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Pulitzer Prize winners for 2011 are. . .below the fold.  The medal face you see here is the reverse side. Ben Franklin's profile from the Jean-Antoine Houdon bust is on the obverse.  The whole medal is silver with 24-ct. gold plate.

I've been noticing the attention being paid to the impact of e-readers on the publishing industry and want to devote some time in tonight's newsletter about the significant impact on publishing trends this media has had.

Also included tonight is the latest Weekly Magazine Schedule and an update regarding the NFTT Group Challenge fund drive (thanks aravir.)  ADMINS PLEASE NOTE: Please check this diary weekly and update your copy of the Weekly Schedule included in your diary series.  Please include the NFTT fundraiser link, too.  Thank you!

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Readers & Book Lovers Series Schedule

DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 3:00 PM Science, Math, and Statistics Books plf515
SUN 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
MON 8:00 AM And the Winner Is. . . 88kathy
MON 11:00 AM eReader Cafe Dichro Gal
TUE Noon The Mad Logophile (bi-weekly) Purple Priestess
TUES 8:00 PM Readers & Book Lovers Newsletter Limelite
WED 7:00 AM WAYR? plf515
WED 8:00 PM Bookflurries: Bookchat cfk
THU 11:00AM Books for Young Adults and Children (BYAC) Dichro Gal
THU 8:00PM Write On! SensibleShoes
FRI 9:00 AM Books That Changed My Life etbnc, aravir
SAT 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid
Intermittent Diaries
SUN ? Justice, Not Charity Runaway Rose, allie123
You will notice that series marked suspended last week are now canceled since I did not hear from their Editors that they would be continuing.  Consequently 3 new slots are open for new series.

Looking for Editors

Mystery is a genre that really needs its own series.  In fact, there are other genres that need representation on a weekly basis: thriller/action and graphic/comics.

R&BLers also deserves an on-going series devoted to reviews of current fiction, not to mention a conversation cafe on the classics.  Where are our arguments about the Western Literary Canon?

Is there any interest among our members in political books specifically, and non-fiction (history, biography, special interests like photography and art books)?  This is a political blog and elections are in the offing -- topical, pertinent, and important.

What about My Favorite Author? as a new series?  I'd love to read those diaries where devoted fans gush about their personal "affairs" with writers!

More esoteric, but who knows among our Followers, is antiquarian and out-of-print books that you don't want to  forget, or let us forget about.  Tell us what those books are and why they're on your shelves.

In fact, it would be great to hear every one of our Followers tell the community about their personal libraries -- how it came into being, where its focus is, what you consider before adding a volume to your collection.  If you have an idea for a new series or wish to propose a casual diary for the Group, please message me.

Pulitzer Prizes Awards for 2011

    Nonfiction: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
        Siddhartha Mukherjee

   Fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad
        Jennifer Egan

   Poetry: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
        Kay Ryan

    History: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
        Eric Foner

    Biography: Washington: A Life
        Ron Chernow

This year's Pulitzers in hardcovers from Powell's Books (30% limited time discount).

For Kindle.


Publishing Trends

It's all about the phenomenal impact of e-books.  They were the number one format of books to be sold in the month of February 2011, surpassing adult hardcover and paperback sales, enjoying a triple-digit percentage growth of 202.3%, vs February 2010.  For the year to date 2011 vs 2010), e-books grew 169.4% to $164.1M while
the combined categories of print books fell 24.8% to $441.7M.

   Market data and industry anecdote point to an explosion in e-book sales in the US and UK in 2011. Leading consumer publishers are seeing e-book sales at 10-15 percent of total sales in January and February, driven by Christmas device sales.

    So far e-books had been strongest in niches: romance, business books and frequent travelers. They have now moved into the mass market: few genres will be untouched.

    This shift brings with it a very different market structure, with Waterstones likely to shrink dramatically, technology companies with little stake in the health of publishing taking major roles and publishers faced with disintermediation and forced to build direct consumer relationships for the first time in their history.

With the explosion in popularity of e-books there is a coming trend to market them by brand.  The latest ventures in publishing will probably by-pass paper and go straight to e-Ink.  Oprah may not have her daily TV show with its widely followed book club, but Oprah may become a publisher.   That's right, "Oprah Books" coming to an e-reader near you.

There's no escaping it, the death of the bookstore looms as publishing houses and authors begin direct marketing their wares via social media.  Buy your next book off Facebook.  Some in the publishing field insist that selling DRM-free ebooks in five different formats, that customers can resell will become de rigueur.  Publisher, and even author, to reader direct sales are where the industry is headed.

The $9.99 price point that Amazon associated with best-seller trade titles and that the everyday e-book purchaser thinks should be the top price for all e-books won't last.  The trend is for e-books to become more interactive, enriched, and contain more refined illustrations.  These are going to cost more.  And as increasing numbers of academic books and texts are published as e-books, demands for more sophisticated execution will drive prices up, possibly as high as hardcovers.   Think Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science -- a complete HUGE text online and designed to either stand-alone or be used in conjunction with the hardcover.  It's available for download to the iPad.  Wolfram's revolutionary (or not) e-book is free.  The multi-pound hardcover sells for $34 and change on Amazon (not for Kindle yet).  For more trends.

