Top Twos-Day: Amazon scores, Independent Bookstores secure lead

Amazon Books, the company's first brick-and-mortar store, opened Nov. 3, 2015 in Seattle's University District.

Amazon Books, the company’s first brick-and-mortar store, opened Nov. 3, 2015 in Seattle’s University District.

Top Two Topics landing on my desk this week:

1 – HarperCollins, under their HarperOne division, will accept non-agented manuscripts for their new imprint, HarperLegend. The press release is everywhere, but I couldn’t find it on the HarperCollins site. Publishers Weekly says, “According to HarperOne, online submissions will be reviewed by HarperLegend’s editorial team. If accepted, authors will receive royalties for the e-book publication of their novels, access to HarperCollins’s individualized editorial direction, and custom marketing and publicity guidance. Titles that do well in digital will be released in print.” Read more on Publishers

2 – Amazon takes the brick and mortar formula by storm. In August, we heard the talk, Amazon will open a bookstore! Reality is better than fiction: they know readers’ buying habits, collected info for years, and now they’re handpicking stock. The Seattle Times quotes Amazon’s vice pres. of books, Jennifer Cast, “It’s data with heart,” she said. “We’re taking the data we have and we’re creating physical places with it.” I know I’m feeling soft and fuzzy, aren’t you? Check out the full article at Seattle

More Top Twos-Day news…

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Sunday Funny: cooking the books

Sunday Funny Roxie's Blog

Like cooking and reading? What about playing word games? NPR’s Ask Me Another’s recent podcast offered a sweet break from the norm. (Read previous Sunday Funny mashups.)

Here’s a taste for you, “Laura Hillenbrand’s 2001 nonfiction book about a legendary championship horse reveals why he ran so fast. Waiting for him at the end of the finish line was a delicious Southern breakfast dish featuring round breads drenched in a savory sauce.”

Ask Me Another Game Show

Guess? Yep, Seabiscuits and gravy!

Catch all the crazy Ask Me Another mashups

and More Sunday Funnys…

to tickle your ribs.

An addiction…


This is totally me! I can’t go into an independent bookstore without picking up a stack of books!
Friends don’t let friends book shop alone, lol.

It’s who we know


Many thanks to Sunscribe team member Annamaria for connecting us with her friend Micki.
Micki had three display bookshelves she wished to give to a good home.
Annamaria,  who knows my rescue reputation,  immediately contacted me to see if Sunscribe could use them.
You bet we can!
Shoutout to Micki for her generosity and willingness to assist deconstructing the shelves to fit in my car.
Pics of reassembled shelves with Sunscribe’s books coming soon!

Reading Room


imageLast night I attended one of the local book clubs meeting at Amélie’s French Bakery. The perfect location to chat about the book The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

We traversed the French countryside, recalling moments that moved us from this livre passionnant. Topped off with wine, de chocolat and a few side topics, the evening was magnifique!

Should you read it? Check out the teaser and decide for yourself – from Kristin Hannah’s website.


No napping here! “Notice and Stay Down” Provision


Anyone familiar with the Authors Guild? Great organization, which I recommend writers check out, become members and actively participate.

But there’s an issue where more is lurking below than meets the eye.
A few of us are concerned about the proposed “Notice and Stay Down” Provision. The subject: piracy, plagiarism and fair use – content on websites, blogs, Facebook, etc.

If you’re not familiar with it, or think it has nothing to do with you, you are misinformed.

Here’s an excerpt from the Digital Reader,

“For example, how would you build an automated system to block a pirated Doctor Who stream but not block the legit Hugo Awards stream? How would you block a pirated song but not remove a home video of a bouncing baby or block the audio of a robotics competition because that song was briefly heard in the background? And how would you create an automated system to block to prevent the upload of a pirated ebook without also blocking texts that engage in literary criticism?

My point is that this is not nearly as simple as The Authors Guild makes it sound. What’s more they’re asking for a system which is already in place on some services and has been repeatedly shown to be flawed.

It doesn’t work, and no amount of wishful thinking on the part of The Authors Guild can change that fact.”

Gather facts, folks, and then help make your online world. The article quoted above provides a link to the Authors Guild site, so I did not include it here.

The full article at Digital Reader…

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