Once again food for thought on the NYTimes Room for Debate page..
Right. It is that day: tomorrow the iPad 3 will be out in stores in the US. In case you plan to queue for hours to get your hands on one of the precious tablets, here’s a list of things you might find useful:
- warm clothes
- battery power
- snacks and fluids
- and of course a good book: may I suggest Chad Harbach (again)? You can read it in hardback before downloading it on your new device and re-read it (it’s that good :)
Everybody is talking about self-publishing these days. It’s everywhere: on twitter, in book sections of newspapers and magazine, on specialized websites and blogs. Even in italy - the land where nothing changes - there is talk about the “new age of publishing”. I find most of this discussion pretty annoying: not because self publishing is to be despised, but simply because a lot of people seem to talk about it without really knowing much about it.
Then today I read this blog entry on The Bookseller website and I thought it did a good job of showing all the pros and cons from different point of views. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the author is the editor of The Friday Project, a digital imprint of HarperCollins and one of the funniest people around on twitter (he’s @meandmybigmouth ).
So.. take a look!
The Book page of the Huffington Post interviews John Locke, the first self-published author to have sold more than one million copies through the Amazon Kindle program. He is going to be published in paperback by S&S in the US and by us at Rizzoli in Italy as a hardcover. Will it have the same success in the physical form? Stay tuned…
In the meantime here’s the first version of the Italian cover created by our designers. Although it was not approved and we are still waiting for the new version you get the idea of what we are going for: a mix of 007 and a mass-market thriller.
Interesting news from Holland: B&N plans to open an ebook store in the country, selling both English and Dutch books through a partnership with the Central Book House. After months of speculation regarding a partnership between B&N and Waterstones to sell the Nook in the UK, this is another sign of the interest of the American company in the European digital market.