Turning the E-Page

USA Today today has a great article on the growing popularity of ebooks (sales up 193% over a year ago), but there’s a lot of discussion about how the eboook market is a limited market.  I agree with that one, but something that Seth Godin (I think he’s the one) said a while back has stuck in my noggin.  The people who now have ereaders are the die-hard readers, the bibliophile (ebiblios?), the limited market of the population that account for (now Kathleen’s making up stats) 75% of the books being bought.  Yes, I think 80% of the population will not have an e-reader, but only 75% of the US population read at least ONE book (2006 data — there’s probably something newer and even more alarming, but I’m too lazy to get it.  Sue me.) 

The general consensus seems to be that people who get an ereader end up purchasing more books (Kathleen’s experience has shown this to be true), so all in all, to quote Martha Stewart: “It’s a good thing.”


October 21st, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Kindle, Newsflash, Reading Matters | Comments Off

Dialog in the Movies: I’m Mad as H&#K and not going to take it anymore!

Actually, the NYT has an article on the lack of memorable one-liners from Hollywood recently, and I’m thinking: “Ditto”.  Sure, nobody puts baby in a corner, but when it comes to rounding up the usual suspects of great dialog, even Sorkin has lost his mojo. 

I’m currently writing the opening scene for book 3, and was pondering the first line, so this article really resonated. 

Just wanted to share

October 20th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Newsflash, On Writing Miseries | Comments Off

In Praise Of Manly Men

The New York Times has a piece on the change in male models from ‘pretty boys’ to ‘manly men.’  And can I say that it’s about time?  Fashion, especially men’s fashion, has always caused me to giggle because it is SO not about my world, life watching an alien life form with curious eyes.  However, finally, a fashion article I can get behind.

I remember a few years ago, Harlequin was having trouble with getting cover models because the talent agencies would send them pretty boys instead of manly men, and finally they began to recruit outside normal talent channels.  Hats off to Dior and couture!  I for one, welcome the change.

October 19th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Newsflash | Comments Off

This Just In: Pollsters Say that Most Americans Unable to Believe S&%T

Gawker and the NY Post are both reporting the latest in Cougar news.  Women are not actually hunting down young men in huge numbers.  I know, all of you cougar-istas are surprised by this finding, and I’m sure your age-appropriate SO is sighing in relief, and yet, we consider to be surprised that all of humanity is not exactly alike.

Drudge is reporting that 25% of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim. I believe 20% of earthly residents believe that aliens (space, not the other kind that make Lou Dobb’s head explode) have actually landed on earth and walk amongst us.  73% of Americans are unable to believe this S&IT, which has gone on to become a best-seller, 73% of All Americans Unable to Believe this SH&T My Father Says.  And 89% of all Americans believe politicians are corrupt (I just made that one up, but I bet it’s true).

Also, in other news, both Wired and Newsweek are reporting that the Internet is dead, although NPR and BNET both say that the reports of the Internet death (by both Wired and Newsweek) have been greatly exaggerated.  I say that you are not actually reading this post on the Internet, instead it is being channeled through your computer via the Psychic Friends Network (which actually died in the 1980s, but nobody knew, because DUH!).

Also, the New York Times is reporting that John Lenin is still dead.

Fiction is not dead.  On the Internet, nothing will ever die.

August 17th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Funnies, Newsflash, Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Wizard of Odd

I love this opening line from a gawker article:

A Harlem man who dresses up in Times Square as the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz yesterday stabbed a tour bus ticket seller with a screwdriver in what police described to the Daily News as “a turf beef.”

I could put this in a book, and my ed would say: now, kathleen, really?  Really? And I would strike it out because it could NEVER HAPPEN.

August 12th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Kindle Changes the E-Game

WSJ has a really good article on the upcoming Kindle and Amazon’s ereader strategy.  To be fair, I have a Kindle, I love it, nearly as much as my children, sometimes more.  People (publishers and a good chunk of authors) are not happy with the Amazon cut-throat pricing strategy (reminescent of Wal-Mart in its earlier years), but looking objectively, I think the world has gone very dog-eat-dog (or book-eat-book) and I don’t fault them for it (and I do LOVE $9.99 hardbacks that I would never read before).

This is my favorite quote from the article:

“For the vast majority of books, adding video and animation is not going
to be helpful. It is distracting rather than enhancing. You are not
going to improve Hemingway by adding video snippets,” he said.

At the RWA, there was a lot of mainstreaming of digital books, digital rights, e-readers.  The first time that I’ve ever noticed the the Publishing Powers That Be have openly embraced the idea with not only excitement, but legitimacy as well.

