A few links for Sunday morning reading:
I saw this article as I was checking out of a hotel and took pictures of the Wall Street Journal, but Holly @hi_26 on Twitter found the online version for me: Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster's financial dispute has led to BN significantly reducing the orders of S&S author books.
The dispute holds risks for both sides. Simon & Schuster is losing sales and promotions at the biggest book chain in the U.S. While the retailer is still carrying the publisher's biggest books in quantity, titles by lesser-known authors have been cut sharply, said the people familiar with the matter. Orders for some titles have been reduced by as much as 90%, according to one literary agent.
A recent walk-through at one of Barnes & Noble's stores in Manhattan found hard-cover editions of such current Simon & Schuster best sellers as Jodi Picoult's novel “The Storyteller” and Clive Davis's memoir “The Soundtrack of My Life.”
Elsewhere, however, the paperback edition of veteran author M.J. Rose's novel “The Book of Lost Fragrances,” published in February, was out of stock and a search of the retailer's online site showed that the book was also unavailable at three other Manhattan locations.
Thank you to LoriK who forwarded me this link to the LA Times article by that looked at how the Amish view the proliferation of Amish romances. Setting aside the unfortunate “bonnet rippers” (OH HOW DROLL) in the headline, the perspectives from the various Amish readers who are interviewed vary in interesting ways – almost parallel to some non-Amish reader reactions to romance:
The authors of the novels themselves claim a wide and appreciative Amish audience. “All of my Amish friends, and their friends, and their friends read my books,” Wanda Brunstetter told me at a book-signing, and Beverly Lewis says Amish fans of her books write to her frequently. Lewis told one reporter that an Amish correspondent once wrote to her, “I don’t want to mislead you, Mrs. Lewis. All of us are reading them under the covers.”
Not quite all. Many of the Amish people I have spoken with display a mix of bemusement and disgust at the novels, especially the covers, with their airbrushed models with plucked eyebrows. They point out glaring inaccuracies in some of the books, such as one Amish person calling another “Mr.” or “Mrs.” On the phone with me, Doretta Yoder expresses more trepidation about the genre than her glowing reviews might suggest. “I have some personal opinions about how some of them write about us,” she tells me, obliquely. “It seems like word has gotten out that if you write about the Amish, you can sell books. I think it’s getting out of hand.”
As long as it took you to sneeze was about as long as it took the Lizzie Bennett Diaries DVD Kickstarter to be funded. Well, actually it took about three hours. The total raised is now over $240,000.00. A related project, Welcome to Sanditon, is introduced on the same page, so it looks like those of you who were totally into the LBD have more to look forward to. Awesome! Graceful curtsey to Francesca for the link.