Posts tagged books
Posts tagged books
A kind of nasty review for Kevin Barry’s City Of Bohane, unattributed too which seems odd:
There are other oddities, notably a first-person narrator who makes his presence felt every so often, but so glancingly that you wonder what he’s doing there, and by the end his function, if he has one, remains unclear. Barry has a remarkable talent, as is evident from his short stories, but a novel requires particular qualities — a satisfying structure, a mastery of the long, developing narrative and complex characters of psychological and emotional depth — that aren’t essential, or sometimes even required, in the shorter form. On this showing, the author has yet to command these qualities.
Another title I commissioned is coming out this month!
This one is a cracker of a historical crime story, The Missing Postman.
Debbie Thomas’ Dead Hairy, which I commissioned while at Mercier Press, is coming out in April. The cover is great! I’m looking forward to seeing this in print, Debbie’s a great writer and the book is a wonderful read.
Read more about the book here.
Here’s one I commissioned earlier!
Clive Hollick’s The Battle Of Benburb will be out in June and I’m definitely looking forward to it!
And it went like this:
Digital content WILL dominate the future*. You don’t have to like that, but you DO have to accept it. When you accept that you’ll begin to see that the systems behind publishing need to change rapidly or else you need to create a new organisation to work within the new rules (and economic realities). It’s time for the industry to stop worrying about Apple, Amazon and Google. It is time for the industry to just forget about all of them and to decide how it is going to bring stories to readers in a way that keeps it relevant, interesting and hopefully profitable or else to decide that it is going to grow old and die gracefully. In either case, I’m pretty sure it’s time to shut up and do it.The rest of it is here! Eoin
HERE is why we at OR dread dealing with intermediary sellers—sure, by spurning a behemoth like Amazon, we can feel morally superior (strange to think that Barnes & Noble is today’s underdog)—but that’s not the primary reason. It’s that the big stores are such whiners, and unfortunately they’re…
John Oakes hits the nail on the head here!
Giving Apple more benefit of doubt that they probably deserve on this issue, making purchasing work the same way in all apps would be a lovely thing for usability. In utopian ecommerce, you would buy anything for use with an app from within the app and it would always work almost the same way.
Now…what’s that worth? How large a piece of each purchase is your company willing to give Apple just so that everything can be all tidy like that?
That’s a really big cut for an abstract benefit. A 30% cut makes sense for apps themselves, but it sure doesn’t for in-app purchases. It’s gouging and the market is definitely not going to bear it.
I have dared to predict. Now let’s sit back and watch the fur fly.
Amazing graphic (with thumbnail click throughs) from The Book Depository of the top 1000 selling books in 2010.
Little Red and The Wolf. My own adaptation of the story.
Dean Johnson (Creative Director at Brandwidth), with the help of his crystal ball, gives us six key digital publishing developments for 2011.