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Thanks to TeleRead and NPR, ‘Cli-fi’ is now an official literary term
May 28, 2013 | 12:00 pm

CLI FIA little more than a year ago, I wrote a piece for TeleRead that was headlined, ''Cli-fi ebook to launch on Earth Day in April." The article was about a cli-fi novel by Tulsa writer Jim Laughter titled In the year since his novel hit the book-ordering sites, it sold 271 copies nationwide, which just goes to show that selling e-books, especially dystopian novels about polar cities in Alaska, is not an easy thing. Still, it was worth the effort, and both Jim and I learned a lot about book marketing in the process. [caption id="attachment_85734" align="alignleft" width="180"] Dan Bloom[/caption] I used the...

Looking for a Simon & Schuster title? Barnes & Noble might not be your best bet.
March 26, 2013 | 9:49 pm

Simon & Schuster Book retailer Barnes & Noble has reportedly reduced the amount of titles it stocks by Simon & Schuster authors and lowered the number of S&S books on display as it continues to be embroiled in a debate with the publisher. Neither the chain nor Simon & Schuster would specify exactly what is being negotiated, but sources cited  by The New York Times told the newspaper that Barnes & Noble wanted more funds for displaying S&S titles in coveted spots in the store and to pay lower costs for the books themselves. The bookstore chain also wants more money for events promoting Simon...

Scorecard allows libraries to evaluate e-book offerings from publishers
February 1, 2013 | 12:20 pm

American Library Association logoI didn't even realize the Christian Science Monitor had its own literary/books blog. I stumbled upon it yesterday (it's called Chapter & Verse), and like the rest of the paper, it's wonderful. A post that went live two days ago caught my attention; it's about a so-called "Business Model Scorecard" that was recently released by the American Library Association, and it "asks library staff members to rate e-book offerings from publishers on factors like availability," according to the article. From the post: "The scorecards grade criteria from one to five and include 15 questions. Questions range from the price publishers are charging libraries for...