Another revolutionary trend in textbook publishing is E. O. Wilson's interactive  free online for everyone biology textbook that is under development.  Called Life on Earth, it will draw heavily of movies and digital animations and be self-paced.

What I've featured is the tip of the iceberg on how we'll read in the near future.  The implications for publishing, bookstores, and even schools are enormous.  This isn't change that's merely "coming," this is change that is "avalanching" down on us as I type.


NFTT Groups Challenge Fund Drive Update

As you probably know, NFTT has committed to raising $100,000, which would provide 600 CARE packages to those overseas. Meteor Blades has issued a challenge to DK4 groups to raise a certain amount of money, based on the membership of the group by May 10th.  Our goal is $3000.

So far, we have raised $421.67.  That puts us at around 14% of our goal.  However, of that amount, only $33.33 has come from group members.

aravir estimated that if each group member donated $33.33, we would reach our goal.  Now, based on the number of members who have not donated, and the amount raised so far, we would meet our goal if each group member donated $28.03.

Help us meet our goal by the May 10th deadline, if you can.  Here's where you can make your donation -- and feel especially great about yourself after doing it!

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Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:05 PM PDT.

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  •  Nothing's Happening (14+ / 0-)

    Spent the weekend, today, and will finish tomorrow putting a new domestic water well in at Limelight Farm.  45' deep as opposed to the 21-footer we've used for years.

    I learned a lot about drilling, casings, and bentonite! You can, too.

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 02:05:22 PM PDT

  •  Call me a lemming (4+ / 0-)
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    but I ordered Goon Squad from B&N as soon as I saw it won -- I have a special bookcase just for Pulitzer fiction. Yeah, I know, I'm weird but I always saw it as inspiration for my own writing.

    Should be receiving it in the next couple of days but it will probably be a while before I actually start it -- have to finish Game of Thrones first.

    All stressed out and no one to choke. -6.00, -6.31

    by billssha on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:36:38 PM PDT

  •  I still don't believe it. (3+ / 0-)
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    billssha, Limelite, klompendanser

    Remember back in 1992, how 'The Paperless Office' was just a few years away? We'd never see another sheet of paper in a business ever again?

    Maybe I'm wrong, I dunno. But this sounds so much like another internet bubble tech-hype that I'm staying dubious. We'll see what happens in three years, after 7% of the early adopters drop their e-readers in the tub, 15% upgrade to a new reader and lose their data, 8% develop carpal tunnel syndrome, and 12% realize that downloading the entire Gutenberg Library collection hasn't made them any smarter.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:39:23 PM PDT

    •  i dunno. i'd have agreed with you at (2+ / 0-)
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      one point.

      i'm not an early adopter type.  In fact my husband dragged me kicking and screaming into the Apple store to get me an iphone in 2008.

      I would've said exactly what you just said. I have always loved loved loved my books - physical paper books with texture and smells.

      Today I only buy paper books if i know will want to use them as reference material (lots of random thumbing through and searching etc) or if it's a book i think is collectible or if its a book that i know I'll read again and again and again throughout my life.

      I really have taken to the ebook. It's compact. I ALWAYS have my entire cook collection with me (which makes me much more patient in the grocery store line and at the doctor's office BTW) and I don't have to push my husband out of the bad to make room for the six books I'm reading. LOLZ.

      I really don't think this is a bubble.

      Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

      by mdmslle on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 06:18:42 PM PDT

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  •  Oh and as for My Favorite Author (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm definitely in -- I can think of several I could rhaphsodize over.

    Do we have anything similar for favorite books? There are a couple I absolutely love that I would love to bring attention to for those who haven't read/heard of them.

    All stressed out and no one to choke. -6.00, -6.31

    by billssha on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:39:23 PM PDT

  •  I am not sure if there is a need (3+ / 0-)
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    but I would love to do some writing on YA literature, both old and new titles.

    It gives a lovely light.

    by CayceP on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:47:38 PM PDT

  •  BREAKING NEWS ! (4+ / 0-)
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    Please see Kos' diary, Related Diaries for Groups, republished to Meta Groupies.

    Then, check our R&BLers Profile page, paying attention to the right sidebar!


    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 06:32:12 PM PDT

  •  Thing is (1+ / 0-)
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    (& the e-reader is the future of reading people NEVER get this) no reader cares who published the book/series they are tracking.  We want to read whom we want to read.  We don't give a shit who published the tome.  It is irrelevant to us, and ONLY relevant to the publisher.

    If you know what I mean.

    Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

    by Youffraita on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 07:56:14 PM PDT

    •  Sounds Like You're the Customer (1+ / 0-)
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      marketing agencies are looking for!  Especially when it comes to establishing the direct author-to-reader link.

      Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

      by Limelite on Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 08:40:16 PM PDT

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    •  Heard an interesting story on CBC (1+ / 0-)
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      yesterday about pirating ebooks.  Sales appear to go up once a book shows up on pirate sites.  May be similar to the read a chapter for free option that some stores have.  An interesting idea...


