More bad news at B&N; Cities without bookstores

File this under ‘please don’t die’: Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has resigned. His replacement has not been named but the change means that, “CFO Michael Huseby would become CEO of Nook Media and president of Barnes & Noble.”

After my local B&N closed at the end of June (surprisingly because the property owner didn’t renew their lease), I’ve been driving 10 miles up the road. It’s not too far of a hike but consider this: I live in an American city that has zero general interest bookstores.

Morning Cuppa – 05/14/13 – Artisanal publishing! Fake currency! Nook 2nd life!

 

Morning Cuppa – 05/03/13 – Hugh Howey! Free Nook books*! Print sales!

Have a good weekend folks!

Morning Cuppa – 04/10/13 – Brian K Vaughan! NOOKPress! Aliens in our DNA!

I hope that today sees Apple reversing course on a decision they’ve made. Having experienced the arbitrary decision-making process first hand when submitting apps, it is incredibly frustrating, especially since they offer no chance of appeal. With any luck, they’ll get a drubbing in the press all day today.

  • Brian K Vaughan, whose comic ‘Y: The Last Man’ I just happen to be reading right now has found himself in a censorship dispute with Apple over the latest comic in his current series, Saga. Because of a couple of panels depicting homosexual sex, Apple pulled the comic from iTunes. Now before you say, ‘well, maybe it was just for showing anything graphic,’ there have been other instances in this same series of heterosexual sex, including an orgy that passed by the censors without issue. Check out more on Tor.com and how you can find copies of the comic outside of iTunes.
  • Barnes & Noble have revamped their PubIt! service and renamed it NOOKPress. TechCrunch calls it, “more of a destination than KDP, akin to a blend between an iBooks Author and a simple upload and publish tool.” As one of the only remaining competitors to Amazon’s monopoly, and a flagging one at that, I’m hopeful that this picks up their competitive edge, rather than being too little, too late.
  • I loved this article from Discovery magazine about a theory from a scientific journal that asked, ‘what if our DNA contains a coded message from an alien civilization?’ It’s pretty out there and would probably make a great scifi book (if someone recalls this being used before please leave a note in the comments). The biggest problem I see with it, and that the author mentions towards the end is that it automatically brings to mind Intelligent Design- that belief held by certain Christians that life (and in this case, DNA) is far too complicated to have come about without the machinations of an outside agent.

Saw this on Gawker today, from XKCD:

Morning Cuppa – 03/26/13 – Neal Asher! Midlister blues! What is a geek?!

Good morning, folks. The life partner and I (is she really a girlfriend after nearly 8 years?) painted the office this weekend and doing that little bit of work to improve that space has me reinvested in my work. I’m plugging away, creating the framework for my next novel and it had me wondering about other author’s approaches. What is it that keeps them motivated? How much do they write? Do they do it full time? Fortunately, the answer wasn’t further away than my NEW rss reader, Feedly (up yours Google for killing Reader).

  • Neal Asher shares his approach to working on novels and it basically comes down to 8 to 5, 2000 words a day. He remarks that being self-employed before he started writing full time was a real boon because it helped him realize that when he wasn’t working, he wasn’t earning.
  • Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster are in a tiff right now that has resulted in the bookseller dramatically reducing orders from the publisher. YA novelist Stephanie Burgis writes on her blog that while she’s certain they’ll come to some terms, mid-list authors such as herself are getting shafted in the meantime. She’s signed on with Simon & Schuster and her book, among many others, is being released during this dispute. Because of the pace of the publishing, there’s small chance that her book will end up in stores after the dust has settled since they’ll already be looking forward to the next thing getting published. It’s heartbreaking to read because she has no control over the process and has, naturally, poured her heart and soul into her book.
  • The first episode of the BBC radio play for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is now available online and iTunes for download.
  • Finally, Felicia Day announces a second season of Geek & Sundry and takes a serious tone, asking, “what is a geek?” I couldn’t agree more about the fact that geeks have just become a box for marketers to put a checkmark in. In fact, I’ve been trying to craft an essay about my struggles with being a geek and how much consumerism is tied to it. I’m interested to see where this discussion goes…