
- Don't spread yourself too thin.
- Please don't second-guess the bookstore.
- Stay calm; do not panic!
- Enjoy your big day!
Eslite Books, Taiwan's biggest book store, and Far EasTone Telecommunications have joined forces "to promote e-books on the island. They plan to launch an e-book service and e-reader by the second quarter of next year," ITworld reported, noting that the "goal for Far EasTone is to explore e-reading on a range of devices and not just one e-reader, a company official said. Smartphones, mobile Internet devices, netbooks and other devices could also serve as e-readers, the official said."
In Australia, the Bookshop, Darlinghurst, Sydney, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as "the iconic peddler of GLBT books and culture," according to SX News. What's its secret to success?
"We've adapted to change. We've had to," said Graeme Aitken, who told SX News that, "rather than allow online retailers to trample them, the Bookshop has embraced cyberspace, now selling a large proportion of its books online to customers around Australia and overseas via its website."
"The other thing that's been integral to our survival is that we've really diversified the store," he added. "It's not just books anymore and hasn't been for a long time. The last few years, we've really moved into DVDs, CDs and calendars. We actually sell more DVDs than books now. Our biggest-selling title last year was a DVD, the movie Shelter, which sold 400 copies in one month. It's been a decade since we sold 400 copies of a book in one month!"
SX News suggested that "it could be argued that the Bookshop has transcended its original raison d'être to become a one-stop GLBT cultural centre."
Carl Lennertz, v-p for independent retailing at HarperCollins, editor and Publishing Insider blogger, has set up another site, boomertop5.com, devoted to music. Recent posts include "top five Motown song covers" and a quiz: "Which three bands changed male lead singers mid-career and became even more successful." He's looking for help with music lists.
Not only that, he's hoping to hear from booksellers about their favorite backlist book--from any publisher--and will post them at backlistbookoftheday.com and link to the book at their site.
Today is Jessica Stockton Bagnulo's last day at McNally Jackson Books, New York City, where she has worked for three years as events coordinator. She moves on fulltime to her bookstore, Greenlight Bookstore, which she opens with Rebecca Fitting in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn in September.
In a general e-mail, she wrote: "Hosting events at McNally has been like throwing a party four to six nights a week, and I've loved every minute. I hope to bring to bear at Greenlight everything I've learned in this fascinating and challenging job." She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dustin Kurtz, who has been running the store's website and occasionally hosting events, is becoming events coordinator at McNally Jackson. He may be reached at email@example.com.