      Fire burn and cauldron bubble, bendy straws or my fee is double - via Twitter about the half-term governor Sarah Palin

      by alrdouglas on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 09:53:03 AM PDT

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      •  This is true of software, too (2+ / 0-)
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        Limelite, alrdouglas

        A lot of software 'piracy' or illegal copying is basically free publicity for the product. People try it out, decide they like it, want the full install with updates, etc. so eventually go buy a copy.

        Smart software companies (especially the smaller, more nimble ones) offer a free trial, or a limited version because they know people have to try things on to know if they like them before buying.

        I LOVE the free sample chapters you can get at Amazon. I read a lot of them, and I'm certain some of these will lead to me buying a book I wouldn't otherwise consider.

        ~On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Raise her glowing flame!~

        by sillia on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 11:02:34 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know about this (1+ / 0-)
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        A writer I know loses literally thousands of sales per year to piracy.  It seriously impacts her income, and if her husband didn't have a stable job she's already said she'd have no choice but to give up writing and get a full time job thanks to people who steal her books off streaming sites.

        Sorry, but theft is theft regardless, and it's wrong.  I would cut off my right hand before viewing an illegal book, movie, or TV show.

        •  My apologies (1+ / 0-)
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          I did not mean to infer that piracy was anything but illegal.  And the phenomenon discussed on the radio is probably more along the lines of bestsellers, etc.  I found the thought that sales might increase after a pirate version is available an intriguing idea and that follow up research is needed.


          Fire burn and cauldron bubble, bendy straws or my fee is double - via Twitter about the half-term governor Sarah Palin

          by alrdouglas on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 07:02:44 AM PDT

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  •  Amazon is going to permit Kindle (2+ / 0-)
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    downloads to users through public libraries.

    This will only accelerate the trend to ebooks.

    Hopefully, this will trigger a system like Canada's where authors receive royalties for library circulation.

    It won't happen on its own... writers will have to push for it and library budgets will have to go up.

  •  oooo. we have a twitter. I' m in. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

    by mdmslle on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 06:06:02 PM PDT

    •  Could Use You! (1+ / 0-)
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      Any of those suggested topics for series tweak your interest?

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      by Limelite on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 07:28:40 PM PDT

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      •  Letme take a second look (1+ / 0-)
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        I had to let the Write a Story go. It didn't seem to be of much interest.meh. I though it was good idea though but maybe not. LOLZ.

        Let me take a look at the topics again and see if I have anything I can contribute.

        Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

        by mdmslle on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 07:46:27 PM PDT

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      •  I know nothing about mysteries (0+ / 0-)

        and although I read read a lot of thrillers I;m hardly an expert or even very knowledgeable.

        I'm mostly a writer (a screenwriter) and film and TV producer. I do read tons and tons of scripts, which is an altogether different reading experience than novel reading.

        I think Write A Story failed because people are more "readers" than "writers". I think maybe people got a little freaked out about writing "the next scene".  Understandably so. LOL.

        I read, but not a ton.  So I'm not really going to be good at taking a topic like Mystery or Thriller, although I would be OK with reviewing them every once in a while (although I'm a bit intimidated by the prospect. I'm seriously no expert. I feel like there are group members who would know I;m basically an idiot trying to speak knowledgeably about "their genre". LOL. Seriously. They'd be right.).

        I'll keep thinking of something and as always, if you have an idea for something please pass it by me. I'm willing to try stuff (and fail) until we hit the sweet spot. :)

        Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

        by mdmslle on Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 07:58:37 PM PDT

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        •  Why Not Write about Screenplays? (1+ / 0-)
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          I sent a msg to the movie/cinema group asking for someone to write for us on this subject.  I'm particularly interested in the angle of books-to-movies, also best movie dialogue; comparison of book/movie sequel success; "bios" of writers who went to Hollywood and their successes or lack of same, as well as great original screenplays.

          I'm not interested in diaries about actors, cinematography, "my favorite/best of all time movies," or Hollywood gossip.

          But something about Grapes of Wrath, GWTW, Memento, and Silk -- all of which represent great writing or translation from novels, interest me.  

          What do you think?

          Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

          by Limelite on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 05:45:48 AM PDT

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          •  I could handle something like that. (1+ / 0-)
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            One very interesting thing is how a book translates to a screenplay. In fact, its something I often think about actively while reading a novel: "How would I make this into a screenplay?"

            For the record, I'm never interested in hollywood gossip, actors, or fave/best of all time stuff either. LOL. I will refrain from cinematography discussions here, though, as it's not relevant to the group, even though its something that interests me.

            Let me think about how best to approach this. It might be interesting to get the scripts of some well known movies or television shows, especially those that are adaptations and compare specific elements. I dunno. Let me think through how to make it interesting to the members of this group, not just folk like me. Give me a day or two to come up with a proposal and I'll PM you, ok?

            Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

            by mdmslle on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 06:36:05 AM PDT

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