A $139 Kindle sold at Target is a game-changer.  I will most likely buy one for both of my kids.  My daughter is a selective Luddite (with two computers, an ipod, and an iHome).  She eschews the idea of reading a ‘book’ (picture hoity voice) on a device.  Of course, she can heft a 50 pound Harry Potter volume with ease.  I, now in my dwindling arm muscle years, have aches to accompany JK Rowling.  My son (who is no Luddite and LOVES tech), loves to read on the Kindle and loves the idea of instant book gratification.  I have friends who are voracious readers, who will now probably take the dip.  In my expert opinion, Amazon is going to sell a hella-lot.

There are a lot of what I deem ‘not-hardcore’ readers who poo-poo the Kindle.  It doesn’t have color.  It doesn’t play TV shows.  What if I want to browse the web?  If this is you, do not buy the Kindle, because you are not a hardcore reader.  You do not read cereal boxes at breakfast.  Your bathroom is not accessorized with a magazine rack.  Your bedside table is not invisible beneath the pile of books.  If these symptoms apply to you, then you, too may have readeritis, a serious, but non-debilitating disease that causes a slight twitch when you are jonesing for a book.  The tingle of excitement when you hear about a story that appeals.

I think the Kindle is here to stay in some form or fashion.  I think Amazon is going to rule the ebook market, and I do believe we are in for some wild roller-coaster e-swings.

You heard it here — not exactly first — but probably two-hundred-and-twenty-two-second.

August 4th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Kindle, Reading Matters, Techie Things | Comments Off

Katherine Heigl is responsible for the death of your romance

The NY Daily News is reporting that according to an Australian survey, half said that the happy endings of rom-com have ruined their view of an ideal relationship.  From the article:

One in four Australians said they were now expected to know what their
partner was thinking while one in five respondents said it made their
partners expect gifts and flowers ‘just because’.

Really, Australia?  Really?  You are blaming Katherine Heigl, John Cusack, Jen Aniston because you are expected to bring gifts and flowers ‘just because?’

No boombox on the shoulder on your second date?  What a wuss!  No running away from your wedding?  Coward!  No setting up your gay best friend to pretend to be a date?  WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU AUSTRALIA?

My DH has the winsome charm of Cary Grant, the smoldering vulnerability of Daniel Craig, the lightning quick intelligence of Will Smith and the abs of….  the abs of The Situation!  I settle for nothing less, and it isn’t because of romantic comedies, Australia!

July 20th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Kathleen at WhineSisters: Hot Soccer Fashion.

I’m blogging at  WhineSisters today for all those female world Cup fans out there.

Simao of Portugal

Simao of Portugal

July 2nd, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Publishing Woe-begone

From the Chicago Tribune, a quote from Garrison Keillor on the future of publishing:

Call me a pessimist, call me Ishmael, but I think that book publishing is about to slide into the sea. We live in a literate time, and our children are writing up a storm, often combining letters and numerals (U R 2 1derful), blogging like crazy, reading for hours off their little screens, surfing around from Henry James to Jesse James to the epistle of James to pajamas to Obama to Alabama to Al-Anon to non-sequiturs, sequins, penguins, penal institutions, and it’s all free, and you read freely, you’re not committed to anything the way you are when you shell out $30 for a book, you’re like a hummingbird in an endless meadow of flowers.

And if you want to write, you just write and publish yourself. No need to ask permission, just open a Web site. And if you want to write a book, you just write it, send it to Lulu.com or BookSurge at Amazon or PubIt or ExLibris and you’ve got yourself an e-book. No problem. And that is the future of publishing: 18 million authors in America, each with an average of 14 readers, eight of whom are blood relatives. Average annual earnings: $1.75.

From Kathleen O’Reilly, quoted to nowhere in particular:

It should be noted that publishing is not going to slide into Lake Wobegone, where all authors are above average.

I couldn’t resist. :)

June 29th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Cool People, Funnies, On Biz, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

My new fav word, Vuvuzela

Not only is this a high-dollar Scrabble word, but it sounds vaguely naughty, sort of like pedagogic, which everybody thinks means something *bad*, but actually means something very high-brow. 

The Onion has a great article on this one, South African Vuvuzela Philharmonic Angered by Soccer Games Breaking Out During Concerts.

Just needed to share.

In other news, Kathleen has finished Book 1 of Seven and is Moving onto Book 2.  Sanity is completely overrated. 

June 18th, 2010 Kathleen O'Reilly Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off