All kinds of things popping all over the place.
—One is about an agent turning into a publisher. The best discussion on this is by The Passive Voice. Read his comments as well. Great discussion about how agency laws governs and agents going this way could get into deep legal battles.
—Second, sort of buried in news about Books-A-Million not buying Borders stores in Publisher’sMarketplace, there was an small announcement about Kindle in India coming from the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest on the planet.
“…The etailer is rumored to be in discussions with local online players, but also “is looking to set up operations on its own as its discussions with many players on acquisition front haven’t seemed to work out.” Amazon has hired retail executive Madhu M to run their India operation, working out of Chennai, “where Amazon’s Kindle development team is also based.” In a similar vein to Amazon’s presentation at our conference, Kobo will provide an update on their continuing global ebook rollout, including useful data, and Google‘s Tom Turvey will speak about the progress of Google eBooks, which is expected to expand internationally later this year.”
Now let me simply say, Wow!! For all of us indie publishers getting our books up electronically in English, the chance to go into India is so large it just strains my mind. We shall see, and this all will take time since India is difficult for any company to get into. But interesting little note.
— On the home front, my wife, Kris Nelscott, got her novel Dangerous Road picked by Kirkus Review as one of the top historical crime novels of all time.
Wow! Congrats, Kris.
And that book, the first out of six so far starring Smokey Dalton, will be back out in print and electronic editions in August. I’ll announce it here and I’m sure Kris will announce it on her site as well.
Lots of stuff happening today.