No Cook’s Source For You!
Cook’s Source scandal! Cook Source folds as a result (thanks, Katiebabs, for heads up), still openly criticizing the writer they plagiarized, despite Grigg’s prior halfhearted apology to the writer. Even after she apologized, Griggs just couldn’t keep from digging a deeper hole. I know this is obvious, but there’s some pretty grand delusions going on at that magazine’s now-defunct-office.
Book Banning or Something Else?
Amazon’s pedophile book brouhaha. Amongst the book community we saw a massive Twitter conversation that spilled into other areas as well. Jessica at Read React Review has a great breakdown and rebuttal on it all a week later.
You can check out a series of videos that journalist Anderson Cooper of CNN did about the scandal if your curious about the book’s contents (he read the book), which was something many thought people couldn’t be judged without knowing what said contents were exactly.
Steampunk is This Month’s Redheaded Stepchild Genre
An Important Message – This Crap Needs To Stop
Dreaming in Books had a moving post up about ill treatment of a fellow student who happens to be a lesbian at their high school. I’m sick and sad that this is happening more and more in high schools, or that it was already happening and no one was doing anything to stop such hurtful and obviously wrong behavior. Kids, no matter how they feel sexually in their vulnerable teenage years, should not have to go through this kind of crap.
James Frey Exposed – Again
I think YA author Maureen Johnson sums it up pretty well.
Kindle Books Can Now Be Gifted
Amazon released news that you can now gift a Kindle book to anyone with an email address – no Kindle required. (via many tweets and retweets on Twitter) It seems, though, that geo restrictions are still muddying the waters, and one UK-er tried to download a Kindle book via email, but was unable to access it. (via @has_bookpushers) They also seem to be taxing the gifted books, but not regularly bought Kindle books. (via @c2s)
Tor.com Can Has Twitter Fun – And You Too!
Tor.com via their twitter account did a hilarious hashtag convo – Alternative Titles for Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately the hashtag they used doesn’t work anymore (nor does any hashtag more than a few days old, apparently), but check out their article for a small sampling. One of mine’s on there! So Long, And Thanks for All the Doom. The other one that’s attributed to me isn’t mine; it was a retweet. Personally, I liked this one of mine, too: Look At Me, Now Back To You, Now Back To Me – Sadly, You Are Not A Hobbit (The Abridged Version).
Before that one, they also did Six Word Fantasy Story and Six Word SciFi Story. I played along with these as well – my Six Word Fantasy was: Dirigibles, science and zombies – oh my. Would love to see more such fun themes from their Twitter account!
Simon and Schuster Galley Grab
Simon and Schuster has a beta Galley Grab program available now for applicants. You can apply if you are a “bookseller, librarian, teacher, journalist, blogger, producer or other publishing professional who does business with Simon & Schuster”. (via Katiebabs)
Stick Together or Speak Up?
At the tail end of the month, A thread on Dear Author addresses a conversation that began over at a romance discussion forum called Romance Divas (a registered members only board, fyi). Should author’s speak up if they don’t like another author’s book?