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Topic: Accentuate the Positive
This episode of The Roundtable was webcast live at 1pm EDT on Thursday, May 6, 2010.
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Dir. of Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World
The cover of Fiction 2010 offers, to say the least, a provocative vision. To our left glides a gentleman in pegged red pants holding an honest-to-God—positively florid—paper-and-ink book. To our right saunters a young lady fixed on the lambent square of her Kindle. They are shortly to meet cute—heads bent, dogs lightly leashed—near a mailbox at the corner of Publishing 3.0. The attractive pair is surrounded by blooms, sunlight, even a deli’s beckoning door. Their future is plentiful and bright—and there is not an iPad in sight.
Tor.com welcomes original short SF and fantasy, broadly defined. We’re particularly interested in stories under 12,000 words, although we’ve made exceptions in the past and will do so again. We pay 25 cents a word for the first 5,000 words, 15 cents a word for the next 5,000, and 10 cents a word after that. Although we try to employ common sense in dealing with edge cases, “original” means original—not previously published. Contrary to some previous reports, we do not want you to query first; to submit to Tor.com, just send us your story.
The Internet Archive is scanning a variety of books in many languages so they can be read by the software and devices blind people use to convert written pages into speech. The organization has 20 scanning centers in five countries, including one in the Library of Congress.
“Publishers mostly concentrate on their newest, profitable books. We are working to get all books online,” Kahle said.
EMI supported their first video for the same song, but wouldn’t allow it to be embedded or pulled from youtube. So, OK GO pretty much said ’see ya’ and eventually ended up breaking their contract with EMI, working as independent band and ended up selling a crap load of CDs anyway and got over 12 million hits on YouTube for their new video. It’s easy to apply that same equation to publishers. Go ahead and block that video, lock in that content, close your Facebook wall, lock your Twitter feed. Then we’ll see what happens when frustrated, yet savvy authors move out and create something amazing for their fans and because they are in love with the process, not the business.
You can pass notes to other people if you like; talking quietly is also fine. But there will be no programming. No one will read anything aloud into a microphone. No one will stand up and say something boring. No one will give you a hard time about reading in a public place, or about what you are reading, and if you decide you’re at a stopping place with Netherland or the anniversary issue of The New Yorker or The Collected Poems of Dan Savage and you want to make small talk with someone, there’s an actual bar for small-talk-making in the very next room.
Local shopping search tool Milo is moving past big-box retailers and is starting to track real-time product availability from one-of-a-kind stores. That brings the total number of products the Palo Alto-based company tracks to 2.8 million.
Milo’s vision is to let consumers know which stores have what right now for every product in the country. For example, when a consumer searches for a product on the site, the company returns in-stock results from nearby outlets. With the new addition of 100 small-time stores today, a small neighborhood boutique should get the same billing as a national chain.
Twitter (as RTd by @digibookworld):
@crych: Lizzie Skurnick: Atlantic understands that they must adapt to web, not the web to them. #dbw
@jasonashlock: One advantage of digital pub: word/page count more flexible. See Tor.com’s new call for shofiction @glecharles #dbw
@jimhanas: I think Instapaper is more important for shofiction and long-form mobile reading than has been recognized. #dbw
@Knownhuman: Digital reading is about discovery without time waste. No need to meet predetermined size #DBW
@jasonashlock: It is a “read everywhere, consume everywhere” world. Pubs, make your content available everywhere @pablod #dbw
@deegospel: will the iPad create a new kind of novel? another good question for me to mull over when i should be sleeping tonight #dbw
@emilyw00: #DBW big question: if we figure out accessibility, cross-platform ?s, can we find more (NEW) readers out there?
@mrmullin: I think we’ll find more readers by creating communities that extend beyond just books. Shout out to @GetGlue #DBW
@jimhanas: Agree w/ @lizzieskurnick. People want recommendations from affinity communities, not algorithms or decision charts. #dbw
@jasonashlock: Magazines boast distinct editorial brands. Can book editors do the same, become recognizable for their tastes? #dbw
@vertigobooks: Go To Hellman: The Starbucks Library, Version 1.0 http://bit.ly/9wNasD #dbw