As a result, I've not been keeping up on the reviews I promised. I apologize for this. During the winter break, when I created the review schedule, I overestimated my abilities to juggle reading for the blog on top of school reading as well as all my writing and homework. Since I've been unable to keep my promises, I'm going to change the format a bit. I will continue to post reviews, however, they won't be once every Friday. In the left hand sidebar that currently lists the upcoming reviews, I will only post a review date if I'm absolutely certain I will be finished with the book by then. I won't review a book unless I've finished reading it, so the reviews will be less frequent, but still there.
That aside, I have some market news for the week! Here's some tidbits about what's currently happening in the publishing industry.
First off, we've got a large trend in ebook availability at public libraries. However, while this is good news for most who have ereaders and would like to borrow from the library, Kindle users have been set back. The Kindle format makes it incompatible with the library systems ebook loans. Therefore, if you have a Kindle, you're missing out on borrowing ebooks from the library. Only those who have other ereaders such as the Nook, Sony, and Kobo will be able to use these databases. You can check out the Ebook Library Trend by clicking the link.
In more ebook news, 2011 has shown a sharp increase in sales of ereaders and ebooks to the younger generations. We're talking kids around ten or eleven years old were asking for ereaders for Christmas. Most of these wishes must have been granted given the sharp increase. This is also good news for young adult authors looking to break into ebooks. The young readers are causing an increase in the sales of ebook YA. You can check out the Younger Generation's Interest in Ereaders by clicking the link.
In shorter news, debates are being sparked about the standard of royalties for ebooks. In an Author's Guild article, they claim that publishing houses are making the most off the ebook revolution, and author's are receiving less royalties and are also less likely to make that sales quota for their royalty increase, etc. For more information on the Author Guild's Take on E-Royalties, click the link.
In further news, i-Pad users and others who have enjoyed the Apple i-bookstore have seen a major setback. While Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google all allow their ebooks to be read on virtually any device (computer, cell phone, etc), Apples products are limited to only Apple brand electronics. No offense to you Apple lovers, but this is yet again another reason why I personally don't buy Apple products. You can find info on Apple's Limited App Store by following the link.
And last and well...no offense...but somewhat least, is Borders. As I'm sure most of you have heard, they've dug themselves a hole they can't get out of, and at this point, bankruptcy is inevitable. You can check out the Business End of Border's Bankruptcy through the link.
That's all for this week folks. Don't forget to enter the Pleasures Untold Giveaway! I only have one entry so far and I'm giving away TWO SETS of both Eve of Samhain and Pleasures Untold by Lisa Sanchez. That means two people will each win two books. But yet only one entry? Hurry up and get to it, people! For more info on the giveaway, click HERE.
Also, don't forget our regular blog hops. Have a great weekend! ;-)
This week's question for the blog hop is: what is your favorite sci-fi novel?
My favorite sci-fi series hands down is The Hunger Games. Now, none of you give me crap and say that it's not sci-fi, because it is. Also, I don't want to hear anyone calling it post-apocalyptic. Post apocalypse implies that the apocalypse, as described in the bible, has occurred. The Hunger Games has no religion involved whatsoever; it is not post-apocalyptic. The Hunger Games is dystopian. Okay, I've gotten on and off my little soap box now. Saying a book is a different genre than what it actually is, is a BIG pet peeve of mine lol, and I've seen a lot of people doing this to HG lately. Have a good weekend!