Seagrams advert, “Life”, April 15, 1946 (click to enlarge/close)

Things You May Have Missed Last Week (№4)

What with the ever-​​​​​​​​shortening of the news cycle through things like Twitter, Facebook, plus being distracted by performances of brand-​​new plays written by Christopher Fowler, things might have slipped past you which you ought to have brought to your attention. This is what I’m here for. You’re welcome.

New Face at Same Old Company Doing the Same Old Things

Seagram’s advert, “Life”, April 15, 1946 (click to enlarge/close)
Seagram’s advert, “Life”, April 15, 1946 (click to enlarge/​close)

It seems there’s a new CEO at Dorchester Publishing, who has been named as Robert Anthony. Anthony, who was most recently CFO and CEO at Backe Marketing, is, per a statement from the house last week, going to “revitalize” Dorchester, which has been under fire for not paying some of its authors and changing its plans, after announcing it was moving to an all-​​digital list.

However, only a day or so after that announcement, Brian Keene got tipped by off someone that two of his titles – which had their rights reverted to him months ago – have actually gone back into print. Ooops! They did it again!

Canadian Governor-General's Literary Award Winners Announced

Following the announcement of the Booker Prize, Canada’s version was announced last week, with the Governor-General’s Literary Awards being declared. For those of you not familiar with “God’s Vacation Land” (IE: Canada), the Governor-​​General fills the role as the Queen’s representative, and is thus holds the ultimate governmental power in the Dominion of Canada.

For an interview with one of the winners, here’s Karen Connelly, nominee for this year’s non-​​fiction GG, speaking with Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC Radio1’s The Current: CLICK HERE (audio available via the pop-​​up link in the black rectangle at the top of the page, text below creates context).

Ron Charles Explains the Advantage of Book Aps

Hate the idea of an e-​​reader? Despise the printed page? Then you’ll wonder how you ever got along without the Dedicated Book App! It’s only just one novel, but it’s only the most novel way to experience it! Ron Charles of The Washington Post has his own unique way of making a fool of himself explaining the advantages.

Amazon Hell-Bent on Destroying the World

Not content to wipe-​​out the publishing industry, preceded by the assassination of the bookshop and any other “real life store–Amazon.com is now taking on movie-​​making in an effort to reduce art to nothing more than a commodity which fits in a cardboard box and is delivered to you by Canada Post.

No honestly, they’re getting into movie production by creating “Amazon Studios, a new online business that invites filmmakers and screenwriters around the world to submit full-​​length movies and scripts to make money, get discovered and get their movie made.” Read the media release if you don’t believe it.

Amazon Hell-Bent on Cutting Their Own Throats

Honest to God; perhaps they’re determined to take out everyone including themselves?

If Stephen King’s new book is so amazing, why does it only have three and a half stars on Amazon? Because disgruntled would-​​be customers have left (as of this writing) 42 one-​​star reviews complaining that the discounted hardcover, at $14.51, is priced below the Kindle edition, $14.99.

Rose Fox, Publishers Weekly “Genreville” blog
(click headline above for full article)

Just last Wednesday I noticed that the book version of The Mercer Report was exactly the same price for trade-​​paper or digital binding. Granted, that’s the RRP, but that’s where these things get discounted from, and the Chapters/​Indigo price for printed is 40% higher than the Kobo electronic book. That said, the book recently featured on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, All the Devils are Here (all about the financial crisis and how the banking industry has created this before, willfully did it two years ago, will probably do it again, and still believes it’s all the fault of the people who borrowed the money and not the lenders), is available in printed format for $27.06 at Chapters/​Indigo, and for the electronic format for $23.29 at Kobo. It’s important not to blame Amazon, Kobo, Chapters/​Indigo, or Barnes & Noble for these inequities, however, as they’re pricing thins based on the limitations placed upon them by the publishing houses who are large enough to not yet have been pummeled senseless in the trenches by readers.

If You're Feeling Cold, Put on a Sweater, Einstein!

According to the tidbit-​​format column “Did You Know?” in Friday’s Globe & Mail, the colder the city, the smarter the residents. It would be interesting to collate The Daily Beast’s  study of the “smartest cities in the USA with this one to see how much matches up between them.

"Mr. Bacon Wants to Teach You How to Make Your Life Meatier"

And finally… because it just makes me stare at it for no good reason, check out this “Bendable Bacon Action Figure” (and presumably the 0nly one in its class).

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