Posted without comment, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4952658/Reading-makes-feel-empathy-others.html
As a book lover I really feel for the lady in this article, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2521221/Opening-book-kill-English-student-forced-drop-university-potentially-fatal-dust-allergy.html. Imagine not being able to pursue your chosen subject, literature due to being allergic to the dust generated by old tomes. My immediate thought was to the effect “why can’t the lady read books on a Kindle avoiding the need to open dusty books?” On reflection I assume that not all of the books required for this student’s course are available as ebooks. I wish this lady well in her studies (she has moved to another course and is now studying from home).
Today’s Daily Mail has an article regarding Amazon’s statement that a quarter of the company’s 100 bestselling books are by indie authors. The figures pertain to the USA, however it is believed that similar statistics apply as regards the United Kingdom. There are, perhaps not surprisingly a lot of sour grapes in the comments following on from the article, to the effect that all indie works are of inferior quality and “real” authors are published by established publishing houses. In reality there are, of course poor quality works in the indie sector and that of traditional publishing. The article provides hope for all us self-published authors and those considering self-publishing. For the article please visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518546/Amazon-reveal-quarter-100-Kindle-books-written-self-published-indie-authors.html
Several days ago I linked to an article in which the author of the detective novel, A Cookoos’s Calling was outed as none other than JK Rowling (the author of Harry Potter) rather than as stated by the publisher, one Robert Galbraith. At the time some commentators speculated that it was all a publicity stunt by Ms Rowling to boost the sales of A Cookoo’s Calling. I, personally kept an open mind on the matter and was inclined to accept the author’s version of events that the leaking of her real identity was none of her doing. However it has now been revealed that the entertainment firm of solicitors, Russels was responsible for the leak (it was none of the author’s doing)! I will refrain from commenting on what the unauthorised leak may do for the reputation of Russels but, be that as it may the story is an interesting one. For the article please visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2369111/JK-Rowling-Robert-Galbraith-leak-came-solicitor-OWN-law-firm.html
The Daily Mail reports that the crime novel, A Cuckoo’s Calling, by the first time author Robert Galbraith wasn’t selling well until it was discovered that it had, in fact been written by one JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame! The book is now selling like hot cakes. I must be one of the few people who has never read any of the Harry Potter novels, however being a lover of crime fiction I’m tempted to head over to Amazon and purchase Robert’s (sorry Rowling’s) latest offering! For the article please visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362812/Harry-Potter-author-JK-Rowlings-crime-thriller-A-Cuckoos-Calling-rejected-publisher-sales-soared-revealed-writer.html
The founder of the book shop Waterstones, Tim Waterstone, is launching a new service, Read Petite which will allow subscribers to read serialised novels and short stories on their mobiles and other mobile devices. Healthy competition in the world of ebooks can only be a good thing and it will be interesting to see how Read Petite competes with big players such as Amazon and Apple. For more on the story please visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2307354/Dickens-goes-digital-Waterstones-founder-revives-serialised-novels-e-book-store-Read-Petite.html
An interesting article in The Daily Mail caught my attention, “Read it and weep! Modern day books contain 14% less emotional content than books published 100 years ago”, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2296585/Read-weep-Modern-day-books-contain-14-emotional-content-books-published-100-years-ago.html
A lesson to all writers to check our writing carefully prior to publishing (see the use of a word other than the intended one, gum in this article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290084/Chew-wont-believe-Milton-Keynes-set-town-Britain-ban-chewing-gum.html).