Monday, September 18, 2006

I hope everyone had a great and fabulous weekend! Being that Mondays mark the return to the “office,” we have chosen Mondays to discuss industry news on the blog. It is our hope that the information we provide will help you keep up with the latest gossip, trends, and issues.

To lead off our News Report, what better than a client who was on the news!! A recent CNN video shows our very own Jennifer St. Giles at the recent RWA convention held in Atlanta. Isn’t she lovely?! TKA on CNN, we’ll take it! Jenni we are so proud of you!

In other news The Book Standard reports on something that I, personally, am quite excited about. I know there have to be some other iPod fanatics out there as well- is this “music” to anyone else’s ears?!

The iPod for Books: The iPod?
By Kimberly Maul

Turns out the long-awaited “iPod for books” that the digital-book community has been praying for may in fact be…the iPod. Rumors suggest that the next version of Steve Job’s ubiquitous device may incorporate e-reader technology.

According to, a source from a major publishing house said the company has been asked to “archive all their manuscripts—every single one—and send them over to Apple's Cupertino HQ.” Another source said that the next iPod will have significant screen space, as well as book-reading mode, with contrasts and monochrome settings to make on-screen reading easier.

And last, but certainly not least I want to share a fabulous website I recently discovered. It is for a tracking service, similar to RWA’s bookscan. It is still in its developmental stages so for the time being you can access it for free! This is a great service to check out if you are interested in learning more about sales numbers and figures – go to to log in!

So how about you – have any industry buzz that you want to share?


Blogger Karmela Johnson said...

Oh my god, the iPod as iBook? ::orgasmic sigh:: I cannot WAIT! Bring it! Now! My requirements:
- larger, LARGER screen
- ability to change font size
- ability to change intensity of the backlight
- bookmarking option (of course)
- autographing option (as in a space for the author to scribble something -- wouldn't that be cool???)

The iPod as movie and TV viewer, ebook reader, music player and ebook listening device:

"One device to rule them all and in enlightenment, bind them!"


Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 11:46:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Karmela Johnson said...

PS: I would also require an 18-hour battery life, similar to my current ebook reader (the eBookwise).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 11:47:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Ovation Leader said...

An iPod book reader would have to be waterproof.

We wouldn't want to electrocute ourselves when we drop it in the bathtub during our evening reading and bathing ritual.

We wouldn't want it ruined by splashes when we're reading in our pool longer

We wouldn't want it corroded by sand and salt water when a wave surprises us while reading belly-down on the beach.

We wouldn't want it shorted out from the margarita we spurt on the screen when a scene chokes us with laughter.

And . . .

We wouldn't want it ruined by tears when a passage breaks down the firewall of our heart.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 4:38:00 PM EDT  

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