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To Russia with Indie Love

WELL-READ IN THE BOOK OF LOVE

It’s that Hallmark time of the year again where everyone will be seeing red.Red hearts.Red roses.Red wine.Indie Reader, will you be my funny Valentine?Will you be mine?

KOBO LOVES SONY. WHO LOVES NOOK?

Sony is calling it quits in the North American e-book business, and has chosen Kobo to be its soul mate.   Sony’s e-books and e-reading customers will be moving over to Kobo late March. Kobo and Sony aim to make this transition seamless, a happily ever after affair. This union begs the question, should Nook quickly find a suitor? Kobo?  Apple?Walmart?Ah, to be single, and faltering.

FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

It took five years, but last week marked a major milestone for Amazon Publishing.With four of the top 25 e-book bestsellers published by Amazon, The Everything Store could finally say with increased confidence, “I Do.”  IndieReader is happy to report there was one self-published e-book best-seller this past week as well, The Ex-Games by J.S. Cooper.

IT’S MY PARTY, I’LL READ IF I WANT TO

Apparently, this party rocks.The place is always packed.You arrive an hour late, you won’t get a seat.Once a month, The Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle hosts a silent reading party. You can read what you want, order a Manhattan, and people do.It attracts all kinds of people.But, no one talks aloud.No one reads aloud.The bar is full of readers quietly imagining, pondering, percolating, on their own, by the fire.It’s so romantic.

FICTION UNCOVERED

Terrific news for lovers of Brit Lit.  Fiction Uncovered, the UK program  that helps find wider audiences for British writers, is allowing self-published authors to submit work for consideration and valuable prizes. Eight annual awards of £5,000 are to be given directly to writers as the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014 and 2015, thanks to a pledge of £80,000 from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.Including self-published books makes sense, since Fiction Uncovered was founded to celebrate great writing beyond the debuts and the bestsellers.Submissions for Fiction Uncovered 2014 are due March 3rd.

SCREW ME?  SCREW YOU!

Self-publishing startup Screwpulp raised $330,000 in seed money and plans to use those funds to empower the author and the reader. CEO Richard Billings aims to improve your shopping and reading experience.

TO RUSSIA WITH INDIE LOVE

Over 200 writers, artists and Nobel Laureates worldwide signed an open letter to President Putin, asking him to repeal the new punitive laws restricting freedom of expression.  If you’d like to support this effort creatively, PEN America has launched a Shirtless Putin Paper Doll Contest.  The goal is to call attention to the sheer volume of books, newspapers, albums, and movies that would be affected under Russia’s gay propaganda law, blasphemy law, and criminalization of defamation.  Here’s an example, and how to enter.

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